Riley Sager Books In Order

Last Updated on December 2, 2023 by Taylor

If you’re a fan of thriller books, you’ve probably heard of Riley Sager. He’s a popular New York Times bestselling author, and has written some of my favorite thriller books. Here are all of his books in order of release date, including his newest upcoming 2024 book release – Middle of the Night!

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Who is Riley Sager?

Riley Sager, the pen name of Todd Ritter, is an American author of modern thriller books. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and has written seven novels so far.

His first novel, Final Girls, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel. His books have also been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Mystery/Thriller and Horror categories.

Riley Sager Books in Order

And now, here are all of Riley Sager’s books in order of publication date! These are all contemporary thriller books, some with slight horror elements and some without.

Final Girls

Final Girls by Riley Sager book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Horror

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Synopsis: Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter became a ‘final girl’ (a survivor of an encounter with a serial killer). Now, just when her life seems to have settled down, another Final Girl is found dead.

Yet again, Quincy feels danger lurking, and past memories she’s tried so hard to forget resurface.

Release date: July 11th, 2017 (U.S.)

The Last Time I Lied

The Last Time I Lied book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis: As a girl, Emma Davis witnessed three bunkmates at summer camp sneak out into the night – and they were never heard from again. Now, she’s a painter, and she’s invited back to that same summer camp as a painting instructor.

She hopes returning to Camp Nightingale will be a way to find closure over what happened. But once she gets there, she realizes it may have been a terrible mistake.

Release date: July 3rd, 2018 (U.S.)

Lock Every Door

Lock Every Door book cover by Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis: Jules Larsen takes a job as an apartment sitter in a fancy Manhattan building called The Bartholomew. The job seems too good to be true, despite all the strange rules, but Jules is desperate.

When another apartment sitter in the building goes missing, Jules discovers the building has a dark past – and she may be in danger.

Release date: July 2nd, 2019 (U.S.)

Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager book cover

Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis: As a child, Maggie Holt moved into an old estate called Baneberry Hall with her parents. Just three weeks later, they flee during the night, and her father writes a bestselling book about the horrors they supposedly encountered.

Maggie, too young to remember what happened, returns to the estate twenty five years later after her father’s death. She doesn’t believe what her father wrote – but soon, strange events at the house have her questioning everything.

Release date: June 30th, 2020 (U.S.)

Survive The Night

Survive the Night book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis: Charlie Jordan is on the road trip from hell – or so she’s becoming more and more convinced, as she is driven across the country by a guy she met through her college’s ride share board.

As they get to know each other, Charlie starts to believe he may be a serial killer.

Release date: June 29th, 2021 (U.S.)

The House Across the Lake

The House Across the Lake book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Synopsis: A recently widowed woman living at a lake house in Vermont passes the time by watching her neighbors – a glamorous couple – across the lake through binoculars.

One day, she saves the wife from drowning, and they strike up a friendship. But the more she watches the couple, the more she starts to question if their marriage is quite as perfect as it seems.

Release date: June 21st, 2022 (U.S.)

The Only One Left

The Only One Left book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Gothic

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Synopsis: The only survivor of a terrible murder, Lenora Hope – now old and in a wheelchair – still lives in the mansion where her family was killed decades ago. When Kit McDeere, a home health aide, comes to care for Lenora, Lenora insists she wants to tell Kit everything that happened.

But can Kit trust her? Is Lenora as innocent as she claims?

Release date: June 20th, 2023 (U.S.)

Middle of the Night

Middle of the Night book cover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Horror

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Synopsis: Years ago, when Ethan Marsh was a kid, his best friend Billy disappeared from his backyard and was never seen again.

Thirty years later, Ethan has returned to his childhood home in the same neighborhood. As he struggles with insomnia, he’s plagued by strange occurrences during the night: someone roaming the neighborhood, and signs that remind Ethan of Billy.

Ethan decides to dig deeper into what really happened all those years ago, reconnecting with neighbors and old friends. But what he discovers makes him question how safe his idyllic neighborhood really is.

Release date: June 18th, 2024 (U.S.)

Do you need to read Riley Sager’s books in order?

Nope! All of Riley Sager’s books are standalone novels, so you can read them in any order.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager hardcover book on a white blanket next to a mug of hot cocoa

Have any of Riley Sager’s books been made into movies or TV adaptations?

Multiple Riley Sager books – including Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied, and Home Before Dark – have been optioned for film, but none have been released yet. (Most are currently in development.)

Netflix recently optioned the rights to The House Across the Lake, to be directed by Paul Feig.

As a big Riley Sager fan, I hope you get the chance to read some (or all) of his books! My favorite so far has been Home Before Dark. 🙂

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