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There's No Way I'd Die First (Hardcover)

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“Noelle Layne is certain she’d be the Final Girl in any slasher scenario. She’s put to the test when a killer clown at a Halloween party turns out to be the real deal. It will take all of Noelle’s know-how to survive and keep her friends alive.”
— Charlie Williams, Square Books, Oxford, MS


A spine-tingling contemporary horror-comedy novel that follows a scary-movie buff as she hosts an elaborate Halloween bash but soon finds the festivities upended when she and her guests are forced to test their survival skills in a deadly game, from debut author Lisa Springer.

Seventeen-year-old Noelle Layne knows horror. Every trope, every warning sign, every survival tactic. She even leads a successful movie club dedicated to the genre. Who better to throw the ultimate, most exclusive Halloween party on all of Long Island?

With some of the top influencers in her school on the guest list, including gorgeous singer-songwriter Archer Mitchell, her popularity is bound to spike. She could really use the social boost for an upcoming brand expansion. Nothing is going to ruin this party.

Except…maybe the low budget It clown she hired for a stirring round of tag. He axes one of her classmates. From the looks of his devilish grin and bag full of killer tricks, he's just getting started.

A murderous clown is out for blood, but Noelle has been waiting her entire life to prove that she’s a Final Girl.

About the Author

Growing up on the island of Barbados, Lisa has always loved books and storytelling. Bring on the adventure, the spooky and mysterious—she loves creating worlds readers can get lost in. When not writing, she's probably reading or dreaming about the beach. She currently lives in New York City with her family.

Praise For…

"I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. The writing is daring, immersive, and never forgets its target audience. An instant classic in horror." —Ryan Douglass, New York Times bestselling author of The Taking of Jake Livingston
Unforgettably sharp and sinister—this horror debut serves up ghoulish gore and trope-twisting terror, ripping through genre stereotypes.” —Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren, authors of Horror Hotel
“Terrifying, timely, and so much fun, horror fans won't be able to put down Lisa Springer's gripping debut.” —Jordyn Taylor, award-winning author of The Revenge Game

“A perfectly gruesome, jaw-clenching slasher! There’s No Way I’d Die Last is like watching your favorite horror classics burrowed in your friend’s couch, gripping the popcorn, and wincing at every grisly death.” —Vanessa Montalban, author of A Tall Dark Trouble

"A page-turning, nail-biting story with some new twists." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593643174
ISBN-10: 0593643178
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English