The Last Time I Lied By Riley Sager
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384 pages
Published: July 3rd 2018
Publisher: Dutton Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.
Now a full-time author, Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures.
Riley’s next book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, will be published in July. It was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.
A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he’s not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is “Rear Window.” Or maybe “Jaws.” But probably, if he’s being honest, “Mary Poppins.”
My Thoughts: The moment I heard Riley Sager was coming out with a new book, I knew I needed to read it. I really ended up enjoying The Final Girls. I ended up being apart of that blog tour as well. So the moment I saw the blog tour for this I knew I had to sign up. So now let’s talk about the book.
So this story is about Emma, she is up and coming in the art scene. She is haunted by her past. Fifteen years ago, Emma’s roommates at camp ended up disappearing. They never seen again. Emma ends up being invited back to the camp and decides to go. She wants to figure out what happened to her friends fifteen years ago. Not long after she realizes this might not have been the smartest idea.
I have to say I’m a sucker for these types of books. I read a lot of thrillers like this. I feel the whole time I was reading this I felt kept in suspense. I was dying to know what really happened. There were so many times I didn’t want to put the book down because things were getting so good. Plus I really enjoy that Riley will drop information on you and finally when you’re finally learning to accept that, he’ll end up dropping something even more shocking. So I felt that really helped keep the pacing of the book. I found there never to be a dull moment.
This is a unreliable narrator story. I felt like I couldn’t trust any of these characters. Not even the main character. Everyone is lead to be a suspect so you’re not sure whose responsible for these characters going missing. Even the main character is a suspect. I enjoyed that there were a good amount of characters in this book. I feel when thrillers only have a couple of people mentioned, it ends up being easy to figure out. That’s not the case with this book. I also like that you’re slowly introduced to each character so you’re never overwhelmed by whose who.
Once again Riley Sager ends up getting me hooked with his writing. I never found there to be a dull moment in this story. He had me hooked from start to finish. There were so many surprises that I wasn’t expecting. I also enjoyed that he told the story in the present and the past. I liked seeing how our characters were when they were young and how they developed in the present. Also I still can’t get over the ending of this book. I was freaking out over it. If anyone has read this book and wants to talk about it, please feel free to DM me on Twitter because that ending.
Overall I ended up really enjoying this book a lot. I can see it being one of my favorites of the year. It kept me pulled in until the very end. Riley Sager knows how to keep you guessing until the very end. There were so many twists I did not see coming. I really enjoyed that. I really can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.
“Yes, boys can break your heart and betray you, but not in the same stinging way girls can.”
“Every- thing is a game, Em. Whether you know it or not. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.”
“Your problem is that you’re blinded by the past. Everything you need to know is right there in front of you. All you need to do is look.”
So I am excited to report that each blog will be running a giveaway for The Last Time I Lied. So this means you can only be chosen ONCE to win the book. So you can only win the book from ONE blog. So if you end up winning from another blog then you will be disqualified.