Book Review: The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Published by Dutton on July 3, 2018 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: First to Read

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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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The Last Time I Lied is an intense, suspenseful thriller that kept me gripped from start to finish.

I haven’t yet read Sager’s previously published book, Final Girls, but I now understand why it was so popular. His storytelling is simply superb. Told in alternating timelines of the present and the past that coordinate in perfect fashion, this story unfolds effortlessly, revealing just enough information to engage the reader while also keeping them guessing. Both cleverly plotted and perfectly paced, this is one of those thrillers I would classify as unputdownable.

The writing style here is spot on. It has a cinematic quality and is so perfectly descriptive that I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. I could certainly see this being turned into a movie someday – and I’d be sure to watch it! The atmosphere created is tinged with uneasiness, adding a creepy tone that added to the already eerie setting of a summer camp in the middle of nowhere.

In the end, this was an absolutely entertaining read that still has me reeling after finishing it. I can definitely see this becoming a big hit this summer! Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good thriller.


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