Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Length: 370 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: heart-racing thrillers with twist endings
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.
In the new novel from the bestselling author of Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied follows a young woman as she returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.
WOW! This is another great book for the transition from summer to fall as it takes place at a summer camp but is full of spooky thrills. I totally understand why everyone says this is Sager’s best.
I was skeptical at first. I am a big Sager fan, but I think Final Girls is overhyped, and I was worried I would feel the same way about this one. At first I thought the mystery and secrets were compelling, but I kept waiting for this book to blow me away… AND IT DID!
There were so many twists and turns. Every time I thought I had things figure out, I was only half right, and I was missing something huge. There were so many details that seemed random or unimportant that later played a crucial role in the story. The truth was shocking, but still believable and earned. The ending gave me full body chills. SO GOOD! A must read for all thriller lovers.