Book Review Of “The Last Time I Lied” By Riley Sager @Duttonbooks @riley_sager
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 (From Goodreads)
Thank you Dutton Books #Partner for sending me the free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
Riley Sager’s second book, is stellar, I mean Sager set the bar very high with “FINAL GIRLS” but this one is a fantastic read too. I loved the 90’s summer camp vibe this one put off. I kept getting slasher vibes and I loved every thrilling second. I also rather enjoyed that Sager had you questioning everything, and the answer’s you got were never simple, there were many layers to them. I did find (for me) it read a little slower than “FINAL GIRLS” but than I found, once I stopped comparing the two, and delved deeper into the story, I started enjoying it more. Once I got to 60% I blew through it, and devoured that last of the book within hours, at one point I woke up around 4 a.m. and read until 5.30 a.m. just so I could finish the story, and find out how everything ended.
Sager has the most epic shock value to his books, they blow my mind with how twisted and shocking they can be. I absolutely loved the ending in this one, and I am so in love with his writing, and the horror stories he tells. This is another one I would die to see on the big screen. (Only if it was done well) I appreciate Sager’s story-telling. It’s like reading the script of this summers biggest blockbuster horror movie. I felt like I was at Camp Nightingale, and that some creep was watching me. This is such a multi layered plot, I promise you, if you think you have it figured out, you probably don’t. One thing I love about Sager, is he always leaves you hanging with the greatest WTF moments and endings. Let your imagination run wild with the ending of this one guys!
If you guys are debating on reading this one, do NOT hesitate, and schedule your reading time, because you will not want to put it down.