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Book Review: Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

September 8, 2018 0 Comments
Last Time I LiedRiley SagerThrillerEbury Press3rd July 2018

Synopsis:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. 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. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.


Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager but soon discovers a security camera–the only one on the property–pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

Last Time I Lied

Spoiler-Free Review:

I was so excited to read ‘Last Time I Lied’ ever since I heard that it was being released, late last year. After receiving a copy in the mail, I have been dying to get to it ever since. After an eventful few months of University exams, I finally had time – and I’m happy to say it was definitely worth the wait!

I heard about Riley Sager in the summer of 2017, when his first book ‘Final Girls’ hit the shelves. It was an instant favourite in the bookish community, and I had lots of recommendations to read it afterwards. However, I didn’t quite get to it in the Autumn, and it slipped my mind. But when I saw that Sager was coming out with a new book, I couldn’t let that happen again.

The positives:

I flew through this book in a few days, and couldn’t focus on much else. I listened to the beginning on Audiobook and finished the rest with a hard copy.

The story follows the main character and narrator, Emma Davis, who returns to the summer camp where three of her friends went missing. As soon as Emma returns, creepy things start happening again. Everyone becomes a suspect, as Emma begins to unravel the mystery. I really enjoyed the plot of the book, which had a few good twists and turns.

In terms of the storyline, I loved following Emma’s train of thought as she tried to unravel the mystery from years before. This allowed me to get onto the same wavelength, figuring out things alongside her. I also thought Sager’s writing was very good, intriguing and suspenseful, perfect for a thriller.

The negatives:

However, I did find the ending of the book disappointing, overall, which took the book down from 5 stars to 4. Particularly, in the last chapter, where I felt as though the ending was rushed. I was left with questions and frustrations and feel as though the ending could be extended. The ending was arguably the most important plot point – where the beginning dragged on. It felt as if it had almost been thrown in, as an afterthought.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading ‘Final Girls’ next! If you’re looking for a suspenseful thriller, with a twisty and unique premise, then pick up ‘Last Time I Lied’. It would be the perfect Halloween read!

I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Ebury Press for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book.

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