The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Thanks to Dutton Books for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Goodreads 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…
Review: Welcome to Camp Nightingale. Last summer I fell in love with Final Girls and have been impatiently awaiting the release of Sager’s new novel ever since he said he had one in the works at a book signing back in October. I was not disappointed. I stayed up into the early hours, unable to turn the pages fast enough. I’m not even sure that I could pick a favorite. This one was undoubtably slower to start, but as someone who spent every summer at a girls camp, it was nostalgic for me and I was immediately sucked in.
When I reached part two my jaw hit the floor, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t figured it out. At the end as the action reaches a climax, I could completely empathize with the feeling of claustrophobia. I’ve never felt so anxious for a character before. I can see how some people may find the ending a little too unrealistic, but it still worked for me. I love Sager’s writing and the story lines he comes up with are brilliant. Not that there was any doubt before, but I am 100% a forever fan of Riley Sager.
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Overall Rating: 5/5