The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars


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.


Thank you so much to Dutton, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

THE LAST TIME I LIED was such a fantastic and thrilling  psychological thriller. I was completely blown away with that ending!

I was extremely excited to receive an early copy of this book. After reading Final Girls last year it quickly became my new favorite thriller, until I finished this book. I was really impressed with this book, it was everything I was hoping for and more. Riley Sager’s second book pays homage to horror films in terms of nostalgic feelings and
settings, it reminded me of Sleepaway Camp and Crystal Lake .The descriptions will make you feel as if you’re right there in the forest. My absolute favorite thing about this book was the mysterious setting of Camp Nightingale.

The Last Time I Lied follows the story about Emma a thirteen year old girl, who is gone to spend her summer at Camp Nightingale. Because she is late to arrive she is to stay in a cabin with three older girls. She becomes close to Vivian, the queen bee of camp.Emma idolizes Vivian to a point where she obsesses over her every move. One night the three older girls leave the cabin at night, and never return. Fifteen years later the camp is to reopen and the owner has asked Emma to be the painting instructor.  Wanting to find out the truth about the missing girls,Emma agrees to return to camp.

Emma was the perfect unreliable narrator, you know she has a secret and you question her sanity as she searches for answers.  The other character’s were interesting too, my favorite being Vivian I really wanted to know what happened to her and the other girls.

I don’t want to say too much about this book, because I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone else.This is one of my new favorite books, and I highly recommend picking it up this summer if your in the mood for a creepy atmospheric thriller. This will be released on July 3, 2018. Riley Sager has really impressed me and I will read anything he publishes in the future.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

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