The Last Time I Lied
Publication date: 03 Jul 2018
3/5 Stars: I liked it
In his 2017 International Blockbuster Thriller “Final Girls,” Riley Sager established himself as a deft writer who could keep readers breathlessly turning page after page as they followed his twisting tale of murder and suspense. His latest novel, “The Last Time I Lied,” proves that Sager has what it takes to deliver satisfying mysteries with a touch of the macabre.
NYC artist Emma Davis finally gains recognition for her dramatic wall-sized paintings, which hide secrets from her childhood. Emma’s paintings are inspired by ghosts from her past; three girls who disappeared from their shared cabin at summer camp.
Heeding the call of the former camp owner, and hoping to find the resolution to her own unanswered questions, Emma returns to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. But cryptic messages, overt surveillance, and ambiguous threats cause Emma to question her hold on reality.
Fast-paced, edgy, and with plot-twists around every corner, “The Last Time I lied” is a must read for mystery/ suspense fans.
I received a complimentary copy of The Last Time I lied from NetGalley.com
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In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.
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.