The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, 4 Stars

Y’all, I am so excited because there are so many amazing books coming out this summer! Providence by Carolyn Kepnes, Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris released on June 19 and today’s featured book–The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager–releases July 3!

Next month we also have Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell, Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott and in September, Mary Kubica’s newest, When the Light Goes Out comes out! I am so deliriously happy to be reading all these books by my favorite authors!

I’m sure there are so many more I am forgetting or don’t know about. What book are you most excited about this summer? Or books, because really, who can pick just one?

From the Publisher:

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.

My Review:

I loved Final Girls, Riley Sager’s first book. I reviewed it on this blog back in August, 2017. At the time some readers felt let down by it. I found it to be awesome, the perfect slasher/thriller with the perfect dose of campiness (is that a word?).

But guess what? I loved The Last Time I Lied even more! Riley Sager–whoever he/she is–has really honed their storytelling skills with this one.

The Last Time I Lied takes place at Camp Nightingale, an elite summer sleep-away camp for rich NYC girls. When we first meet Emma, she is the youngest of four girls staying in Dogwood cabin when one hot summer night,  the other three vanish into thin air. The resulting mystery takes us back and forth in time from present day to that fateful summer fifteen years before. And nothing is easily explained.

The Last Time I Lied has it all— a bit of history, suspense, a hot guy (I mean, you need this), and a cast of characters that is tricky. The reader just doesn’t know who to trust. But the layers of the story are what really makes it impossible to put down. Is the mystery Emma is trying to solve happening in present day, fifteen years ago, or much longer ago in the past before Camp Nightingale existed?

Special thanks to Penguin Group Dutton and Netgalley for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review.

This one is out July 3 and you NEED it.

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