The Blonde Bookworm: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager -- Review

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager -- Review

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Pages: 384
Publishing: July 3rd 2018 by Dutton


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.


I read Sager's first novel, Final Girls last summer and I absolutely loved it. So I was really excited to pick up The Last Time I Lied when it came out this year. This novel was a little different and not quite as gory, which I appreciated. It was filled with constant suspense and I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The story switched between past and present throughout the novel and I loved that change in pace because it added even more suspense. The characters were complex and I totally didn't see that ending coming! 

The Last Time I Lied was an entertained suspense novel filled with twists from the first page to the last. I read this book in about two days and couldn't force myself to put it down! If you are of fan of Sager's work or you love suspense novels, this one is for you! I would highly recommend it! Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for sending a copy in exchange for and honest review. 

Rating 4/5 


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