Review | The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

“What none of them understand is that the point of the game isn’t to fool others with a lie. The goal is to trick them by telling the truth.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: deep lakes, campers, bunk beds, red paint, small cabins, security cameras, old photographs, statues, wooden boxes, s’mores, fires, gaps, bracelets, crows, paintings, swimming lessons, heart shaped glasses, secrets and lies.

Fifteen years ago, summer camper Emma Davis watched sleepily as her three cabin mates snuck out of their cabin in the dead of night. The last she–and 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 NYC art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings.. They catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale–and when Francesca implores Emma to return to the camp as a painting counselor, Emma sees an opportunity to find closure and move on.

Yet, it is immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by surfacing memories, Emma is suddenly plagued by a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca, and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian apparently left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. And as history begins to repeat itself and three girls go missing again, Emma must face threats from both man and nature in order to uncover all the buried secrets–including what really happened all those years ago.

This book hooked me from the first pages! I need to read more Riley Sager books, because even though I haven’t read a lot from him, he really has a special talent for keeping the reader interested in his mysteries.

This story in particular was amazing and it was very difficult to put the book down! I just got so excited everytime a new clue came up to add another piece to the puzzle!

The writing style is very similar to his other book Lock Every Door, so if you liked that, you’ll probably like this one too. The stories have nothing in common, but the writing style is very similar – especially the way the mystery keeps building up.

I don’t know what to feel about the ending. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but there is such a huge build up during the entire book that you kind of expect the ending to be extremely shocking. The reality is that I kind of figured out what happened (well, only part of it anyways), so I wasn’t extremely surprised with the final explanation. I will say there were a lot of things I wasn’t expecting, especially regarding the last few pages! The shocking value was there, definitely.

It was a good book, I really want to read more from this author!


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