The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Published July 10th, 2018 by Dutton
Genres Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Final Girls by Riley Sager was one of my favorite books from 2017 so when I saw that the author had finished another book for publication in 2018, I immediately reached out to the publisher for an ARC.
The Last Time I lied follows Emma Davis, both in the present and in the past, 15 years ago, at Camp Nightingale. When Emma attended Camp Nightingale the first time, she was 13 and after arriving late, is placed in the Dogwood cabin with 3 older girls, Vivian, Natalie and Allison, all around the age of 16. One night, Emma awakes to the girls sneaking out of the cabin in the middle of the night and Vivian telling her to go back to sleep. The girls are never seen again. Fast forward 15 years and Emma is an artist living in New York. Her paintings are very popular, but the only thing she seems to be able to paint is the 3 missing girls, which she also paints over with trees, branches and leaves so no one else can see them. Her paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the owner of Camp Nightingale, who then asks Emma to come back as a painting instructor, as the camp is finally reopening. Emma decides to return, hoping that she can find some answers and maybe more on from what happened 15 years ago, as it still haunts her. However, after arriving Emma starts noticing things don’t seem quite right; there is a security camera pointed right at her cabin door and Emma starts to find clues Vivian left behind about the disturbing origins of the camp. As Emma continues to investigate, things take a startling turn and she finds herself in a seemingly familiar position.
I immediately loved this book from the very beginning. Emma is an interesting and well developed character and I enjoyed the fact that she is pretty open about what she is feeling. The book is told from her perspective and occurs during the present, with chapters flipping back to 15 years ago to tell the story of the first time she was at camp. Franny is another interesting character, along with Chet and Theo, Franny’s sons. There are also some other characters that attended camp with Emma 15 years ago, such as Becca, who also return for the camps reopening. As the book progresses, you start to wonder what is true and what isn’t. What is actually happening and what isn’t. I really enjoyed the plot and the book moves along a steady pace the entire time. I love the author’s writing and could picture the entire camp and surrounding lands easily while reading. The plot twists in this book are excellent, as is the ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you haven’t already, definitely add this to your TBR. Riley Sager has easily become one of my favorite authors with these first 2 books.
Thanks to Dutton Books for sending me an ARC of this book.