Riley Sager

Last Time I Lied

" ending I wasn’t expecting which is always a great ending to a book"


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.

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'Last Time I Lied' started off really, really slowly. The first half of the book contains little movement or action. There is a lot of detail that doesn't need to be there, and at times I was tempted to give up… but I am so pleased I didn't. The second half of the book more than makes up for the first. Giving an insight into summer camp (which I still can't understand why someone would want their child, or why the child themselves would want to live away from home for the whole summer), there is the story of how Camp Nightingale came to be, a map, plenty of suspects, and lots more lies. Not to mention one of Emma's friends coming back to haunt her. And lastly an ending that I wasn't expecting which is always a great ending to a book. If you do decide to read this (and I certainly recommend you do), persevere through the first half as the second half is definitely worth it. 'Last Time I Lied' is very well-written, has a great plot with some really interesting characters.

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