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S Y N O P S I S // Two truths and a lie, it’s a game Vivian, Natalie, Allison and Emma played all the time at Camp Nightingale. Then one night Vivian, Natalie and Allison go missing - Emma being the last to see them as she woke to see the three sneaking out of their cabin late one night. Years later, Emma is a rising artist turning her haunting past into paintings - canvases filled with dark branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the camp owner, Francesca catches wind of the paintings she recruits Emma to return to Camp Nightingale as an art instructor. Once there Emma is assigned to the same cabin she slept in with the missing girls, but now things are different - there’s only one security camera and it’s pointing straight at Emma’s cabin door. After finding cryptic clues left by Vivian, Emma dives deep into her haunting past while she tries to sort through lies of the past and threats in the present. Is finally obtaining closure going to come at a deadly price? • R E V I E W // This was my first Riley Sager book which instantly made him and auto buy author for me. I was hooked from the start. This story weaves so perfectly through the past and present depicting the setting, the characters and the mystery so perfectly that I could not put it down. I really felt I was able to connect with each of the characters! Every single time I thought I had it figured out Riley Sager threw in an incredible twist that left me not only shocked but at a loss for words. Seriously.... there are so many twists! The ending was one I couldn’t have predicted even in my wildest imagination! It absolutely blew me away. I cannot express how crazy wild the ending was!!! This book was truly flawless, it is hands down, my favorite by Riley Sager but also one of my favorite books that I am always recommending. • #booksta #bookstagram #bibliophile #countdowntopubday #countdowntowntosurvivethenight #icantwaitfortuesday #bookreview #wildride #campnightingale #twotruthsandalie #myfavoriterileysagerbook #grippingread #fivestarread #psychologicalthriller #thriller #mystery #murder #murderymystery #thelasttimeilied #rileysager #readingismyescape #readingescape #literaryescape #accioliteraryescape
Emma remembers summer camp fifteen years ago when her three cabin mates disappeared. She’s now an artist and the three missing girls disappearing into the forest are the subject of most of her paintings. At her art show, the camp owner shows up, purchases one of her paintings and asks her to lunch. At lunch the next day, Emma is asked to be an art teacher to camp residents when it reopens. When she arrives she’s told the counselors are to pick a cabin to stay in with the campers, so Emma requests Dogwood, her old cabin. She’ll be the only adult in the cabin with three teens, Miranda, Krystal and Sasha. Emma is anxious about being back at the camp and every sight, sound and scent reminds her of fifteen years ago. When Miranda, Krystal and Sasha go missing, chaos erupts throughout the camp, accusations fly and the danger has just begun. A perfect mystery thriller, 5 stars!
I know I’ve only read two of his books, but man, Riley Sager is on a roll. The Last Time I Lied is about Emma Davis, a girl whose bunkmates went missing from their cabin at summer camp when she was thirteen. She spends the next fifteen years blaming herself for their disappearances. Now a successful artist, Emma paints her three missing friends in every one of her paintings, but only she knows they’re there. When Emma is approached by the billionaire owner of the camp to teach painting there over the summer, she takes the opportunity with the hopes of finding closure. When history starts to repeat itself, Emma realizes she has little time to figure out the truth of what happened in the past and why it’s happening again in the present. The entire story is told from Emma’s perspective in the present, and from her memories of the past. As the reader, I got the feeling she wasn’t being entirely truthful with me until almost the very end. I love an unreliable narrator, so I loved trying to put the pieces of the mystery together while also trying to figure out the truth about Emma. Sager is a master at keeping you guessing until the very end, and I was. I still have questions and doubts about the truth of the events that took place at Camp Nightingale. The transitions between the past and the present were seamless, and the dialogue felt incredibly real. I’m not sure how a man knows so much about what it’s like to be a teenage girl, but he captured their bitchy, two-faced ways perfectly. I have to say, I wasn’t as shocked by the ending as I thought I would be. While I knew Emma was onto something, I still had a feeling she wasn’t on the exact right track. The ending ended up falling a little flat for me and I think the main reason is because it wasn’t as black and white as Final Girls. However, I think that’s the beauty of this book. Emma told so many lies throughout the book that when the truth finally came out, I wasn’t certain I believed it. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but I still think there’s more to the story, and it makes me wonder a lot of things. I’m not sure I can say that I liked this better than Final Girls, because the two novels are so different, but The Last Time I Lied has a spot on my top 10 books of 2019 for sure.
I believe this is one of the best mystery books I've ever read. As a kid I've been camping so a story about kids who went missing from a summer camp got my interest. I liked the characters, but it was the story that I found most compelling. I enjoy a mystery where several scenario's and perpetrators are hinted at, yet in the end, there can only be one solution.
Best of all the ending answers all the questions I had, made sense to me and caught me by surprise. I think the author hit a grand slam with this one. About a hundred pages in I ordered another one of his books.
Om-GEEEE. If there’s a perfect ending to any book, “Riley Sager” wrote it when he penned the final pages of The Last Time I Lied. On the heels of enjoying Final Girls, I worried that a second Sager novel might not live up to my high expectations. I am glad to say I was so wrong. The Last Time I Lied occupies a lofty place among my absolute favorite novels: Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls and Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me to Be to name the top two.
Fifteen years ago, Emma attended the prestigious Camp Nightingale, a summer camp for privileged children. Younger than her bunkmates and immature by comparison, Emma ingratiated herself to the “group leader,” Vivian, a kind of bitchy older sister who, rather than tormenting Emma, took her under her wing as a prodigy. The two shared a dramatic love-hate relationship until Vivian and the other two girls went missing, a loss that has followed Emma into adulthood.
Fifteen years later, Emma is back at Camp Nightingale as it reopens at the behest of owner and philanthropist Franny, a woman about whom Emma has mixed feelings. Emma accused her son of having a hand in her friends’ disappearances and is suspicious about why she’s been invited back to teach art to a new group of less privileged campers. Still, Vivian knew something all those years ago and Emma’s obsession with her disappearance, and to a lesser degree her guilt over it, drives her deep into an old mystery. When her three new cabinmates go missing, she has no choice but to go right to the edge to find out what happened then and what is happening now.
I can’t say enough good about this book or about how talented an author “Riley Sager,” whose real name is actually Todd Ritter, is. I pay him the highest compliment when I say there is no way I’d have believed either book, which are female protagonist-centric and resoundingly accurate, could have been written by a man. He writes with authenticity about the insecurities and coming of age problems that women experience in a way that is so endearing and engaging. I have a hard time ever putting his books down while simultaneously never wanting them to end. I sympathized with Emma’s plight while feeling her need for closure and the immense distrust that came with being outcast and suspect in a place she was reluctant to return to. He never gives away too much of the mystery too early, instead pushing the reader toward the next page. He is a master craftsman and an inspiration. Kudos, man. I nearly cried at the end of The Last Time I Lied. Damn, that was one good book. I’m only sad that it’s over and that I can’t erase my memory to read it again for the first time.
I like the books by Riley Sager, but it seems to always take a long time to receive them. Not sure if they are never in stock or just what. Am still waiting for two more that were backordered to the end of the month or first part of September.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. This book is fantastic. Sager continues what he started in the Final Girls, which is to say, the creation of amazing characters and the development of their relationships. Emma Davis returns to the summer camp where three of her friends disappeared 15 years earlier. Hoping to move forward and get out of her artist's rut, she naturally stumbles onto something much bigger. I am amazed at the way Sager is able to develop characters, bringing them to life like some sort of paper-bound Frankenstein. Emma is amazing, and I found myself easily rooting for her, but even more, simply wanting to read about her. Sager's writing has improved, and he does an excellent job of balancing the cliches that can come with this sort of book, with the necessary elements that make it fresh. The fact that it is all set at a summer camp only makes it that much more perfect. I instantly imagined my own summer camp, which lined up nicely with Sager's descriptions, right down to the cabin names. Truly, this was a joyful read.
So by now, you have likely had the chance to read the synopsis of the book, and even better, may have already read the book. Immediately my response for the book, upon finishing it, I was blown away, and couldn’t even write my review as soon as I had finished. I was speechless, and I then uttered a few curse words because Sager has written yet another bloody brilliant book.
In FINAL GIRLS, Sager blew us out of the water with a thriller that focused mainly on two girls, and the very concept that they were the final girls left from slasher killings (even without the book revolving around the killings themselves) was enough to get into the readers psyche and make us terrified. In THE LAST TIME I LIED, he manages yet again to take the reader to a very vulnerable place, alongside the main character Emma, this time back to when she was a teenager, self-conscious and needing to be accepted, but how could it be worse than back then? Going back to the same camp as an adult where your friends went missing and you were accused of being responsible for it, that’s how. But Emma is going to figure out what really happened at Camp Nightingale all those years ago (Jason Voorhes had nothing to do with it). The book is absolute brilliance, in terms of pacing, use of different timelines (and we see this as a writing device a lot, but not always done well), depth of characters, and ultimately, the story has the best plot twist I could (never) have imagined. One of my best (sorry, Sir Sager) compliments is that I could swear Riley is a female author because he writes female voices so well. I don't know how he does it. But I know he will do it again when he writes another book!