The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Published: July 3, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 8-14, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
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.
For me, Riley Sager is an author who has gotten better as he writes more. His first two books were not really for me, but books 3-5 are superb! I am glad I did not start off with reading his first two novels, but I usually give an author three chances, and his third book….Well… You will see that review tomorrow!
We get two timelines, present day and 15 years ago and we get Emma’s point of view. For me this one was just lacking in the suspense and intrigue, but I wanted to see how it would end. It really got moving around 75% in and I was into the book from that point. We do get answers to what happened in the past and then I enjoyed that final reveal.
Even though his first two novels were not for me, I really enjoyed his more recent novels and look forward to what he will write in the future!