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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Em Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. 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. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends. Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.


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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Em Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. 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. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends. Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

30 review for The Last Time I Lied

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    BREAKING NEWS!: The Last Time I Lied has been picked up by Amazon Studios to be developed into a series. https://www.amazonbookreview.com/post... Two truths and a lie: 1. This book rocked. 2. Riley Sager is a thriller writing phenom. 3. I hate reading. Pretty sure you’ve got me figured out. Disclaimer : I get really really ridiculously excited about good thrillers now and tend to use an excess of exclamation points, so this is just a preemptive “please excuse my flabbergabbling.” This is a true th BREAKING NEWS!: The Last Time I Lied has been picked up by Amazon Studios to be developed into a series. https://www.amazonbookreview.com/post... Two truths and a lie: 1. This book rocked. 2. Riley Sager is a thriller writing phenom. 3. I hate reading. Pretty sure you’ve got me figured out. Disclaimer : I get really really ridiculously excited about good thrillers now and tend to use an excess of exclamation points, so this is just a preemptive “please excuse my flabbergabbling.” This is a true thriller in the sense of the word - it’s thrilling with understated suspense and it will creep you out in the best way possible. So compulsively readable and intriguing, I could not put this one down until I knew how it ended. Oh the twists and the turns and the theories that I had, that were all wrong by the way! It’s also super cinematic - I could totally see this one being turned into a film. Riley Sager has weaved an intoxicating tale of girls gone missing at a sleep away camp. There is a huge cast of characters, none of which you will trust, and a highly unreliable narrator. I loved how every flashback chapter was an answer to the question the previous chapter put forward. Everything was connected. You had all the pieces but no answers and had to figure it all out with the main character. The best kind of stories are the ones that can scare you silly without any violence. And that is exactly what you will find here. There is one teensy tiny detail of the conclusion that I have a question about and I need to discuss further. Riley Sager, shoot me an email so we can discuss! 4.5 super creepy stars! Thank you to Dutton Books for my review copy! This was a buddy read with the Traveling Sisters - Berit, Brenda, Holly B, Mackenzie and Marialyce. Loved that you were all as equally enthusiastic about this one as I was!

  2. 3 out of 5

    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    FIVE STARS I’m trying my best to contain my excitement and review Riley Sager’s new book in a professional manner. YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! See that? I only used one exclamation point. I want at least 300 more! It is a spanking good, cracker jack of a novel that I could not stop reading for two days. THE LAST TIME I LIED is a brilliant and campy (pun intended) mystery for all you grown up fans of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. It will be the 2018 summer-beach-novel-must-read! This is a nostalgic and t FIVE STARS I’m trying my best to contain my excitement and review Riley Sager’s new book in a professional manner. YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! See that? I only used one exclamation point. I want at least 300 more! It is a spanking good, cracker jack of a novel that I could not stop reading for two days. THE LAST TIME I LIED is a brilliant and campy (pun intended) mystery for all you grown up fans of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. It will be the 2018 summer-beach-novel-must-read! This is a nostalgic and twisted look back at your own summer camp memories. It’s terrific fun! I'm crazy about Sager’s deceptively easy writing style. He breezes right through the telling of the story, all the while creating mood, atmosphere and the fun kind of dread you get in the pit of your stomach while watching a horror flick. The pages suck you in and Sager holds your hand as he walks you through the creepy story that began 15 years ago at Camp Nightingale. Three out of four girls disappeared from the Dogwood cabin and that fourth girl? She suffered a nervous breakdown in the months following the disappearance of her friends. In a way, she is the SOLE SURVIVOR, and if you loved Final Girls you know what that means. Yes, Emma is a Final Girl and she is a sympathetic and very unreliable narrator. Emma has a chance to return to the camp fifteen years later, and of course, in Riley Sager’s world, she goes back to teach art at the camp. Oh, and to solve the old mystery while confronting her many demons. Please don’t bother to read the overly long and convoluted book jacket synopsis. It almost scared me away. So many names that are meaningless until you read the story. If you liked FINAL GIRLS, you will love THE LAST TIME I LIED. It is also delicious reading for fans of The Chalk Man or Good Me, Bad Me. THE LAST TIME I LIED is not going to be published until July 2018, I'm sorry to say. However---it is sooooooo worth the wait! It’s a completely different story from FINAL GIRLS, but the same brilliant author supervising the fun. Many thanks to Dutton Publishers and Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This is how it begins. I'll admit, I wasn't as intoxicated with Final Girls last year as the general public seemed to be, but I was in tune enough to realize that Riley Sager has some serious talent in his writing repertoire. His stories are darkly compulsive, and I've come to find that his growth in the psychological thriller field is enormous between his first book (good) and his second one (great). This is EXACTLY what I like to see in an author's pattern of book releases, and I honestly could This is how it begins. I'll admit, I wasn't as intoxicated with Final Girls last year as the general public seemed to be, but I was in tune enough to realize that Riley Sager has some serious talent in his writing repertoire. His stories are darkly compulsive, and I've come to find that his growth in the psychological thriller field is enormous between his first book (good) and his second one (great). This is EXACTLY what I like to see in an author's pattern of book releases, and I honestly couldn't be more excited for where his next work takes us. You see the fine grains of the pine plank wall, smell the traces of campfire smoke in your hair, and know exactly where you are. Camp Nightingale. I would say the format of storytelling is similar to Final Girls, and both books are dark psychological thrillers, but the similarities end there. Where the previous novel was more of a slasher thriller with a YA vibe, this one was a more grown up, complex psychological thriller that was driven by the multiple mysteries at hand. While I can't put my finger on exactly what it is that I liked more about The Last Time I Lied, I think it had something to do with the timing of reading it, plus the fact that this one felt far less formulaic and engaged my brain power as a reader, rather than just expecting me to sit back and be entertained alone. So much water. So much land. So many places to disappear. It's tricky to go into details without spoiling any of the book, but it's definitely one that will grasp your attention from the prologue. The story is told alternating between flashbacks during Emma's first stay at Camp Nightingale and present day, which is 15 years in the future. What looks like a straightforward investigation into the disappearance of Emma's three friends from the past turns into a hella good suspenseful romp into so many different directions that I had to re-read one of the reveal sections FOUR TIMES before I could move forward because- Sager fooled me! As an avid suspense aficionado, it's a feeling that I don't get often these days and cherish when the opportunity comes along. You think of all these things and begin to scream. I'm still torn on how I feel about a few aspects of the ending, but overall I was very pleased with each facet of this one. It was entertaining, engaging, and had that "unputdownable" factor we have all come to crave from our latest read. If you've been eagerly anticipating this one as much as I have over the past year, I hope you're as satisfied with the pay off as I was. At a time that I've been almost ready to give up on psychological thrillers, I am so thrilled to have consumed this one and for it redeeming the genre in my eyes and persuading me to ride the suspense train a little bit longer. * I received a review copy from the publisher.

  4. 3 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    🚣🏻♀ 5 Stars for Riley Sager’s campy summer mystery - The Last Time I Lied 🏕 I was uneasy the entire time I read this book. Part of that was my own excited expectations/anticipation of the book but the other part was Sager’s writing. He knows how to create an elusive mood that leaves you full of dread, yet wanting more. You’re reading, turning page after page, just waiting for “that something” to happen. You know it’s coming. You’re creeped out and suspicious of everyone. You can’t put the bo 🚣🏻‍♀️ 5 Stars for Riley Sager’s campy summer mystery - The Last Time I Lied 🏕 I was uneasy the entire time I read this book. Part of that was my own excited expectations/anticipation of the book but the other part was Sager’s writing. He knows how to create an elusive mood that leaves you full of dread, yet wanting more. You’re reading, turning page after page, just waiting for “that something” to happen. You know it’s coming. You’re creeped out and suspicious of everyone. You can’t put the book down because you simply have to know where its all going. That’s my reading experience with this book in a nutshell and I loved every minute of it. Sager masterfully spun a tale that is told in two different times - the present & past (told via flashback from 15 years ago). It all began at Camp Nightingale 15 years prior when three girls disappear from Dogwood cabin. Emma, the youngest of the four girls rooming in the cabin was the only one left. She is deeply affected by the disappearance of her friends and is haunted by the girls throughout her life. Emma is unable to come to terms with the terrible tragedy because they never fully learned what happened to the girls that fateful summer night. Flash forward 15 years and Camp Nightingale is once again opening its doors to campers. Emma has been invited to teach art at the camp for the summer and of course she accepts. It’s her chance to finally solve the mystery and hopefully put the events of that summer behind her. Emma is a wonderfully sympathetic yet unreliable narrator. Can her memories be trusted when she herself admits to having had a nervous breakdown in the months after her first camp experience? There were so many secrets that it was nearly impossible to figure out what was true and what wasn’t. There were so many well crafted layers to this mystery! I literally suspected everyone, trusted no one & still had it all wrong in the end. I LOVE when I don’t see "it" coming. It was all there, the crumbs had been woven into the story but with Emma being such an unreliable narrator you simply don’t know what to think or who to believe. The book had me riveted from beginning to end. I too was on a search for the truth with Emma amidst all the secrets, lies & guilt. I definitely recommend this read to fellow mystery fans and hope it will keep you second guessing just as it did me! The Last Time I Lied has even been picked up by Amazon Studios to be adapted into a limited series!!! Yay, I can't wait!!!!! You can read all about it here if you'd like --> https://www.amazonbookreview.com/post... Thank you to NetGalley, Dutton, Penguin Books, and Riley Sager for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    “Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.” Picture this: Sleepaway camp. 4 girls share a cabin until the day 3 disappear never to be found. One 13-year-old girl is left to tell their story. But her stories are built around lies. 15 years later, the same girl returns to the camp to teach art and assist the owner’s new charitable endeavor. She is assigned to the same cabin that the girls disappeared from. Once again, 3 girls go missing. Something is amiss at Cam “Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.” Picture this: Sleepaway camp. 4 girls share a cabin until the day 3 disappear never to be found. One 13-year-old girl is left to tell their story. But her stories are built around lies. 15 years later, the same girl returns to the camp to teach art and assist the owner’s new charitable endeavor. She is assigned to the same cabin that the girls disappeared from. Once again, 3 girls go missing. Something is amiss at Camp Nightingale. The Last Time I Lied is a tension-packed, atmospheric thriller! Sager brings Camp Nightingale to life: from the eerie camp grounds, to the mysterious lake, to the campfire smoke, to the angst of the teenage campers, I was transported. This element of the novel felt so real and made this book for me! While things start off a little slow, I was interested enough in the mystery to keep on reading. Bits and pieces are gradually revealed, dark twists and turns occur, culminating in an over-the-top ending. While this element would normally have taken me out of a book, in this instance, it had me smiling (in a good way)! Overall, The Last Time I Lied was a fun, suspenseful read that left me wanting more! I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss+ and Dutton, Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars While reading my second book by Sager, I can't help but think that he is an 80's horror movie fan or at least grew up in the 80's watching these flicks. His other book, "Final Girls" read like an 80's horror film to me (which I loved!) and while reading The Last Time I Lied, I felt as if I was at Camp Crystal Lake....oops...I meant at Camp Nightingale. And no, there is no killer in a hockey mask chasing camp counselors through the woods here, but it does have a camp in the middle of the 4.5 stars While reading my second book by Sager, I can't help but think that he is an 80's horror movie fan or at least grew up in the 80's watching these flicks. His other book, "Final Girls" read like an 80's horror film to me (which I loved!) and while reading The Last Time I Lied, I felt as if I was at Camp Crystal Lake....oops...I meant at Camp Nightingale. And no, there is no killer in a hockey mask chasing camp counselors through the woods here, but it does have a camp in the middle of the woods, where campers tell each other rumors about the camp’s dark history. Is there any truth to these rumors or are the girls just trying to scare each other? When Emma was thirteen years old her parents sent her to "camp rich bitch" a.k.a. Camp Nightingale. Since she arrived late, she is placed in a cabin called Dogwood with three older teens: Vivian, Allison, and Natalie. One-night Emma wakes to see the trio sneaking out and is told she is to0 young to go with them. The three teens are never seen again. Fifteen years later, Emma is an artist who cannot stop drawing the images of the missing girls in her artwork. She is still haunted by that summer and the events which led up to the disappearance of the missing teens. When the camp owner, Francesca Harris-White, invites her to return to the camp for its re-opening, Emma is torn but eventually agrees to teach art lessons at the camp. Emma hopes this will help her move on and come to terms with the events of that summer and the disappearance of her bunk mates. From the start, things don't seem to be going according to plan. Emma is back in the cabin she shared with the missing girls fifteen years ago. This is only the beginning. Searching for the truth, she stumbles upon some clues left behind by one of the girls. Someone must not have warned her to "be careful what you wish/look for” What happens when what you've been searching for, comes looking for you? Will finding the truth set her free or make things worse? Can you ever go back again? YES, she does go back ...but you know what I mean. A lot of characters have secrets in this book - I loved this! The cabin mates loved to play "two truths and a lie". I felt as if I were playing that game right along with them, trying to decipher what was real, what was a lie, who is lying (if anyone), who is being deceptive, who is reliable, etc. This was a fun and creepy (yes things can be fun and creepy at the same time!) jaunt through the woods! Ahhh, I could hear the twigs breaking underfoot, see the ripples in the lake and hear the birds chirping. What I couldn't do was find those missing "mean girls." I dare you..no wait..I triple dog dare you to try and figure this book out! If you do, then you are a better super sleuth that I am! I pinkie promise you that this book delivers on a few twist and turns. There are a lot of characters in this book, but I never found this to be confusing. I found it easy to keep track of everyone. Some of the characters are likable, some not so much, some are mean, some seem too syrupy sweet, some will seem deceptive and some you may not trust. I love how he draw them to stir the plot and keep the reader guessing. At first this book did seem a little slow to me, mainly because I wanted to be instantly grabbed by this book as I was Final Girls. But I found as I kept reading, I became hooked. Going back and forth in time, looking for clues, I was invested in learning what happened. I felt for characters and was suspicious of them, and then a character would do something or say something and then I suspected them. Thus, I was intrigued and HAD to know whodunit! The woods, cabin and lake were the perfect back drop for this riveting book about missing girls, the search for the truth, the pains of growing up, and the guilt of lies. I received a copy of this book from Dutton Publishing and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    2.5 Stars. I’m honestly so conflicted on this book that I don’t even want to write a review because I’m not really sure where my thoughts are. Did I like it at all? Did I absolutely hate it? I honestly can’t tell you. CW: violence, drowning, peeping toms, cancer, schizophreniform While I enjoyed Riley Sager’s previous work, Final Girls, I had some issues with the writing. While I do feel that many of those issues were resolved in The Last Time I Lied, I actually prefer Final Girls. Final Girls was 2.5 Stars. I’m honestly so conflicted on this book that I don’t even want to write a review because I’m not really sure where my thoughts are. Did I like it at all? Did I absolutely hate it? I honestly can’t tell you. CW: violence, drowning, peeping toms, cancer, schizophreniform While I enjoyed Riley Sager’s previous work, Final Girls, I had some issues with the writing. While I do feel that many of those issues were resolved in The Last Time I Lied, I actually prefer Final Girls. Final Girls was intriguing to me as it is a twist on a famous trope in horror, whereas The Last Time I Lied is fairly similar to many thrillers out there. I do think The Last Time I Lied is a better constructed novel, but I wasn’t all that entertained by this story. By the end, I was finishing it just to finish it. I did notice one inconsistency in the story. A significant plot point is the revelation of Emma’s past mental health history through a “background check” when she agrees to work at the camp. Immediately, this struck me as odd because in America, the HIPAA law protects your personal health information, therefore, employers have no access to medical records through background checks. It is clear Emma did not consent to providing them with this information and also unlikely the head of camp would have gone through illegal methods to obtain this info, based on the context of the camp’s re-opening. I also consulted with a professional in the mental health field who confirmed there’s no way for mental health records to be revealed in a background check without consent. This is particularly disappointing as a large part of the plot progression and why Emma is considered a non-credible witness and an unreliable narrator by readers is due to the reveal of her mental health issues as a teen. A large chunk of this story is completely invalidated because there is no way her mental health history would have been revealed in this way. I hate to be that reviewer who gets stuck on a single inconsistency about the story, but having an incorrect piece of information play a large part of your story is something that needs to be discussed. I’ve been desperately looking for a reasonable explanation, but it seems this falsehood was entirely ignored by the author/publisher. None of the characters stood out to me. I felt almost all of them were characters I’ve read before. Excluding Emma, I found few characters to be well-developed and have a multitude of motivations. Vivian is the only notable character, but I wouldn’t consider that a compliment as the only reason she stands out is because she’s an overly-sexualized teenager written entirely through a male-gaze. She made me uncomfortable, and not in the way you want to be uncomfortable while reading a thriller. Also, the theme of “lying” was shoved down my throat so much, it was suffocating. We get it. ~Everyone lies so we can’t trust any of the characters.~ It’s like the author thinks readers aren’t capable of figuring that out themselves. I was so over the blatant attention to lies at the very beginning of the work. Many of the positive reviews of this novel mention the “shocking, twist ending” and I concur – the very last moments of this book caught me off guard. But it personally was not enough to save a story I didn’t fully enjoy otherwise. I’m aware I’m the unpopular opinion for this book, but it wasn’t a great read for me. I can’t for the life of me tell you why, but I’ll probably give Riley Sager another try in the future. I guess that says something about his ability to draw in readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Riley Sager somehow surpasses the amazing hype surrounding his first novel, Final Girls, with an absolutely compulsively-good psychological thriller full or secrets, lies, and shocking truths that you won’t be able to put down! I have to say, I have read some outstanding books already in 2018, but this is by far the best psychological thriller for me this year! I was captivated by this book! I have a list of quotes and notes several pages long that I pulled while reading. Since I reached the sho Riley Sager somehow surpasses the amazing hype surrounding his first novel, Final Girls, with an absolutely compulsively-good psychological thriller full or secrets, lies, and shocking truths that you won’t be able to put down! I have to say, I have read some outstanding books already in 2018, but this is by far the best psychological thriller for me this year! I was captivated by this book! I have a list of quotes and notes several pages long that I pulled while reading. Since I reached the shocking ending (seriously! What an ending!!!), I have been going back to those quotes and notes and finding even more clues and meaning in them. We read this as a Traveling Sister read, and the discussion has been so engaging and wonderful. We each are finding clues that give us a new theory about aspects of the book. I wish I could share, but you should go in and experience this one as it is written! You will find your own path through the mysterious web of truth and lies, and I think this one will keep you guessing!! About the Book Emma Davis was 13 years old when she first attended Camp Nightingale—a summer sleepaway camp for the upper-class girls of the northeastern states. Emma is late—her mother didn’t mention that she would be away all summer until the first day of camp—and so she is placed into a tiny cabin with popular senior campers Vivian, Natalie, and Allison. Emma immediately bonds with the beautiful, enigmatic Vivian. Vivian feels like the older sister Emma always wanted. The girls quickly engage Emma in their favorite game, two truths and a lie. The point of the game is to trick others into believing your lie. And then one night, Emma watches the girls sneak out of the cabin. By the next morning, they’ve disappeared for good, and Emma is left wondering if she could have stopped them. Two truths… At 28, Emma is a successful painter with a gallery full of her Forest series—paintings inspired by the forest at Camp Nightingale and her lingering questions around that summer. Not a day goes by that Emma doesn’t think about the three missing girls, particularly Vivian. And then Franny, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, approaches Emma with an offer—return to Camp Nightingale’s grand re-opening. Emma thinks this may be her opportunity to finally process what happened to her friends and move on for good. But all is not as it seems once she arrives at Camp Nightingale. And a lie… But Emma has secrets she has never revealed to anyone. About that summer. About the girls. Emma may know more about what happened than she admits. Though Emma tries to live a life of truths, she can’t seem to escape her lies that summer. And it seems that someone out there knows what Emma lied about, and is trying to make Emma pay. Can Emma find the truth before her lies catch up to her? Reflection I cannot put into words how wonderful this book is! It has layers upon layers of secrets, lies, and mystery that I continue to peel back, even after finishing. Small moments that seemed innocuous at first reading take on so much meaning as I discovered more about the events at Camp Nightingale. The characters are all slightly unsettling in a good way. You’re never totally sure that anyone is telling the full truth. But as Vivian says, lying is how you win the game. One of my absolute favorite things about this book was the mysterious setting of Camp Nightingale. Sager uses the setting as a character in and of itself. He says at one point, “Like most old structures, there's a heaviness to the Lodge, a somberness. I think of all the years it's witnessed. All those seasons and storms and secrets...” The description of a place as having a memory; of knowing all of the secrets, and it creating a personality to the building that may not exist if things had been different. Emma reflects at one point that she was getting reacquainted with the lake, only to then state that actually, it felt like the lake was getting reacquainted with her. And then at other times several characters mention the forest as inviting them in, and the pull it has for those at the camp. The setting of the book completely came alive through Sager’s wonderful writing. It became a force within the story that held the clues to the mystery, if only Emma could be brave enough to ask. And finally, THAT ENDING! I can’t say much more because I refuse to spoil even a second of this wonderful ending, but boy-oh-boy was I paging back and forward, processing what I just read. I can’t wait for readers to discover this book for themselves! The entire book is a masterpiece, and one I already am planning to read again. And like all of the best books, I already know that each time I read it, I’ll get a bit more out of it. Thank you so much to Dutton, Penguin Books, and Riley Sager for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Holy Shooty Balls this was a good one! 😝 I absolutely LOVED this book! THE LAST TIME I LIED by RILEY SAGER was an absolutely fantastic, compulsive, thrilling, and tension filled psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and racing through those pages as fast as I could to see how this story was going to end. I was totally blown away with that absolutely shocking and surprise ending! I did another whoop at books end. RILEY SAGER delivers an extremely detailed, twisty, atmospheric and well Holy Shooty Balls this was a good one! 😝 I absolutely LOVED this book! THE LAST TIME I LIED by RILEY SAGER was an absolutely fantastic, compulsive, thrilling, and tension filled psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and racing through those pages as fast as I could to see how this story was going to end. I was totally blown away with that absolutely shocking and surprise ending! I did another whoop at books end. RILEY SAGER delivers an extremely detailed, twisty, atmospheric and well-written story here. I absolutely love his writing style and the way that he set the mood was pretty much perfect for a creepy and thrilling reading experience for me. I had that uneasy and apprehensive feeling throughout most of this novel which I am always seeking from my thrillers. This one definitely delivered! This novel was so gripping and intriguing and in my opinion had the perfect setting. The creepy woods, cabin, and the eerie lake with the camp setting was so good. The camp setting had me reminiscing about my summer camp memories when I was younger. I couldn’t help thinking Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys while I was reading this one too. Also, another fun aspect of this novel was the game “two truths and a lie” that the girls played at Camp Nightingale in their cabin. I’m not going to lie - I absolutely loved this book! Would highly recommend! Expected Publishing Date: July 10, 2018 Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Dutton Publishing, and Riley Sager for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading. https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com Coulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    6 Strikingly Stupendous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Yes six, seis, sexe,sechs,sei.... and I’m sure whatever language you choose to read this book in the result will be the same... it was just that fabulous! Two truths and a lie... 1 I never gush over books! 2 this was the best book I’ve read so far this year!!! 3 Riley Sager is being added to my list of authors who I will autobuy/request. I’m sure you figured it out... I am the queen of gushing! And this is a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops! From 6 Strikingly Stupendous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Yes six, seis, sexe,sechs,sei.... and I’m sure whatever language you choose to read this book in the result will be the same... it was just that fabulous! Two truths and a lie... 1 I never gush over books! 2 this was the best book I’ve read so far this year!!! 3 Riley Sager is being added to my list of authors who I will autobuy/request. I’m sure you figured it out... I am the queen of gushing! And this is a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops! From first page to last this book had me captivated... this is going to sound odd but I felt as though I was in a forest of browns and greens every time I pick this book up.... it was so atmospheric and descriptive that I felt as though I was there at camp with these girls... The forest, the lake, the tension was all drawn so well by Sager... I could smell the trees, feel the water, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book! Emma is a “final girl“ how appropriate is that? when she was at camp 15 years ago she was the only girl from her cabin to not disappear ... my only complaint of Sager’s previous book was I would have liked the psychology of these “final girls” to have been explored more in depth , so... what a treat this book was! Emma now a well respected artist paints these girls in all her paintings... she sees Vivian everywhere... and she cannot let go of the fact that she had something to do with their disappearance... that is all I am saying about the plot, I do not want to ruin this gem of a book for you... I am just so jealous of all of you who have not read this yet, what a treat you have in front of you! A campy book that will grab onto you and will not let go... a book filled with twists, Twists, and more twists, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out..... an ending you will not see coming! Emphatically recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the psychological thriller genre! If you liked “Final Girls you will love “The Last Time I Lied” and that is no lie! *** many thanks to Penguin Dutton for my copy of this book ***

  11. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Riley Sager has done it again!! Thrilling from beginning to end. This one kept me guessing until the final pages! When Emma Davis first went to Camp Nightingale she was late; her parents doing. Subsequently, she got stuck in a cabin with girls much older than herself. Luckily, her pretty and popular bunkmate, Vivian, quickly took Emma under her wing and she began to have a camp experience unlike anything the other girls her age were experiencing. Unfortunately, one night, on the 4th of July, her Riley Sager has done it again!! Thrilling from beginning to end. This one kept me guessing until the final pages! When Emma Davis first went to Camp Nightingale she was late; her parents doing. Subsequently, she got stuck in a cabin with girls much older than herself. Luckily, her pretty and popular bunkmate, Vivian, quickly took Emma under her wing and she began to have a camp experience unlike anything the other girls her age were experiencing. Unfortunately, one night, on the 4th of July, her three cabinmates disappear, never to be seen again. That night continues to haunt Emma, even fifteen years later when we meet her. Now a successful painter living in NYC she continues to meld the haunting images of her camp experience into her work. Invited back to Camp Nightingale by the wealthy owner, Franny Harris-White, to be an art instructor, Emma begrudgingly accepts, thinking she can finally figure out what happened to her friends. Once Emma returns to Camp she is reunited with many individuals who were also there her first time round; including the handsome Theo Harris-White, Emma's crush from THAT summer. This story is darkly atmospheric and filled with mystery and dread. For me, Sager's writing is so cinematic - as I am reading, the entire drama is unfolding in my mind with the perfect clarity of a movie - I felt the same way with Final Girls. His descriptions and feelings are so easy to follow and imagine and are definitely one of my favorite things about his writing. As the story unfolds, there are multiple occasions where you think you know what happened all those years ago, but those thoughts are quickly dashed away by new information becoming available. The cast of characters was fantastic and past and present unfolded with such ease and excitement that it made this novel very fast-paced! I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book - I loved it - would read it again and would recommend to any thriller or horror reader. I cannot wait to see what Sager comes up with next! You better believe I will be waiting for it and buying it on release. Thank you so much to the publisher, Dutton Press, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. It was a highlight of my year for sure and I greatly appreciate the opportunity! Original: Squeals with delight when arc is received - one of my most anticipated books of the year!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina - Traveling Sister

    3.5 well, lakes and summer camps are now on my shifty list stars!!!! Full review along with a recipe for Ratatouille featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!! When Emma Davis was just 13 years old she attended summer camp at the prestigious Camp Nightingale (known to kids at her school as Camp Rich Bitch). Emma is the last to arrive and the last to leave, what happens in-between is every camper’s worst nightmare. One night, after an argument gone awry Emma’s three cabin mates (Vivian, Natalie and A 3.5 well, lakes and summer camps are now on my shifty list stars!!!! Full review along with a recipe for Ratatouille featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!! When Emma Davis was just 13 years old she attended summer camp at the prestigious Camp Nightingale (known to kids at her school as Camp Rich Bitch). Emma is the last to arrive and the last to leave, what happens in-between is every camper’s worst nightmare. One night, after an argument gone awry Emma’s three cabin mates (Vivian, Natalie and Alison) sneak out – never to be heard from or seen again. Vanishing into thin air. Everything is a game, Em. Whether you know it or not. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes, it’s the only way to win. Now 15 years later Emma is gaining notoriety for her art work. Little do her adoring new fans know – this is a lesson in obsession. An inability to let the past go. Emma can only paint one thing: Camp Nightingale and the 3 girls forever vanishing into the woods. To say she obsesses over the girls and their ultimate demise is the understatement of the century. It is an all-consuming need that shapes Emma and her life from the moment she entered the camp and it has never relinquished its grip. When former Camp Nightingale owner Francesca Harris-White (Franny) approaches and purchases one of Emma’s paintings and asks to have lunch, Emma can’t help her weary curiosity. Franny is here to offer Emma a job. Fifteen years after the closing of Camp Nightingale, Franny wishes to reopen its doors with a new mission to allow girls in based on merit instead of wealth and she wants Emma to be a painting instructor. So much water. So much land. So many places to disappear. Sager is a true master of suspense building. While he’s fallen to a lot of typical thriller/mystery topes (unreliable narrator, suspicious wealthy family hiding secrets) he brings a fresh take to these over-done story lines and builds a need within the reader to race to the finish. This one won’t have you wanting to skim just to get to the “who dunnit” at the end but rather savor the pieces and clues that Sager delves out with a deft hand. In the end there are ultimately two back-to-back bombshells that are dropped on the reader fairly close together. What I’ll give The Last Time I Lied is that it’s one of the most surprised I’ve been in reading a thriller in a long time. However, while surprise is generally the end goal of a mystery – it doesn’t always mean its well done. Sager’s writing is unceasingly well-done, his prose are detailed and bright. However, I was left here disappointed in the development into the final twists and the ultimate ending. It felt to me a bit out of left field and the penultimate twist felt disconnected to the web that Sager wove and I was hoping for something deeper from it. Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it's the only way to win. Despite a few misgivings I really enjoyed this edge-of-your-seat thriller and I’m thrilled to have found such an amazing author whose future books I’ll immediately be picking up. The writing is top notch and the suspense is thick and heavy throughout. While many of the characters weren’t particularly likeable Sager shows that isn’t always necessary to create a gripping read that once you sink your teeth into – you won’t be able to step away. I completed this as a Traveling Friends read and it was a real treat to discuss with others!

  13. 3 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    Five Solid Shiny Stars Emma Davis goes away to summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She shares a cabin with three other girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Alison. She learns how to play a game, Two Truths And A Lie. They play it All the time. All three girls disappear without a trace in the woods at night time. Fifteen years later the camp reopens and Emma returns as a painting instructor and finds an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends, that has haunted her. Emma is assigned Five Solid Shiny Stars Emma Davis goes away to summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She shares a cabin with three other girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Alison. She learns how to play a game, Two Truths And A Lie. They play it All the time. All three girls disappear without a trace in the woods at night time. Fifteen years later the camp reopens and Emma returns as a painting instructor and finds an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends, that has haunted her. Emma is assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager. She finds a security camera pointing directly at her cabin. She also finds the word liar in red paint on the front door. The closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price. This book was a big surprise. Now I want to read Final Girls. This was a creepy spooky read. This book goes back and forth from the past and present. It goes back 15 years ago, when Emma was a teenager to the present. This is my favorite psychological thriller for this year. This book was done so well. It was a little dark but it wasn't graphic. It is a thriller with a little bit of horror. It is a phenomenal mystery. There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It kept me guessing and guessing, and the ending just shocked me. I hooked straight from the beginning to the very end. The characters were done so well and I loved the writing style. I highly recommend it. This was a Traveling Sister read and it was a great discussion which made this a great reading experience. I want to thank Edelweiss, Dutton, and Riley Sager for the copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    Have you ever played Two Truths and A Lie? It is a game the girls at Camp Nightingale played in their cabin. Emma Davis was the youngest girl in the cabin and a first time camper. Her three bunk mates sneak out one night leaving her alone. Something goes wrong and they never return. Who knew summer camp could be such a dangerous place.  This scenario brought back summer camp memories of sleeping in bunk beds and sitting around campfires telling ghost stories. Fun, right? Well, maybe not at this Have you ever played Two Truths and A Lie? It is a game the girls at Camp Nightingale played in their cabin. Emma Davis was the youngest girl in the cabin and a first time camper. Her three bunk mates sneak out one night leaving her alone. Something goes wrong and they never return. Who knew summer camp could be such a dangerous place.  This scenario brought back summer camp memories of sleeping in bunk beds and sitting around campfires telling ghost stories. Fun, right? Well, maybe not at this camp. The woods and algae laden lake were a perfect setting for this twisty thriller. Fast forward fifteen years, and Emma is still haunted by her memories. She is invited back, but does she  dare? This thriller will have your imagination soaring and produce some anxiety as some dirty little secrets come out! Traveling sister group read was very enjoyable! Thanks to EW for my ARC. July 10,2018 expected publication

  15. 3 out of 5

    Melanie

    “So much water. So much land. So many places to disappear.” The Last Time I Lied was such a fun book to read during this spooky season. It really kept me on the edge of my seat, it was so thrilling, it was so chillingly atmospheric, and that ending was really unpredictable. I’m so happy I picked this book up this October! Also, to everyone who participated with us in #FridayFrightAThon, thank you so much! It was such an honor to read alongside so many of you! And hopefully this last book help “So much water. So much land. So many places to disappear.” The Last Time I Lied was such a fun book to read during this spooky season. It really kept me on the edge of my seat, it was so thrilling, it was so chillingly atmospheric, and that ending was really unpredictable. I’m so happy I picked this book up this October! Also, to everyone who participated with us in #FridayFrightAThon, thank you so much! It was such an honor to read alongside so many of you! And hopefully this last book helped you get into the Halloween mood! This is a story about a twenty-eight-year-old woman named Emma, who is still haunted by something that happened fifteen-years ago at summer camp. In present day, she is an artist that is finally having her first gallery event. But the thing is, all the inspiration for all the paintings at the showing were also inspired by what happened when she was thirteen-years-old. Fifteen-years ago, Emma went to summer camp late and was forced to bunk with three older girls in a cabin. She quickly becomes close with one of them, Vivian, who treats her like a little sister. But she soon finds out that Vivian was keeping secrets from her. Yet, Emma never found out what those secrets were, because one morning she wakes up and the three girls are missing and are never to be found again. This story is told with flashbacks constantly showing us what really happened all those years ago. And we slowly find out why Emma is unable to paint anything but those three missing girls. But Emma is offered some closure, when she is asked to go back to the camp, to teach art, and to maybe receive some semblance of closure for herself and for her art. But once she goes back to Camp Nightingale, she learns that some people’s lives never went back to normal after that haunting morning. And Emma also realizes that some people aren’t going to let her forget that they blame her for whatever happened. Again, this was so much fun to read. I was so surprised at how many different directions this story was able to take, and how I never saw which way the story was going. I also think the second person point of views were really well done and distributed throughout the story for the perfect amount. I honestly never wanted to put this book down. But, not to get into spoiler territory, I hated the epilogue. Well, I loved and hated the epilogue. I actually think the last twist was such a work of genius. But I was absolutely appalled at the way Emma handled it. Therefore, the book was kind of left off on a sour note for me, sadly. Overall, I really did enjoy this one. I loved going along with Emma and solving the present-day mystery and the mystery of the past at the same time. And, seriously, the summer camp setting was so perfectly spooky. I think I’m just a bit of a harsh rater with thrillers, honestly. But if you’re looking for something that you won’t be able to predict, and that will put you in a scary mood, I completely recommend this! Lastly, something I want to bring up that in no way impacts my rating; I really do not like how this male author writes under a female sounding pseudonym. I also don’t like how there is no author picture and the author note and acknowledgements makes an effort to not have the reader know this story is written by a man. I get that Gillian Flynn was (maybe still is) the thriller queen for a while, but it just makes me feel grossed out that I feel like he is hiding that he is a man to try to sell more. Because white men don’t have it easy enough, you know? Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for schizophreniform, anxiety attacks, loss of a loved one, alcoholism, slut shaming (a lot), peeping toms, many fatphobic comments, negative comments about food, talk of cancer, and sex between a sixteen-year-old and nineteen-year-old. Buddy read for #FridayFrightAThon which I co-hosted with Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, & Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer! 👻

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sister

    Creepy good, Creepy spooky, Creepy wow! Norma and I were lost in a coulee reading The Last time I Lied with eight of our Traveling Sisters. We all ended up in the same coulee wiping the sweat off our foreheads after that fast-paced story left us sprinting right to that shocking good ending. After a nice cool drink to cool us down we shared our thoughts on that ending and there was a lot to talk about. The Last Time I Lied had all the elements to make this a spooky, creepy good read. We all loved Creepy good, Creepy spooky, Creepy wow! Norma and I were lost in a coulee reading The Last time I Lied with eight of our Traveling Sisters. We all ended up in the same coulee wiping the sweat off our foreheads after that fast-paced story left us sprinting right to that shocking good ending. After a nice cool drink to cool us down we shared our thoughts on that ending and there was a lot to talk about. The Last Time I Lied had all the elements to make this a spooky, creepy good read. We all loved the camp setting, eerie lake, game of truth and lies and the mystery of three girls that go missing in the night. We loved the atmosphere of the camp setting and Riley Sager does a great job setting the feel with the descriptive writing making the camp setting come alive in our heads. At times it felt like a movie playing out in our minds. Riley Sager does a good job layering those secrets and lies and creating those twists and turns at just the right time. He took us down a path a twisty path, leaving those clues along the way that some of us pick up on. In the end, the story skillfully comes together leaving us sharing our excitement over this one with each other. Every time someone finished the excitement started all over it again. Almost like a party in a coulee. We highly recommend. Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Dutton Publishing, and Riley Sager for the opportunity to read an and review an advanced copy of this book This is Traveling Sisters GR Reading Group Review and it can be found posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading. https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com Coulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley. Coulee references are symbolic to our reading experience

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    What a book! What a story! I loved it! This is the second book I’ve read from author Riley Sager and he delivered again. His previous book, Final Girls, was also an excellent thriller and I recommend you read it if you haven’t done so yet. On this novel, we follow Emma Davis who fifteen years earlier had attended Camp Nightingale as a teenager and shared a cabin with other three girls who disappeared and were never found. She is now a painter but her life is disrupted when the owner of the camp in What a book! What a story! I loved it! This is the second book I’ve read from author Riley Sager and he delivered again. His previous book, Final Girls, was also an excellent thriller and I recommend you read it if you haven’t done so yet. On this novel, we follow Emma Davis who fifteen years earlier had attended Camp Nightingale as a teenager and shared a cabin with other three girls who disappeared and were never found. She is now a painter but her life is disrupted when the owner of the camp invites her to return to Camp Nightingale as an instructor. Emma decides to go back and find out what happened to her friends fifteen years ago. This novel was excellent, it has elements of mystery, thriller, and well-developed characters. I was completely captivated by the story, the author did an excellent job with the imagery and is a masterful storyteller. Camp Nightingale, Dogwood, Lake Midnight and its visitors will stay with me for a long time. The novel alternates between the present and the past and is narrated from Emma’s point of view. I absolutely LOVED it and recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction, thrillers, and mysteries. I received and ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss Plus * I read this book with the Traveling Sisters. Our discussions made my experience more enriching and interesting*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I liked this; didn’t love it; too many ‘no freaking way would this happen in reality’ moments. Even though there were nigglings in my head that wiggled in, it was still a gripping page turner. 3 girls vanished from a summer camp more than 15 years ago. Emma, who had shared a cabin with them, is now being called back to the camp as they reinvigorate it to reopen it. But Emma recalls more than she wants and beneath her own fears, she recognizes her own lies and her role in their disappearance. Some g I liked this; didn’t love it; too many ‘no freaking way would this happen in reality’ moments. Even though there were nigglings in my head that wiggled in, it was still a gripping page turner. 3 girls vanished from a summer camp more than 15 years ago. Emma, who had shared a cabin with them, is now being called back to the camp as they reinvigorate it to reopen it. But Emma recalls more than she wants and beneath her own fears, she recognizes her own lies and her role in their disappearance. Some good twists and an unexpected ending. Will check another Sager out. 3.5 ⭐️ rounded down to 3⭐️ as it failed to meet my reality meter.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rose (Traveling Sister)

    5 billion stars over Lake Midnight. We've got a winner here, folks, and I'm the first to snatch it from my library! #Blessed. I've poured myself a fat glass of Cabernet just to get over the chilliest of chills upon finishing The Last Time I Lied. "You're too young for this, Em." Emma Davis stayed at Camp Nightingale 15 summers ago, when three of her friends disappeared without a trace. The camp has been shut down ever since, but now, its owner has decided to give it one more shot. Emma is poised t 5 billion stars over Lake Midnight. We've got a winner here, folks, and I'm the first to snatch it from my library! #Blessed. I've poured myself a fat glass of Cabernet just to get over the chilliest of chills upon finishing The Last Time I Lied. "You're too young for this, Em." Emma Davis stayed at Camp Nightingale 15 summers ago, when three of her friends disappeared without a trace. The camp has been shut down ever since, but now, its owner has decided to give it one more shot. Emma is poised to return as an instructor, but is she ready? Memories, lies, and the girls themselves have haunted her ever since. She paints them. She dreams them. She even sees them in her day-to-day... "I don't think about it. I obsess." ...which makes her a *drum-roll please* UNRELIABLE NARRATOR! Often, thriller writers hinge too much on flawed MCs to drive interest, and it gets in the way of other critical details like setting, mood, and dialogue. The great thing about Riley Sager is that he doesn't assume any one thing is enough to carry his books. He doesn't just want you to flip the pages; he wants you to immerse yourself. As I did in my last review, I'll open to a random page and find something pertinent. 104 this time. "It turns out to be a fox slinking toward the forest. Something is in its mouth - an unknown creature, now dead. All I can make out is blood-slicked fur. The fox pauses in the flashlight's glare, its body coiled, eyes glowing greenish white..." This is just one of hundreds of examples of suspense-building moments in this book. The key? It plays to all the senses: touch, sight, the taste and smell of death, and the almost unnatural silence of nature. I think that's why The Last Time I Lied was such a slam-dunk: it gripped in every possible way and did not let go. Sager does a spectacular job of ensuring that you don't just want to see how it ends; you'll have a fulfilling experience the whole way there. Plot-wise, this might be the most surprised I've ever been upon finishing a suspense novel. There were red herrings, of course, but not so many that I got annoyed. I'm normally not a fan of even the mere suggestion of a ghost story, and I get weary of the suspicious rich guy trope, but this was a phenomenal exception. The ends were almost perfectly tied up, and I got an actual gut punch in the last few pages, when the final twist is revealed. I'd suggest this for anyone who's found themselves in a rut with dime-a-dozen thrillers lately or who avoids them altogether. "No girls appear, alive or dead. There's no trace of them. It's as if they had never existed at all. Like they were a figment of the camp's imagination. A mass hallucination." Kinda makes you want to go back to summer camp, amirite?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager is set in a location that will remind readers of tons of campy horror movies, a summer camp for young teens, Camp Nightingale. From the opening pages I had that distinct feeling of wanting to scream out to the main character "What are you thinking??? Don't go back there!!" You see Emma Davis had attended Camp Nightingale fifteen years before and the unthinkable happened during her summer at camp, her three bunk mates disappeared never to be found again. During The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager is set in a location that will remind readers of tons of campy horror movies, a summer camp for young teens, Camp Nightingale. From the opening pages I had that distinct feeling of wanting to scream out to the main character "What are you thinking??? Don't go back there!!" You see Emma Davis had attended Camp Nightingale fifteen years before and the unthinkable happened during her summer at camp, her three bunk mates disappeared never to be found again. During the last fifteen years Emma has struggled to cope with the girls going missing somewhat blaming herself for what happened. Now the camp is reopening and the owner has invited Emma back to come work with the next generation of campers. At first Emma is hesitant to return but when she thinks about it this will be the perfect opportunity for her to look into the disappearance of her friends all those years ago and get some closure on what had happened. What a thrilling ride this one was! The story is told by switching past and present to blend in beautifully letting readers get to know what happened then as Emma investigates now. As the book goes on lines are blurred and the intensity goes up a notch giving readers two mysteries to solve and boy oh boy did the twists come to keep on on their toes. This was my first book by Mr. Sager but it certainly won't be the last. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  21. 3 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    2.25 Stars* (rounded down) “The Last Time I Lied” is a “campy” mystery/suspense surrounding Emma Davis, who at Thirteen went to Camp Nightingale and lived through a nightmare: all of her friends went missing one night and she was the lone survivor. Now as an adult, she is set to return to the camp as it reopens for the first time since. Several former campers, now instructors are also set to return, including the one Emma accused of murdering her friends. To make matters worse, Emma still thinks 2.25 Stars* (rounded down) “The Last Time I Lied” is a “campy” mystery/suspense surrounding Emma Davis, who at Thirteen went to Camp Nightingale and lived through a nightmare: all of her friends went missing one night and she was the lone survivor. Now as an adult, she is set to return to the camp as it reopens for the first time since. Several former campers, now instructors are also set to return, including the one Emma accused of murdering her friends. To make matters worse, Emma still thinks he’s guilty. Everyone else however, suspects Emma. “The Last Time I Lied” is a crazy novel full of twists and turns, some of which were expected, some of which, were not. This is the second novel I’ve read by Riley Sager, both of which take place at a camp for girls, which I found to be slightly disappointing as I wished the author had come up with a different concept this time around. In addition, I found this book to stretch believability, thus unfortunately, this storyline didn’t quite work for me. That said, I am the outlier here as most reviewers loved this one, so I highly recommend checking out other reviews. This was a buddy read with Kaceey - thanks for keeping me company on this one Kaceey! Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Riley Sager for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 8.2.18.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meredith B. (readingwithmere)

    5 Thrilling Stars! Let's Play Two Truths and a Lie. I never went to summer camp and after reading this book I'll probably never be able to look at summer camp the same. I absolutely LOVED this story. Fifteen years ago something devastating happens. Three girls vanished from a summer camp (for rich kids I might add) and no one was able to find out what happened to them. Emma was only 13 at the time but she befriended this older girls (they were 16) and she couldn't believe her friends were gone. Peo 5 Thrilling Stars! Let's Play Two Truths and a Lie. I never went to summer camp and after reading this book I'll probably never be able to look at summer camp the same. I absolutely LOVED this story. Fifteen years ago something devastating happens. Three girls vanished from a summer camp (for rich kids I might add) and no one was able to find out what happened to them. Emma was only 13 at the time but she befriended this older girls (they were 16) and she couldn't believe her friends were gone. People blame Emma. Emma blames Theo. Emma is haunted for Fifteen years until she's called back by the owner of the camp to come work there for a summer. They're reopening again to see if they can get the stigma out of their name. Tensions are high, people are gossiping and everyone wants to know what happened. Emma starts hallucinating thinking she sees the lost girls until one night the girls she is an instructor for at the camp disappear. Could this really be happening AGAIN? What did Emma do to these girls? Or did she do anything? WOW this book takes you on a crazy ride. This twisted and turned all over the place and the author did an amazing job at taking you in another direction when you thought you had it all figured out. I love a book that continues to keep me guessing and this was one of those books. This book isn't short but it read so fast and that is something that attracts me to a thriller. The book brought up two questions for me: Is revenge worth it? Is lying worth it? I think a lot of people seek revenge when they feel betrayed in some way or another but I think the consequences can outweigh the benefits of this most of the time. Lying can also be tricky, especially when you get stuck in a lie. It can ultimately hurt AND save the ones you love most but sometimes that happens at the same time... If you're a thriller lover - pick this one up. You won't be disappointed! Thank you to Dutton books for my advanced copy of this book!

  23. 3 out of 5

    Shannon

    I flew through The Last Time I Lie by Riley Sager!! I loved this one! I read his previous book, Final Girls, and I enjoyed that one too. The Last Time I Lied was just so good omg. The mystery, the characters, the setting were all fantastic! This story is told in present day and 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, Emma attended The Nightingale, a camp for young girls. The camp was run by a woman named Franny. Franny owned the camp/land and it has been in the family for many years. Emma loved Nightin I flew through The Last Time I Lie by Riley Sager!! I loved this one! I read his previous book, Final Girls, and I enjoyed that one too. The Last Time I Lied was just so good omg. The mystery, the characters, the setting were all fantastic! This story is told in present day and 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, Emma attended The Nightingale, a camp for young girls. The camp was run by a woman named Franny. Franny owned the camp/land and it has been in the family for many years. Emma loved Nightingale camp. She loved her cabin-mates, Vivian, Natalie and Alison. The girls were a bit older than Emma but they took her under their wing and showed her around. Emma was having the time of her life until one morning she woke up to an empty cabin. Where did the girls go? Fifteen years later and the girls are still missing. Emma still thinks about Vivian, Natalie and Alison after all this time. She even fits them into pictures she paints. Now, a known artist living in NYC she is showing off paintings in a gallery. On the night of a showing she sees Franny. Emma hasn’t seen her in fifteen years and after what happened at the camp she isn’t sure Franny will be happy to see her. But, Franny ends up buying one of the pieces and asks Emma to lunch the next day. Emma learns that Franny wants to open the camp back up for summer and she wants Emma to be there to teach art. She is uncertain about going back to a place that caused so many problems but she decides maybe she’ll finally find answers about the missing girls. Ugh, guys. Read this book when it comes out in JULY. It was so damn good. At one point, I think around 69% my mouth literally dropped. I was like ohhh my god. Well played, Mr. Sager, well played. I did NOT see it coming. Highly recommended!! 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from yours truly! Thank you to Dutton books & Edelweiss for a copy for an honest review.

  24. 3 out of 5

    KAS

    4.5 stars I am a real novice when it comes to psychological thrillers, as it is not my usual genre of choice. But, all the 5 star reviews totally piqued my interest and needed to see for myself what all the hub-bub is about. In a very concise nutshell, three teenage girls vanished from a summer camp fifteen years ago. Their bunk mate, Emma Davis, reported them missing. Still obsessed over their disappearance and plagued with guilt, Emma returns to the scene of the crime. She is on a mission to 4.5 stars I am a real novice when it comes to psychological thrillers, as it is not my usual genre of choice. But, all the 5 star reviews totally piqued my interest and needed to see for myself what all the hub-bub is about. In a very concise nutshell, three teenage girls vanished from a summer camp fifteen years ago. Their bunk mate, Emma Davis, reported them missing. Still obsessed over their disappearance and plagued with guilt, Emma returns to the scene of the crime. She is on a mission to find their bodies, because she knows their disappearance was all her fault. So here was my experience... First off, I was duly impressed with this author’s writing abilities. Secondly, as I am sure we all do, I selected my “who done it” character early on, and hoping I was smarter than the average bear, would proved to be right. WRONG!! Tying the flashbacks of “Fifteen Years Ago” to the present was hair-raising. I loved the creepy, deja vu eeriness which induced gulps to form in my throat. I was given no choice but to be pulled deeper and deeper into the haunting past. The terrific twists and turns kept me on the edge and wondering if they were truths or lies. Yeppers!! I was “psychologically” thrilled to have read this one due to my local library fulfilling my purchase request. The waitlist is long behind me, if that gives you any indication on this book’s popularity.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    By the time I finished this book I was really pleased at how much I enjoyed it. While I liked the author's previous book, Final Girls, I can admit it did have some flaws preventing it from being that perfect read. This book however pretty much checked off all of the important qualities I look for in a good thriller/mystery. A summer camp setting always creeps me out in books and movies, and I mean that in a good way. I loved the pacing of the back and forth timelines as it never felt like the st By the time I finished this book I was really pleased at how much I enjoyed it. While I liked the author's previous book, Final Girls, I can admit it did have some flaws preventing it from being that perfect read. This book however pretty much checked off all of the important qualities I look for in a good thriller/mystery. A summer camp setting always creeps me out in books and movies, and I mean that in a good way. I loved the pacing of the back and forth timelines as it never felt like the story was dragging on and on and it was fun learning more about what happened fifteen years ago and how it related to the present day story. I really liked the main character and the rest of the people at camp made for an interesting list of suspects. The story is complex enough in which I think it would be difficult to predict everything that happens but if you are like me you'll be happy if you figure out one piece of the puzzle. All in all, I had a really fun time reading this book! I recommend this book especially if you liked Final Girls as I think this one is even better. A good summer read! Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Tucker

    For many teenagers spending time at summer camp is an idyllic and memorable time - making new friends, escaping from their parents, having adventures, and trying on different personas. But for four teenagers at Camp Nightingale, camp is a devastating and tragic experience. Emma Davis is still haunted and obsessed by what happened 15 years ago. When she is invited back to Camp Nightingale as a painting instructor she is determined to bring closure to her shattering experience. But the truth of wha For many teenagers spending time at summer camp is an idyllic and memorable time - making new friends, escaping from their parents, having adventures, and trying on different personas. But for four teenagers at Camp Nightingale, camp is a devastating and tragic experience. Emma Davis is still haunted and obsessed by what happened 15 years ago. When she is invited back to Camp Nightingale as a painting instructor she is determined to bring closure to her shattering experience. But the truth of what really happened that summer is elusive and her memories of that time are confused by the things her cabin mates told her. Emma doesn’t know who and what she can believe in an environment where the favorite game in her cabin was two truths and a lie. What is true, what is a lie, and what is hiding behind those lies? The book was a good thriller but it was a slow starter for me and the frequent switching between past and present story lines was a little jarring and confusing. I think some of the characters could have been more developed and there were parts of the novel that seemed extraneous. But those issues soon took a back seat to this harrowing thrill ride of a book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    After the great The Final Girls, Riley Sager returns with this horror fest of a psychological thriller with the re-occurring themes of the damaged, guilt ridden, and haunted woman, the sole survivor of a shattering set of events where 3 girls on a rich girls summer camp disappear from their Dogwood cabin to never be heard of again. 13 year old Emma Davis is a newbie camper, placed with older teen girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, getting close to them, especially Vivian who looks out for her, After the great The Final Girls, Riley Sager returns with this horror fest of a psychological thriller with the re-occurring themes of the damaged, guilt ridden, and haunted woman, the sole survivor of a shattering set of events where 3 girls on a rich girls summer camp disappear from their Dogwood cabin to never be heard of again. 13 year old Emma Davis is a newbie camper, placed with older teen girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, getting close to them, especially Vivian who looks out for her, playing games such as Two Truths and a Lie. One night, the older girls leave their cabin with Emma deemed to be too young to join them so left behind. The failure of the girls to reappear traumatises Emma, resulting in a breakdown, and forcing Camp Nightingale to close. Fifteen years later in New York, Emma is an artist, with her paintings obsessively reflecting the unresolved trauma from her past. The novel goes back and forth in time as the wealthy socialite and owner of the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale, Francesca 'Franny' Harris-White, offers Emma the position of painting instructor there. Initially Emma is uncertain, but her ambivalence dissolves in the face of her need to lay old ghosts to rest. On returning to the camp, Emma finds she has been placed back in Dogwood Cabin, and weirdly the only camera on site is pointing at her cabin. Amidst a slew of disturbing and unsettling factors, an uneasy Emma reacquaints herself with the characters she had met before and gets to know the newcomers. The Adirondack forests and Lake Midnight provide a breathtaking scenic location but add an unwavering sense of creepiness and menace, making excellent use of this established trope of horror. Emma follows mysterious clues about the strange history of the camp and the myths and legends associated with it. Emma takes the 3 younger girls on the camp under her wing. What lies behind the ostensibly benign invitation from the odd Franny for Emma to return? Emma herself proves herself to be an unreliable narrator, can her memories of the past be trusted? Is she as innocent as she first appears? Sager writes a brilliantly plotted and twisted character driven story, chilling, scary, and absolutely compelling. I found it drenched with atmosphere, full of tension and suspense, and utterly gripping, demonstrating that the author has a real talent in this genre of fiction. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Random House Ebury for an ARC

  28. 3 out of 5

    Jenny

    “There are things we don’t want to happen but we have to accept, things we don’t want to learn, and people we don’t want to live without but have to let go.” Riley Sager's new book, The Last Time Lied, takes this quote to heart. In this suspense filled thriller, Sager spins a tale of three girls from one tent who disappear one night at a summer sleep away camp fifteen years ago. The lone remaining camper in that tent, Emma, was only thirteen at the time and finds herself tormented by that horrific “There are things we don’t want to happen but we have to accept, things we don’t want to learn, and people we don’t want to live without but have to let go.” Riley Sager's new book, The Last Time Lied, takes this quote to heart. In this suspense filled thriller, Sager spins a tale of three girls from one tent who disappear one night at a summer sleep away camp fifteen years ago. The lone remaining camper in that tent, Emma, was only thirteen at the time and finds herself tormented by that horrific event. Years later, Emma, uses that event though to build a budding successful career as a painter. All of her paintings are her “vision” of the “the three girls” from Camp Nightingale. Emma, now twenty-eight, is invited back to the reopening of Camp Nightingale as a paint instructor by the camps family. Will Emma discover what happened over fifteen years ago to her missing bunk mates? As Emma tries to uncover the truth from the past, she unravels more mysteries from the present. Will Emma learn the truth before it’s too late? Riley Sager hits a homerun with “The Last Time I Lied.” It hits all of the marks of a great thriller and it’s one that is worth staying up late for. Must read!! I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. This did not effect my review of this book. #netgalley #TheLastTimeILied

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Fifteen years after the disappearance of the girls from an exclusive summer camp, a successful painter has a problem. Plagued by guilt and by the knowledge of the lies she told, the painter is unable to paint anything other than impressions of the missing girls. So, of course, she returns to the scene of the disappearances. This book has some nice moody moments but veers off into the outlandish with an ending that is highly improbable. And, I’m not lying.

  30. 3 out of 5

    bran (brandonthebookaddict)

    Oh. my. GOOOSH. FULL REVIEW TO COME SOON I PROMISE LMAO. Twitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |

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