21 Mar 2020

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Book Review / The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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.

Published:     3rd July 2018
Publisher:  Dutton
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


I am not sure whether it is just good luck but this is the second thriller that I have picked up this month and I just could not put it down!  This was amazing!

We follow Emma Davis who after fifteen years was going back to Camp Nightingale.  A place that she never thought she would go back to after three of the friends that she made there and who were staying with her in the same cabin disappeared.  This event has haunted her ever since, so now Emma decides that it is time for closure.  We follow her as she starts to investigate what happened and we meet some new characters and some characters that were there the first time.

There are certainly a lot of twists and turns in this story and I can't tell you how many times I had thought one of the characters was the culprit and was wrong!  I went into this story blind, not really knowing anything about it but the title and, for me, that was the best way to go into this.   Certainly the twist at the end I did not see coming!

If you have not picked this up yet, you should!  Now!