The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Last Time I Lied

Summary: 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.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I, like many folks, read and enjoyed the thrills of Final Girls. But I think I enjoyed The Last Time I Lied even more.

First, it’s set at a camp (hello, Friday the 13th feels) and you can just tell from the first few pages that it’s all about to get real when people get back to camp.

What I liked:

The cover. Creepy. Very creepy. Which works for Riley’s books.

The setting. Camp. Secrets are around. In the cabins. Woods. Inside people.

The ending. While the ending garnered a bit of controversy amongst bloggers- I liked it. It fit with the story- maybe a bit out there- but not absurdly so. In other words, with these kind of books- I don’t get hung up on details like “If x=y, this could not happen.” It’s plausible and that is good enough for me.


Bottom line: I say get a fire going, start making some s’mores and enjoy The Last Time I Lied.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

**The Last Time I Lied was featured in Deep South Magazine’s guest post at Traveling With T- 12 Mysteries That Will Give You Chills This Summer.


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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