Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 2018
Emma has been dreaming about going to Camp Nightingale, the summer camp for rich girls, for ages and this summer she has finally gotten her wish. She gets placed in the Dogwood cabin with three other girls, Vivian, Allison, and Natalie and though Emma is younger than all three of them, Vivian quickly takes her under her wing and becomes her big sister for the summer. One night after a fight Emma watches the three girls sneak off out of the cabin, never to be seen again.
Fifteen years later Emma still cannot forget that night when the girls slipped into the night. They still have never been found and she, to this day, blames herself. As an accomplished painter in the New York art scene, she uses her art work to help her cope with her feelings, incorporating her lost friends into her haunting work.
Her work comes to the notice of the former owner of Camp Nightingale, who has decided that after fifteen years it is time to revive the summer camp. She askes Emma if she would be willing to return to the camp as an art teacher to help welcome a new generation to the camp and bring it back to life. She reluctantly agrees, but as soon as she gets to the camp she realizes something is not right. This become even clearer when three girls from the camp go missing just as they had fifteen years prior.
Is there a killer in the camp? Have the girls simply gotten lost in the vast woods surrounding the camp? Or could the stories about the lake be true?
The Last Time I Lied is the second Riley Sager book I have read, Final Girls being the first. This is the first book that I have read that took place at a girls camp setting like this and I liked the dual timeline showing the difference in the girls between the now and fifteen years ago. How things have changed is such little time, now being all about the cells phones and social media, but at the same time not at all with the petty drama of the girls.
Speaking about the camp, what a perfectly creepy setting for this perfectly creepy story. There are so many wonderfully creepy aspects of the story that make it work so well. A summer camp in the middle of a massive plot of land in the middle of nowhere, that just happen to be surrounded by ghost stories. The creepy nature of some of the workers at the camp. The darkness that surrounds everything at night. Perfect setup for a dark and twisty thriller that will keep you guessing what happened to the girls until the very end.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the copy of the book.
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