The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager | Book Review


the last time i liedTwo 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.

BOOK: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
GENRE: thriller, mystery
RATING: 4.5 stars
TRIGGER WARNINGS: murder (duh), drowning, peeping toms, cancer, insane asylum, underage sex, mention of mental illness such as schizophrenia


Riley Sager has done it yet again.

I first read Lock Every Door back in July and it blew my mind. I’m still new into the thriller genre so my mind is easily blown by “predictable” plot twists as some would say, but that one completely blew me away. Though I liked The Last Time I Lied a little less than Sager’s newest release, it was still an absolute journey.

I love books that make me think. I want to continuously be confused by the “who done its” and on the edge of my seat during revelations. Sager does exactly this. I literally went through almost the entire cast of characters trying to figure out who the killer was and I was STILL wrong. Sager throws in little phrases or specific words to throw you off track and it works.

We went on an adventure with Emma both mentally and physically. We are getting hit with twist after twist in this story. So much so that I’ve had to go back a few times just to make sure I didn’t accidentally miss something because I was so surprised by what I had just read. Did this seriously happen? Is this person really who we think they are?

Now for the reason why this one only has 4 stars…it’s more of a 4.5. I’ve already declared how much I loved this story but it started off a bit too slow for me. It took a while for things to start to reveal themselves. I didn’t get my first WOAH moment until around 65-75% of the way through but it was a roller coaster from there.

I will recommend Sager’s work to any reader I come across. He has changed the genre for me. It will be really hard for author’s to live up to these books for me because of how fantastic they are. Absolutely mind blowing.