The Last Time I Lied — Book Review

Author: Riley Sager

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Format: Kindle e-book

Release Date: July 3, 2018


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.


The plot is brilliant. So is the execution. From the first sentence itself there is constant suspense, there are secrets creeping and lurking around the corner. The story starts off gradually and then takes up speed and then it’s a roller coaster ride.

There is mystery everywhere – there is mystery in the characters, there is mystery in the setting, all are bound together in a very tricky tangle. The first half proceeds in messing up the tangle and you will have numerous questions, you will try to work up your grey matter to solve the mystery but in the second half, when the mystery unravels, you will find something out of your imagination. It’s so unpredictable and that’s why I loved it.

You will be astounded by the twisted and complex nature of human psychology through the characters’ emotions, thought process and strategies. You will be an instant fan of Riley Sager if you already not are after Final Girls. The time-period transitions, from flashback to the present, which is often very tricky, has been deftly handled with.

Overall, The Last Time I Lied is a total blockbuster. It’s terrifyingly amazing


My Rating: 4.5/5 🌟

P.S. I had received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin and Edelweiss -Above the treeline

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