Book Review | The Last Time I Lied

We’ve hit book #2 for 2019 – The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I found this book via Book of the Month but listened to the audiobook.

The first book (The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotic by David Arnold), I will have the blog shortly.

Let’s get real. I was a bit nervous about this book for a few reasons:

The author is a man writing from a woman’s perspective. Will he be able to get it right (not to say that it can’t be done, just that I’ve been burned by it in the past)?

I’ve never been to summer camp. Will I be able to connect with the characters?

The book has flashbacks between “now” and fifteen years ago. Will that be confusing?

The answer(s)? Yes. While the yes for the third hesitation may seem to be a bad thing, there were only a few instances in which I got confused and it was mostly because Sager is an author who uses this to his advantage. 

This book blew me away. I don’t give away five stars on Goodreads freely (which you might not guess from both of my first two books of 2019 receiving the honor), but I have to commend The Last Time I Lied for its twists, turns, mood setting, tension building, and characterization.

Thrillers are hard to write (says the girl who has never written one) because they can easily become trite or commonplace. Of course, it’s the creepy guy with the hatchet. You’re (probably) not fooling me with one twist five pages from the end. It can be just so boring.

This is so not (boring). 

Should I just cut to the chase and tell you what the book is about? Here is how I’ve been describing it to my roommate and coworkers:

Emma is a thirteen-year-old going to Camp Nightengale for the first time and gets stuck in a cabin of older girls (sixteen or so, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison). One night she catches the three girls leaving the cabin and never sees them again.

Fifteen years later, Emma is taking the art world by storm but can only paint the girls. No matter what she tries to do, she can’t stop. The director of the now-closed camp comes to a showing, buys a painting, and asks her to join the camp for its second go as the resident art instructor. Emma thinks this is the perfect opportunity to find out what happened to her friends all those years ago.

I won’t go into depth about what happens when she gets there, as that is all part of the fun, but you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.

I’ll leave you with a few keywords.

Two truths and a lie. Security footage. A charm bracelet. Red hair.

Here is an interesting interview I found with Riley Sager via Amazon Book Review —

A Conversation with Riley Sager, author of “Final Girls” and “The Last Time I Lied”

*Riley Sager is a pseudonym

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