The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
Expected Publication – July 3, 2018 – Dutton
Many Thanks to Net-Galley and the publisher for an advanced e-copy. This did not affect my rating.
Camp Nightingale, a summer camp for young girls. A beautiful man-made lake, owned now by Franny Harris-White. She strives to make the weeks the girls spend at the camp, the best.
13 year old Emma Davis is sent to the camp, and since she was late showing up.. was put in to a cabin with 3 older girls. Emma quickly befriends 16 year olds Vivian, Natalie, and Allison – mostly Vivian. Vivian the ringleader.. the trouble maker.. beautiful and bitchy. Vivian takes Emma under her wing and becomes the big sister that Emma never had.
Then one day, tragedy strikes. Vivian, Natalie, and Allison were never seen again. Camp Nightingale closed. Lives forever changed.
15 years later, Emma is an up and coming artist who paints what she knows.. the camp. Leaves and twisted branches.. and a secret underneath every piece. Emma is at her first major gallery showing when Franny shows up, and changes Emma’s life, yet again.
Emma finds herself back at Camp Nightingale as an art instructor. Bunking in the same cabin – Dogwood – with 3 girls.. Sasha, Miranda, and Krystal. Emma has decided to find out what happen those 15 years ago.
What follows is a lot of suspicion. A lot of creepy happenings. A lot of questions. Asking for forgiveness.. and more tragedy. With answers that may come at a deadly price.
Riley Sager is an author I’d never read before, but now I know I will read his previous book, Final Girls, and any other book he publishes in the future. He knows how to throw suspicion, make you rethink everything you think you know. Which is exactly what Emma does. The interweaving stories of Emma’s current return to the Camp, and her first stay there 15 years previous.
Emma is a very good unreliable narrator – you have to follow her truths and lies and figure out which is which. I loved Vivian.. she was so deliciously bitchy.
The book comes to a very satisfying conclusion – which I honestly didn’t see coming. I especially loved the unveiling during the epilogue.
If you like campy horror movies, or went to summer camp.. I think this book will be for you. So be sure to check it out.