The Last Time I Lied
Books | Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of Survive the Night and Final Girls comes a tense and twisty thriller about a summer camp that’s impossible to forget—no matter how hard you try. Two Truths and a Lie. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and Emma played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out into the darkness. The last she—or anyone—saw of the teenagers was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.... Fifteen years later, Emma is a rising star in the New York art scene, turning her past into paintings—massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches over ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to come back to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Despite her guilt and anxiety—or maybe because of them—Emma agrees to revisit her past. Nightingale looks the same as it did all those years ago, haunted by a midnight-dark lake and familiar faces. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, although the security camera pointed at her door is a disturbing new addition. As cryptic clues about the camp's origins begin to surface, Emma attempts to find out what really happened to her friends. But her closure could come at a deadly price.
Community ReviewsSee all
"Great who done it. I was actually like what........!!!😱 I feel like I have read so many thrillers that I always have an idea of who did it so this was a nice surprise. Anything by Riley Sager I have read so far, well all two ( 😂) fabulous. He is definitely tops on my list. It’s just to bad his kindle edition books never go on sale 🙈 final Girls was the other one I read. So good also......"
"I'm really enjoying the works by this author. Super engaging story, good descriptions of the world (a la Stephen King style), and a twist I didn't expect in this one. Characters could have been fleshed out a little more, but I don't complain when a book is more about the story than the characters. I liked this one better than Final Girls."
"3.75 I always enjoy Rylie Sager’s writing and the atmosphere he creates I'm always surprised with the endings and enjoys those twist. In this one I did enjoy all of that but felt like the story dragged a bit. Our main character was repeating a lot of the same things over and over it just got all too repetitive. I think if the book was half the size and edited down more it would've been more fast paced with that said It did have some great moments and I wanted to stick around to get answers.The ending had me on a rollercoaster of emotions at first I hated the way it ended then loved it then ended up kind of annoyed with our main character lol I was conflicted to say the least. I will say that art show scene at the end was so iconic the ending was a whole movie scene I love the dramatics. To me it was slow burn but is a perfect summer thriller."
"4/5 loved this book! The whole time I couldn’t tell who I thought had done it and I loved the final twist at the end. "
"I felt like the very last twist was maybe a bit unnecessary but definitely surprising. I really enjoyed the writing style, revealing more and more with each flash back. "
"Sager is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The way he masterfully creates the most haunting settings for his stories is by far my favorite feature of his novels and The Last Time I Lied did not disappoint. Imagine waking up at summer camp to find your cabin empty and your bunk mates completely missing at only thirteen. This is where Sager’s novel takes us through the lens of our protagonist- Emma, who now as an adult is trying to cope with the trauma she feels she had a hand in all those years ago. To better uncover the truth, she agrees to become a camp instructor at the very same camp her friends went missing from as it reopens for the first time in years. The twists and turns throughout this novel did not disappoint and the last chapter was truly shocking. I don’t think I have been caught this off guard as a reader in a very long time! "
"LOVED this book! I wasn’t expecting the ending at all. Huge plot twist!"