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Book Review – The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

Published: July 3, 2018 by Dutton, Penguin Publishing Group

Swathi’s Rating: 4.5/5

Verdict: An edge-of-your-seat thriller full of twists and intrigue

Hey Guys,

Here is the review of one of the much anticipated book of the year, The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.

Here is how the story goes…

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. 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. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera—the only one on the property—pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

Story Locale: New York City

Author Bio: The Last Time I Lied is the second thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two-dozen countries.


This is one book I’ve been waiting to read ,and I’ve to say, it’s worth the hype. I love a plot which is based in a jungle, as that would mean there’s some hide and seek inside the woods, the suspense of hush hush, and some creepy people. That would make an edge of seat experience. The pace of the book is gradual, granting twists in the plot every now and then. The characters turn out to be either creepy or pitiful, both adding element to the story.
The lead character herself is a disturbed kid who grew up to be a loner with a profession that suited her, Art!
I loved the build up of story and the gradual mess of things. The climax was something I never thought would happen. Less than a chapter, I thought the story is over, and then I turn over to find the ultimate twist! There lies the perfect story telling skill of Riley Sager.
I totally enjoyed the experience. It was a binge read for me. I completed the book in 2 full days, and I still can’t push the thought of being inside the jungle, off me.
Thanks to Dutton Press, and Penguin Publishing Group for an exclusive copy, in exchange of a honest review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Happy Reading!

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