THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager
Published by Dutton
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 3.5/4
Synopsis (via GR)
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.
Caveat: I did enjoy this read, however, it was easy to put it down, which is why I gave it the rating I did.
The suspense continued throughout the story. The characters well defined. The problem for me was that the premise of the story was quite similar to another book that I read in the past. But I would definitely read more books by this author!
However, I am sure that many would enjoy this book, which is why I gave it a 4. For me, it was a 3.5.
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