The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied

Riley Sager

A young woman finds herself sorting through lies from the past to find out what happened at her childhood summer camp years ago. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.


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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I really enjoyed Riley Sager's first book, Final Girls, so I was super excited to check his new book out! And I am happy to say that his follow up novel did not disappoint! What happened to Emma's cabin mates that night at Camp Nightingale? That is the question! And you should definitely read it and to find out! Full of twists and will keep you turning pages to find out the truth!

I had a hard time getting in to this one, but I'm really glad I pushed through it. There were parts where I trusted no one and thought I knew where the story was going, only for it to take another twist. Due to that, I could relate to Emma feeling crazy! I definitely did NOT expect that ending!

I began this book with the ARC from the Penguin First to Read program and finished it when the book came out at the college library I work at. I could not put this book down and I really procrastinated on finishing it because I didn't want to stop the story. It's my first read by the author, Riley Sager, and I look forward to reading Final Girls next. The story is from the point of view of Emma Davis and an event in her life that has haunted her for more than a decade. It's a summer camp ghost story mixed with a psychological thriller that left me in awe, even when I came to the conclusion. I was also surprised that the author is a man because he really captured the psyche of a teenage girl and the male characters are supporting amongst a cast of very clearly defined female lead characters. I definitely see myself re-reading this in the future just to catch the little sweet spots I may have missed the first time. So much detail and description, it reminded me of something by Gillian Flynn, who I love. Solid 5/5. ????????????????????

*3.5/5 ‘’Everything is a game, Em. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win’’. 28-year-old Emma is still being haunted by the disappearance of her cabinmates on the summer camp 15 years ago. She is now an established painter but nobody knows that behind every painting she has painted them, in the order, they disappear. When she goes to the opening of her old summer camp to teach painting she is determined to find out what happened 15 years ago. This novel was just full of plot twists! The language was alright & descriptive as a thriller should be. I loved the maybe unreliable narrator and just wanted to know who did it. I wanted to get to the end so bad and when I had almost finished it I was feeling kind of meh about it and then it ended. And I was shook.

Initially, I had a slightly difficult time getting involved in the book. The pace was a little slow, but it picked up once Emma decided to go back to the camp. There were still moments throughout the book that dragged, but there were other times that it seemed I couldn’t “turn” the pages fast enough. The author did a great job in keeping me guessing. I definitely didn’t guess what happened when the 3 girls disappeared and what was going on in the present. The author also does a good job of introducing certain pieces of information that made me question Emma’s sanity, especially whether or not she was seeing ghosts or if she was having hallucinations. There were several times that I questioned the reliability of Emma’s POV and the information that she relayed. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this author’s work in the future.

Oh my gosh! Such a good book! Full of twists and turns and never knowing who the guilty party is. I never guess until I was flat out given the answer. Definitely suspenseful and a great read for lovers of thrillers.

All the rich girls go to Camp Nightingale. Emma has never been one of the girls allowed to go until one summer she's woken by her Mother telling her to get ready. When Emma arrives, late of course, there is only one bed left in the cabin of Vivian, Natalie, and Allison. The "IT" girls with Vivian being the head of their little clique. Emma immediately bonds with Vivian although she is much younger than these three girls. Emma's once in a lifetime trip to camp is over as fast as it came. Emma wakes up to all three girls missing, never to be seen again. The camp is then shut down for good. Fifteen years later, Emma is now an artist who is having a show of her own. At the showing, Francesca, owner of Camp Nightingale and wealthy widow, walks in. She eventually convinces Emma to come back to the camp that summer as a counselor teaching art. After much trepidation, Emma agrees and is back at Camp Nightingale again. She wants to try and investigate what happened to her three friends from 15 years ago. Of course she ends up in the same cabin that she was in all those years ago. Will Emma learn the truth and what, if any, secrets does Emma have of her own from her stint as camper when her cabin mates disappeared all those years ago. I really enjoyed this book. A few things were a bit unbelievable but the book definitely draws you in. While I did enjoy Final Girls, the author's first book, this book is much better in my opinion. Had some of the things not been a bit unbelievable, I would have gone for 5 stars but as it is, a solid 4 star Read for me. I received this book through the Penguin First to Read program for my honest review.

Well that was some of the best hours I’ve spent reading in a very long time. This book was dark and twisty and so deliciously fabulous. It was full of all of the things I love in a psychological suspense read, a great heroine, a terrific mystery, loads of secrets and a really dark, creepy setting. It was perfect! I highly recommend this one to lovers of suspense, with great characters and pages that turn like the wind. It was a good one! I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Fifteen years ago, Emma was a camper at Camp Nightingale (or "Camp Rich Bitch") when her three bunk mates disappeared. Now, she's headed back to camp for the first time since to be an art teacher. The book goes, at least for the first 1/2, between fifteen years ago and present time. The similarities between her old bunk mates and her new ones makes them hard, at times, for her to keep them separate. Especially when it seems like history has decided to repeat itself. There's are great plot twists throughout the book. Parts that point to how our own memory can twist events, making us think horrible things about people we once thought we could trust. And how easy it is for that one little misgiving to alter every single thing we know, until it becomes all consuming.

Two truths and a lie. It’s a game at the heart of Riley Sager’s second thriller, “The Last Time I Lied,” a compelling mix of past crimes and present danger. Up-and-coming artist Emma Davis is haunted by her experience at Camp Nightingale as a teenager, and with good reason. Her bunkmates – Vivian, Allison and Natalie - left their cabin one night and never came back. Emma was the last one to see them alive. The three young girls survive in Emma’s guilt and lurk behind the scenes of all her paintings. After being shuttered for 15 years, Camp Nightingale has a second chance at life, and Emma is invited to serve as the art teacher. She reluctantly agrees, hoping to find out what happened to her friends and rid herself of her demons. Though it’s a bit of a slow burn, Sager’s tale offers plenty of dark twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Can the damaged Emma be trusted? Was she right about Theo’s role in the girls’ disappearance after all? How much does Frannie, the wealth camp owner, know? Are there supernatural forces at play? Sager helps readers find the answers and offers an unexpected payoff, though one that was cleverly set up. While the game takes a while to get going, it’s impossible to stop playing once the pace picks up.

I’ve read both this & the author’s other novel “Final Girls” and I am not the target audience. That said, I’d highly recommend this twisty novel for fans of YA & Horror.

A surprisingly good book. I didn't expect much from it from the synopsis but I'm glad a tried getting a copy of it. It's definitely a good read and I'd recommend it to fans of thrillers.

4.5 stars - WOW! I LOVED this book. It was incredibly suspenseful and engaging the entire time. Emma returns to Camp Nightingale 15 years after her bunk mates went missing. She is determined to find to find out what happened, but soon after she arrives she feels like she is being watched and old memories come flooding back. She must sort out what happened quickly before history repeats itself. I couldn’t get enough of this book. There were a few times when the girls dialogue from 15 years ago was a bit unrealistic (“i.e., the major ovaries” comment), but otherwise it was great and I liked the ending. There were plenty of seeds planted along the way and twists to keep me guessing! This is a major binge-worthy book. I highly recommend! ** I received a free arc from Penguin Random House through their first to read program in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are entirely my own. ** #jpbookreview

So by now, you have likely had the chance to read the synopsis of the book, and even better, may have already read the book. Immediately my response for the book, upon finishing it, I was blown away, and couldn’t even write my review as soon as I had finished. I was speechless, and I then uttered a few curse words because Sager has written yet another bloody brilliant book. In FINAL GIRLS, Sager blew us out of the water with a thriller that focused mainly on two girls, and the very concept that they were the final girls left from slasher killings (even without the book revolving around the killings themselves) was enough to get into the readers psyche and make us terrified. In THE LAST TIME I LIED, he manages yet again to take the reader to a very vulnerable place, alongside the main character Emma, this time back to when she was a teenager, self-conscious and needing to be accepted, but how could it be worse than back then? Going back to the same camp as an adult where your friends went missing and you were accused of being responsible for it, that’s how. But Emma is going to figure out what really happened at Camp Nightingale all those years ago (Jason Voorhes had nothing to do with it). The book is absolute brilliance, in terms of pacing, use of different timelines (and we see this as a writing device a lot, but not always done well), depth of characters, and ultimately, the story has the best plot twist I could (never) have imagined. One of my best (sorry, Sir Sager) compliments is that I could swear Riley is a female author because he writes female voices so well. I don't know how he does it. But I know he will do it again when he writes another book!

3.5 stars Great read. Can you figure out what is true and what is a lie? because of that, there is a lot of suspense and misdirection, so pay close attention!

This was a great read! It had tons of suspense and was creepy in the best way. I like that fact that the narrator is an unreliable one. There are a lot of characters and you can't really trust any of them. I didn't want to put the book down because I wanted to know what would happen. If you love a good thriller then you should pick this one up!

This book brought back thoughts of summer camp weeks from years ago....with a much more sinister edge, of course. I loved this book! Once I got into the story (which did not take long), I couldn't put the book down. The story jumps back and forth from events 15 years before to present day. Usually I don't like stories that do that, but this time it really worked. The plot kept me guessing until the end....at one point, I almost suspected everyone. lol. I love it when a book manages to surprise me! Great read for anyone who ever went to summer camp! :) Suspenseful and engaging! I stayed up way way too late because I had to know how this story ended! It's been a long time since a book made me want to binge read at 3 am! Loved it!

I began reading this book with no intention or expectation to get sucked into it as heavily as I did. I am a sucker for a thriller/mystery, and this book did not disappoint. I read ththe first half of the book in one sitting, and despite needing to pack and clean to prepare for a vacation, I ended up devouring this book in 3 days. The main charger, Emma, is very relatable and real. In fact, all of the characters in this book are so easy to imagine. Emma experiences something quite awful the first time she ever attended the "rich bitch" summer camp when she was 13. Arriving later than usual, she was placed in a room with some older girls who, just a couple of weeks in, vanish. Flash forward 15 years and Emma is asked to return to the summer camp as a camp counselor for a summer. While she agrees to go, she also has every intention of finding out the truth about what happened to the girls that she roomed with that eery summer 15 years ago. The tale is twisted and involved, and literally leaves you suspecting everyone! I could not put this one down, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, entertaining read.

After how much I enjoyed this authors previous novel, Final Girls, I had really high expectations for this one, and I wasn't disappointed. This story starts when fifteen years ago the main character, Emma, went away to summer camp and one night three of her cabin mates disappeared and haven't been seen since. I really like the author's way of revealing the story, with the alternation between past and present, and the slow build of the mystery as the story progresses. There is a great ambiance and nostalgia to the book that anyone who went to summer camp can relate to, complete with a camp legend about the man-made Lake Midnight being built over a Leper Colony drowning many residents. Though the author was often heavy handed in creating a sense of foreboding, it didn't take away from the pace or excitement of the story, which I read in one sitting. I also have to say that the ending of the book was a bit of a roller coaster for me, in how I felt about it, but in the end I was really happy with how the story wrapped up. At this point, I'm really excited to read what this author comes up with next. I received a free advanced copy from the Penguin - First to Read program in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was very good - I'm a big fan of creepy thriller books but I've read so many that I can usually see what's coming pretty early in the book. This book kept me guessing until the end! It had some stereotypical thriller elements - mental illness, a creepy camp, secrets. But it combined them in a novel way. I really enjoyed it.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I don't usually read Thrillers/Mysteries but I really liked this book! I will definitely be looking up this author's other books. The character development and story were great. My attention was caught from the first page and I kept wanting to read more. The plot twists especially keep the story interesting.

"Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win." Fifteen years ago Emma's parents sent her away for her first time at summer camp. Camp Nightingale's reputation preceded it. Dubbed "Camp Rich Bitch", it had served the daughters of the elite for several years. Sitting on the shores of Lake Midnight, its mystique was only enhanced by rumors of a long ago decimated village whose inhabitants haunt the camp. When Emma arrives she is placed in a cabin with 3 other girls - Vivian, Natalie and Allison. The youngest of the four she is impressionable and especially taken with the bewitching Vivian. The girls while their time away playing Two Truths and a Lie as Emma tries to find her footing within the group. One fateful night the older three take off without her disappearing without a trace. Unable to move on, her present life is beset by the three missing girls. Ever present in her paintings, the girls haunt Emma as she tries to piece together her memories of that night. Seeking closure to assuage her guilt, she returns to Camp Nightingale only to find herself in the midst of another mystery. The Last Time She Lied was a perfect summer read. A tantalizing mystery with enough plot twists to thrill even the most fastidious of readers, Riley Sager's latest novel is bound to be a hit.

Well this was quite the ride. I really enjoyed this thriller. I enjoyed Sager's last one too. The characters developed, and the puzzle was not as apparent as many thrillers are. It was creepy and atmospheric, and perfect for summer. The set up for this was a bit slow, but Once Emma arrives at camp it really takes off. I would tell anyone that enjoys a fun summer romp to read this and enjoy it.

This was another very good thriller/Mystery from Riley Sagar. If you liked Final Girls then you will like The Last Time I Lied. The character development was very good and I liked the pacing. It has a creepy feel when Emma gets to the camp again and the mysteries begin to unfold. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes mysteries or to fans of psychological thrillers. The Last Time I Lied isn’t really slow, it just started out a little slow but it builds to a nerve racking finale. This book read like a movie. Riley Sagar does an incredible job of painting a picture of the environment of the camp and the emotions and the smells the characters are experiencing. This book is a great example of a book that will be enjoyed by fans of many different genres, if your a fan of Who-Done-It Mysteries, Psychological Thrillers or Horror, this book will satisfy your appetite. Highly recommended.

The download expired before I got the chance to start this book (which is strange since I had until July 3rd..) so I only got to read the excerpt. I enjoyed what little I could see of it, and I would actually want to pick this book up and am disappointed I did not get to read it.

*** I received The Last Time I Lied at Penguin First To Read program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Dutton publisher for the opportunity to read and review The Last Time I Lied! *** Rating **** Wow just wow I really loved and thoroughly enjoy The Last Time I Lied, I really wanted to read Final Girls when I first heard about it back of last year because I heard many raving reviews about it I really wanted to check that book out. But unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to read it yet, but when I first joined penguin first to read program and saw The Last Time I Lied up for review on there I quickly press the button to get the chance too read this amazing book. And Ohh my how much I love this book this is actually the first time I read a Riley Sager book but it would be my last. What can I say I just love this book so much I really don't want to go into any details about The Last Time I Lied without being too spoiler. I am really a fan of great mystery thrillers books and this novel was no exception I'm just going to say what I really and absolutely love about The Last Time I Lied. I have seen so many movies with almost the same plotline and concept of this book, but I never read it in book format. And to this day I always love and enjoy the plotline and concept of a horror and mystery thriller plot in a campground for me it never gets old I just love it too much. Horror is also one of my favorite genres to read as well I couldn't get enough of this book and I couldn't put it down I just needed to learn and know what was going to happen next in Camp Nightingale the name of the campsite also sounds creepy too. The writing style flows really well and was very expressive and detailed that I easily understood what everything was going on. There is past and present timeline in The Last Time I Lied but that never really bothers me the past and present timelined added more mystery to the book too me. I thought all the characters were absolutely well developed and rounded. I love each and every one of them yes I even loved the bad guys as well I especially loved Emma Davis. I just felt awful for everything she was going through in her life especially what happen to her 12 years ago in Camp Nightingale and the aftermath when she left camp when she was just a young girl. I so felt every emotion she was feeling when Franny ask her to go back to the re-opening of Camp Nightingale I know it was not a great idea. But I know also that Emma had to go back there a find out to what happened to her close friends that disappeared in the dead of night 12 years ago at Camp Nightingale. And Emma finds a lot of twists and turns in the camp but she also finds some dangerous in the camp as well and a lot of bad things starts happening to Emma when she goes back to Camp Nightingale. By the end of the book, all the dark secrets are revealed along of what happened to Emma's three friends which I was in total shock to read what happened to the girls 12 years ago at the camp. I won't say what happened to them because a spoiler but you have to read this book to find out what happened to the three disappeared girls. All and all I really love and enjoy The Last Time I Lied that I will most definitely continue on reading more books by Riley Sager in the near future!

A creepy camp huge and in the middle of the woods on family land, all the lore of a ghostly legend that takes place on camp grounds, the drama adolescent girls entail, a juicy game filled with truths, lies, and trickery, and two summers 15 years apart filled with tragedy, horror, and betrayal.Oh yeah...let's not forget the years of awkward, uncomfortable tension that have built up between the family who owns the camp (mainly the owner Franny & her adopted son Theo), the now adult returning campers, and our main character/narator Emma. Sounds like a killer summer thriller to me! Seriously what more could you ask for in a psychological beach read?! For me... This one was alittle slow until about pg 80. If your already reading it and feeling the same way, stick with it, it's 100% worth it. After the first part the pages fly, I couldn't put it down. If your questioning on whether to get it... YES! Get it! Riley Sager's 'The Last Time I Lied' is an evocative blast of nostalgia, with an eerie feel and a haunting premise! A touch of supernatural...(or is it mental?!) vamps up the creep factor to high on the dial, and that is just one small tidbit of why I loved this one so much. I thought I knew everything that was happening but- surprise! That ending.... I love the ending, and this thriller left me craving more summery settings in my "next to read" picks! The best summer read? Yes Check! What the hell is more summer laden than camp?! Grab it asap! My review is my un-biased honest opinion and I give my thanks to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read an advanced galley

Emma was enthralled by Vivian, one of her three roommates at the prestigious all-girls' summer camp, Camp Nightingale. Vivian is cool, brazen, and tough -- everything Emma wants to be. Vivian takes Emma under her wing, treating her like the kid sister she never had. When Vivian and the other two roommates go missing from the camp late one night, Emma is left feeling devastated. And guilty. Because there's a secret she's not telling police -- one that could have saved them from a terrible fate. The camp closes down amid the horror and scandal, and no one is left unscathed. Fifteen years later, the family who owns the camp decides it is time to reopen. And what better way to do so than to invite former campers to be counselors and instructors? Inviting Emma is a no-brainer, especially since she accused the oldest son of the camp's matriarch of foul play when her friends went missing. She knew he wasn't guilty, but she was hurt, scared, and jealous. Years later, she can make amends simply by showing her support for Camp Nightingale. She also needs her own closure to help her forget the years spent dreaming and seeing visions of her lost roommates, painting their forever-teenage likenesses underneath every canvas she sells. Determined to find out what happened to her friends, and to finally put their ghosts to rest, Emma agrees to a six-week stint as art instructor at the camp. But when history repeats itself, is Emma going to be able to save the day? Or is she going crazy and taking everyone down with her? Thoughts: I absolutely loved Riley Sager's first book, The Final Girl, so I was excited to receive an eARC from First to Read. I have to say, though, that it wasn't quite as good. Character development was pretty much stagnant and the main character kept making the same mistakes over and over again. Plus, the accusations she threw at the family who owned the camp is enough to make them want to sue her, yet they forgave her time and again. Not to mention that she does not have control over all her mental faculties, which is levied against her and then pitied for in the same sentence. Everyone seemed to have ulterior motives, throwing a bunch of red herrings in the way of the plot. While it was nice to not guess the ending (totally didn't see it coming!) and the final twist was pretty awesome, Emma was a bit annoying and hard to relate to. Would still recommend to thriller/suspense fans, though. It was definitely suspenseful and a quick read.

Love anything by Riley Sager but this is by far my most favorite!

I really enjoyed this. It’s a little slow to start, but the pace picked up in the second half. It’s well-written with interesting characters. The ending was a nice mix of the expected with some surprises mixed in. I’m planning on picking this author’s first book as well.

**SPOILERS** Loved this book! I was a big fan of Final Girls, but enjoyed this one even more. Riley Sager develops the characters well and weaves a vivid story that keeps me wanting more. It made me nostalgic for the days of camp, as well as curious about where the story would go. I like the twist ending and the multiple villains. The story also depicts a very real picture of the different personalities and struggles that girls in their adolescence encounter. I can't wait for Sager's next book!

I was such a fan of the Final Girls that I think I went into this one with REALLY HIGH expectations. They weren't met. I found the book slow. I think that if I hadn't read the Final Girls that I would have really enjoyed this but I was slightly disappointed and because it wasn't grabbing me, I ran out of time and was unable to finish it before the allotted time. The other reviews make me wish I had kept with it.

Books like this make me wonder why there are any summer camps in existence. Including a lake, dark mystery house, this book had everything except Mike Myers himself! Instead this one offers memories of teen aged insecurities, lies, and the disappearance of 3 cabin mates. Now, while the story was really good, and I loved the twist that I really should have seen coming, the title and theme of "2 truths and 1 lie" didn't feel very well connected to the story. Almost as though Mr. Sagar felt like he needed a gimmick after writing the story and tried to weave it back in. Despite that little distraction, which was cute at times, this book had all the makings of a great summer read. Well, if you aren't going to summer camp!

5 stars! This is an excellent 'summer camp' story. It brought back tons of memories from my summer camp days. Luckily mine never ended like Emma's. I don't think I could have went back like she did. This is a definite must read especially if you ever went to summer camp for any length of time. I added it to my 10* fave list b/c it's so good. It's intense, creepy, has a great cast of characters and a twist you'll never see coming!

The Last Time I Lied is an intense, suspenseful thriller that kept me gripped from start to finish. I haven’t yet read Sager’s previously published book, Final Girls, but I now understand why it was so popular. His storytelling is simply superb. Told in alternating timelines of the present and the past that coordinate in perfect fashion, this story unfolds effortlessly, revealing just enough information to engage the reader while also keeping them guessing. Both cleverly plotted and perfectly paced, this is one of those thrillers I would classify as unputdownable. The writing style here is spot on. It has a cinematic quality and is so perfectly descriptive that I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. I could certainly see this being turned into a movie someday - and I’d be sure to watch it! The atmosphere created is tinged with uneasiness, adding a creepy tone that added to the already eerie setting of a summer camp in the middle of nowhere. In the end, this was an absolutely entertaining read that still has me reeling after finishing it. I can definitely see this becoming a big hit this summer! Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good thriller.

Man, oh man, Riley Sager is a master at messing with the mind of the reader! Last Time I Lied should've been titled Everybody Lies because there are secrets buried everywhere, both literally and figuratively. The story starts a bit slow, but once it has its hooks in you, there's no breaking loose as the tension builds little by little. Every answer brings another question as past merges with present and everyone is a suspect, including our less than reliable narrator. With the exception of Emma's friend, Marc, there's not a character in this twisted tale that I was completely sure about for more than a hot minute. Everyone has an agenda of one kind or other and every conversation is laced with what could be a clue, a veiled threat, or on the other hand, mean nothing at all. With some whiplash inducing twists, mysteries within mysteries, and so many secrets, this one will keep you guessing right up to the mind-blowing conclusion, and I absolutely loved it!

5 stars, hands down. 2 truths, 1 lie. 1. I really really enjoyed this book enough to read it in basically one day. 2. I’m sad that I read it all because now what do I do with my life. 3. I read 200 books a year. Everyone should read this one. Completely fantastic and now I want more.

5/5 Stars 'The Last Time I Lied' tells the story of Emma, who is an up and coming artist in New York, and centers predominantly around Camp Nightingale. Emma attended this prestigious summer camp when she was a teenager during which tragedy struck and her three bunk mates disappeared. The story goes back and forth from the present day happenings where Emma is back at the camp as an instructor and when she was there as a camper 15 years prior as she tries to find out what happened to the missing girls. This is the only Riley Sager book that I have read but I will definitely be adding his book 'Final Girls' to my to be read list! He did not disappoint! I was hooked in from the beginning and had a hard time putting it down. When I wasn't reading I was thinking about it wondering what curveball the author would throw out next! This was one of my favorite thrillers so far this summer, I highly recommend it! Thank you First to Read and Penguin Books for the free advanced readers copy e-book in exchange for an honest review!

Damn!! Started off a little slow but once it picked up, I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down!! 4.5 stars but rounding to 5 because damn! Blown away! First thoughts after finishing. Wrote that last night. Still thinking about this book. LIKE CRAZY (Sorry Em). Slight book hangover. It. Was. So. Good. Once I got to around page 150+-. The beginning was a bit slow but once Emma got back to Camp Nightingale SHIT GOT REAL. This book was so good and kept me on my toes. I was guessing the whole time and I was so wrong. It was fascinating. I haven't read Final Girls but now I need to get my hands on it! You get the answers you're looking for but you're still left with really good questions. Questions that will plague you. Everyone who likes thrillers needs to read this book when it comes out July 3!

This was an enjoyable mystery.  There were lots of twists and turns that kept me turning pages late into the night.  As with most mystery thrillers, I can't say too much without giving away the ending.  The story is unraveled through flashbacks from fifteen years ago when Emma was at Camp Nightingale and her three bunk mates disappear, and present day when Emma goes back to Camp Nightingale as a camp counselor to look for clues as to what happened to her roommates.  She discovers that one of her bunk mates, Vivian, had discovered a deep, dark secret about the camp so Emma decides to try and find out what it was in hope to find out what happened to the girls.  There were many layers to this story, that kept me guessing until the end.

I had trouble downloading this galley and have tried multiple times to get help but never got a response. I wanted sooo much to read this one!

Looking forward to finding more from this author. Really enjoyed this novel. It was a wow for me.

I was interested in reading this book because of my response to Sager's first book, Final Girls. Specifically, I didn't much enjoy the first half of final girls because I felt the description told me the entire plot. Only after the halfway mark did I enjoy that book. So, I read this book without reading the publisher's description and am somewhat disappointed. Reading the description after having read the book, I see again that it gives away far too much of the plot. My conclusion is that Sager doesn't really provide much plot, just a lot of writing to prop up what little plot is there, smoke in mirrors to try to get you thinking along the wrong path, and a twist ending that you never saw coming because it was never offered. Ultimately, it felt a bit too much like melodrama to me. I mostly enjoyed reading this second book, but I do not think I will reach for this author in the future.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it did not disappoint! Alternating back and forth from the main character’s childhood to present-day, it kept me wanting to read on to discover the mysteries surrounding the summer camp she attended as a child, and that she was now back as a counselor for. One of my favorite books so far this summer- I highly recommend!

The ending to this book was just WOW. I did not expect that at all. Even right up until the end, I was guessing. The author would throw a curveball to make you think someone else did it. The entire book was good. I enjoyed it. I counted stop reading because I HAD to know what happened.

Second time this author has surprised me! Love the writing style, the mystery and the intrigue you are left with at the end. Will be recommending this author and book to many

This is the second book by this author, although he also publishes under another name. I enjoyed "Final Girls" and I also liked this book, but in each case my enjoyment didn't really kick in until the last third of the book. At 13, Emma Davis was the youngest camper in cabin Dogwood at Camp Nightingale, the exclusive summer camp for girls. Her cabin mates were Natalie, Allison and the uber bitchy Vivian (each the daughter of a prominent New Yorker). Late one night they left Emma alone in the cabin and were never seen again. Fifteen years later, Emma is a successful artist who paints enigmatic paintings of the girls over and over. The wealthy and elderly Francesca Harris-White (Franny) proposes reopening the camp as a free camp with merit-base admission and she wants Emma to be the painting instructor. Other former campers also return for the summer, along with Franny's two adult sons and her assistant. Emma agrees to return because she hopes to solve the mystery of the disappearances. There are creepy woods, hidden maps and no shortage of either suspects or red herrings. The book flashed back and forth between 15 years ago and now. There was a lot of repetition as Emma kept dropping hints about what horrible things she said, did or lied about 15 years ago. In the last third when the author finally started delivering on the hints the momentum of the book picked up and there was a very good payoff at the end. I'd read this author again but I hope that next time he picks up the pace earlier in the book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I really enjoy Riley Sager's storytelling - which is good, because there were definitely times that this book felt pretty close to his last and if I didn't enjoy the way he handles the "anguished teenager into angst-ridden adult" thing I would have probably put this one down within a chapter or two... There are a lot of similarities between this and Final Girls. "Traumatized girls trying to thrive (survive?) as adults" seems like a fairly narrow descriptor for a new genre, but Sager seems to be singlehandedly trying to develop it - and succeeding. Honestly, I was surprised at how I fell right into suspended disbelief - AGAIN - as he built a world predicated on two truths and a lie with the same careless precision he used to build one based on graphic novels. There's a subtle skill on exhibit here, masking itself with pop culture references and thriller-tropes, and I find it un-put-down-able...

Emma Davis returns to Camp Nightingale 15 years after her cabin-mates disappeared. Emma is now a talented artist, but something draws her back to find out what happened that night. I enjoyed this book, I never "figured" it out until the ending and then didn't want it to end, a superb tale of a mystery. A great read and adventure.

I loved Sager's last book and this one did not disappoint. She is great at revealing information slowly, bit by bit over the two time frames. During the story you start to question Emma and everyone that was there when the girls disappeared. I would tell everyone who loves thrillers to get this book. They will read it in one day.

Two truths and a lie. I’ll go first. Ready? (1) The plot twists in this book are amazing and will take you for a ride. (2) Riley Sager’s writing is beautiful, strong, and fluid. (3) This story is completely believable. I have been waiting for this book since the moment I put down Riley Sager’s “Final Girls.” I downloaded my galley, made a pot of tea, cuddled up on the sofa, and ….. put the book down. I will never put a book down until I am at the end of a chapter (neurotic, I know.) So I ended up in this read-one-chapter-put-the-book-down cycle. This continued until about halfway through the book – and then I couldn’t put the book down. I’m really glad I stuck with this book – in the end, Riley Sager did not disappoint. I don’t know if there’s a term or a genre for a thriller where ultimately you just don’t care if the story has some holes or doesn’t fully seem believable. It’s pure entertainment and you crave to find out how it all ties together. 13-year-old Emma Davis is the final girl (that’s a Riley Sager callback reference) to join her tent-mates at Camp Nightingale, so she ends up in a tent with older girls, one of which (Viv) she comes to idolize. On the Fourth of July, all three of her tent-mates go missing, and young Emma is scared and devastated. The camp closes, and Emma feels guilty. Traumatized, Emma spends some time in a mental institution. Fifteen years later, Emma is invited back to Camp Nightingale as an art instructor, and looks upon this opportunity as a chance to figure out what really happened that long-ago Fourth of July. As an instructor, she is to bunk with three other girls, and given the chance to select which tent, she selects the same tent she stayed in 15 years ago. In an uncanny turn of events, all three of Emma’s tent-mates disappear …. Once again on the Fourth of July. Get the book to discover what happens – you won’t be disappointed. Thank you, First to Read, for the free galley in exchange for my honest review.

Four campers go to a rich-girl camp for the summer when three of them walk away from their cabin in the middle of the night and are missing. Emma is the one camper that was left behind. She stills feel guilty about that night. What happened to her bunkmates and how was she involved? She gets invited back to the camp many years later to teach painting and this is her opportunity to figure out what happened to her friends. I really enjoyed Riley's first novel, Final Girls, so I was excited to read this from First to Read. I think this was a little bit slower paced in the middle but the last 10% was awesome. A great summer beach book!

Parts of The Last Time I Lied were a little slow (particularly the beginning), and some aspects seemed kind of silly to me. However, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit overall. It's a fun, summery mystery with quite a few turns I didn't see coming.

Emma has been living with the guilt of her friends going missing fifteen years ago at a summer camp. She has never gotten over it and when the chance comes up to go back to the camp she is thinks she should go so maybe she can find some answers and find closure. What she finds is not what she expected and more questions are coming out than answers. When three new campers come out missing she is the main suspect and has to race against time to find them before she gets the blame. This book kept me guessing the whole time. I had to change my opinion of who was the culprit many times before being blindsided with who it really was. Great Book.

This was the second book I read from this author and think that this book was better. I could not put this book down once I started it. I loved the back and forth and that this story is complex. The story is well drawn out and kept you guessing. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

Final Girls, the "debut" novel by Riley Sager (a pseudonym for author Todd Ritter), was based on a familiar trope: individuals (usually women) who survive spree murders in horror films. At first it seems like Sager might be shifting his sights to another aspect of horror movies in The Last Time I Lied: summer camps where homicidal maniacs find imaginative ways to murder teenagers and counselors. That soon proves not to be the case. Emma Davis, now a successful artist, agrees—albeit with significant trepidation—to serve as art instructor at Camp Nightingale, a prestigious girls' camp owned by the wealthy Harris-White family. The last time she was here, fifteen years ago, she was a girl of just thirteen who, because of her late arrival, was billeted with three older girls in a cabin called Dogwood. On the fourth of July (not Friday the 13th), her three cabin-mates—Vivian, Natalie and Allison—vanished and were never seen again. In a moment of pique, young Emma accused Theo Harris-White of being responsible. Although he was never charged, neither was he ever cleared, and his reputation (and that of his family) was forever tainted. Emma is amazed that they want her back, but the family matriarch, Franny, is attempting to remediate the camp's (and her son's) reputation. Even though she'd only known them for a couple of weeks, Emma was obsessed with the missing girls. She continued to see them—the leader, Viv, in particular—after she got home. As part of her therapy, she started painting. Her massive canveses are all the same: she starts with the three girls and then covers them completely with an ominous, dense forest. Her patrons have no idea what lies beneath her art, literally and metaphorically. Emma connected most strongly with Viv, who took her under her wing and included her in many of their activities. Not all, though. Viv had a mission at Camp Nightingale, although she never revealed to Emma what it was. Emma agrees to return years later because she wants to look for clues and maybe solve the mystery of the girls' disappearance. Because the camp is over-subscribed on its re-opening, Emma and other instructors are forced to bunk with campers, which puts her back in Dogwood with three new girls: Sasha, Krystal and Miranda. This bit of stagecraft by Sager feels heavy-handed. When she finds a video camera outside her cabin door, she realizes that the Harris-Whites don't trust her completely, which makes her wonder why they asked her back. The book alternates between sections in the present and a slow reveal of what transpired fifteen years ago to show a near-parallel unfolding of events. Adult Emma has some fences to mend—especially with Theo—but her role as art instructor gives her a great deal of latitude to conduct her secret investigation. The title implies that lies are important to the story. The girls—both past and present—like to play the "two truths and a lie" game to get to know each other. However, Emma doesn't appear to prevaricate any more than anyone else, and some things attributed to her as lies really aren't. In the past and the present, her main problem isn't lying; it's that she tends to jump to conclusions. Based on easily disproved false assumptions, she makes wild allegations against several members of the camp hierarchy. Some are the misinterpretations of a young girl, but others are the work of an adult, admittedly one with emotional issues. Her allegations seem credible for a few moments, but after a series of misfires, it's hard to trust her. Which is probably Sager's goal. The book has some credibility gaps. The young girls have unusual freedom to wander off, either by themselves or in the company of adults. Viv and her friends made a number of trips across the artificial lake, about which there are many rumors and urban legends, and was able to breach the off-limits Lodge on a couple of occasions. There is a dearth of adults looking after their young charges, despite the tragedy that happened in the past. Emma abandons the camp for long stretches while conducting her investigation, occasionally allowing Sasha, Krystal and Miranda to accompany her on potentially dangerous excursions. That she readily finds important clues about what happened all those years ago where professional investigators and search parties failed stretches credibility to the breaking point. Despite being a "thriller," this isn't a particularly fast-paced novel. The climax is somewhat understated and brief after all the build-up, leading to a serendipitous discovery. However, the truth of what really happened is reserved for the denouement, where everything is spelled out to Emma. No lie.

I received an ARC of this book from Net galley in exchange for an honest review. The book deals with teens who go to a summer camp-however, three of the girls never return home. What follows is time jumps between the present and fifteen years ago. The characters are nicely fleshed out, they do seem to act like typical teens, and the setting is awesome. Lake Midnight becomes a character all on its own, as well. The only reason this book gets 3 stars instead of 5 is because of the ending. It feels rushed, and doesn't fully explain why one character made a choice the way she did. All in all, a decent read, and if you have any teens in your house, I think they would enjoy this book!

I LOVED this book! The beginning was a tad slow, but it shortly picked up into a dark and twisty read. I thought the characters were dimensional and interesting. They each had their own issues which made the book even more exciting. I just want to read more by Riley Sager. I pretty much finished this book in one sitting and I couldn't put it down. The story made me nostalgic because I used to go summer camp when I was younger. There were also several times where the writing gave me chills. It seemed so real, I felt like I was standing with the characters. I always love a good thriller and this book was nothing short of excellent.

I have a pet peeve about books that deliberately withhold information from the reader and then tease you with the fact of that withholding. “If she only knew what really happened that night, she’d never forgive me. [End chapter]” “I’ll always hate myself for that thing I did that I don’t want to talk about right now.” It’s a cheap way of building suspense, and for me, it does nothing but illicit eye rolls. The Last Time I Lied repeatedly and unashamedly commits this literary crime in the name of making you wonder what happened the night three campers disappeared forever, and what role our narrator (their roommate, Emma) played. But the worst sin of all about the way The Last Time I Lied teases you is that those secrets turn out to be such a misdirection that they don’t actually amount to anything. The truth is both boring and, somehow, unsurprising given how desperately hard the book worked to make you look the other way. There are also enough plot holes to sink a canoe in five seconds flat. The very premise is wildly outlandish: fifteen years after the disappearances, the camp is reopening and not only is Emma improbably invited back as an art teacher (given all the unnamed trouble she caused the last time she was at camp), but she accepts because her clichéd gay BFF tells her she needs closure like Ru Paul shouting “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?!” Naturally, virtually the entire cast of staff and counselors was also at the camp on that fateful night fifteen years earlier, which means that there’s a steady lineup of suspects for when someone inevitably begins toying with Emma’s head. Or… is Emma imagining the whole thing? (cue spooky ghost sounds) Did I mention that the camp’s lake is (allegedly) haunted? And that the mystery of the lake is crammed into the mystery of the disappearances like a square peg hammered into a round hole? Riley Sager’s first book, Final Girls, had its problems but it was mostly an entertaining ride. The Last Time I Lied is all problems with none of the fun. Feel free to skip this one if you’re looking for something to read while you lounge by a haunted lake this summer.

I absolutely could not put this book down. When my tablet died, I scurried for my phone to continue the last 40 pages. While the ending wasn't a complete shock - I could see it coming from a mile away - the writing is impeccable. It was so easy to just breeze through this thriller until the very last word. The characters were relatable, likeable even. There wasn't any cheesy love triangle or unbelievable story lines meshed beneath the surface of the real plot. For that, I am truly grateful. Riley Stager has a unique and flawless writing style and now I can't wait to go grab her other novel. I was offered a copy of this book from first to read in exchange for my honest review.

When I saw Riley Sager had a new book, I got it immediately without even reading the description. I was hopeful I'd love it as much as I loved Final Girls. Mr. Sager did not let me down! The Last Time I Lied was fantastic! At 13, Emma goes to summer camp for the first-and last-time. A traumatic disappearance closes down the camp and messes up Emma's sanity. As an adult, she is approached by the camp owner to come back and teach art to the campers. After much though, Emma decides to take the deal and face the demons of her past. I was intrigued and interested in the characters from the start. I loved the way the story unfolded both in the past and the present. Many of the characters seemed suspicious at one point or another throughout the story. There were unexpected twists up to the last few pages. Many thrillers are pretty predictable and the twists are that twisty. There were twists in this one that smacked me upside the head. Another great read by Riley Sager. He's quickly rising in my list of favorite authors. I received a free copy from Penguin's First to Read program.

If I look beyond these three facts, I could easily tell you that this was a frustrating and middle-of-the-road novel of suspense and mystery. 1.) There were several twists and turns I never saw coming. 2.) The plot teased and taunted me along, and I couldn't put it down. 3.) The plot kept me guessing down to the very last bit, with an unexpected ending and a perfect way to wrap up the story. But, you see that unlike the game, Two Truths and a Lie, that the girls like to play in The Last Time I Lied, these three things are truths. Overall, I can be rather impatient with thrillers and suspense novels. I feel the manipulation and the constraint of walking down the pathway light narrowly by the author. While this book was no exception to that, I will be the first to point out that with a fantastic case of an unreliable narrator, Sager had me tied into the outcome of this book from the beginning. Sager writes an enthralling and absorbing journey for Emma Davis, our narrator, leading us to a return to Camp Nightingale—the very camp where she stayed fifteen years before. The very camp from which her three bunkmates disappeared. Emma returns to the newly reopening camp at the request of the camp's owner, but also because she hopes to finally uncover the truth about their disappearance. I've come to discover that I really enjoy a story helmed by an unreliable narrator. Hidden in the truth are lies and vice versa—lies to the reader, lies to the other characters, and lies to the narrator herself. But the narrator cannot simply be cloaked in half-lies and half-truths—she must also be surrounded in mystery while trying to solve one at the same time. Here is where Sager really sinks his claws into this one. Between Emma's inability to establish a level of trust with both the characters surrounding her and the reader, the mysterious circumstances surrounding the camp, and the deliciously eerie atmosphere created in the stillness, silence, and serenity entrenched in the estate on which the camp was constructed, Sager has a masterful handle on every aspect of this book. All the characters stand vivid against the setting of Camp Nightingale. The camp itself is as alive as any character, and seems to be working to keep the truth from Emma as well. A fantastic setting with a troubling history is the perfect place for poor Emma, both fifteen years ago and today. Told through a back and forth nature, Sager slowly reveals what happened then, and what is happening now. I was surprised by both, and I would happily recommend this one to any fan of unreliable narrators, ghostly settings, and typical Mystery / Suspense novels.

Thank you to #firsttoread and @duttonbooks for providing me with a copy of this hot new book to read for an honest review! While Emma was thirteen and away at camp, her three cabin mates disappeared and were never found. Now, fifteen years later, the camp is reopening, and Emma has been asked back to teach art. Will this visit give her the missing answers that she is craving about the girls' disappearance, or will history repeat itself? I will say that this one was more of a slow burn for me until about halfway through. That is when it finally became a page-turner. Despite the slow start, I did enjoy it and found the ending satisfying! I do have to know @riley.sager ... When Emma is swimming through the cave and referring to the scary movie that she watched when she was nine... Is the movie Fortress? I immediately thought of this movie while she was in the cave! That movie gave me the creeps and stuck with me all of these years! I actually bought it on VHS years ago ! ??I probably was about nine when I watched it! Has anyone else seen it? #suspense #books #summereads #unreliablenarrator #lasttimeilied #summerreleases2018

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager , is a “coming of age” story filled with friendship, loss, pettiness, secrets, mystery, and revenge. Fifteen years ago when Emma was 13 she spent an unforgettable summer at Camp Midnight. But instead of the memories being of the friends she made and the fun they had, all Emma thinks about now is the night her three cabin mates disappeared, and how she’s responsible for it. The path to the truth of that night is a long and painful journey shared by many. The story jumps between the past and the current time, allowing the reader to learn what had happened, and how it’s affected the lives of the survivors. I felt the story started out a bit slow, and I wondered about the actual mystery, it was more of a reminder that 3 girls (Vivian, Natalie & Allison) had disappeared and it was still unsolved. Around the 35% point, the psychological elements were introduced: strange happenings, character paranoia, trust issues, and questioning of sanity. All of a sudden I felt like the pace of the story was picking up. This is also about the time that Emma begins to dig deeper into the questions about the camp’s history, and what Vivian had been investigating in the past. A little over halfway through the story I had 3 main questions, and I didn’t see what they had to do with the plot, I wondered if they had been extraneous information [spoiler • What was Vivian looking for back then and why? • What does the women’s hair have to do with it? • What does Pleasant Valley have to do with it? (hide spoiler)] but by the end of the book, my questions had been answered to my satisfaction. I also felt the last 10-15% of the story was action-packed and more descriptive. I have to say I was surprised by the twist in the storyline - the actual truth to the disappearances. Missing from the story for me was a bit more character development of the 3 missing girls, granted, we did get a brief introduction to each at the beginning of the book, and a little bit about them being friends prior to that summer at camp. I also would have enjoyed a bit more description of the camp itself – this would have been a great place to set the tone, and atmosphere for a “fearful” event to happen. Overall I enjoyed the story, and wish to thank Penguin / Random House “First to Read” program, and the Author for an advanced review copy, in exchange for my honest review. The expected publication date is July 10th, 2018 in multiple formats. The book is available for pre-order through most vendors. For me, this was a 3.75-star read which I will round up to 4 stars (out of 5 stars)

The Last Time I Lied is Emma’s story. She is an up and coming artist who has been haunted by her past for the last fifteen years and is concealing it in her paintings over and over and over. She has never gotten over what happened at the summer camp she attended when she was thirteen – her three roommates disappeared and, to this day, have never been found. Unbeknownst to the people viewing her paintings, the three girls are hidden in everything she paints, in fact she’s not been able to paint anything that didn’t start with them. Now, fifteen years later, Emma is invited back to the camp. It has been closed since the disappearance of the girls but has been reopened and Emma will be an art instructor working with girls at the camp. This is her chance to solve the mystery of what happened to her friends. It took 70 pages or so before this book finally really grabbed hold of me but once you get to that point, make sure you have time to read. The plot was interesting and continued to throw you curves right up until the end. I enjoyed Final Girls but I thought this one was much better.

This was a great book. It was well written and very entertaining with a great twist at the end. I already recommend Final Girls to friends and I’ll definitely recommend this book as well.

Reminiscent of a 90s slasher film, The Last Time I Lied was the perfect dose of thriller and mystery. It took me a while to get into it, but it was a steady read. I had to know what would happen! I’d like to announce that I pinpointed the suspect, but it’s only true because I thought virtually everyone was guilty. My book has evidence of all the highlighted clues I tried to keep track of….everyone from the hired driver to the elderly camp matriarch. Sager is the master of misdirection! There were a few points when I almost stopped reading, and several threads really don’t get closed up, but in the end they’re unimportant. Sager reveals just what’s needed at the right time. The Last Time I Lied needs to be on your list if you loved Mean Girls, I Know What You Did Last Summer, or any kind of teen drama show. I liked it even better than Final Girls! The book contains profanity, sex scenes, and bullying incidents. It’s all part of the story, though, and not too graphic. I’d let my teen daughter read this without a problem.

4/5 STARS!!! I wasn't sold on this one at first... However, something kept drawing me in. The twisty ending left my mouth open! Great, entertaining read with an ending you won't see coming!

While I didn't enjoy this book as much as Final Girls, it was a great read. It started off a little slow but picked up speed. After about the first third of the book, the story really started twisting and I couldn't put it down. This would be a great movie!

As cliche as it sounds, I could not put this book down. Plans were cancelled. Responsibilities were shirked. Laundry undone, dishes uncleaned. Nothing was stopping me from reading this. I was a big fan of Final Hirls, so I came into this cautiously optimistic. I’ve been burned before so I didn’t want to be too eager. I was blown away. From the first page I was hooked. I vacillated between thinking Emma was crazy and sane. Every clue revealed had me itching for more. The ending, the wonderful twisting maze of an ending, was better than all the false scenarios swirling in my head. I have not enjoyed a book this much in quite a while. 10/10 highly recommend for anyone that likes their reading to be murky and a little twisted.

Oh. My. Goodness. By far the best book I have read in 2018. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once the ride started it didn’t disappoint. Once I got to part 2, I pretty much devoured the book. Emma finally sorted out her life after a tragedy fifteen years prior, until an encounter with a familiar face rips open old wounds and adds new ones.

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to preview Riley Sagers's new novel - Sager has a way to take the reader into her world vividly and make you part of the story. She did that with The Final Girls and she does it again with this book. A young woman returns to a camping site where her three friends disappeared - Emma - is still affected by this event even as time goes by. The plot takes the reader back and forth in time so you get a real sense of who Emma was and who she is now. Strange things start to happen and Emma finds herself needing and wanting to know what happened so long ago. Good book - 3.5 stars! One for the summer book list.

I am becoming a huge Riley Sager fan. I expected, after reading Final Girls, a plot twist at the end. I tried to guess what it was. And boy was I wrong! The characters are engaging and exciting, as is the plot. Please give us more Riley Sager, and quickly!!

This book was just ok.... The premise of it was there but I found parts of the back to story to be disappointing. The story just didn't work for me.

I absolutely loved Riley Sager’s first thriller The Final Girls. So when I saw her second triller as an option for the Penguin First to Read program I jumped at the opportunity to secure an early galley of The Last Time I Lied. Let me tell you that I was not disappointed. Much like The Final Girls I thought the story was about one thing, but the plot twists carefully folded into the last half of the novel proved just how wrong I was. Emma Davis is returning to Camp Nightingale, fifteen years after tragedy forced her to leave early. Fifteen years ago Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, the three girls Emma shared a cabin with while attending camp for the summer, disappeared without a trace. None of the girls were ever found. The disappearances of these girls had deep resounding impacts on all of the main characters of the novel. One day following Emma’s gallery showing of her paintings, Emma is invited to return to Camp Nightingale to teach painting for a new group of girls. This new group of girls is the first to return to Camp Nightingale which has remained closed for the past fifteen years. Emma sees returning to Camp Nightingale as an opportunity to possibly find closure for the disappearances of her friends. She follows clues carefully left behind by Vivian, but the answers she finds only seeks to deepen the mystery surrounding the camp and the disappearances of the three girls. Emma starts to experience strange things at camp, pushing her to question her sanity. When tragedy strikes the camp again, Emma must dig deep to help solve the fifteen year old disappearances at the camp to ensure that it never happens again. I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Time I Lied. The story drew me in from page one and didn’t let go until the final page. I thought I understood how the story would play out, yet there were so many twists and turns that kept me hanging on until the very end. You think you have these characters all figured out, but each has a secret they are guarding. As their secrets all start to come out who will be left standing? Does Emma ever find the answers she was looking for? I highly recommend The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager for fans of thrillers who are tired of the same predictable storyline.

This story revolves around Emma and the disappearance of 3 girls at summer camp. Througout the story we go back between the past and the future trying to unravel what had happened and why. I really enjoyed the bits of clues in this story because you think you know what is happening but you really don't. It was a great read but was a bit slow towards the middle but keep reading because the end is not what i expected.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it was a huge letdown. The story was heavy on "tell, don't show" with the constant reminders that Emma had secrets, vague insinuations that we'd soon understand her lies, and the like. The story was convaluted and the characters seemed to have constantly shifting motivations that were in place to serve the plot rather than representative of how real people would act. The twists were silly and nonsensical. Overall I found this to be a real disappointment.

I found this very slow to start and actually wanted to DNF at one point. I'm not sure if it was the story or the writing, but something just didn't hold my interest. There were a lot of facts turning up throughout the read but maybe the suspense was missing from the writing? Just not sure. I will say the very end was pretty great but I'm just not sure the means justified the end.

3.5 stars. I read Riley Sager's first book Final Girls and really enjoyed it. This book wasn't quite as good but it was still a solid thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. I didn't love the ending - without giving anything away I just felt it wasn't really plausible. There were things brought up in the book that never were really cleared up - why did Franny's husband drown if he was a champion swimmer, where was Lottie when Emma was screaming in the lake, why was Casey always lurking around. Fans of the Final Girls will enjoy this as well - it is fast paced and interesting. Thanks to First To Read for the ARC.

I loved Final Girls and was dying to read The Last time I Lied. This book is so good. It is eerie, thrilling and consuming. Emma’s camp bunkmates went missing fifteen years ago and she is still haunted by the events. The camp is reopening and she goes back for the summer to teach art and hopefully get some closure. Emma is an unreliable narrator in the best way. The story alternates between the past and the present seamlessly. The ending is fantastic. I enjoyed the mystery and I loved the camp in the woods setting. Sager is awesome and this book did not disappoint. Thanks so much for the advanced e-galley Penguin Random House and First to Read.

After reading Final Girls and being completely blown away by the story, I went into this book with high expectations. Riley Sager did not disappoint with this one. Just as I thought the story was going to end, he threw in one last curve that I never saw coming. While I do think Final Girls shook me a little more than this one did, I still felt it packed a mighty punch. I highly recommend any of Riley Sager's works and will be eagerly awaiting his next masterpiece.

Boy what a ride?! This is a fast paced twisting story. I loved every minute of it and totally didn't see the end coming. I would definitely recommend. This book keeps you involved and wanting more. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

“But here’s the thing: some wrongs are so terrible that the people responsible must be held accountable. Call it justice. Call it revenge. Call it whatever. I don’t give a fuck. All I care about is righting this particular wrong. It can’t be ignored. It must be righted. And I’m the bitch that’s going to do it.” I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. I have a love/hate relationship with mystery/thrillers and an even more ambivalent relationship with popular adult fiction. As an avid horror fan, I’m constantly pulled in by the premises of thrillers only to be disappointed that they’re not more, well, thrilling, and popular adult fiction is a minefield in itself. Hype for YA novels seems far more reliable than hype for adult fiction, at least for me, and I try to avoid anything that sounds remotely The-Girl-On-The-Train-ish. That being said, I couldn’t resist a novel called Final Girls (and what horror fan could?), so it’s sitting unread on my shelf, which will make a fitting epigraph on my tombstone. (“She had it, but she didn’t read it.”) I hesitated to request The Last Time I Lied–a little because I feel like I’m cheating on Final Girls, but mostly for the reasons above–but I’m really glad I did. Spoilers will be clearly marked. Two Truths and a Lie: One. Her first year at Camp Nightingale, three girls from Emma Davis’s cabin go missing without a trace. They’re never found. Two. Fifteen years later, Emma is just starting to make a name for herself in the art world when she’s invited back to Camp Nightingale, re-opening for the first time, to teach art and make peace with the past. Three. Emma knows more than she’s saying about what happened to those girls, and someone at Camp Nightingale is going to make sure history repeats itself. It’s nothing short of epic for me to give a thriller four stars, but I was pretty impressed across the board with this book. The writing is solid and descriptive without being overdone, and Sager is skilled at weaving in subtle but important details and creepy imagery. Even when nothing overtly frightening is happening, the atmosphere of Camp Nightingale is one of quiet menace. Eyeless statues stand sentinel over a clearing, bleached tree branches reach up from the lake like fingers, and there is the constant sensation of being watched. Occasionally, the suspense-building is a little heavy-handed. I don’t need a reminder at the end of every chapter that Emma knows more than she’s saying, but otherwise it’s effective. While most of the characters are little more than suspects, Emma and Vivian make up for it. Emma is surprisingly strong, and even when she’s rattled, she tends to keep her head (with one or two exceptions). Her bonding with the three girls in her cabin brings a new dimension to her character, and I wish they’d had more scenes together. Vivian, the leader of the vanishing girls, is never on the page without being filtered through Emma’s memories or hallucinations, but she’s still a force to be reckoned with. I love mean-girl characters when they’re done well, and Vivian is better than most. She’s undoubtedly flawed, and her relationship with Emma has edges of toxicity in it, but those things only make her more compelling. I can see why younger Emma was under her spell and why older Emma can’t seem to let her go. The plot moves seamlessly back and forth between past and present. For the most part, it’s a slow unraveling and a ramping up of tension, but it has a few surprising twists. There’s one in the middle that had me flipping back pages to make sure I hadn’t missed something, but it’s the one at the end that really made the novel for me. I didn’t see it coming, but I should have. Everything is there, if only we knew which clues to pay attention to, and it’s the kind of reveal that makes me want to start the book over so I can watch it play out. Highly recommend for fans of the genre and for people who just like a good story. Final Girls just moved up on my TBR. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. TURN BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. Holy shit, that twist. Did I need more reasons to like Vivian? I was going to be angry if the “twist” turned out to be that Emma was crazy the whole time, since it’s trite and bad storytelling besides. I had the feeling as I was reading that the mental institution angle was a little weak, and now I see why–it was only a distraction from Vivian’s (and the book’s) real agenda. That girl was playing her own game the whole time, and she’s even more of a cool operator than I expected. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

Oh my God. I just finished this book and it's 2 am and I'm having goosebumps all over my body. It's everything i wanted in a mystery/thriller book. A summer camp, a secret, a shady billionaire, a hidden place and missing girls. The first half of the book is so beautifully written, it builds up my curiosity while also teasing just me enougj of what's coming. Then came the second half of the book and bam, another girls missing and bam another secret then bam your suspicion is true but when you think you got it all figured out, the story took a different turn. What a ride! What a read! I throughly enjoyed reading it. Well done!

Thanks to First to Read for an advance digital ARC of this book. This is my second Sager book, having read Final Girls last year. I think I have a handle on Sager now and have decided I like him a lot. He's managed to carve out his own niche in an otherwise over-populated, larger genre. His thrillers are, well, campy (excuse the pun). It's clear he's playing on a history populated with the fears encountered by growing up in the 1980s (I believe I'm about the same age as Sager/Ritter so I get it), especially the slasher and teen films that those of us of a certain age know so well. He has discussed this in various interviews and anyone who has read Final Girls knows this as well. But I really love that he's found a way to combine the fun of that genre from our past and has incorporated it into contemporary thrillers today. It really works. Now having said that, you have to go into a Sager book with clear expectations. You aren't getting incredibly round, developed characters here and sometimes--just like in those movies from the '70s and '80s--you're going to want to scream, "Don't go out there! Why are you doing that?" But, of course, Sager knows what he's doing and that's part of the fun. I liked this more the Final Girls. I honestly didn't see the end coming until it was almost there. So all in all, I suggest knowing what Sager's doing as you get into his books, but then have fun with them. I highly suggest this one!

Excellent story. Lots of suspense. Keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out just what happened 15 years ago. And a great, satisfying ending with a nice twist you don't see coming. Definitely recommend this book.

15 years ago Emma Davis attended Camp Nightingale, a summer camp for the wealthy. Two truths and a lie was the game the girls played but Emma has sworn never to lie again after her three cabin mates, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, disappeared without a trace. Her secrets about what really happened that night have haunted her ever since. She paints the girls on massive canvases, ghostly forms in white dresses, hidden within layers of dark forests and foliage. Emma finds herself unable to paint anything else, seeing the girls everywhere she turns, unable to move on from that tragic day. Francesca Harris-White, the owner of Camp Nightingale, offers Emma a chance to return to the camp and get the closure she needs. Emma reluctantly returns to Camp Nightingale for its grand reopening, surrounded by the familiar faces of individuals who were present that day, as well as a fresh group of young campers. Emma finds herself sleeping in the exact same cabin with three young campers triggering memories of that unforgettable summer. When strange things begin to happen, Emma is not sure if she is losing her mind or if someone else knows the truth about what really happened that night. All the stars for this novel! The Last Time I Lied is Riley Sager's second novel and I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed Final Girls but this is my new favorite. The author does an amazing job at building suspense, red herrings/whodunits, and those amazing twist endings that you just don't see coming. My only regret is that I was not able to sit down and devour this novel in one sitting. This is a must read for fans of dark thrillers and Riley Sager and is sure to be a top read for 2018.

Finally a real thriller! It has been a while since I read a real page turner like this. Until the end it is hard to tell how reliable the narrator is. The story switches between past and present and 2 similar situations. As I was reading I kept thinking, "I hope the ending isn't a let down. " It definitely wasn't. Highly recommend this book and I plan to read the author's first book now also.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager is easy poolside/beach reading. We are presented with two timelines, the present and fifteen years ago, both are from our main gal Emma's POV. A mysterious and unsolved disappearance of three of her summer camp cabin mates 15years ago leads Emma to accept an offer to come back to the camp one last time in hopes of solving the mystery. or? At least getting some closure after struggling for years coming to grips with the chain of events that led up to the girls disappearing. We start off the story at a brisk pace, but then... some of the aspects start to fall under 'unnecessary to the overall story arc' in my mind and a few fell strongly under the 'things that make you go hmmm'- including the end. There were aspects of it that made complete sense, but some things didn't add up with what was presented as backstory. I think too many threads were started and then had nowhere to go as the story wrapped up. still? this is a fun light fast read that is perfect for summer and I would recommend to anyone looking for a light crime suspense

Another good book although I’m still in love with Final Girls.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a fast read for me and I found myself unable to put it down but the ending fell really flat. I feel it was all over the place and could have had other endings to make it so much better. All in all it’s a good read but not great.

Odd combination of taut thriller and some predictable outcomes makes THE LAST TIME I LIED a mixed reading experience. There are a few too many tropes tucked into this summer camp setting with an unreliable narrator who decides to revisit the scene of an earlier tragedy by repeating her adolescent camp experience fifteen years later. Somehow author Riley Sager still manages to keep the tension high as we wonder why our protagonist is actually doing any of the things she is doing. This is a difficult book to put down, even if you vaguely suspect you know how it will all turn out.

I loved "Last Time I Lied ". It was filled with twists. The haunting summer camp was a great setting. I really enjoyed Riley Sager's "Final Girls " so I have been waiting for this one for months and was beyond ecstatic to get to read it as an ARC. The story moves at a fast pace switching between current times and 15 years earlier when 13 year old Emma'a three cabin bunkmates all go missing. The girls are never found and the summer camp is closed. 15 years later, Emma is an artist haunted by the missing girls and all she can paint is them missing in the woods. The camp is being reopened and she is invited to go back to teach art for the summer. Against her better judgment, she goes back to the camp where she is thrown into the same nightmare all over again. I stayed up until 1am finishing the book as I could not put it down. I give the book 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller.

"The Last Time I Lied" has more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride. From beginning to finish you are left wondering what really happened when three girls go missing. Would I recommend Riley Sager's The Last Time I Lied? Absolutely.

5/5 stars! The ending is what makes a thriller/suspense read; it can certainly save a story (i.e. The Woman in the Window IMO). I was not disappointed with what author, Riley Sager, cooked up for me in his latest The Last Time I Lied. Thirteen year-old, Emma Davis, is at sleep away camp for the summer when two weeks in her three bunk-mates (Vivian, Natalie, and Alison) disappear – never to return again. Fast forward fifteen years later and Emma is invited back to Camp Nightingale for its reopening. Is she crazy for accepting the invitation or just crazy? What really happened that night? Read and find out! Chapters are either the present or fifteen years ago and told from Emma’s POV. The characters that create the narrative – in the past and their present – are rather interesting. I kept changing my mind on who I should be paying more attention to, and what could have happened: I absolutely love when a suspense read keeps me on my toes the whole time.

Hot damn! I got your summer beach read right here! Riley Sager’s thriller is just what you want - an unsolved mystery from a summer camp 15 years ago; a missing insane asylum; an unstable artist; a family of wealthy - and manipulative - benefactors; and two - count ‘em, two! - twists at the end to leave you wondering as you close the cover. Emma has carried the loss of her 3 bunk mates from summer camp since their disappearance one night... along with the burden of the lies she told. She has painted them over & over again... yet only she knows that they’re hidden on every canvas. At her first gallery show, Emma is approached by the wealthy woman who ran the camp... and who wants it to run again, with Emma there. Emma takes the bait, and she’s soon in the same nightmare all over again. Sager deftly hides all the truths & all the lies in this fast-paced mystery. You’ll wonder all the regular things: is she crazy? did she actually do it? is she being set up? Then you’ll take some wild stabs in the dark, trying to guess who’s lying the most - because you’ll never believe any of them whole-heartedly. And at the end, Sager will give you the satisfaction you crave ... and even more. Due out July 10th, The Last Time I Lied is one everyone will be talking about this summer. Put it on your list now, & reserve a day to do nothing but enjoy your favorite beverage & devour this book. My thanks to the author & publisher for an arc of this book.

By the time I finished this book I was really pleased at how much I enjoyed it. While I liked the author's previous book, Final Girls, I can admit it did have some flaws preventing it from being that perfect read. This book however pretty much checked off all of the important qualities I look for in a good thriller/mystery. A summer camp setting always creeps me out in books and movies, and I mean that in a good way. I loved the pacing of the back and forth timelines as it never felt like the story was dragging on and on and it was fun learning more about what happened fifteen years ago and how it related to the present day story. I really liked the main character and the rest of the people at camp made for an interesting list of suspects. The story is complex enough in which I think it would be difficult to predict everything that happens but if you are like me you'll be happy if you figure out one piece of the puzzle. All in all, I had a really fun time reading this book! I recommend this book especially if you liked Final Girls as I think this one is even better. A good summer read! Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

I've been hearing nonstop good things about Riley Sager ever since the release of Final Girls, and even though I love a good thriller/mystery, I was hesitant to try it. Would it live up to the hype? Would I like it as much as everyone else? Those were the questions on my mind. Now that I've read The Last Time I Lied, Riley's second book, I'm mad at myself for being so stubborn and reluctant, because this book is EXCELLENT! After finishing it my thoughts were something like this: "Wow....Wow....WOW..." The best word to describe The Last Time I Lied? Intoxicating! When I sat down with it, I only planned to read a chapter; however, as per usual, that ended up being a straight-up lie, as I ended up reading the ENTIRE book in one sitting. It's just that good. The Last Time I Lied alternates between current times and 15 years ago. Riley did a fantastic job of weaving the two timelines together, and I loved how both included mystery as well as suspense. I also liked how the timelines played off each other, as it really brought the book together. Emma is an interesting main character. From the first chapter, it's easy to see that Emma's been carrying that night with her for years. She's still so incredibly torn up about it and even a tad obsessed - all of her paintings involve that night. She also feels incredible guilt - guilt for her role that night, guilt for putting the blame on someone out of anger rather than true reasons, guilt for living while three other girls died. I felt for Emma. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be to live like that, especially when there was no real closure. Over the course of the book, Emma starts to heal from that night, reestablishing friendships along the way. I enjoyed seeing Emma come out of this cloud, and I also liked seeing her bond with the three young girls she was in charge of at the camp. It brought out a new side to her - a big sister side. I also liked the addition of the secondary characters. They all had their own secrets to hide. Some had better intentions than others. However, they all had a role to play. The plot here is well constructed. Riley did a fantastic job of building up what happened that night as well as the mystery that still remained. There were several times in which I thought I had everything figured out only to be proven wrong. The setting also brought a lot to the book. It was eerie and creepy, and what made it even better was how fleshed out Riley made it. I had no problem picturing the camp. In all, The Last Time I Lied is perfect for fans of thrillers, especially those who love a campy feel; however, be prepared to be shocked throughout. The curveball at the end? Deliciously evil! My jaw dropped.

Thank you First To Read for the advanced copy. What a read! Such a quick pace you didn't want to put it down & the flow between the flashbacks was perfect!! Stayed hooked through all the twists and turns. I'll be looking forward to future novels by Riley Sager!!

This was a really great thriller, the kind that keeps you up trying to finish it and going off in tangents to guess what's real and the true story of the disappearance of 3 teen girls at Camp Nightingale all those years ago. I figured out part of the mystery but was still surprised at the ending. A lot of going over the same material and somewhat unrealistic, but still well worth the read. Recommend for a summer read.

Loved this book! I couldn't put it down!!

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager in exchange for my honest review.*** 5 STARS Emma’s three camp bunkmates disappear into the night, leaving her behind. Now, fifteen years later, the camp is reopening and she’s asked back as an art instructor. Hoping to for closure, she returns. Emma isn’t always honest. Vivian, one of the missing girls taught her two truths and a lie, a game that became a way of life for Emma. The closer she gets to solving the mystery, the closet danger lurks. I was so excited to get an ARC of THE LAST TIME I LIED and the story didn’t let me down. Sager piqued my curiosity from the blurb, present confronting past to solve a mystery. Rich girl camps hold the same allure as boarding schools and sororities for me. The sisterhood, secrecy and mischief ordinary girls like me could only imagine. As an adult, I still romanticize these experiences even though I realize the introvert in me would be miserable. But I digress. Emma is such an interesting character. At thirteen, she wants to keep up with the older girls, drawn in by Vivian, the leader who takes her under wing. In the aftermath of the girl’ disappearances, Emma suffers from mental illness. As an adult, she still struggles with PTSD. Her (very incompetent) therapist thinks she should be over it. Hello? How does anyone get over losing three bunkmates, presumed dead but never found. Time doesn’t heal that wound. I had no shortage of theories and suspects, all wrong. Sager threw in a twist in the end that made THE LAST TIME I LIED perfect. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

 


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