Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Published by: Dutton
Publication date: July 3rd, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


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.


This is my third Riley Sager book. I first read Lock Every Door and loved it, then I read Final Girls and was left a little disappointed. So coming into The Last Time I Lied, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it or hate it. Turns out, I loved it!

I was hooked from page one. I interpreted it as the opposite of Pretty Little Liars. Instead of one person going missing from a group and lies being told, it’s 3 girls that are missing leaving behind one person to lie.

There was no way for me to figure out the ending. I was left guessing the whole time, until the very end. There is a lot of speculation and finger pointing, which I enjoyed. I like to be surprised and boy, was I.

I definitely recommend giving this a read if you haven’t already.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

What do you think about The Last Time I Lied? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always



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