November 28, 2018

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I reviewed Riley Sager's book Final Girls a while back, and absolutely loved it. I knew I had to give this one a shot and really hoped it would deliver as well as Final Girls did. Fortunately, The Last Time I Lied lived up to all my expectations! I do want to place trigger warnings on this book for drowning and mental illness.

This story follows Emma, whose three cabin mates mysteriously disappeared without a trace during her first summer at Camp Nightingale. The camp was shuttered, and the girls were never found. Now, years later, Emma is headed back to Camp Nightingale as an adult, at the request of its wealthy owner. Emma hopes returning will give her closure, and hopefully uncover some answers to what happened to Vivian, Natalie, and Allison all those years ago. But what answers could she possibly find that the police could not? And what are these answers going to cost her?

This had a very similar vibe to Final Girls, with the plot focused heavily on something that happened in the woods, as well as the main character seeking closure after a traumatic incident. It was fast-paced and read extremely quickly. I really enjoyed all the characters, and thought the twists and turns of the plot were all interwoven beautifully. This story was part teen movie, part urban legend, part treasure hunt, and part mystery all wrapped into one.

I loved that it was told through both flashbacks and present day scenes, and I really enjoyed getting to know Emma's cabin mates through those flashbacks. I also appreciated how Emma coped with her trauma, by hiding the missing girls in her now-famous artwork. 

I did think there were a few unnecessary elements, but nothing that distracted from the story in a major way. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for Sager's next book, Lock Every Door, which comes out this coming summer!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

9 comments:

DJ Sakata said...

Glad to see you liked it, I have this one on my cloud

Sarah Nowicki said...

Great review! This sounds really interesting. I sometimes find books with flashbacks messy and hard to follow but it sounds like it really worked with this story. I may have to put it on my tbr list.

Gemma Jackson said...

I have her first book Final Girls on my TBR I'm looking forward to getting to it.
Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

Christina Loeffler said...

I really loved Final Girls but I had a hard time with this one for some reason. Excellent review - loved reading your thoughts!

Robin Loves Reading said...

Great review. This is actually in my December TBR.

Amanda McGill said...

Yay, glad you enjoyed it! I really liked this as well. It had such a creepy vibe by being set in a summer camp.

Whispering Stories said...

Always a bonus when a book lives up to your expectations. Looks good. Great review.

Melissa's Fandom World said...

Great review! Sounds like an interesting read.

jenn G said...

Great review!