Book Review: Last Time I Lied

28 January 2019|

Title: Last  Time I Lied

Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Main Characters:

  • Emma Davis – new camper
  • Vivian – missing camper and ring leader
  • Natalie – missing camper
  • Alison – missing camper
  • Francesca – camp owner


Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Alison 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 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 pretty scary – and a book that would make me never return to a kids camp ever again! I remember school camps being scary enough, and now this… But another one that I couldn’t put down. Too many plot twists and turns. I even found myself avoiding reading at night because of it being pretty scary but the suspense of what actually happened to these girls is mind-gripping! Definitely a good read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Any other good book recommendations?


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