I listened to the audiobook of this back in October and absolutely loved it! I have listened to both of Sager’s book on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed both books. I can’t wait for his next book in 2019!
**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.13
My Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.5
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, suspense
Published: July 3, 2018
Plot: 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.
Review: I love mystery/thriller books that are set in a summer camp or boarding school. The Last Time I Lied is told in alternating timelines at the same summer camp for girls. Something dark happened in the past when Emma was a camper at Camp Nightingale. Now Emma has returned as a counselor and will not stop until she discovers the truth about what happened when she was last there.
Audiobook Review: The audiobook narrator grew on me. I was not sure I was going to like the narrator at first because she did not add emotion to the story, but I got used to her and managed to enjoy the audiobook.
Final Thoughts: I gave this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed the mystery and I was not able to figure it out! There are alot of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. The final moments of the book gave me chills and I thought the story was a unique take on the “campers gone missing at summer camp” trope. The story does take a bit to really take off, but I thought the payoff was worth it in the end.
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