The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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.

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager


The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager


The Last Time I Lied

by Riley Sager


Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Published July 3rd 2018

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager




This will be a short review.

I’m on a mystery/thriller streak and I’m loving it!!

After listening to Jar of Hearts I decided to pick up The Last Time I Lied.  I’ve seen it on IG many times being mentioned, and it also was a BOTM choice last month. I’m glad I picked it up because now I know why everyone is talking about it. Even though I didn’t like it as much as Jar of Hearts, I had no trouble finishing it and the twists and turns were as awesome as they were hyped.

The Last Time I Lied was definitely entertaining and captivating. There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, and soon I wasn’t sure whom to believe anymore, including the narrator.

Unfortunately, although The Last Time I Lied was an easy and fast read, there were a few things that didn’t work for me.  Surprisingly the plot was one of them. As much as I thought I would enjoy it, there were quite a few events in this book that sounded rather unlikely and farfetched. On top of that the mystery wasn’t as wowing as I expected it to be. And the way the main character was portrayed as well as her POV added to the confusion rather than helping solve the case. And I didn’t like her. I think that might have also colored my overall impression of the book.

But, even though it wasn’t the best mystery novel I ever read, I would still recommend it. Mainly because of these amazing twists and turns. At the end, I’m glad I picked it up because now I know at least what everyone is talking about. 😀

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager


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.

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Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures.

Riley’s next book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, will be published in July. It was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he’s not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is “Rear Window.” Or maybe “Jaws.” But probably, if he’s being honest, “Mary Poppins.”

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15 thoughts on “The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

  1. I know what you mean when a Mystery/Thriller doesn’t quite live up to your own expectations but you enjoyed the ride. This one is on my shelf and you’ve actually inspired me to read it for those twists and turns. Excellent review!

    1. Thank you so much Jonetta!! And the twists and turns were very well done!! I think it was also partly my fault coming directly from Jar of Hearts to this one. Different although they were both mysteries. I loved the one, like the other 🤷🏻‍♀️ but I don’t regret reading TLTIL at all. 😊

    1. If that’s the case I need to read Final Girls. Some readers were asking why he wrote about a camp again, missed opportunity and all. I’m looking forward to reading your review. 😊

  2. So I got sidetracked immediately with your Jar of Hearts mention. You loved it? I want to read it. I’m seriously considering waiting for my turn to pick a book in my book club. Would that be a good pick?

      1. I don’t think so…We read mostly thrillers. We’ve read Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon, Lilac Girls, Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine…I’m trying to think what else. Would you lump it in with those?

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