Normally, I post my book reviews in the order (or close to it) that I read them. Since I don’t post a review every week and I read a book just about every week, there is a lag between when I finish a book and when I post about it. But not this time! I read The Last time I Lied by Riley Sager last week, and since it was SO incredible, I couldn’t wait to post the review. So I bumped several others back. This was one my July Book of the Month picks, and it honestly blew my mind.
When Emma Davis was 13, she spent a summer at Camp Nightinegale, a camp for wealthy girls. While she was there, her three older cabinmates Vivian, Natalie and Allison disappeared, leaving Emma behind.
Fifteen years later, Emma is an artist who paints her missing friends into every one of her paintings. When Franny, the owner of the camp, decides to reopen the camp after 15 years, Emma is invited back as the art teacher, even after the terrible things that she did when she was there. Emma is hesitant to return, but she decides to take the opportunity to find out what really happened to the girls. Emma stays in the same cabin that she stayed in all those years ago, this time with three new campers. Memories of her first summer there are everywhere, and the more Emma digs into the past, the more dangerous it becomes.
This book is amazing. The writing is incredible. It is super creepy, and also the perfect summer read since it takes place at summer camp. And I loved the way it jumped from present to past – one chapter would be Emma arriving at camp, the next was Emma arriving at camp 15 years ago. This is seriously one of the best books I have read all year. In fact, it is one of the best thrillers I have EVER read. In terms of the story and how mind blowing it was, it is right up there with Gone Girl. I couldn’t wait to leave work each day so I could rush home and read. I normally have books figured out long before the ending, but I didn’t at all with this one. The ending totally blew me away. And then when I finished it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had a hard time starting a new book because I could not stop thinking about this one.
This is Riley Sager’s second book, and I’ve already added his first one Final Girls to my reading list. I will be getting that one soon.
So have you read The Last Time I Lied? If so, what did you think? If not, please add it to the top of your reading list.