Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
I have heard people praise this lady and now I know why. ‘The Last Time I Lied’ is a thriller with twists and turns and characters full of secrets.
Emma Davis is a painter, but she has been painting the same set of three girls lost in the woods. While her talent is extraordinary, within her heart she carries a secret and a lot of lies. As a kid and her first year in camping, three girls went missing and were never found. So, when given a chance to return to Camp Nightingale as a painting instructor, Emma grabs the opportunity as this is the only way to find what happened 15 years ago.
But Camp Nightingale has its own troubled past and all of it converges into one epic conclusion. Oh! and that ending? I did not see that coming.
Riley Sager invests a lot of time in her plot and in building the perfect mystery. I was suspicious of so many people, but then the truth is sometimes simpler than what our minds conjure. The book has teenagers and there is definitely a lot of drama. Most characters definitely have an aura of mystery around them, which adds to the thrill.
The story is fast-paced and doesn’t slow down at any point. Once the journey starts its a ride downhill and every page is as eventful as it can be. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will definitely pick up the rest of Riley Sager’s books.
Recommended to people who love a gripping thriller and are extremely good at the guessing game.