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The Last Time I Lied

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  371 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
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 Em ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Dutton (first published July 3rd 2018)
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Ebury Publishing Hi Shonda,
This book is released on the 12th July in the UK.

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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

I’m trying my best to contain my excitement and review Riley Sager’s new book in a professional manner.


See that? I only used one exclamation point. I want at least 300 more! It is a spanking good, cracker jack of a novel that I could not stop reading for two days.

THE LAST TIME I LIED is a brilliant and campy (pun intended) mystery for all you grown up fans of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.

It will be the 2018 summer-beach-novel-must-read! This is a nostalgic and t
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars

While reading my second book by Sager, I can't help but think that he is an 80's horror movie fan or at least grew up in the 80's watching these flicks. His other book, "Final Girls" read like an 80's horror film to me (which I loved!) and while reading The Last Time I Lied, I felt as if I was at Camp Crystal Lake....oops...I meant at Camp Nightingale. And no, there is no killer in a hockey mask chasing camp counselors through the woods here, but it does have a camp in the middle of the
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager is set in a location that will remind readers of tons of campy horror movies, a summer camp for young teens, Camp Nightingale. From the opening pages I had that distinct feeling of wanting to scream out to the main character "What are you thinking??? Don't go back there!!"

You see Emma Davis had attended Camp Nightingale fifteen years before and the unthinkable happened during her summer at camp, her three bunk mates disappeared never to be found again. During
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I flew through The Last Time I Lie by Riley Sager!! I loved this one! I read his previous book, Final Girls, and I enjoyed that one too. The Last Time I Lied was just so good omg. The mystery, the characters, the setting were all fantastic! This story is told in present day and 15 years ago.

Fifteen years ago, Emma attended The Nightingale, a camp for young girls. The camp was run by a woman named Franny. Franny owned the camp/land and it has been in the family for many years. Emma loved Nightin
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
For many teenagers spending time at summer camp is an idyllic and memorable time - making new friends, escaping from their parents, having adventures, and trying on different personas.

But for four teenagers at Camp Nightingale, camp is a devastating and tragic experience. Emma Davis is still haunted and obsessed by what happened 15 years ago. When she is invited back to Camp Nightingale as a painting instructor she is determined to bring closure to her shattering experience. But the truth of wha
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the great The Final Girls, Riley Sager returns with this horror fest of a psychological thriller with the re-occurring themes of the damaged, guilt ridden, and haunted woman, the sole survivor of a shattering set of events where 3 girls on a rich girls summer camp disappear from their Dogwood cabin to never be heard of again. 13 year old Emma Davis is a newbie camper, placed with older teen girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, getting close to them, especially Vivian who looks out for her, ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Up and coming artist Emma has a past, and that past has affected her work, though no one knows about it. Fifteen years ago, she attended summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She made friends with the other girls in her cabin, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, even though they were three years older than she was. When Emma wakes up one morning and the three girls are missing, panic sets in at the camp. The last Emma saw of them, they were sneaking out of the cabin and Vivian was telling Emma to keep quie ...more
Liz Barnsley
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been one of the first and (arguably) the biggest fan of “Final Girls”, it playing into my love of horror movies so very well, I was both excited and a little concerned to get hold of “Last Time I Lied” because you know, sometimes these author types can only really pull it off the once….Hmm.

NOT so with Riley Sager who has, with Last Time I Lied, written a right old proper page turner, with a brilliantly engaging unreliable narrator in Emma and a creepy, underlying menace to the prose which
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As most readers know,when you start reading the second book by a author who's debut book totally blew you away,there is always that fear at the back of your mind that their second book won't be as good.Well I thought Last Time I Lied was just as jaw droppingly brilliant,gripping and intense as Final Girls.

Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woo
Squeals with delight when arc is received - one of my most anticipated books of the year!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

It's so hard to review a book that's blinding good right up till the end. Cleverly plotted (for the most part), with a main character who has my name and is therefore well worth the time spent with her, the book weaves past and present with delicate skill, all the time building tension and keeping the reader as much in the dark as Emma seems to be. Then you get right to the end and wonder what the hell the author was thinking. Seriously. There were so many more ways to go that would hav
Katie B
By the time I finished this book I was really pleased at how much I enjoyed it. While I liked the author's previous book, Final Girls, I can admit it did have some flaws preventing it from being that perfect read. This book however pretty much checked off all of the important qualities I look for in a good thriller/mystery.

A summer camp setting always creeps me out in books and movies, and I mean that in a good way. I loved the pacing of the back and forth timelines as it never felt like the st
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, kindle
Hot damn! I got your summer beach read right here! Riley Sager’s thriller is just what you want - an unsolved mystery from a summer camp 15 years ago; a missing insane asylum; an unstable artist; a family of wealthy - and manipulative - benefactors; and two - count ‘em, two! - twists at the end to leave you wondering as you close the cover.

Emma has carried the loss of her 3 bunk mates from summer camp since their disappearance one night... along with the burden of the lies she told. She has pain
Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
I was so, so excited to be given the chance to review this book before it’s July release date. It took everything I had not to throw aside everything I was doing just to start reading it. Once I did, I devoured it! I love Riley Sager’s writing style and story telling. This book was such a great read for me. It had everything I love in a mystery novel.

The story bounces between the past and present. The past story takes place at a “rich girl” summer camp so the teenage girl drama level is high. E
J.D. Barker
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sinfully haunting. One of my favorites of 2018.
Erin Dunn
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist, favorites

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager in exchange for an honest review.

After reading and enjoying Final Girls by Riley Sager back in November I had to read his upcoming book The Last Time I Lied. I am so glad I got approved on Netgalley for this one. This book was EVEN BETTER. Holy shiitake mushrooms this book was so FANTASTIC. The tension is ON POINT!! It did start off just a tad
Natalie [genreneutralreader]
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Riley Sager has done it again! I loved Final Girls and had high hopes for The Last Time I Lied. It was just as good. The best part about both of this one was that many readers are going to be able to put themselves into the story. If you ever went to any sort of youth camp as a child, these are the kinds of stories campers told each other to freak themselves out. What if those creepy stories were ALMOST true? Emma was a likable character and I wanted to see her art, as the descriptions of her pa ...more
If I look beyond these three facts, I could easily tell you that this was a frustrating and middle-of-the-road novel of suspense and mystery. But that would be a lie.
1.) There were several twists and turns I never saw coming.
2.) The plot teased and taunted me along, and I couldn't put it down.
3.) The plot kept me guessing down to the very last bit, with an unexpected ending and a perfect way to wrap up the story.

You see—unlike the game, Two Truths and a Lie, that the girls like to play in The La
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Two Truths and a Lie. 1) Emma is guilty. 2) Emma is innocent. 3) Emma is going crazy.

I just couldn't wait until July to share my review: because if you still can try to snag an eBook from Penguin Random House's First to Read program (free!), well then you must! And, then we can discuss the book's whoa!

The ending is what makes a thriller/suspense read; it can certainly save a story (i.e. The Woman in the Window IMO). I was not disappointed with what author, Riley Sager, cooked up fo
The game; 2 Truths and a Lie, the place; Camp Nightingale, the camper; Emma Davis; the misdeed; three of her cabin mates vanish, never to be seen again. Fifteen years later, Emma returns to the scene of the crime, the mysterious breathtaking property, and its majestic lake, hoping to reveal some truths. Twists and turns, upending revelations, and a bombshell of an ending makes this the perfect summer read.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager , is a “coming of age” story filled with friendship, loss, pettiness, secrets, mystery, and revenge. Fifteen years ago when Emma was 13 she spent an unforgettable summer at Camp Midnight. But instead of the memories being of the friends she made and the fun they had, all Emma thinks about now is the night her three cabin mates disappeared, and how she’s responsible for it. The path to the truth of that night is a long and painful journey shared by many.

The sto
Rebecca McNutt
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.


This book has all the vibe of every cheesy yet wonderful slasher thriller written all over it, like if you threw Sleepaway Camp and The Neon Demon into a tornado together. It also has a bit of satire to it, which was interesting, and tones of the 1990's children's TV show Are You Afraid of the Dark?. I found that at times it seemed kind of disjointed yet strangely predictable and formulaic, but otherwise I really liked it, especially the cha
Lisa Denton
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. The story hooked me immediately and kept my attention throughout.

Emma Davis, budding artist, is returning to the elite, girls’ summer camp where her three cabinmates disappeared 15 years ago. The mystery surrounding the girls’ vanishing still hangs over the camp, which is now reopening for the first time since that awful summer. This time, Emma is attending camp as an art teacher rather than a camper, but will
Brandi Aga
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've heard all about Riley Sager through his first book, Final Girls. I didn't read that one though and I'm going to ASAP. As soon as I finished this one I knew I had to go read it right away. Anyway, after seeing all the hype over Sager's first book I jumped on the first opportunity not to miss this one!

And I'm SO glad I did. I had to put the book down quite often due to daily life but that didn't stop me from thinking about it and picking it up every time I could sneak a few pages in.

I reall
Jay G
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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*I received a copy of this book from Net Galley for review from the publishers*

3.5/5 Stars

15 years ago, 3 out of 4 girls disappeared from their cabin at Camp Nightingale without a trace. Emma, the remaining camper is now a successful painter. But, she is haunted by her friends disappearance, constantly including them into her canvases before covering them up with layers of paint. One d
Amy's Book Reviews
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager in exchange for my honest review.***

Emma’s three camp bunkmates disappear into the night, leaving her behind. Now, fifteen years later, the camp is reopening and she’s asked back as an art instructor. Hoping to for closure, she returns. Emma isn’t always honest. Vivian, one of the missing girls taught her two truths and a lie, a game that became a way of life for Emma. The closer she gets to s
Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is how you do a thriller!!!! All the elements that I love were present here - a mysterious disappearance years ago, family secrets, drama and deceit. When Emma returns to Camp Nightingale years after her three friends disappeared, she is on a mission to figure out what happened once and for all. I loved the dual timeline and trying to guess “whodunnit” along with Emma - and boy, was I wrong!!!! Do not miss this one in August!!

Thank you to Dutton for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
Emma Davis is a rising star in the New York Art scene. Her canvases are all part of a series..ghostly shapes in white dresses, covered by dark leaves and gnarled branches. Nobody realizes that she cannot paint anything else or that the white shapes represent the three girls who shared a cabin with her at Camp Nightingale, 15 years ago. Three campers who disappeared without a trace.

Her Art Gallery opening catches the attention of the owner of the camp- Francesca Harris-White. “Franny”, (as she li
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, first-to-read
I've been hearing nonstop good things about Riley Sager ever since the release of Final Girls, and even though I love a good thriller/mystery, I was hesitant to try it. Would it live up to the hype? Would I like it as much as everyone else? Those were the questions on my mind.

Now that I've read The Last Time I Lied, Riley's second book, I'm mad at myself for being so stubborn and reluctant, because this book is EXCELLENT! After finishing it my thoughts were something like this: "Wow....Wow....W
Jillian Doherty
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You've done it again! With your built in fan-ship from The Final Girls here, I was anticipating any story we were lucky enough to get - but wow you didn't disappoint (I only wish we had the other cover as it really embodies such a story :)

From your familiar yet refreshing Camp Nightingale setting, to your uncanny accuracy in creating a diverse range of characters, to the compulsive page-turning read that suck you in from start!

It's delightful to be surprised by plot twists so deeply embedded wit
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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
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