If you want to read a twisted book with the ultimate surprise ending, The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager is your match. I’ve really been on a thriller kick lately. I picked this book for July’s Book Of The Month read and I’m so glad I did! Side note – if you don’t know what BOTM is, you should totally check it out! The only subscription box I’ll sign up for!
Emma is a successful New York City artist known best for her canvas paintings of wooded areas. When buyers purchase a painting, they think they’re getting an abstract image. Instead, they’re actually buying a painting containing 3 young girls in white dresses hidden among the foliage, gone forever, just like in real life.
Emma attended Came Nightingale for the first time when she was just 13 years; an all-girls summer camp known to house some of NYC’s most elite. Emma’s stay was cut short after just two weeks when her 3 cabin-mates, Vivian, Natalie and Allison, vanished in the middle of the night. The girls were never found and the only trace of their existence was a neatly folded sweatshirt found in the woods belonging to Vivian.
Fast forward 15 years and Emma finds herself back at Camp Nightingale for its first summer open since the incident, only this time she is not a camper but an instructor whom will teach the campers canvas painting. She is hesitant to accept this position by the camp’s owner, Franny, because of the history the camp holds. Every second of every day she is consumed by the disappearance of the girls and what might have happened to them, so much so that she only paints them. She is consumed by the guilt of her final words spoken just before they disappeared. Emma can’t decide if she agreed to return to Camp Nightingale for closure after the guilt that has weighed on her for 15 years or for answers. She knows if she seeks the answers she needs, she may find herself in a deadly situation – and that is exactly what happens.
The Last Time I Lied is an easy read that kept me on my toes. With many thrillers/murder mysteries, I can usually take an educated guess at the plot or at least know the direction it may be headed. With this book, I was wrong every single time and I honestly was shocked until after the last page. The ending… wowza was it an ending! I recommend this book if you enjoy ‘puzzle piece’ type books or creepy thrillers. I could definitely see this eventually leading to a movie or series, in which case I would be very curious to see how they choose to lay it out. Be prepared to be a little creeped out and a lot stumped with this book!