Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Last Time I Lied

Book: The Last Time I Lied
Author: 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.-Goodread

Review: Twelve year old Emma is excited about summer camp at Camp Nighingale. But her summer comes crashing to a quick end when all of her bunkmates leave one night and disappear, never to be heard from again. 

Years later, Emma is an artist in NY and shocked when she's invited back to Camp Nightingale to teach an art class. She decides it's an opportunity to find out what happened all those years ago and goes. What happens next is fast paced, creepy and a delicious read. I thought this was very well done-a perfect balance of thriller and detective story (if that makes sense). I couldn't stop turning the pages! I also did not see that ending coming, well done Ms. Sager!

Grade: 5/5

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