Two Truths and A Lie. I’ll go first…Number one: Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors. Number two: Reading is a waste of time. Number three: The Last Time I Lied is arguably one of the best releases of the summer. Have you figured it out?
Can I just say alskdfjsldfldjf, go buy this book now, and just end my review there? No? Okay, then. Probably like many fans, I read Riley Sager’s Final Girls last summer and it was instantly one of my favorites. It’s one of those thrillers that genuinely shocked me; I truly didn’t see the ending coming and it was so satisfying. When I saw that Sager’s second novel (under this pseudonym) was going to be released this summer, I immediately added to to my Goodreads TBR list and requested it on NetGalley. When my request was approved I fangirls, texted my best friend (who recently read my copy of Final Girls) and promptly geeked out (see below). And now, I’ve finished it in less than two days…
Sager’s new novel, The Last Time I Lied, is officially being released…today! And. You. Need. To. Buy. It. Now. The novel follows Emma Davis, a young artist, who has been invited back to her old summer camp as an art instructor for the next six weeks. Emma tentatively accepts–but not with the purest of motivations. When Emma was a young girl, she spent part of one summer at Camp Nightingale…until her three bunkmates went missing one night and were never found. Haunted by those missing girls, her relationship with them, and the unsettling lack of closure, Emma vows to return to camp these fifteen years later to uncover the truth about their disappearance. Unfortunately, deciphering clues isn’t as easy as Emma hoped–especially as she starts receiving what appear to be cryptic threats. Will she discover what happened to Vivian, Natalie and Allison…or will her own life be on the line instead?
Again, just do yourself a favor and buy this book ASAP. There are multiple complicated female characters. Adolescent angst. Creepy summer camp vibes (a la Friday the 13th). Family secrets. Multiple viable suspects. And so many good twists. Truly, the end of this novel is so satisfying; just as I thought the novel was finishing and the conclusion had been revealed, Sager twisted the narrative yet again! He’s a master-manipulator of narrative, leading readers to one inevitable conclusion, only to pull out the rug and give me something completely different (and better!). I recently read a review where Sager said he’s already working on a third novel and, honestly, I am already waiting in anticipation. Still not convinced? Check out the book trailer here.
Rating: 10/5 (…it’s my blog, I do what I want)
Best binged with: a whiskey sour–dark liquor for the dark ending, with a touch of something lighter to compliment the fun, summer camp vibes.
[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]