Wow-ee! I have literally just finished it as I type, and that ending has sent shivers down my spine. Riley Sager you are a genius, I raced through it and loved how it has a whole R.L.Stine ‘goosebumps’ feel to it, but for adults, obviously.
‘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 woods and never returned…
Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.
Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…’
I loved the whole back and forth, who did what, guessing game… and every time I thought the pieces had fallen into place, Riley changes tact and blows it all up again. The creative characters make this an incredibly easy read, and the flow of the storyline is perfect with the way we weave in and out of each time zone, from present day to fifteen-years-ago, which zests things up a bit and makes it fun.
I loved Emma and her artistic abilities. She uses said art to help her anxiety and deal with the past, but when the opportunity arises for her to return to the ‘scene of the crime’, although a little reluctant, she does jump at the chance to finally find out what happened and give those three girls, the justice they deserve.
What actually happened though will Blow. Your. Mind. … and I loved the use of an insane asylum, one of my favourite grizzly topics.
As for the whole Summer Camp vibe, it is the perfect setting for what Riley is trying to achieve with the story. What teenager wouldn’t want to leave their home and parents for six weeks partaking in fun activities? When I was a kid, I used to dream of being American and attending such a place… but probably not this one… lets name it Nightmare Camp, really, but why? Is it the place, or the people inside, that give us the spooks?
There is a whole ‘mean girls’ aspect to it, you know, the rich and the spoilt kind, which I really enjoyed. Those girls added some flavour to the story, and the characterisation is done realistic and really well.
It all becomes a modern day nightmare for Emma as the past starts to chase her, and events appear to happen all over again… it is fast-paced reading towards the end, whilst the beginning builds slowly on creating atmosphere.
Thank you to Ebury Publishing for my copy via Netgalley, in return for an honest review. Put it this way, I devoured it in a day.
Last Time I Lied isn’t out until mid-July, but it is worth the wait!