The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager | Book Review

★★★★☆
August 3rd – 5th

The Last Time I Lied is the second novel from mystery/thriller writer Riley Sager, and the second that I’ve read by him.

In this one, we follow Emma Davis, an up-and-coming painter in the New York City art scene. Fifteen years ago, Emma attended a sleep away camp called Camp Nightingale, where all three of the girls who shared her cabin vanished and were never seen again. Now, Camp Nightingale is going to be re-opening, and Emma is going back for answers.

Sager does a great job at depicting Emma as an unreliable narrator from the beginning. The reader knows she lies about some aspect of the case fifteen years ago, and feels tremendous guilt about it.

Emma sneaks around camp, discovering clues from fifteen years ago which could lead to answers about what happened fifteen years ago. But someone else knows that she’s lying, and knows what she did. Someone is spying on her, making her feel uneasy, and installing a camera pointed at the door of her cabin.

This book was great. I loved how it was written, since like Sager’s first book, it includes chapters of what happened in the past intermixed with what’s currently going on. My only complaints about the book include spoilers, so there’s a warning there.

My biggest problem was with the end of the novel. When the three girls go missing from Emma’s cabin (again) they’re later found in a house. We know that there have been search parties covering every acre of land, but when Emma calls out to them, they respond to her in the house. I suppose it’s possible that they hadn’t gotten to that area to search yet, but it felt like they should have been found.

In addition, at the very end we find out that one of the girls from fifteen years ago is responsible for the death of the other two, and that their bones are in an asylum that’s buried underwater. Again, this place is supposedly so secluded that no one knows it’s there, but the entire property has been searched.

Other than those two small complaints, I loved this book. The pacing was great, and I couldn’t put the book down from the halfway point until I finished it. I’m really excited to read Sager’s third book, because so far both of his novels have been really great thrillers.

-Siobhan

October Recap | 2019

I definitely redeemed my terrible September by reading five books during October. Two were thrillers, one was horror, one historical fiction, and one graphic novel. This month I had two five star books, which was amazing.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – October 3rd
★★★★☆

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix – October 5th – 14th
★★★★★

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – October 22nd – 23rd
★★★★☆

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – October 24th
★★★★☆

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – October 30th
★★★★★

And here’s the books I’d like to get to this November! We’re two months from the end of the year, and I have 5 more books to read on my Goodreads reading challenge.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Bunny by Mona Awad
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

I’m also planning on taking part in the Buzzword Readathon, the next round of which will be November 18th-24th. The theme for this round is numbers, and I have a tentative list of books that I can try and complete to count for that theme

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury