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Last Time I Lied

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  113,075 ratings  ·  13,479 reviews
She says she's innocent. But everyone lies...

It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. She learned how to lie.

But then three of her friends went into the woods and never returned…

Now, fifteen years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She likes to think she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Ebury Press (first published July 3rd 2018)
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Riley Sager I can say with some degree of certainty that there won't be a sequel or spin-off. While I loved creating Camp Nightingale and the characters who inhab…moreI can say with some degree of certainty that there won't be a sequel or spin-off. While I loved creating Camp Nightingale and the characters who inhabited it, I'm happy with how I ended things. Rather than go back, I look forward to exploring new plots, new characters and new locations.(less)
Riley Sager I'm still writing my next one. While I hope to have it ready for a July 2019 release, it all depends on the editing process and how fast I can finish …moreI'm still writing my next one. While I hope to have it ready for a July 2019 release, it all depends on the editing process and how fast I can finish it. (less)

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Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BREAKING NEWS!: The Last Time I Lied has been picked up by Amazon Studios to be developed into a series.

Two truths and a lie:

1. This book rocked.
2. Riley Sager is a thriller writing phenom.
3. I hate reading.

Pretty sure you’ve got me figured out.

Disclaimer : I get really really ridiculously excited about good thrillers now and tend to use an excess of exclamation points, so this is just a preemptive “please excuse my flabbergabbling.”

This is a true
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Riley Sager, I love you so much. You have written the perfect Summer Thriller. Take me back to camp!

The Last Time I Lied was engaging from beginning to end, keeping me guessing until the final pages.

I certainly didn't see THAT ending coming!!

On her first day at Camp Nightingale, Emma was late; her parents fault. Subsequently, she got stuck in a cabin with girls much older than herself.

Luckily, her pretty and popular bunkmate, Vivian, took Emma under her wing.

Soon she was having a camp experie
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Well well well... no alcoholic wife that just got out of the coma with a cheating husband??

But seriously this was really good! Perfect summer read too since it happens at a summer camp.

Fifteen years ago, 3 girls disappeared at Camp Nightingale. When it finally reopens Emma goes back as a instructor to try and figure out what happened to her friends.

Who did it? Is Emma crazy? I didn't see some twists coming and it was intriguing!

Would recommend!

Reviews of all his books:
j e w e l s

I’m trying my best to contain my excitement and review Riley Sager’s new book in a professional manner.


See that? I only used one exclamation point. I want at least 300 more! It is a spanking good, cracker jack of a novel that I could not stop reading for two days.

THE LAST TIME I LIED is a brilliant and campy (pun intended) mystery for all you grown up fans of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.

It will be the 2018 summer-beach-novel-must-read! This is a nostalgic and t
Emma Giordano
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
2.5 Stars. I’m honestly so conflicted on this book that I don’t even want to write a review because I’m not really sure where my thoughts are. Did I like it at all? Did I absolutely hate it? I honestly can’t tell you.

CW: violence, drowning, peeping toms, cancer, schizophreniform

While I enjoyed Riley Sager’s previous work, Final Girls, I had some issues with the writing. While I do feel that many of those issues were resolved in The Last Time I Lied, I actually prefer Final Girls. Final Girls was
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
This is how it begins.

I'll admit, I wasn't as intoxicated with Final Girls last year as the general public seemed to be, but I was in tune enough to realize that Riley Sager has some serious talent in his writing repertoire. His stories are darkly compulsive, and I've come to find that his growth in the psychological thriller field is enormous between his first book (good) and his second one (great). This is EXACTLY what I like to see in an author's pattern of book releases, and I honestly could
Lala BooksandLala

Low key summer camp mystery. Atmospheric AF. Unexpected little twists throughout. 4/5 would recommend.

Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the last twist was gooood, but also much too late to redeem all the nonsense we had to endure to make it there
🚣🏻‍♀️ 5 Stars for Riley Sager’s campy summer mystery - The Last Time I Lied 🏕

I was uneasy the entire time I read this book. Part of that was my own excited expectations/anticipation of the book but the other part was Sager’s writing. He knows how to create an elusive mood that leaves you full of dread, yet wanting more. You’re reading, turning page after page, just waiting for “that something” to happen. You know it’s coming. You’re creeped out and suspicious of everyone. You can’t put the
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars

While reading my second book by Sager, I can't help but think that he is an 80's horror movie fan or at least grew up in the 80's watching these flicks. His other book, "Final Girls" read like an 80's horror film to me (which I loved!) and while reading The Last Time I Lied, I felt as if I was at Camp Crystal Lake....oops...I meant at Camp Nightingale. And no, there is no killer in a hockey mask chasing camp counselors through the woods here, but it does have a camp in the middle of the
I just finished my reread of this book and it was so freaking good. I think this time around I'd bump it up to a 4.5 rating (the first time around I rated it 4 stars). There were so many plot twists I had forgotten about which made this reread so fun and exciting, and I absolutely LOVE the spooky camp vibes. Everything I enjoyed about it the first time I just enjoyed it even more the second time. I love the complicated teenage girl friendships and the unreliable narrator in Emma, and this time a ...more
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)

“Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.”

Picture this: Sleepaway camp. 4 girls share a cabin until the day 3 disappear never to be found. One 13-year-old girl is left to tell their story. But her stories are built around lies.

15 years later, the same girl returns to the camp to teach art and assist the owner’s new charitable endeavor. She is assigned to the same cabin that the girls disappeared from. Once again, 3 girls go missing. Something is amiss at C
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was my first book from Riley Sager, and I definitely want to read more from him. The Last Time I Lied is my first 5 stars book in 2019. Absolutely one of my favorite thriller.

The plot has everything that's gripping the reader; creepy summer camp in the woods, vanished girls, lot of dirty secrets, and more lies. Everything started 15 years ago when 4 girls shared one cabin in Camp Nightingale. But one night three of them vanished. Emma nowadays is a painter and returns to the camp as an in
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
everyone else is playing two truths and a lie in their reviews for this, so i guess its my turn.
1. ive never been/wanted go to summer camp and now i know why. teenage girls are crazy and cabins are spooky.

2. RS is a master at luring you into a false sense of security, only to pull the rug out from underneath, disorienting you so much that you have no idea which way is up.

3. this story is nestled in secrets so deep, even the secrets have secrets.
think youve spotted the lie? i can guarantee yo
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was creepily good!! 😱 But also incredibly frustrating. 😬 It’s that slow slow slow burn, but once it’s catches it really burns. My mind is kinda blown by the ending. 🤯 Realistically speaking, not believable, but maybe? 🤔 This is worth picking up if you like a good mystery.
Mary Beth
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Solid Shiny Stars

Emma Davis goes away to summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She shares a cabin with three other girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Alison. She learns how to play a game, Two Truths And A Lie. They play it All the time. All three girls disappear without a trace in the woods at night time.

Fifteen years later the camp reopens and Emma returns as a painting instructor and finds an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends, that has haunted her. Emma is assigned
Holy Shooty Balls this was a good one! 😝 I absolutely LOVED this book!

THE LAST TIME I LIED by RILEY SAGER was an absolutely fantastic, compulsive, thrilling, and tension filled psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and racing through those pages as fast as I could to see how this story was going to end. I was totally blown away with that absolutely shocking and surprise ending! I did another whoop at books end.

RILEY SAGER delivers an extremely detailed, twisty, atmospheric and well
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Riley Sager somehow surpasses the amazing hype surrounding his first novel, Final Girls, with an absolutely compulsively-good psychological thriller full or secrets, lies, and shocking truths that you won’t be able to put down!

I have to say, I have read some outstanding books already in 2018, but this is by far the best psychological thriller for me this year! I was captivated by this book! I have a list of quotes and notes several pages long that I pulled while reading. Since I reached the sho
Charlotte May
The point of the game isn’t to fool others with a lie. The goal is to trick them by telling the truth.”

Ooh damn!!

This was everything I wanted in a thriller!
Morally ambiguous characters, twists and turns and a shock ending.

Emma hasn’t been to Camp Nightingale since she was 13. Since the 3 girls in her cabin went missing and were never found.

15 years later Emma is working as an artist. Always painting the same scenes, a dark, eerie woodland with the 3 girls disappearing into it.

She is invited
Berit Talks Books
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
6 Strikingly Stupendous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Yes six, seis, sexe,sechs,sei.... and I’m sure whatever language you choose to read this book in the result will be the same... it was just that fabulous!

Two truths and a lie...

1 I never gush over books!
2 this was the best book I’ve read so far this year!!!
3 Riley Sager is being added to my list of authors who I will autobuy/request.

I’m sure you figured it out... I am the queen of gushing! And this is a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops! From
Christina - Recipe & a Read
3.5 well, lakes and summer camps are now on my shifty list stars!!!!

Full review along with a recipe for Ratatouille featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!!

When Emma Davis was just 13 years old she attended summer camp at the prestigious Camp Nightingale (known to kids at her school as Camp Rich Bitch). Emma is the last to arrive and the last to leave, what happens in-between is every camper’s worst nightmare. One night, after an argument gone awry Emma’s three cabin mates (Vivian, Natalie and A

“So much water. So much land. So many places to disappear.”

The Last Time I Lied was such a fun book to read during this spooky season. It really kept me on the edge of my seat, it was so thrilling, it was so chillingly atmospheric, and that ending was really unpredictable. I’m so happy I picked this book up this October! Also, to everyone who participated with us in #FridayFrightAThon, thank you so much! It was such an honor to read alongside so many of you! And hopefully this last b
Holly  B
Have you ever played Two Truths and A Lie?

It is a game the girls at Camp Nightingale played in their cabin. Emma Davis was the youngest girl in the cabin and a first time camper. Her three bunk mates sneak out one night leaving her alone. Something goes wrong and they never return. Who knew summer camp could be such a dangerous place. 

This scenario brought back summer camp memories of sleeping in bunk beds and sitting around campfires telling ghost stories. Fun, right? Well, maybe not at thi
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked this; didn’t love it; too many ‘no freaking way would this happen in reality’ moments. Even though there were nigglings in my head that wiggled in, it was still a gripping page turner.

3 girls vanished from a summer camp more than 15 years ago. Emma, who had shared a cabin with them, is now being called back to the camp as they reinvigorate it to reopen it.
But Emma recalls more than she wants and beneath her own fears, she recognizes her own lies and her role in their disappearance.

Some g
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Creepy good, Creepy spooky, Creepy wow!

The Last Time I Lied had all the elements to make this a spooky, creepy good read. I loved the camp setting, eerie lake, game of truth and lies and the mystery of three girls that go missing in the night.

I loved the atmosphere of the camp setting and Riley Sager does a great job setting the feel with the descriptive writing making the camp setting come alive in my head. At times it felt like a movie playing out in my mind.

Riley Sager does a good job layerin
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4 & 1/2 stars!

Oh this is one good book! I read it in the space of 24 hours which is unheard of for me! I was hooked from the start and my heart dropped actually dropped at one of the twists. I loved the summer camp setting and with Emma being an unreliable narrator, I was suspicious of everyone and trusted no one, I was so absorbed in this world that Riley has created and I could not put this book down until I knew what happened to those girls. 🕵🏼‍♀️

The only downside for me was the ending, it di
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
2.25 Stars* (rounded down)

“The Last Time I Lied” is a “campy” mystery/suspense surrounding Emma Davis, who at Thirteen went to Camp Nightingale and lived through a nightmare: all of her friends went missing one night and she was the lone survivor. Now as an adult, she is set to return to the camp as it reopens for the first time since. Several former campers, now instructors are also set to return, including the one Emma accused of murdering her friends. To make matters worse, Emma still thinks
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well this wasn’t a happy camper book in the least 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
JanB(on vacation till October)
I liked the mystery and the premise of this novel but the believability factor weighed this one down. I probably could have ignored my critical brain if I had liked the execution of the story or the characters. But I didn't.

I read to 50% and then skimmed/speed read to the end. I did like how the author didn't go for the obvious and the slight twist at the end left things open for a sequel. Unfortunately, the believability factor had my eyes rolling.

The chapters alternated between current day a
After the great The Final Girls, Riley Sager returns with this horror fest of a psychological thriller with the re-occurring themes of the damaged, guilt ridden, and haunted woman, the sole survivor of a shattering set of events where 3 girls on a rich girls summer camp disappear from their Dogwood cabin to never be heard of again. 13 year old Emma Davis is a newbie camper, placed with older teen girls, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, getting close to them, especially Vivian who looks out for her, ...more
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Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently SURVIVE THE NIGHT and HOME BEFORE DARK. His first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel and has been published in more than thirty countries. His latest novel, THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE, will be published in June.

A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Whe

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