Tuesday 30 March 2021

LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager


Last Time I LiedLast Time I Lied by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Final Girls so I've been looking forward to reading Riley Sager's second thriller for a long while.

When Emma was thirteen she was supposed to spend six weeks in the very selective Camp Nightingale. Instead, something awful happened to her cabinmates and she ended up spending only a few weeks there. Now, fifteen years later, she's back as an art instructor and looking for answers about what really happened to the three girls...

Wow! This is quite the twisty psychological thriller with an intriguing mystery and plenty of friendship/family drama.

I was sucked into this story straight away. As soon as I met Emma, I was interested in finding out more about her and also suspected she wasn't being honest about everything. I mean, I didn't imagine it, she kept dropping well-placed hints that sent my mind spiralling for answers.

Told in Emma's POV, her narrative takes place in the present but she often wanders off into the past. Actually, some of her tale switches to the events that happened fifteen years ago so we get the chance to meet the three girls that haunt her thoughts: Vivian, Natalie and Allison.

The pace is perfect. The tension keeps mounting. The characters are all mysterious in their own way. The mystery twists and turns every time you think you're close to working everything out. And when the answers start coming, they don't stop until the very last word.

Oh, and the sense of location is amazing. Everything about this story is eerie and atmospheric, even the scenes depicting Emma's art style and technique.

I enjoyed this book SO much and found it really hard to put down. And btw, it's true, there are echoes of Picnic at Hanging Rock all over this story.

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