Hello again readers!
Starting off Booktober with a review of Sager's second thriller, The Last Time I Lied.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Two Truths and a Lie—Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, played the game every night at summer camp. But the games ended the night Emma watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the late hours of the night. The last she—or anyone—saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, pressing a finger to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma channels the feelings and thoughts about her past into her work. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, Camp Nightingale's owner, she urges Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor.
In no time, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats... The closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and and what happened to her friends, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.
After being blown away by Final Girls, I decided to pick up The Last Time I Lied for some #backtobacksager. It's no surprise that I loved TLTIL just as much as the author's first thriller.
Despite both novels being quite different, each was just as fascinating and suspense-filled. Like Final Girls, TLTIL features concise yet detailed writing and immensely intriguing characters. In Sager's second thriller, each and every character, whether primary or secondary, is suspicious; it's almost as if everyone has something to hide...
In spite of this, the most favored element of this book is its storyline. Although the first couple of chapters lack action and intensity, the narrative picks up when the setting shifts. In that moment, the dynamic of the plot completely changes.
From that point onward, readers can feel a profound sense of eeriness, and as the story progresses, the audience also becomes aware of a great menace. It's quite evident that something horrible is going to happen, it's just unclear when that something will occur.
Because the feeling of imminent danger isn't enough in a Sager thriller, the author introduces a shocking twist that leaves readers completely shocked—their hearts pounding in their chest. Like in Final Girls, the twists in The Last Time I Lied are mind blowing and brilliant.
I'd recommend both Sager novels in a heartbeat; they just might be my favorite reads of 2018.
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