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Fifteen years ago, summer camper Emma Davis watched sleepily as her three cabin mates snuck out of their cabin in the dead of night. The last she - and anyone - saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings, massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. They catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale - and when Francesca implores Emma to return to the camp as a painting counselor, Emma sees an opportunity to find closure and move on.
Yet, it is immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by surfacing memories, Emma is suddenly plagued by a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca, and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian apparently left behind about the camp's twisted origins. And as history begins to repeat itself and three girls go missing again, Emma must face threats from both man and nature in order to uncover all the buried secrets - including what really happened all those years ago.
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By Carol on 07-15-18
Couldn't finish it...
Sigh... well, I really tried to listen to the whole thing. I always try to give a book a chance. I got to chapter 13 before I got fed up by the slow beginning and jumped ten chapters ahead. I could hardly tell for another few chapters. Things finally started to pick up and I became interested again, kind of, until the romance b.s. kicked in.
I hate romance novels and this started to become a schmaltzy, sappy, ridiculous, romance novel. I ignored it as much as I could but this is how silly the writing is: the main character (I can't even remember her name) at 13 years old falsely accused an older male friend, 19 years old at the time, of being involved in the disappearance of 3 young teens at a summer camp. This ruins his life (supposedly, although he still is able to go to med school). A couple of decades later and she has an opportunity to be with him alone and he says he has a question for her.
What would you ask in this scenario? I would ask WHY. Why did you do what you did. This guy asks her if her 13 year old kiss was sincere. WTF??? Really???
No. That was the final straw. I jumped to the last chapter just to find out what the mystery was but it wasn't even worth it.
With all that out, the narrator was decent. She read in a bit of a overly dramatic way and a bit too slow for me but I could forgive that. I just couldn't forgive the writing.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Rachel Delaney on 07-16-18
Kept me guessing...
The Last Time I Lied was a fantastic read/listen. The story itself was thrilling, and while I thought many times throughout the story I knew what had happened, I realized I was learning and discovering truths and theories in the same way that Emma was. This is definitely my vote for book of the summer for 2018.
I did feel the narration was a bit flat, and often times lacked emotion, but it didn't at all pull me away from the story, which again, was incredible. Everyone should read or listen to this thrilling mystery from Riley Sager.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful