saturday scoop - the last time i lied by riley sager

Welcome Book Lovers

That sounds so much better than book haters doesn't it!  LOL 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my "scoop" (I'm all about the short sweet spoiler free style of reviewing) about a book I've read. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts or comments, if you have any, about this novel. I'd also love to hear about your favorite novel by this author (if there is/you have one). 

In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she--or 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 New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera--the only one on the property--pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

Like Mr Sager's previous novel The Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied is a fast paced suitably atmospheric and cinematic read and for me it's the second half that really shines. 

I found this to be another homage to old school type horror movies - not to mention horror novels. Dated(trust me it's not a bad thing) but in a vintage oh so cool way!  Good old fashioned story telling - if that all makes sense. 

Paying attention is the name of the game here - a few slight twists are involved- some I saw coming...some... LOL  Very clever I might add. 

Emma is a likable lead and although I rooted for her, I admit to being a pinch disappointed at the end. That said, it was a fitting and realistic way to tie things up. 

I enjoyed this more than The Final Girls(his first novel), and I can not wait to see  and read what Mr Sager has in store for his next book. 

Available on July 3rd!