It’s quite apt that I happen to be reviewing a very dark book on Friday the 13th, and no, this isn’t the ‘Last Time I Lied’! Big thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Riley Sager, and a big thank you to Ebury for the ARC. Here is my review:
Have you ever played two truths and a lie?
It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie.
Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned. . .
Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.
Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all. . .
What does TWG think?
-falls down on the floor- Can someone please stop this roundabout, my head can’t take any more!! Seriously, this book completely and utterly fudged over my brain! I was a little bit unsure of the storyline at first as I couldn’t seem to get into it and found it a little bit farfetched, however, I persevered and omg I couldn’t be more pleased that I did! ‘Last Time I Lied’ is a book which creeps up on you out of nowhere. Yes, we are told basic information such as the main characters names, and the bare bones of what happened fifteen years previous, but due to the way the author has written the story, it is incredibly difficult to differentiate between what is the truth, and what is a lie. The fine line between the two is rather blurred and, to be perfectly honest, when the truth did come out, I wasn’t overly convinced. I kept thinking that nothing was the truth, so yes, I ended up being exceptionally shocked by the earthquake of a storyline. And no, I do not mean that in a bad way AT ALL.
From the get go, Emma came across as rather cagey and nervous. I obviously had no idea what she was hiding, if anything, but it’s no wonder that people ended up looking at her like she had two heads. Emma’s personality was very contagious which meant that I ended up becoming rather nervous myself, especially when the pace picked up and I had no idea who was telling the truth at all. Even Franny, in my eyes, had a question mark looming over her head. Ulterior motive? Perhaps, but then which of the characters could honestly say that they didn’t have one?
‘Last Time I Lied’ made me want to get all the characters onto Jeremy Kyle for a lie detector test! Despite my initial reservations, Riley Sager completely turned it all around and had me dropping my jaw on more than one occasion. I love the way the author messed with my head without ‘trying’, if that makes sense. Obviously the author did try, but it wasn’t evident that that was his intention, it just seemed to happen naturally. ‘Last Time I Lied’ is very dark, and not in a gruesome manner. It’s dark in the way that the storyline has the ability to corrupt your mind in a mysterious and addictive manner. I cannot wait to read more from Riley Sager!