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The last time I lied : a novel, Riley Sager

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The last time I lied : a novel
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The last time I lied
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a novel
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Riley Sager
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eng
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"In the new novel from the bestselling author of Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied follows a young woman as she 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 tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. 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. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends. Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ The summer that Emma Davis spent at Camp Nightingale began like a dream come true but ended in tragedy when her cabin-mates, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, disappeared. Distraught, Emma accused Nightingale’s owner’s son of harming the girls, and the camp closed under a cloud of suspicion. Now an up-and-coming artist in New York, Emma is haunted by both the disappearances and guilt over her accusation; she’s unable to paint anything other than the missing girls covered in tangled forest-scapes and is tortured by hallucinations of Vivian. When Franny Harris-White, Camp Nightingale’s owner, asks her to return as the art instructor for the camp’s reopening, Emma agrees, determined to finally uncover what happened to her friends. Her return to the camp brings back the past in full force: Emma is assigned to her old cabin with three girls painfully reminiscent of her friends; her sightings of Vivian intensify; and everyone, from the Harris-Whites to the camp’s staff, views her with suspicion. Through the lens of Emma’s growing paranoia, whispered campfire tales of the massacre buried in Camp Nightingale’s past gain horrifying significance. Sager’s second thriller is as tense and twisty as his best-selling Final Girls (2017), but this one is even more polished, with gut-wrenching plot surprises skillfully camouflaged by Emma’s paranoia and confusion, the increasingly creepy setting, and a cast of intriguingly secretive characters. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p42)
  • The pseudonymous Sager follows his well-received debut, 2017’s Final Girls, with another gripping thriller. Tragedy strikes Camp Nightingale in Upstate New York when three girls vanish from their cabin in the middle of the night, leaving their younger roommate, Emma Davis, behind. Fifteen years later, Emma—an artist who constantly relives their disappearance through her paintings—is determined to uncover the mystery of her friends’ fate. When Camp Nightingale reopens for the first time since that summer, she returns as an instructor and is haunted by the past and possibly something even more sinister. Suspicion abounds as Emma’s memories of that summer lead her to hidden clues left behind in the wake of the girls’ disappearance. Sager intricately interweaves the past and present as Emma investigates further, realizing that not everyone she once knew can be trusted. A major twist toward the end compensates for the triteness of one of the big reveals. Sager remains a writer to watch. Agent: Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative Management. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/21/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 21, p)
  • More psychological suspense from the author of Final Girls (2017). Anyone who grew up watching horror movies in the 1980s knows that summer camp can be a dangerous place. It certainly was for Emma Davis during her first stay at Camp Nightingale. The other three girls in her cabin disappeared one night, never to return. Fifteen years have passed, years in which Emma has revisited this ordeal again and again through her work as a painter. When she's offered another opportunity to spend a summer at the camp, Emma barely hesitates. She's ostensibly there to serve as an art instructor, but her real mission is to finally find out what happened to her friends. Thrillers are, by their very nature, formulaic. Sager met the demands of the genre while offering a fresh, anxiety-inducing story in Final Girls. The author is less successful here. Part of the problem is the pacing. It's so slow that the reader has ample time to notice how contrived the novel's setup is. Emma is clearly unwell, so her decision to go back to the site of her trauma makes some sense, but it's hard to believe that the camp's owners would want her back, especially since she played a pivotal role in turning one of them into a suspect and nearly ruining his life. As a first-person narrator, Emma withholds a lot of information, which feels fake and frustrating; moreover, the revelations—when they come—are hardly worth the wait. And it's hard to trust an author who gets so many details wrong. For example, Emma's first summer at Camp Nightingale would have been around 2003 or so. It beggars belief that a 13-year-old millennial wouldn't be amply prepared for her first period, but that's what Sager wants readers to think. There's a contemporary scene in which girls walk by in a cloud of baby powder, Noxzema, and strawberry-scented shampoo, imagery that is intensely evocative of the 1970s and '80s—not so much 2018. The novel is shot through with such discordant moments, moments that lift us right out of the narrative and shatter the suspense. Sophomore slump. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2018)
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813/.6
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L37 2018
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The last time I lied : a novel, Riley Sager
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24 cm
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370 pages
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9781785038402
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2017060923
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unmediated
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40028340386
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