Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

aka the time I finished this one on audiobook

 

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Have you ever played two truths and a lie?


Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. 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…

 

I’m sure you’ve all heard about this one, as everyone and their grandma was talking about it for weeks before and after its release date. It was one that I was extremely excited to be approved for, and I started it with all intentions of finishing it within a few days…and then, I got distracted. But, here I am. I’ve done it, and these are my thoughts.

 

The characters

 

Emma

Her motivation was a big question mark for the majority of the book. No one understood why she was so invested in solving this mystery and reliving what was an obviously traumatizing experience 15 years later. It felt like even she wasn’t sure of her motives.

Aside from her sketchy reasoning, which eventually becomes clear, she is a picture in questionable decision making. The first in a long line of girl why moments was agreeing to go back to Camp Nightingale. Then she follows someone, who may or may not hold a grudge against her, into the woods. Alone. Without telling anyone. She is too trusting for someone as suspicious of others as she is.

As a character, she’s… Okay. She wasn’t the reason for me finishing this…in the least.

 

“There’s something worse than death.”

“Such as?”

“Not knowing.”

 

 

Franny & Lottie

What a strange friendship. At first, I was convinced that the two were in a secret romantic relationship (and I’m still convinced that there’s something there). But then you find out that Lottie’s family worked for Franny’s for GENERATIONS and it makes it all a bit squicky, almost Stockholm-ish.

Just as with Emma, none of their motives were clear. Why reopen a camp that ruined your family? Why perpetuate a familial servitude and to do so with such fierce loyalty?

I neither liked nor loathed them.

 

 

Vivian

This is a young woman who is inherently manipulative in a way that makes her both dangerous and spectacular. To be able to pull so many strings in so many intricate ways…

She may have been the most interesting character and unfortunately the only bits of her that we get are through Emma’s memories.

 

 

 

The plot

 

The one thing that Sager does really well is keeping you guessing right up to the last few chapters. Every single time you think you have a piece of the puzzle figured out, he throws a wrench in that plan right away. The only thing that I was sure and actually right about, was that x-person wasn’t guilty, though if I’m honest, my faith was shaken for a bit.

 

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Me to these characters.

 

This book has a lot of little puzzles that work together towards solving the overall extremely tragic and confusing mystery. But, the more levels you uncover, the less you truly know. Then when you find out what really happened…why it happened? That’s just some twisted shit.

 

Perhaps the diary was just another lie.

 

This book was morally grey: characters, motives and actions alike.

 

My thoughts

I genuinely don’t like the way Sager portrays his female characters, for instance, Emma’s first period and the way it’s spoken about is discomforting, or the fact that Vivian and Miranda are blurred into one because they’re popular and sexually confident. No bueno.

Sager also seems to have an extreme hatred of camps (Final Girls and now this?! Cut them some slack, huh?). I’ve decided that camps are the worst invention and that I no longer ever want to play two truths and a lie.

 

“Right before they left, I said something. Something I regret. Somthing that’s haunted me ever since.”

What I liked:

I was invested all the way through this book. Emma’s obsession became mine, even if it didn’t make sense.

The back and forth between the stories, which I had enjoyed in Final Girls, proves to be equally as captivating.

This book was a mind trip, where nothing was clear, and almost every theory that Emma came up with was wrong. So. Convoluted. So many accusations that were logical at the time but didn’t pan out when it was all said and done. Her hallucinations also meant that you couldn’t trust anything that she was seeing, hearing or remembering.

 

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Characters: 3. All of these characters have some serious issues, all of them are hiding something, and none of them made me want to side with them.

Mystery: 4. What. The. Hell. Is. Happening. Here?!

Thrill/Horror: 3.5. Disturbing, for sure. But not anything that would leave me panicky or unable to sleep.

Plot/Reveals: 4. Well…I did not expect it to turn out quite the way that it did.

 

 


TL;DR: If you’re in it purely for plot and the mystery of it all, then this one is worth your time. If you can’t look beyond the toxic female relationships, this one might not be for you.

 

 

Amazon: 4.5

Goodreads: 4.14

My rating: 3.6 not too shabby stars.

 

 

See you soon

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Wishlist – The six things I hope to accomplish this month.

New Phone!

The one I’m currently using was always meant to be temporary, and it seems to be at it’s end.

I’m working towards this one though. Hopefully before the month ends…

 

Read Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

I don’t know how I managed to leave this off of my ‘most anticipated’ but…it definitely is. I reaaaaally wanna get to this one.

 

Finish three of my current reads

It by Stephen King – This one is long overdue.

The Last Time I Liked by Riley Sager – I don’t know why this one is taking me so long…

Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian – This one is almost certain. But I’m still putting it on here just in case.

 

Officially start Bullet Journalling

 

I’ve been dabbling in the world of BuJo, but I want to do it right.

 

Career/Self Improvement

Get some insight on how to better perform my role in this new position.

 



 

UPDATE: I bit the bullet and adjstead my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I reduced it to 40.

 

What is your June looking like?

Monday Reads

aka What I’m reading this week!

 

 


This one shouldn’t be too hard for those of you who are following my Goodreads updates, but, for those of you who only see these posts, this might be welcome information.

 

 

These week on ‘Dee Reads for Food’ we have:

 

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Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. 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…

I really enjoyed Final Girls, especially Sager’s writing style, so this one was a no brainer. Getting approved for this ARC definitely made my day. Expected date of publication: July 12, 2018.

 

I’m also listening to the audiobook of

 

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I told you, I’m in the mood for rereads.

 


What are you reading this week?

ARC Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

aka The time I went aksdkfnsldjfladjfl throughout an entire book.

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

**This book comes out tomorrow – July 11, 2017. Declared as one of Goodreads’ best books of July (already!)


Welcome to my first review on here. It’s been a while since I’ve done this so I’m more than a little rusty (forgive me).

 

  SURVIVOR

 

When I picked this book out, I thought it would be non-stop murder, but that was not what I got. Instead, I was thrust into a story where a survivor tries to live normally after a horrific trauma. There were real moments of simple, everyday life. Until the past comes back to haunt Quincy when her former, if unwanted, mentor suddenly dies. What we are left with is a confusing series of events and the unaswerable question of who can you trust.

 

In a high-def world, flaws loom large.

 

I liked jumping between the past and the present, and the detailed retelling each of the Final Girls’ origin stories. All the vivid, gory details. I don’t know about you, but details matter, and Riley Sager delivered.

 

As if forgetting was somehow easier than remembering.

 

Quotable. Oh so quotable, and for a collecter of quotes, that’s a great thing. Funny too. I appreciated Sager’s writing style for what it was: entrancing.

 

If it hurt, she couldn’t tell. Her body already held more pain than it could handle.

 

There were a lot of stupid decisions, decisions that would usually have you yelling at the TV during a cliche horror movie scene. But those moments were tolerable mainly because even with the stupidity, you could not tell who to trust. EVERYONE was a suspect. Absolutely no predicting this one and I LOVED that, just as much as I hated it. I raged just as much as I raved.

 

She didn’t stand so much as hover, only the instinct of standing keeping her upright.

 

It was such a quick read, the words just flew by and I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I stopped to pay attention. Thriller/Mystery done right, without a doubt.

 

 


TL;DR:  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunit story, one that keeps you guessing right up to the final moments. Everyone’s a suspect, and no one is innocent. PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW!

 

My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads: 4.1 stars

Amazon: 3.7 stars

 

What Thriller/Mystery novels have you read this year? Is this one on your radar?