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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager



Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"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..." [+ More].


I picked this book because Sassy Sarah Reads gave it five stars. So I took time to read some other reviews for this book and I wonder what must be wrong with me that I didn't like it. I liked Final Girls just fine, but The last time I lied? Nah!!

It all started with the prologue. Emma wakes up to find her roommates missing. That is, they are not in the cabin where they are supposed to be sleeping. So she goes around looking for them but can't find them. When she finally gets outside and see the "so much water, so much land" she pictures her friends lost and began to scream. Well, for me, you can't find your friends and you go to the management office and ask for them. Why would you start screaming like a crazy person if don't even know if actually really happened?

The second thing that gets me with this type of mysteries is that, 15 years later, Emma is able to find a clue that, well, well, well, the police missed! Yeap, you would think that police would swipe that cabin and whole camp up and down a thousand times. Yet, there was this picture that Emma found when she came back, tucked in one of the girl's trunk that everybody missed.

Well, obviously, Emma is now to solve a mystery that the incompetent police couldn't solve 15 years ago.

I didn't like the back and forth in time. The story line alternates between the present (Emma back in the camp discovering what really happened) and the past (when the girls were alive). I really didn't care for those girls because they were dead at the beginning of the story, so I wasn't interested in knowing who they were before.

Lastly, Emma didn't know these girls before, they just became friend that summer at camp; but when they disappeared and Emma's world collapsed? I mean, it is not like you found them murdered or so something horrific happened to her. They were just here today, gone tomorrow; so I really didn't feel why Emma was so traumatized by this disappearance.