Sager established so many, plausible outcomes, it made the book largely unpredictable. I didn’t predict the ending. In fact, I really was quite taken with it. Although, there was one part of the story, which I felt had a little plot hole to reality. For instance, something detectives and policemen would do in such situations. However, if it had happened, it would have brought the book to an end a lot sooner.
However, the twists, turns and tensions provided me with the gripping need to know how this tragically addictive story ended. The pace and build of the book was consistent, pleasing and thoroughly entertaining. The Last Time I Lied is the perfect example of what a mystery/thriller’s pace should be. I’ll say it again, Sager’s writing style is a sensation.
Emma turned out to be that heroine no one knew they needed, or expected to root for. Through her narration, the reader learns who Vivian, Allison and Natalie were, and what they were like. Yet, Sager establishes a deceptive narrative throughout at times, certainly drawing on the idea of reliable narration. I enjoyed this, because it added to the complexity of the novel’s characters, and also the entire plot. The other character I feel warrants appraisal is Vivian. She was an enigma throughout, right until the end. Sager certainly provided her character with as much layers as he did Emma. Was Vivian just that typical school bitch? Or is there something more? Other characters – Franny, Miranda, Sasha, Krystal, Theo, Chet, Mindy (to name a few) – were all likeable, even though suspicion hung over the camp (and the entire plot!) like a rain cloud. Sager definitely made sure the readers would be invested in the characters.
Sager breaks the book into Part 1 and Part 2. This was excellent. I really felt like I had face planted when the turnover happened – I had to stop reading, wondering, thinking, what the heck? Truly excellent. I have to praise the entire tone of the novel. The distrust and suspicion of each other is captured from all characters, to the very last pages. The ending blew me away.
As engrossed as I was on the very first page, I was still as engrossed up to the very last sentence. I was sad to finish this one. I’m excited to read Sager’s next novel, whenever that will be. I gave The Last Time I Lied 5 stars on goodreads. I thoroughly recommend this book! Without hesitation, it’s one I hope is adapted for the big screen.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Published July 3rd 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense