The Last Time I Lied Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

I really liked this book!

The Last Time I Lied is about a woman named Emma who attended a summer camp when she was 13 and while she was there three of her bunk mates went missing and were never found. Now 15 years later Emma has been invited back to Camp Nightingale where she vows to figure out what really happened all those years ago.

Emma I really formed an attachment to right at the start. She is likeable and realistic I think and over the course of the storyline her character shifts and we find out she might not be as reliable a narrator as we might have thought. The mystery surrounding the missing girls has really taken over her life and I liked the fact that she decides to take up Franny’s offer and go back. She is definitely an enigmatic character and I was constantly being surprised by her. I really thought for a minute that she might of been capable of murdering the girls or at least knew who did it and was covering for whoever that was.

I think I would of liked and appreciated this even more if it was maybe a dual perspective with Theo. Seeing how similar his and Emma’s lives were affected after everything happens and have their perspectives interwoven would of added that extra layer of depth and doubt to the reader. I would of liked to get more of an insight from his character and how the whole situation effected his family.

The format of the story with the flashbacks kept me highly engaged and eager to find out what really happened. There are various twists and turns that occur throughout the course of the storyline that was a little predictable and then would completely take me by surprise. I was on the edge of my seat while I was reading this book.

The ending I didn’t really need. I would of liked more of an ambiguous ending where we don’t know for sure whether or not Vivian was still alive or not. The meeting between them wasn’t really necessary in my opinion though I did appreciate that Emma doesn’t let her get away with it!

⭐️4/5 stars atmospheric, thrilling, unexpected twists, highly recommend!

Backlist books I wish I read in 2020

These are five backlist books that I had every intention of reading this year but somehow time got away from me and unfortunately it didn’t happen… I will definitely be prioritising these books for 2021 though!!

The Lies of Locke L’Amora by Scott Lynch

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

Smutathon Wrap Up

I’ve had a great weekend reading a lot of smutty books! I managed to complete three out of the five books that I had on my TBR but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get to the group book.

The books I read during the Smutathon were:

A Whisper in the Dark by K.J. Sutton

Pretty Little Savage by Lucy Smoke

Famine by Laura Thalassa

Series I completed in 2020

These are all the series that I have either read all the books this year or read the last book in the series that was published this year! I haven’t included any series that have unreleased books still, I will just add them onto future lists!

Arc of a Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

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Binti Series by Nnedi Okorafor

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Wayward Pines Series by Blake Crouch

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The Crown’s Game Duology by Evelyn Skye

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Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson

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Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

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Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

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Smuthathon TBR

I have decided to participate in this round of the Smutathon hosted by Riley Marie on Booktube! I’m just very much in the mood for a little smutty romance so this readathon came about at the perfect time! I will try to get to the group book and I have chosen 4 prompts from the Smutathon TBR wheel!

Group Book – Tangled Vows by Anna Stone

Non Contemporary – Famine by Laura Thalassa

Fake Romance – Real Fake Love by Pippa Grant

New to You Author – Pretty Little Savage by Lucy Smoke

Quickie (under 130 pages) – A Whisper in the Dark by Jessi Elliott & K.J. Sutton