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!
This was better than I was expecting!
Maggie returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound – and dangerous – secrets hidden within its walls?
I was definitely enthralled right from the start. From learning about Maggie and how she doesn’t remember any of the events over the 20 days her family spent in Baneberry Hall. Getting the truth from her mother that it was indeed all a lie only to go back and see that maybe what her father wrote was true.
There was a sense of eeriness and unease that wove its way throughout the course of the plot line and definitely added a bit of depth and atmosphere, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Just from reading Riley Sagar’s previous words I knew that the twist wasn’t going to be supernaturnal and their would be a solid explanation to the events that took place and I was pretty much correct.
Maggie as our main protagonist was wonderful. She had the perfect amount of drive to figure out what was really happening but also opened herself up to other explanations that added that sense of mystery. I wish we had touched a little more on the other characters in the book. Again I knew inevitably they would have more of a significance to the storyline than what we were getting at the start and I would of liked to learn more about them.
The jumps between present day and the narrative that Maggie’s father wrote was very well done and again just gave me more incentive to want to read on and figure out what was going to happen next. Riley Sagar has a way of manipulating the reading into thinking that these mysterious, otherworldly events really could of happened only to turn that on its head and have plausible explanation that was staring you right in the face.
I highly enjoyed this book. It was a little predictable at the end there but I was still surprised by a few of the twists and turns and it gave me hella spooky house vibes!
⭐️4/5 stars Definitely a page turner!
*MILD SPOILERS BELOW*
He started It is about these three siblings whose grandfather has just passed away and in order to receive the inheritance he left for them they need to embark on the road trip they once took when they were all kids.
I liked the premise of the story, I thought it was super original and unlike anything I have ever read before. The build up of anticipation was very well done and the little twists that take place definitely kept me engaged and wanting to read more. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book but I thought it would be a lot more intense than what it actually was.
Beth I was thinking was going to be a bit of an unreliable narrator, I truly thought at times she was a little bit crazy and as the storyline continued I definitely think she had some mental health issues that she clearly needed to work through. The way she was so obsessed with her sister came across as strange to me. But I guess if I were in her situation I may of ended up in the same boat, especially given the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
The other two siblings I didn’t really form any kind of attachment to. I was definitely intrigued by them and wanted to find out the parts they played in the road trip and why they were all so hesitant in discussing what happened. They all had secrets they were clearly keeping from each other and Beth never really seemed to notice anything that was happening around her in regards to them in particular.
I would of liked to get more of an insight to their grandfather and his mindset throughout the course of the first road trip as well. As the book progressed we do get of sense of the kind of person he was but to get maybe one of two chapters from his perspective right at the end explaining the whys and how’s might of made me more satisfied.
I think overall this was a solid psychological thrilleresque book. I was 100% invested from the start and wanted to figure out what was happening and I definitely didn’t predict any of the twists and turns. I just thought the ending could of been a little stronger! We got so many interesting, weird things happening throughout and the explanation and reasons behind the whole thing was mundane and boring. Shocking, but boring nevertheless.
⭐️3/5 stars Immersive but in the end fell a bit flat!
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*
This book revolves around Shay Miller, she just recently lost her job and is temping at a law firm. She is running late for a job interview and she happens to witnesses something tragic that will change her life forever.
I liked Shay. She is endearing and likeable. She doesn’t necessarily have her life sorted the way she would like and this makes her quite relatable. She always has the best intentions in her heart which doesn’t always translate in her favour. She definitely walked into the web of the twins unaware of their motives but I’m glad she was able to pick apart the little clues she collects and figure out what was really happening.
I was a little confused at first about Cassandra and Jane and their connection to the other 4 women. What their group was and why they were so interested in anyone who had talked to Amanda prior to her death. This definitely kept me engaged in the book and eager to read on.
I enjoyed the time jumps and the different povs, it really enabled us to delve deeper into the histories of all the different characters and their motivations for choices that they have made. I especially liked finding out about the other women in the twin’s group and how they all met and the connection between them. Even though what they are doing is wrong and manipulative I quite enjoyed their sisterhood dynamic and the trust they have with each other. Jane and Cassandra influence them heavily but they did help the other women out and changed their lives for the better!
This is a book where even though it’s a little slow and tedious at the start you really need to be paying attention to every detail. Things that you assume are unimportant or irrelevant actually turn out to be the tipping point of the plot. The twists were well placed and the pacing though quite slow at the start picked up heavily around the half way point of the story. It was entertaining, thrilling and in the end I was highly satisfied with the book as a whole!
⭐️4/5 stars numbers never lie!
I have figured out over the last year that I actually really enjoy mystery/thriller books. I had previously just stuck to either fantasy or contemporary but I have finally broadened my reading horizons’ to include some other genres which I greatly enjoy!
These are the five mystery/thriller books I plan to read this year:
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Shining by Stephen King
Watching You by Lisa Jewell