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The Last Time I Lied
A Novel
By (author): Riley Sager
9781524743079 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Jul 03, 2018
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.19 x 9.26 x 1.21 in 384 pages Dutton

In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. 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.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings—massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera—the only one on the property—pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

Story Locale: New York City

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Riley Sager won the ITW 2018 Award for Best Hardcover Novel for Final Girls, which was also a national and international bestseller.

CINEMATIC SETTING: With the background of the novel split between recognizable landmarks of New York City and a camp cabin in the woods straight out of a horror film, the reader will have no trouble placing themselves in the settings along with the main characters.

AMAZING COVERAGE: Final Girls brought in both fantastic publicity opportunities and review coverage, and The Last Time I Lied will be able to capitalize on the previous book’s momentum.

POP CULTURE APPEAL: With a recognizable horror movie premise, the novel is immediately eye-catching and appealing to a movie-loving and younger audience.

TELEVISION SERIES OPTION:The Last Time I Lied has been optioned as an Amazon Original and is currently in development.

The Last Time I Lied is the second thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two-dozen countries.

Author Residence: Princeton, New Jersey

Author Hometown: Pennsylvania

Marketing: National print features and reviews

National advertising

Radio interviews

Local events

Online and social media promotion

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @riley_sager;;

Praise for Last Time I Lied

“Breathtaking—brightly written, scalpel-sharp, and altogether inspired. This swift, red-blooded thriller set my pulse thrumming.” - A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“An edge-of-your-seat thriller full of twists and intrigue, The Last Time I Lied had me riveted from the first page to the stunning conclusion. A fantastic read—eerie, sharp, and all-around captivating.”—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger

“A haunted summer camp. A lake darker than midnight. This chilling tale will keep you awake long after you’ve turned the last page.”—Liv Constantine, national bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


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