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The last time I lied
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
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*Starred Review* The summer that Emma Davis spent at Camp Nightingale began like a dream come true but ended in tragedy when her cabin-mates, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, disappeared. Distraught, Emma accused Nightingale's owner's son of harming the girls, and the camp closed under a cloud of suspicion. Now an up-and-coming artist in New York, Emma is haunted by both the disappearances and guilt over her accusation; she's unable to paint anything other than the missing girls covered in tangled forest-scapes and is tortured by hallucinations of Vivian. When Franny Harris-White, Camp Nightingale's owner, asks her to return as the art instructor for the camp's reopening, Emma agrees, determined to finally uncover what happened to her friends. Her return to the camp brings back the past in full force: Emma is assigned to her old cabin with three girls painfully reminiscent of her friends; her sightings of Vivian intensify; and everyone, from the Harris-Whites to the camp's staff, views her with suspicion. Through the lens of Emma's growing paranoia, whispered campfire tales of the massacre buried in Camp Nightingale's past gain horrifying significance. Sager's second thriller is as tense and twisty as his best-selling Final Girls (2017), but this one is even more polished, with gut-wrenching plot surprises skillfully camouflaged by Emma's paranoia and confusion, the increasingly creepy setting, and a cast of intriguingly secretive characters.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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