Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Synopsis: 

12 hours, 13 minutes
Fifteen years ago, summer camper Emma Davis watched sleepily as her three cabin mates snuck out of their cabin in the dead of night. The last she–and 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 NYC art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings.. They catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale–and when Francesca implores Emma to return to the camp as a painting counselor, Emma sees an opportunity to find closure and move on.

Yet, it is immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by surfacing memories, Emma is suddenly plagued by a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca, and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian apparently left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. And as history begins to repeat itself and three girls go missing again, Emma must face threats from both man and nature in order to uncover all the buried secrets–including what really happened all those years ago.


Review:   

1. The Front Page

A brilliant psychological thriller, bringing mental-illness and revenge to the front-page!

Sometimes the only way out is through.

2. Lies & Uncomfortable Truths 

The story dragged on a bit at the beginning but then quickly picked up speed as it headed downhill where everything unravelled in a series of enticing lies and uncomfortable truths.

You could learn more about a person from their lies than their truths.

3. Trust? What is that? 

Who’s telling the truth? And who’s covering their tracks with a  cloak of lies? Can anyone be trusted?

4. Well-Thought-Out

I absolutely loved the writing, the multi-layered characters as well as the density of the well-thought-out plot.

Sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.

5. The Final Verdict

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an utterly engrossing read.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .


Review:   

1. Paranormal 

This is an unnerving mystery with a refined touch of the paranormal.

Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead and buried under land.

She’ll say she wants to be your friend.

Do not let her in again!

2. It Flows

The writing flows beautifully as the story switches between past and present. I personally preferred the past timeline as I found it to be more captivating.

I’m going to get out of here. Someday we all will. And when we do, we will finally be free.

3. Powerful

My favourite part was the powerful friendship formed between the four girls at the boarding school, which slowly but surely, had shaped up their reality.

4. Addictive 

The story is fast-paced and quite addictive; it succeeds in addressing some tough subjects with the utmost delicacy.

There is no justice, but we stand for it anyway. Justice is the ideal, but justice is not the reality.

5. The Final Verdict

The plot is tragic and heart-breaking. Unfortunately, the revelations left me with an unusual sense of dissatisfaction.

I’d still recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling mystery.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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Book Review: The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James

Review of The Secret of Cold Hill

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James is the spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play.

Cold Hill House has been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. Luxury-living at its best with high specification gadgets all thrown in – part-exchange available for the right buyers.

The first two families move in, and as soon as they do, the unearthly residents of Cold Hill begin to make themselves known.

Nobody who moves into Cold Hill reaches their fortieth birthday, and the old couple that have just arrived . . . let’s just say their days are numbered.


Review:   

This was quite an entertaining read, perfect for the Halloween season!

If I had to describe this book in few words, it would be: Fun, addictive, ghostly, and humorous. I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate plot along with the strong characters.

It’s worth mentioning that this is the second book in the series. However, it can certainly be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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