Review + Giveaway: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied Riley Sager Review

Everything is a game, Em. Whether you know it or not. Which means that sometimes a lie is more than just a lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to win.

I am generally hesitant about picking up a psychological thriller. They depend so heavily on them managing to surprise you, and I find that so few of them do. I am happy to announce this is not the case with The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.

One of the biggest reason this book works is that you start off knowing hardly anything about what happened to Vivian, Natalie, and Alissa. They just vanished in to the night. Were they murdered? Abducted? Was it just a tragic accident? It’s hard to say for sure when no bodies were ever discovered. As a result, as a reader I did not even know what clues to be on the look out for. And neither, for that matter, does our narrator. The book presents so many different angles and possible explanations that, like Emma herself, you can never quite tell which threads are worth following and which are just distractions.

I cannot decide for sure how I feel about the ending. Not in a was it a good ending or not kind of way, but how I actually feel about the decisions characters made and how things play out. As the ending of a book, it’s phenomenal, and I cannot articulate enough just how rare it is for me to say that about a thriller. It’s the kind of ending that makes you sit in a bit of a daze afterwards wondering what you would have done.

I will admit that at first I was not 100% sure I was going to like the fact that it goes back and forth between past and present, but it is actually done very well. The reveals are well paced and always leave you with more questions than answers. In most thrillers I find that I hit a point in the book where the author puts in too big of a reveal too early and I can confidently say “oh that’s what happened,” and then I spend the rest of the book only half interested, waiting to get to the part where the main character figures out what I’ve know for 150 pages. With this book, on the other hand, Emma regularly has more information than we do, because she knows everything that happened 15 years ago leading up to the girls’ disappearance, whereas we have to wait for all those secrets she’s keeping to slowly be revealed. I had a number of theories throughout the book, but I was never so confident about any of them that the need to keep reading faded. I won’t tell you whether or not any of them turned out to be true–I’ll let you go on that journey for yourself.

Now that I’ve thoroughly convinced you to pick up this book, let’s get to the fun part. The author has graciously agreed to let every stop on this blog tour giveaway one copy of The Last Time I Lied! Please note that if you have already won on another tour stop, you are not eligible to win a second time. If you’re name is given to the organizers as a winner twice, you will be disqualified entirely.

In the book, Vivian’s favorite game was two truths and a lie, so I thought we’d play a little game ourselves! I’ve embeded a tweet below with my own two truths and a lie. To enter, follow me and Riley, and then QRT the giveaway tweet with your guess as to which of mine is the lie and with two truths and a lie of your own. I’ll draw a winner at noon on Sunday! Good luck!

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P.S. I decided not to make Instagram part of the giveaway, because it seemed like kind of a hassle. But I’ve been working really hard on it lately, so if you fancy following me there too I wouldn’t be mad about it 😘


I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for participating in the blog tour. This is no way impacted my review. This post contains affiliate links. If you do choose to buy the book, my cat and I would appreciate you using them.