Riley Sager, the unknown artist behind the Stephen King lauded Final Girls, is making his (yes, Sager is a male novelist named Todd Ritter, and the identity behind Final Girls) return next summer with The Last Time I Lied. A new twist on a favorite pastime, Sager’s follow-up is a campy game of Two Truths and a Lie that encompasses the disappearance of three campers and revisits the one remaining camper who was the last to see them before they all snuck off in the dead of night.
In the similar vein of his debut with an uncanny nod in the direction of Ruth Ware‘s The Lying Game, Sager returns with yet another female-fronted mystery about the disappearance and mischief that has become more or less formulaic in contemporary thrillers.
Nonetheless, due to the much-buzzed-about praise Final Girls received from just about everyone who’s read it this year, I can only imagine his next novel will be just as smashing as his first.
Also to be noted, that’s a pretty badass blue cover.
You can read the official summary of Sager’s The Last Time I Lied, courtesy of Amazon, below.
She says she’s innocent. But everyone lies…
Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. 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. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
Mark your calendars: The Last Time I Lied is due to release on July 18, 2018.