Last Time I Lied by Riley Seger
Emma returns to her childhood summer camp to try and find out the truth about a tragedy that happened on the camp ground fifteen years ago.
Fifteen years ago, Emma was a first time camper at Camp Nightingale and had to share a cabin with three older girls. Vivian, Natalie and Allison were always playing Two Truths and a Lie – but the games ended the night that Emma watched as the three older girls snuck out of the cabin. The last time she saw any of them was as Vivian closed the cabin door behind her after telling Emma to go back to sleep and pressing her finger to her lips to keep her quiet. Something happened that night that made the owner of Camp Nightingale close the camp.
Now Emma is a rising artist on the New York scene. Her huge canvases are making headlines – it’s all dark leaves and branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. Why does Emma have this obsession with capturing these ghostly figures over and over?
Francesca Harris-White is the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale and when she sees the paintings at an art gallery she asks Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Emma thinks she might find out what really happened to the girls all those years ago and agrees to join for the summer.
Emma is assigned to sleep in the same cabin as previously. She starts finding cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s dubious origins. As Emma starts sifting through fact and fiction and gets closer to finding out what really happened to the three girls who disappeared she comes to realise that finding closure might come at a deadly price – to her.