Buckle up kiddos, it’s time for summer camp. More specifically a summer camp for rich girls that love playing Two Truths and a Lie, and murder. Warning: There may be spoilers ahead.
Here is a little bit about the book:
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.
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.
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.
Murder, kidnapping, mystery, romance — this book has it all wrapped up into a deceptive little bow.
I loved how developed the main character, Emma Davis, was in this novel. The depth of her insanity and how it slowly spiraled downward as she discovered more of the secrets that Vivian kept showed just how much the past had troubled her. Emma was so caught up in figuring out what had happened to Vivian, Natalie, and Allison that she didn’t even realize that the history she was digging up wasn’t as sinister as it had seemed.
Emma begins to get further wrapped in the seemingly haunting mystery of the camp that even me, the reader, began to believe that something scary was going on behind the scenes. So, when it turned out that there was no dark backstory to the camp, I myself was completely shocked and incredibly pleased with the turn of events.
Also, I just want to say that the ending left me wanting a sequel so bad! When Vivian appeared and it was revealed that she hadn’t died with the other two girls, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t the ending that I thought it would be. The pieces to the puzzle were almost complete, but there was still that one last piece that would forever be lost.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a good thriller. It’s a pretty short read and can easily be finished in less than a week. It often had me on the edge of the seat and wondering what was going to happen next because it was impossible for me to predict the ending.
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