My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book of the Month does it again! Another month and another out of this world read!
Riley Sager (pseudonym for author Todd Ritter) wrote a masterful thriller, a story that weaves a web of lies, deceit, and uncertainty. Similar to JP Delaney (also a pseudonym for a male author), I was so impressed by Sager’s ability to write from a woman’s perspective so realistically.
This book hooked me from the very start and didn’t let go. The bulk of the story takes place at Camp Nightingale, a summer camp for girls. 15 years ago Emma Davis attended Camp Nightingale. 15 years ago she stayed in Dogwood cabin with three other girls: Vivian, Natalie, and Allison. 15 years ago those girls disappeared, never to be seen again. Fast forward to present day. Camp Nightingale is being reopened after lying dormant the last decade and a half, and Emma is invited back to serve as the camp’s art instructor. But, can Emma face her demons while she’s there?
During the first half of this book, I was transported back to my own summer camp experience at Camp Hawthorne Hollow (see photo below). It felt very nostalgic reading about the friendships and campfires and late night gossip among girls. But, it took a dark and creepy turn…. And I LOVED it!
One thing that really struck me about this book was the way in which the twists were written. Just when I thought I had figured out what was going on, Sager threw me completely for a loop. I was guessing up until the very last page (literally).
If you’re like me and tend to see thriller-stype endings coming, there is something extremely satisfying about finding a book that truly shocks you. For me, this was that book.
It comes highly recommended. If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, go do it now.