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The Last Time I Lied
by Riley Sager
ISBN-13: 9781524743079
Dutton Books
July 3, 2018

an exclusive interview with bestselling author Riley Sager  

Your new novel THE LAST TIME I LIED is about a young woman returning to her childhood summer camp to uncover a 15-year-old tragedy. Where did you get the idea?

Riley Sager: “I always look to movies for inspiration. Picnic at Hanging Rock just really stuck out to me. It got me thinking about these girls vanishing into the wilderness, and there are no answers—not for the other characters and not for the viewer—and how maddening that is in some ways. And the movie does focus on the aftermath of the people left behind and how it affects them. That was when it sort of clicked. I wanted to update that concept.” As for summer camp, that aspect “popped into my head thanks to The Parent Trap. It’s a family-fun movie, but if you really stop and think about it, it’s so messed up. And so those two things combined—it was like, I’m going to do Picnic at Hanging Rock at an exclusive summer camp, and that’s going to be my next book. So from then on, it was just, okay, let’s try to do this and hope it doesn’t suck.”

 Read the rest of the interview here.



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