Monday, July 9, 2018

Blog Tour: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager...My Favorite Types of Thrillers plus a Giveaway!

Thrilled to be able to tell you about Riley Sager’s latest release, The Last Time I Lied!
Keep reading to learn more about the book, the author, and to find out some of my favorite types of there’s an awesome giveaway!
The Last Time I Lied
Publisher: Dutton Press
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller


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.

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name. 

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures. 

Riley's next book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, will be published in July. It was inspired by the classic novel and film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

The Last Time I Lied is a fabulous thriller filled with suspense, mystery, and everything I love about the genre. I am huge fan of suspenseful thrillers. Give me plot twists, red herrings, mysteries, and more and I am one happy camper (no pun intended considering what The Last Time I Lied is about, I promise...even though I love a good pun).

There are several types or subgenres that fall under the thriller category and many of them overlap. But I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you. 

So in no particular order here are 10 of my favorite types of thrillers...

1. Serial Killer
In this type of thriller, you have multiple deaths that are connected and usually someone (perhaps the main character) trying to catch the killer or the main character/narrator may even turn out to be the killer! You never know and you never know who might die next. There are so many ways to go with this theme and so many types of books, movies, and TV shows that use it in a variety of ways.

2. Stalkers
In this type, a character either knows or maybe they don’t know that someone is watching their every move. Perhaps they get threatening letters or people close to them begin to be hurt or killed. There are so many ways this can go. The author or filmmaker may choose to reveal the stalker’s identity and his or her motives or keep it a secret just to keep readers guessing.

3. Criminal 
So technically the first two and a few of the others could fall under this category, but this one is for all of the other types of crimes that can occur in a thriller or suspense. Kidnapping, bombing, heists, robberies, serial rapists or attackers, etc. Like the others you may know who the guilty party is or you may be kept in the dark like the protagonist.  Or who knows? The twist might be the protagonist is the guilty one all along!

4. Classic Whodunnit 
By this I’m talking a good old-fashioned mystery such as an Agatha Christie novel or maybe a book featuring the beloved Sherlock Holmes. Or any written in that vein, Just a simple or not-so-simple mystery where something happens and someone solves it by the end of the story using clues throughout the story. There are plenty of red herrings, plot twists, and just when you think you know whodunnit you begin to question yourself. These are the type I grew up reading and are so much fun for me.

5. Race the Clock
This is pretty much any thriller, but I’ve gave it its own category because sometimes the stakes are higher in one suspense than in another and in these the stakes are raised immensely. By “race the clock,” I mean when you have to do something such as find a victim, deactivate a bomb, find a cure, locate a killer, etc. before it’s too late. You are in a time crunch.

6. Medical
These are some of my favorites...especially movies. In medical thrillers, there’s usually a sick patient or a virus that is quickly spreading or some medical mystery that the protagonist must figure out how to cure before it’s too late.

7. Historical 
I love historical novels, but historical mysteries and thrillers have recently some of my favorites to read. They typically feature a protagonist who must solve a case or help capture a killer before he or she takes another victim. They fascinate because they don’t always have the forensic knowledge that we have today so it makes it even more complicated for them and interesting for me to see them solve it.

8. Romance
Romantic thrillers typically involve the protagonist falling in love with either someone involved in or related to the main case of the story. For example, it could be a witness falling for their protector, a victim who has given them information to help solve the case falling for a detective, or two victims finding love with each other. There are many ways to write a romantic suspense thriller.

9. Technological 
In this type of thriller, the case involves technology (well, obviously, Jennifer, that was in the header). Okay, by that I mean computer, cell phones, recording devices, etc. it could be anything from cyber stalking to identity theft, computer viruses to hacking. Anything is possible and everyone’s a suspect because everyone uses technology. There are so many scary possibilities.

10. Legal
These typically involve courtroom cases (think John Grisham) with something happening outside the courtroom that could affect the case or the verdict. Our protagonist is usually trying to prevent this from happening, but you never know if he or she will prevail.

So, there you have it...10 types of thrillers that I enjoy. There are many more, but I stopped myself at ten. As you can see, many of the subgenres of the Thriller genre do overlap, but that is what makes it fascinating to me. There are so many different things happening in a good suspenseful thriller, and The Last Time I Lied is definitely one of the best I’ve read in awhile so I hope you’ll check it out.

Look below to see how you can win a copy!
Dutton Press was kind enough to provide a prize for each stop on the Blog Tour. 
So one winner will be chosen at each stop.
You can enter at each stop, but winners may only be chosen ONCE for the tour, meaning each person can only win from one blog and if they win on another blog they are to turn it down or be disqualified completely.
US/Canada Only

So what’s the prize you ask?
Prize: 1 finished copy of The Last Time I Lied

Here’s how to enter for my stop’s giveaway:
I’m giving you 3 ways to enter.

1. Leave a comment below.
2. Follow me on Twitter (@2many2read) & retweet this tweet.
3. Follow me on Instagram (@2many2read) & leave a comment on the picture of the book tagging a friend who might be interested in this book.

You can do one or you can do two or you can do all three! It’s up to you!
Each entry gives you a chance to win so that’s up to 3 chances!!!

Winner will be chosen from all qualified entries 7/16

So, when was the last time you lied?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour!


  1. Great review!! I loved this one as well!

  2. All such great types of thrillers! I have a fascination with stalkers, so I'm always intrigued by that storyline. But I'm a fan of anything that keeps me guessing.

  3. I read this author's debut, and I am eager to check out this sophomore effort. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for the thought-provoking list of the compelling sub-genres of the mystery/thriller category! Best, Kara S

  4. In addition to entering the giveaway by way of the comment above, please be advised that I have also followed on Twitter (as @Shamstress) & retweeted the link you requested for an additional entry. Thanks again! --Kara S

  5. Just reading the synopsis makes me squirm in my seat with anticipation. I love suspense and thrillers, especially in the summer reading time (it's lighter longer :).

  6. Hi!! Thank you so much for this opportunity :):) following you on twitter :)@01BookPlace