This book was insane! Fifteen years ago, Emma Davis was a camper at Camp Nightingale, a summer camp for girls. One night, Emma’s cabin-mates disappeared and were never found again. This memory has haunted Emma through her painting career. She hasn’t been able to paint anything except the girls. When Emma finds Francesca Harris-White at one of her gallery shows, Francesca tells Emma she is opening the camp back up and wants her to come back as the art instructor. Hesitant at first, Emma eventually accepts and heads back to Camp Nightingale to face the truth from all those years ago.
One huge theme of this book was about lies and truth. Emma used to play Two Truths & a Lie with Vivian, Natalie and Allison. When she’s forced to room in her old cabin again, she restarts the tradition with the new girls of Cabin Dogwood. When Emma isn’t teaching the girls of Camp Nightingale to paint and/or draw, she’s investigating the past and her memory of her time. When she finds a journal from Vivian, she becomes swept up in an investigation into the Camp and the campground’s sordid history.
This was such a wild tale. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns. By the end, I had slightly guessed what had happened, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how everything ended. The story definitely kept me on my toes, I was constantly suspicious of the characters, even Emma herself.
I am so glad I read this and I intend to find more work by Sager soon!