The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware's chilling new novel, The Lying Game .

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London--Fatima, Thea, and Isabel--receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, "I need you."

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other--ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school's eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate's father).

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed--which has now become Ruth Ware's signature style-- The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Publisher: New York : Scott Press, 2017.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501156007
1501156004
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm

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pharra19
Aug 21, 2017

I think I liked this book more than most of the other reviewers, though I do acknowledge it had some weaknesses. The main characters were very unlikeable: cliqueish, mean girls who we all hated in high school. And the premise of the "Lying Game" was silly, and fizzled out early in the story. But the basic story line was interesting: four friends who, as adults, had to face the consequences of an unfortunate decision years ago. And I thought the ending was worth the read!

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GrannysGlasses
Aug 13, 2017

I liked this book although I acknowledge some weaknesses. The four protagonists were not particularly likable in the earlier chapters. Two of them grew up to be more 'normal', two continued to have 'issues'.

The story was not a psychological thriller. Nonetheless I was surprised at the twist at the end.

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waynesworld58
Aug 11, 2017

Highly over-rated novel by the author. You are better to wait!

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patriciabriggs
Aug 08, 2017

Did not like this book at all. It seemed like a mixtures of notes and descriptions all mixed together to make a story. I definitely will not read any more books published by this author.

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tink05
Aug 04, 2017

I normally hate giving such low ratings on books but I feel this time I must. It was hard to follow as she kept jumping past & present & it's not even by chapter like some authors do. When you get to the climax you just kinda think I read that for what??

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wilcar49
Aug 02, 2017

Yet another highly overrated novel by Mrs. Ware. Not worth the extremely long wait period. Would recommend waiting a few months before placing hold. I did not like the characters and the plot. The only novel by the author that I did "like" was Dark Dark Woods.

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kelliyfults
Aug 02, 2017

"The Woman in Cabin 10" seemed soooo overrated; now here's another! Full disclosure: I read only the first 90 pages of "The Lying Game". It was formulaic and trite. life is too short-

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tracebroyles
Jul 31, 2017

What a disappointment. I cannot believe this is being marketed as a psychological thriller. The characters may be mental but there's nothing thrilling about it.

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