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
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 18, 2017

Not my favorite of Ruth Ware's, but a decent story.

Oct 16, 2017

It wasn't Ruth Ware's best, but enjoyed the plot....although predictable.

Oct 14, 2017

This book is overrated, it was way too long and the characters were not likeable at all.

Oct 01, 2017

Very slow book - long, long, long!

Sep 27, 2017

I give this one four stars for how well it functions as a cautionary tale. As a wise woman once said: "Mmmm, mmmm,mmmm. The choices we make."

Four friends meet at boarding school when they are fifteen years old. They are brought back together seventeen years later to deal with a decision they all made together. As we read about their teenage escapades we see how deceiving others is a game you just can't win.

The story is told from the POV of Isa Wilde. She is a lawyer and a mother and her baby Freya is also a potential victim of her choices. I found her and all the girls to be a bit difficult to embrace, but of the four Isa definitely is the most invested in digging up the truth and free them once and for all. Will they ever truly be free? That is why we find this book difficult to put down.

Sep 19, 2017

Great book! A little bit of the plot was tedious and boring. It was sort of predictable....But it was an excellent read and well-written!

Sep 13, 2017

One of the most boring books I have ever tried to read. Quit it at half. repetitive, long winded and basically drawn out. A story that could be told on ten pages. Who cares????? Highly over-rated! Who picks these supposed Best Sellers, the publishers??? Please stop pushing stupid books!!!! I am a total book lover, and read extensively, but this is the first time I had to post a comment. I felt that strongly about it.

ehbooklover Sep 07, 2017

Another twisty, atmospheric book with an ultra-creepy setting. Ware has a very easy-to-read writing style, with short chapters that keep you reading "just a few more pages". She continues to be one of my new go-to mystery authors.

Aug 29, 2017

Not a usual choice of mine. The story was okay, mostly keeping me engaged though at times it did bog down and I just wanted to shout: 'get on with it already'. The last three chapters were a faster pace. This is not a memorable book, just something to past the time.

Aug 27, 2017

Found this a bit tedious. I found the characters were not particularly likeable or interesting.

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