The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Book - 2017
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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 happened to be Kate's father...
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, [2017]
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501156007
Branch Call Number: Ware, R
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 15, 2018

The plot took a bit too long to get going but once I was half way through the book, I couldn't put it down. This is my first Ruth Ware novel so I'll see what her other books are like.

Feb 09, 2018

Unlike some commenters I actually liked this book better than either of the author's previous novels. This book at least was somewhat believable. Yes the characters are not so lovable but but the main character, Isa, was likeable and I thought the plot device of having her baby with her was well done. Their lying game may have been fun in school, but they find out the hard way what happens when one of the clique does not follow the rules.

Jan 31, 2018

Selfishly wanted more as Ruth Ware has become one of my new favorite authors. Slight deviation from the first two "Agatha" style mysteries - but she delivers on the chance she took. Characters are annoying enough and real enough that you get sucked in. Looking forward to her next one.

Jan 27, 2018

Kate, Fatima, Thea, and the breastfeeding narrator, Isa, reunite years after Kate's dad died mysteriously. Not much happens the first two thirds of the story. There is little tension or urge to hurry and find out what lies behind it all. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

Jan 23, 2018

THE LYING GAME is a good choice for a slow burn, atmospheric psychological thriller, but with less-than-sympathetic characters and some predictable plot twists, it’s my least favorite Ruth Ware book… and that’s no lie!

Jan 03, 2018

Another good book written by Ruth Ware. This is slower than her two previous books but still very captivating (for me). I did wish it wasn't slow in some places, but things picked up towards end of the story. The ending surprised me with who the killer was.

Dec 29, 2017

Thrilling! Definitely couldn't put down. An easy read.

AL_KATI Dec 26, 2017

I enjoyed the setting (boarding school, fishing village) and the female friendships, but the meat of the story took almost too long to develop. But once it was revealed, I read it straight through.

Dec 09, 2017

I like a good mystery story but this was a complete waste of an afternoon. It got worse as it went along, melodramatic, the facts didn't line up and ending was over the top.

Dec 06, 2017

Let's just say, I only made it 93 pages (in the large print edition at that! Which is quite shocking if I think about it! I shouldn't have even read that much!). Every single page was monotonous and devoid of any action or purpose. I kept waiting for a hook to convince me to keep going, that the horridly boring beginning would pass by. But at the point of being a quarter way into the book and asking myself "Why am I still reading this?!", I had to stop!! I LOVE books and I hate not finishing a book, but I decided that life is short. Therefore, I'm not wasting it on bad books anymore! If you can't hook me in the first 100 pages, you're done. Just a side note, I attempted to listen to the audio version of Ruth Ware's "The Woman in Cabin 10" and it was the same issue. Boring, boring, boring!! I don't see how she's a best seller. But to each his own as they say! But to me, utter rubbish!

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Jan 23, 2018

“A lie. I'd almost forgotten how they feel on my tongue, slick and sickening.” - p. 6


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