The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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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
1501156004
Branch Call Number: Ware, R
WARE R
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm

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njon38
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.

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SJM7323
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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Annaf71
Dec 06, 2017

Stay away from this book. Isa is a stupid woman bringing a baby four hours away from home into dangerous situations and staying in a house damn well near falling apart. Stupid, stupid woman. You cannot get past ONE paragraph without her mentioning her daughter.

Can't believe how I managed to finish it. Oh and yes, all the characters are so unlikable.

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_Amazon_
Nov 28, 2017

Unlikable characters, slogging pace, quite boring and not at all suspenseful. Only got half way before returning.

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talk2terih
Nov 25, 2017

I read this book directly after finishing The Woman in Cabin 10, which I did not like at all. In contrast, this is a much better book. The characters are once again not terribly likeable and tend to be overly histrionic but I did not actively dislike them, as I did the subject of Cabin 10. I did not figure out the conclusion of this book halfway through, as I had in Cabin 10, which was a welcome development.

I can't say I am actively looking forward to Ware's next book, but if her books keep improving, I may eventually become a fan. This book does have a good flow. Ware is a technically capable writer, who does a fine job creating a sense of place. I could feel, see, and smell the marsh, the post office and the pub. Some of her incidental characters are great. Mary Wren is deliciously evil, for instance, and the Salten house mistress who tries to warn Isa of the trouble she is walking into is also well drawn. Ware does need to learn how to develop main characters we can like and cheer for and whose outcomes we can muster some intetest in.

multcolib_karene Nov 13, 2017

Started skimming it just so I could get to the ending. Pretty predictable.

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heyLIB
Nov 12, 2017

One of the most tedious books I have ever had the annoyance of reading. Boring characters, repetitive writing, and a ridiculous plot. The tone is paranoid, breathless, and supposed to be suspenseful but page after page nothing really happens and the "secrets" revealed are so deeply underwhelming it's hard to believe the main character is willing to ruin her life to keep them. The plot device of the baby constantly in harms way is a transparently cheap ploy to generate excitement that only underscores the lack of any real plot or characters to care about. Towards the end I started skimming so I could get it over with. Can't believe this lazy writing got published.

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DenitaR84
Nov 08, 2017

This book keeps you in suspense almost all the way through!!!

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Spirited13
Nov 02, 2017

I agree. Not her best book. She is a good writer, and her characters well drawn.
You have to give her that. But I found it slow-paced, not all that interesting.
I'm just over half way through it, and decided not to finish it. I'm not invested in
these characters at all, and I don't care how it ends.

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LPL_Sarah
Oct 18, 2017

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

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