The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
Four women (Kate, Isa, Fatima, and Thea), who were friends as teenagers, reconnect after one of them sends out a text asking for help. When they were younger, the girls liked to play a lying game. It seems more lies were told than they realized, and it’s catching up to them years later.
The book is mostly about the present day, but does have chapters about the past school days when the girls were friends. Everything is told from Isa’s point of view. While most of the book deals with the women (past and present) some of the story is about Isa and her present day situation, more so than the other characters present lives are explained.
A good portion of the book takes place in Salten, a small coastal town. Not only that, the women are staying in an isolated, ramshackle home. This definitely adds to the mysterious of the story. It was like the town was a character itself.
There were some parts that seemed a bit slow, but that was because the book didn’t have a lot of action. The plot slowly develops as Isa experiences the present day and recalls the past. She is putting things together, and the story takes some twists that weren’t necessarily expected.
I love a good thriller, and Ruth Ware’s books have all been good reads. I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 more than this one, but The Lying Game is still a good, well-written story.