The Lying Game by Ruth Ware [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Publisher: Scout Press

Publish Date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware


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 Isa—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. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped.

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

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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 Lying Game 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 Lying Game 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.

Books by Ruth Ware:
  1. In a Dark, Dark Wood
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10
  3. The Lying Game
  4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway
  5. The Turn of the Key
  6. One by One

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