The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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Praise for Ruth Ware’s instant New York Times, USA TODAY, and Los Angeles Times bestseller:

“So many questions....Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People

“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play.

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.

Publisher: Gallery Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501156199
1501156195
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Linyarai
Sep 30, 2018

Felt a bit like I imagine Pretty Little Liars is, it was a decent mystery with not a lot given away, but I was unsatisfied with the ending.

SCL_BethZ Aug 21, 2018

For a thriller it was pretty slow and underwhelming. The characters weren't well developed and didn't have strong motivations. They were irritating in a bland sort of way. The story dragged and the big reveal was lack luster. I'd hoped for more.

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merrancg
Jul 06, 2018

What a disappointing book. Story line unbelievable, characters ridiculous (a lawyer who doesn't consult a colleague or lawyer friend, give me a break), not to mention the poor baby put in so many dangerous situations by a supposedly adoring mother. Very predicable too. Completely ridiculous and skimmed second half rather than ditch it, so maybe there was a thread of interest there, 1/2 star rating.

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EC_Ulrich
Jun 20, 2018

***Unpopular opinion alert!***

Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima were best friends at Salten House, a coastal boarding school. They bonded quickly over the lying game; a game with 5 simple but strict rules - tell a lie, stick to your story, don't get caught, never lie to each other, & know when to stop lying. The same game that bonded them was also the very same game that separated them. Their lives were changed forever when the school discovered insalubrious drawings of these girls by Ambrose, the school's art teacher who also happens to be Kate's father and coincidently disappeared under mysterious circumstances around the same time. 17 years later, a human bone was found on the beach and the girls were reunited at Salten when Isa received a text from Kate with the words: I need you. Isa begins to question about the disappearance of Ambrose and she suspects one of them broke the lying game rules. As the mystery unravels, Isa realised that the consequences of the lying game is far more threatening than she could ever imagined.

This is one of the popular books out there that in my humble opinion is not worth the hype . A slow burn psychological thriller that started off with a promising plot (though not something new), but a frustrating and boring read until the end. There is definitely The Broken Girls (by Simone St. James) vibe here but it just did not deliver the promised plot in an engaging way. I do not mind a slow burn thriller, but this was really slow. It came to a point that I did not really care about the mystery anymore. I felt the writing was trite; going in circles and getting nowhere which eventually led to an out of focus plot.

Shallow and weak characters which I could not connect with any of them. Isa, the main character in this story was annoying, weak and whiny. She's a complainer when it comes to motherhood. My reading experience was made worse when this book is narrated from the POV of Isa in first person narration. It just did not work for me. As for the rest of the characters, they appeared to be merely fill-ins characters of this story. There is not one likeable character at all.

The only one positive thing I could say about this book is the atmospheric writing. Ware did a good job in creating the settings of the story. Her descriptions of the coastal town, the landscapes, buildings and the surrounding areas were pretty impressive.

This is the first and unfortunately will be the last book I will read from Ruth Ware. Her book just did not work for me - from the plot right down to the suspense/thriller elements (which were minimal) - I did not enjoy at all.

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gsrossie
May 28, 2018

Another lousy, overlong story, like Girl on the Train, about dumb women making stupid decisions. I’m so tired of these kinds of books. I like smart women and clever, suspensful story lines.

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triciarobinson
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.

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lpreston214
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.

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swheeler89
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.

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laphampeak
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.

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cknightkc
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!

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cknightkc
Jan 23, 2018

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

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