The Lying Game by Ruth Ware {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted May 17th, 2021 by in *Review / 4 comments

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware {Stephanie’s Review}The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Also by this author: One by One, In a Dark, Dark Wood
Published by Gallery Books, Scout Press
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 262
Format: eBook
Read in: February 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Public Library
Add to: Goodreads

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel.

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 a human bone.

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 happens to be Kate’s father).

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I’m continuing my way through Ware’s backlist. Anne from Books of My Heart agreed to buddy read The Lying Game by Ruth Ware with me.

The Lying Game really seemed to go at a slower pace than Ware’s other books. It seemed to crawl by. I honestly wonder if it has to do with the mystery being about events that took place in the past with a few things happening in the present and not the other way around. There were some things happening in the present but not much. When it was eventually revealed what had happened it didn’t seem like such a big deal.

Isa is the narrator of the story. She seemed to have the least to do with it all. I honestly am sort of ambivalent about her. I didn’t like or dislike any of the girls. I felt bad for Luc. I genuinely disliked Mary. Out of everyone I felt like she was the worst. Her son might have been the victim of a cruel rumor but it clearly didn’t hold him back much. He has a pretty good career but clearly that wasn’t enough for her.

I still really enjoyed The Lying Game by Ruth Ware but it wasn’t my favorite by her.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2021 GoodReads

4 Responses to “The Lying Game by Ruth Ware {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      Yes!! I’ll be saving a few of them but may dive back in with the remainder of her books towards September/October. I’ll get in touch when I do!

  1. Berls

    I agree – I do think this one got to me more because when I read it Dante was just 4 or 5 months old and the mom drove me crazy with how irresponsible she was. It was a sort of extreme tension for me – completely outside the intended thriller/mystery of the book. I’ve read all her books now and I’m sad. Have you read Woman in Cabin 10 yet? or the Death of Mrs. Westaway? both are really good.

    • Stephanie

      That was a whole other level of tension wasn’t it? Cabin 10 was my first Ware and I don’t think I loved it all that much. I barely remember it. For some reason I’m feeling like it might have been open-ended and that’s why I didn’t like it?

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