Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Thoughts: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
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Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9781501156007
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Library Copy

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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 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 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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

As soon as I discovered The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, I knew it was a book I would want to check out. I read The Woman in Cabin 10, also by Ware, last October and really enjoyed the story, so I was curious to see what she had come up with next. I was also super excited that Reese Witherspoon picked the book for her RWBookClub pick, and her thoughts on the book made me even more curious to check it out. I'm really glad that I did!

The story is told from Isa's point of view, and is told in both present and past tense. I love the close friendship that Isa has with Kate, Fatima, and Thea. You know they had to be super close if Kate text them all one thing and they all come running. They know each other extremely well, considering the amount of time they were actually in school together was rather short, so you know the bond they have and the experiences that she shared most have been pretty strong for them all to be so close. I was completely fascinated by their story.

I expected to get through this book a lot quicker than I actually did, but it took me a little while to get into the story, not really because of the story itself, but because I was just always really busy and/or distracted when I tried to read the book. I finally forced myself to sit down with no distractions, and when I did, I few through the pages. The storyline for the book was mysterious, and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There was quite a twist at the end of the book that I didn't really see coming, but probably should have. I do love a book that keeps me guessing!

Overall; The Lying Game was a really interesting read, and I'm glad to have had the time to check it out! I'm even more curious now to check out In a Dark, Dark Wood, which I currently have on my Fall TBR list, as I hear it's pretty great as well. ;)

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read an adult book in a while, but I heard about this one recently and couldn't help but add it to my TBR list. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I cannot wait to dig in! This story sounds fascinating and I'm really looking forward to finding out the mystery. Great review!


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