The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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New York Times Bestseller

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, The Lying Game .

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.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2017.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501156007
1501156004
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm

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"If you liked The Woman in Cabin 10, you will probably enjoy this new release from Ruth Ware. As usual, Ware takes you on twists and turns, leaving the reader on unsure footing throughout the narrative until the final denouement. Suspenseful and intriguing, this is a great beach read and o... Read More »


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multcolib_karene Nov 13, 2017

Started skimming it just so I could get to the ending. Pretty predictable.

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heyLIB
Nov 12, 2017

One of the most tedious books I have ever had the annoyance of reading. Boring characters, repetitive writing, and a ridiculous plot. The tone is paranoid, breathless, and supposed to be suspenseful but page after page nothing really happens and the "secrets" revealed are so deeply underwhelming it's hard to believe the main character is willing to ruin her life to keep them. The plot device of the baby constantly in harms way is a transparently cheap ploy to generate excitement that only underscores the lack of any real plot or characters to care about. Towards the end I started skimming so I could get it over with. Can't believe this lazy writing got published.

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DenitaR84
Nov 08, 2017

This book keeps you in suspense almost all the way through!!!

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Spirited13
Nov 02, 2017

I agree. Not her best book. She is a good writer, and her characters well drawn.
You have to give her that. But I found it slow-paced, not all that interesting.
I'm just over half way through it, and decided not to finish it. I'm not invested in
these characters at all, and I don't care how it ends.

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LPL_Sarah
Oct 18, 2017

Not my favorite of Ruth Ware's, but a decent story.

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sisterthree
Oct 16, 2017

It wasn't Ruth Ware's best, but enjoyed the plot....although predictable.

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mimihardy
Oct 14, 2017

This book is overrated, it was way too long and the characters were not likeable at all.

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darladoodles
Sep 27, 2017

I give this one four stars for how well it functions as a cautionary tale. As a wise woman once said: "Mmmm, mmmm,mmmm. The choices we make."

Four friends meet at boarding school when they are fifteen years old. They are brought back together seventeen years later to deal with a decision they all made together. As we read about their teenage escapades we see how deceiving others is a game you just can't win.

The story is told from the POV of Isa Wilde. She is a lawyer and a mother and her baby Freya is also a potential victim of her choices. I found her and all the girls to be a bit difficult to embrace, but of the four Isa definitely is the most invested in digging up the truth and free them once and for all. Will they ever truly be free? That is why we find this book difficult to put down.

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rtendean
Sep 19, 2017

Great book! A little bit of the plot was tedious and boring. It was sort of predictable....But it was an excellent read and well-written!

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callyd
Sep 13, 2017

One of the most boring books I have ever tried to read. Quit it at half. repetitive, long winded and basically drawn out. A story that could be told on ten pages. Who cares????? Highly over-rated! Who picks these supposed Best Sellers, the publishers??? Please stop pushing stupid books!!!! I am a total book lover, and read extensively, but this is the first time I had to post a comment. I felt that strongly about it.

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