Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Ruth Ware
Published: July 2017, Gallery/Scout Press
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Publisher
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.

My thoughts: Ruth Ware is quickly becoming another must-read author! She writes such chilling and tense psychological thrillers and yet each one is so different - it's not the same old that we read time and time again. 

What I loved about this book is that it's more of the slow-burning, character-driven psychological thriller than her other books have been. While there has been a crime committed, it has been committed in the past, not the present. A lot of the action takes place in the last quarter of the book - and WOW, does that last part really take off! But prior to that, the book alternates between the present and the past, where the mystery is really explored through the four women's memories. This I found to be extremely clever! 

This book will play with your nerves...it will get under your skin as more and more details from both the past and the present emerge. You will feel the stress that Isa is under - it's that palpable. You will question whether "The Lying Game" and the guilt that Isa is feeling is justified or whether she is not being entirely truthful? 

This is an extremely taut and tense read. The suspense builds slowly and then takes off. It's atmospheric and chilling and addictive - once you start reading this, you will be hard-pressed to put it down!



  1. This does sound like a chilling, psychological thriller. Excellent review!

  2. I loved her previous 2 books! I'm really glad this one lived up to them with the tension and general creepiness. I can't wait to read it!


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