“A lie can outlast any truth”.
~ Ruth Ware, The Lying Game
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).
Many can relate to their HS days… cliquey friend groups, sneaky outings, secrets, LIES! What I loved about this story was even after all of those years later, upon being summoned back to her past by Kate, Isa knows that her group of friends are the most trustworthy people she ever knew. Or maybe… there were so many creepily suspicious secrets between them, no one knew who anyone could actually trust???
Right from the beginning Ruth Ware creates so much suspense that it’s hard to not want to keep reading furiously through the pages to find out what happens to this group of friends in the end!
So there is a pattern emerging from Ruth Ware’s books; a recipe for disaster of sorts! First, there’s a dead body, throw in some seemingly guilty yet suspiciously innocent people. Add a sprinkle of doubt, a few “off-their-rocker” characters, and a plot that thickens as the story unravels and viola!!!! You have a book written and waiting to be devoured by huge fans (such as Two Girls and a Book Obsession)!
So, the ultimate question is… what are these 4 friends hiding, what does it all have to do with their past, and how serious are the secrets and lies they kept and told! You will love finding out how Ruth Ware does it yet again!!!! 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for one of our favs!
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and the forthcoming The Lying Game (July 2017). She is married with two small children.
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Glad you enjoyed it! I love Ruth Ware’s novels!