The Lying Game – by Ruth Ware

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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 25 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-1501151811

Synopsis: “I need you.” Three small words that change everything.

Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. Why else would Kate summon her and their two friends Thea and Fatima to the seaside town where they briefly attended school together seventeen years ago?

The four friends first met at Salten House boarding school, where they quickly bonded over The Lying Game, a risky contest that involved tricking fellow boarders and faculty with their lies. But the game had consequences, and the girls were eventually expelled after Kate’s dad, their beloved art teacher, mysteriously disappeared. Forever bound by their lies but needing to forget their past, they went their separate ways—Kate remaining in Salten while the other three left to start new lives in and around London.

Now reunited, Isa, Kate, Thea, and Fatima discover that their past lies had far-reaching effects and criminal implications that threaten them all. In order to protect their reputations, and their friendship, they must uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Atmospheric, twisty, with just the right amount of chill, The Lying Game will have readers at the edge of their seats, not knowing who can be trusted in this tangled web of lies.

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Previously to reading this book I kept hearing that Ruth Ware’s latest novel is not like her previous bestselling thrillers: THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 and IN A DARK, DARK WOOD. I was uncertain what these comments meant – but now that I finished I realize how happy I am that this book was different!

Ware’s previous thrillers were heavy theme thrillers that had dark turns at every page turn. THE LYING GAME is a lighter thriller – it hooks you and keeps the pages turning, but it doesn’t give you nightmares. As a semi-new reader to the thriller genre, my criticism was always that I am not a fan of being scared or reading “scary stories” – a category that I found many thriller books to fall into. However, recently I am starting to notice a trend away from the scary and more the mysterious and suspenseful  – a trend this book definitely falls into.

I think fans of the Pretty Little Liars series will flock to this – especially the older fans who read the books when they originally were released (i.e. ME!). Ware uses her remarkable story telling skills to tell the story of four friends: Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima. While I had some confusion in the first few chapters with characters and keeping their stories straight, this quickly faded as I got sucked into the story (and lets be honest – what books don’t give us a little confusion at the beginning?). This book is definitely my favourite Ware novel – and maybe even my favourite “thriller” book!

Rating: 9.5/10

* I received this book from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*

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