Book Review + Release Day: THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware

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Title: The Lying Game 
Author: Ruth Ware 
Release Date: July 25th, 2017 
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
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.
I'm always looking for the next best suspenseful read that will thrill me and take me on a crazy journey. And as soon as I heard Ware was releasing a new book, I jumped for joy. Having read her previous books In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 (mind-blowingly amazing books by the way) I knew I had to have this book. 

I dove into this book not really knowing much about it, just knowing how brilliant the author was. This book follows the story of four girls Thea, Fatima, Kate, and Isabel. These girls were thick as thieves when they were younger and had invented a game called "The Lying Game."

 They would lie to people to get out of situations or just for fun but they were to never lie to each other, that was the number one rule. But they did something bad when they were younger and they thought that they had left it behind. But it looks like its creeping its way back into their lives whether they are prepared or not. 

They thought this would never be dug up but now it's really happening and they can't lie there way out now. I loved these characters and their dynamic. How they would drop everything to run to each other. But I think because I had such high hopes for this book that it fell flat for me just a little bit in the ending and the big reveal because I think I expected more. But all in all it was a fun read and I would recommend reading. 
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. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

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