The Lying Game by Ruth WareThe Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

byRuth Ware

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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From the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood—a novel about the slipperiness of truth and the price of friendships.

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.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. 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. In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Ruth's second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, becam...
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Title:The Lying GameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not Great I did like this book, but I guess I didn't love it. It didn't impact me that much, which is a let down to be honest. Could just be me though!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Love the author, but with this particular book it took me to about half way for it to catch my interest. not my favorite
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVORITE BOOK!!! could not put this book down, amazing twists !!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read I've been in such a thriller kick lately, and after devouring The Woman in Cabin 10, I couldn't wait for this one to come out. Although it didn't feature the same pervasive, foreboding moodiness as The Woman in Cabin 10, I found it to be a highly emotional, sucks-you-right-in thriller that demanded to be read in a day. Ruth Ware does not disappoint, providing the reader with the level of detail and depth of character that's becoming hard to find in the modern thriller. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read! Fans of Pretty Little Liars will love this book. I fought some of it a bit hard to believe but enjoyed the characters and mystery woven throughout.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read This book wasn't as good as The Woman in Cabin 10. It was slow to start and the strong relationship between the four main characters wasn't really believable. The last third of the book is good and worth the read if you can get that far.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like mysteries this is a good one! A great read! If you like mysteries I would recommend this novel. I am always looking for a thrilling novel and this one did not disappoint like some do. Some of the others I like are The Woman in Cabin 10, Perfect Strangers and All the Missing Girls!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot wait!! Just bought this book. Have heard nothing but good about it.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not a surprise As usual, I love her books!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading Although this book didn't match up to the other Ruth Ware books, I still thought it was a decent read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from .. Heard so many things about this book and pleased to say I genuinely enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Having previously read and enjoyed the Woman in Cabin 10, I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit of a letdown. I kept expecting some big mystery/big reveal but I was underwhelmed by what the mystery turned out to be. I thought it was a little too predictable. I do enjoy Ruth Ware's writing style but the overall story was a disappointment.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I had to read until the end Thrilling. Read it as soon as I could. This was the first book I read by Ruth Ware and her writing is suspenseful, engaging and the mystery she weaved of the four main characters and their lies will make you stick around until the end of the book. We meet four girls who played what they considered to be a harmless game, but it led to long lasting consequences. They called it "The Lying Game" and there are five rules; TELL A LIE, STICK TO YOUR STORY, DON'T GET CAUGHT, NEVER LIE TO EACH OTHER, KNOW WHEN TO STOP LYING. We learn SPOILER Kate's dad is dead and the girls played some role in it, but they didn't murder him. Instead, they buried the body. And one of the girls has been lying for 17 years. We are introduced to four characters Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima. Four girls who met on the way to boarding school and have been hiding a big secret and as we start the novel, the secret is in jeopardy of being exposed. Kate sends a text to the four girls, "I need you," and with that the girls return to the small town where they went to school at Salten House to try and get their stories straight, while also figuring out what happened that night. The story is told entirely though Isa's perspective and the story is woven through the past and the present where we learn about where she in her life as well as the events that led her and the other girls to Salten House. She is a strong character, who is a new mother and the first character we're introduced to in the book. We learn more about her than anyone else and we learn about the other characters from her perspective as well. She is the character who takes the Sherlock or Nancy Drew persona. As an adult she learns the impact her actions had on the four girls and the city as well as the school. This is a captivating story and fans of mystery novels, as well as author Sara Shepard's books will enjoy this story. I recommend it. My only critique is that I would've liked to read a chapter from the other girl's perspective to learn how she coped with what happened and her thoughts about what's happening now.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book a good read for teens to adults
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Just finished tis one. Ruth Ware gets better with each successive story. This one flips back and forth showing us 4 girls in a boarding school and a terrible secret they share - the later repercussions of that secret. A really good read.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep reading! I initially bought this book because I absolutely LOVED The woman in cabin 10. I love the style of Ruths writing and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I feel this book did start off a little slow but once you got to know the characters it was hard to put down. It wasn't an ending anyone will suspect I will say that much. It's a perfect book to curl up on a fall day
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lying Game I loved the story line and the characters.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lying Game I liked the plot and I liked Kate and Thea, but Isa was way too annoying.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a decent mystery A pretty good book, but slow at times.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it more... Given that I absolutely loved her previous books, I was super excited to read this one. I was a bit disappointed as the story seemed disjointed and the context of the husband of not being more of a voice in the beginning of the book didn't ring as believable. Isa as a character was a bit annoying and the timelines of the friendship didn't come across as right. if they were such good friends, no matter what happened, should they not have been in better contact? the ending I absolutely hated because of Isa and her thoughts - ended too abruptly and with some confusion over what she meant.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope I read half a chapter and I'm already wanting my money back!!!! So bad . What young mother could tell her husband that an old friend had texted her and invited her to come and stay and say that she was leaving that day with the baby and had no idea when she would be back !!!! No husband would say ok honey have a great time I'll just decorate the nursery while you are away!!! Ridiculous
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great if you like gossip girl and pretty little liars This was my second book by Ruth ware and I was almost not going to try it! My first was the woman in cabin 10 and I didn’t like it all….I wanted to give this a chance cause I saw someone relate it to gossip girl and pretty little liars and I loved both of the shows. I would defiantly give this book a chance cause I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best book but it kept me into it till the end wanting to figure out what the heck was going on.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A great plot with an element of mystery/suspense and complex characters.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing great mystery, would give to my friends/family for a mystery novel
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice! I got this a while ago and just finished reading it! before this, I had read and watched pretty little liars. I can see why pretty little liar fans wold like it, I love it!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I thought this was a great easy mystery read. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was fantastic I borrowed this off a friend and I never gave it back because I loved it so much
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Mystery! It's a good story that kept my attention
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool just okay, not the best but still good!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay It was somewhat engaging but overall disappointing. I would not recommend the book unless given it for free or a under $10 buy. It was a quick read and the mystery kept me intrigued but the ending fell flat.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book! Really great book! Reads easily, keeps you captivated and wondering what happens next. Very "pretty little liars". Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Gave up on this book. Did not enjoy it
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent. A good attempt at storytelling.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I was disappointed with this book I expected more from this book. I kept waiting for the main character's husband to communicate with her. Given that she left with their baby, I would have thought that the husband would have either emailed, texted or called her to see how things were going. This only happened at the END of the book, which led me to believe that the entire book was based on one day...a very, very long day. This book was not a page turner for me. I really enjoyed the author's previously published books. However, this particular novel did not keep me interested.
Date published: 2017-08-04
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Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lying Game A great standalone mystery. Isa is a bit annoying though.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Good and interesting read.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds amazing! I will be ordering this book, sounds fantastic!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Grabbed my attention from start to finish!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This is a great book! very interesting story and well written!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lying Game is the perfect novel for fans of Pretty Little Liars who are looking for a quick read. The Lying Game is the perfect novel for fans of Pretty Little Liars. It features a deep friendship between four young girls turned adults, secrets and lies, and an ending that will be great to some and disappointing to others. What I enjoyed most about The Lying Game was Ware's ability to forge and cement the friendship between the four women (Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea) through flashbacks and Isa's internal thoughts. The flashbacks contain enough information to keep the reader interested in the mystery of why they were summoned as well the intricacies of their friendship. The writing style is straightforward with hints of stream of consciousness. Ware balances a delicate line of Isa's internal mundane monologue and pertinent information to the mystery. The choice to make Isa the main character and frame the novel from her point of view is an interesting one. Isa the teenager and Isa the adult are two different people. Isa is a new mother making her very protective of her child and the life she’s forged with her partner. When I started the novel, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy Isa because she had a baby stuck to her side the entire time, however I came to enjoy that characterization and how it motivated her. The reader comes to understand Isa and Kate intimately, however Thea and Fatima remain underwritten. Thea and Fatima seemed like interesting characters, so it’s a shame that they were so underutilized. The last 3/4 of the book is slower than the rest making the ending feel sluggish and slightly unsatisfying. All the questions are answered and the mystery is solved. Despite the sluggish pace, the final moments of the novel are full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I thought I had the ending pegged, but, to my delight, I was wrong. Overall, The Lying Game is the perfect novel for fans of Pretty Little Liars who are looking for a quick read that features a mystery seeded in friendship, lies, and deceit.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from stupid book Had to give up on this half way through. Just kept waiting for something to happen.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who is telling the truth? If you love psychological suspense, you're going to love Ruth Ware's novels. Her third book, The Lying Game has just released and yes, I loved it! Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima all attended the same seaside boarding school. While there, they played what they called The Lying Game. They lied to everyone but adhered to the one rule they laid down - never lie to each other. But their game and their time together abruptly comes to an end when something tragic occurs. Expelled and split up, they go their own ways, except Kate, who stays in Salten. Now grown with careers and families, they only sporadically stay in touch. But, when Kate sends a text with the words 'I need you' to the other three, they immediately come back to Salten. You see, the past can only stay buried so long - and an omission is as good as a lie.... I am a huge fan of 'unreliable narrator' tales - I love trying to suss out what is actually the truth. This time we have multiples - four self proclaimed liars. Isa is our lead character. We see both the present and the past through her eyes and memories. More of what I love - that back and forth only heightens the tension of a book. We know something has happened in the past - unclear references hint at something terrible, but it is never completely spelled out. (And is only finally revealed in the last few chapters.) I need to know what the secret is! The book then switches back to the present - another sure fire technique for keeping me up late reading. The Lying Game has a mystery at its core, but it is also an exploration of female friendship and familial relationships. These four wouldn't seem to be drawn together as friends - they're all very different in personality and temperament. Ware does a wonderful job portraying and exploring the bonds of friendship, loyalty and time. The same goes for the family piece - what defines a family and where does loyalty lie? The setting is perfect - a remote coastal town, an isolated school, a ruin of a building that has housed family, friends and secrets for many years, as well as a surrounding village filled with distinctly contentious inhabitants. All of this just adds a great atmospheric backdrop for the all the possibilities, scenarios and questions I came up with. The Lying Game is a character driven novel with a secret at the heart of it. A secret that changes the course of many lives. It's an addictive read - one I didn't want to put down - and one I finished far too fast again. This reader will be waiting for book number four.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lying Game keeps you on your toes I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware! I loved “In A Dark, Dark Wood” and “The Woman in Cabin 10”. Ware’s latest novel “The Lying Game” has a different feel than her previous books. I was really excited to get my hands on an ARC of the “The Lying Game” and may have set myself up for disappointment. I didn’t love the characters in this book. I don’t think their characters developed much between high school and 17 years later. It didn’t feel like the girls learned their lesson about The Lying Game at all. Additionally, there is a weird feel to a brother/sister relationship that left a weird taste in my mouth. That being said, “The Lying Game” kept you guessing until the very last page. Every time you thought you knew, Ware threw you for another loop. I love a good page turner and I absolutely love a surprising ending. All in all, I’d give “The Lying Game” a solid 4-stars.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Well written and good throughout!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot wait Pre-ordered this book, cannot wait to read it.
Date published: 2017-05-12

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The Lying Game The Reach is wide and quiet this morning, the pale blue sky streaked with pink mackerel-belly clouds, the shallow sea barely rippling in the slight breeze, and so the sound of the dog barking breaks into the calm like gunshots, setting flocks of gulls crying and wheeling in the air. Plovers and terns explode up as the dog bounds joyously down the river bank, scampering down the runnelled side, where the earth turns from spiky grassy dunes to reed-specked mud, where the water wavers between salt and fresh. In the distance the Tide Mill stands sentinel, black and battered against the cool calm of the morning sky, the only man-made structure in a landscape slowly crumbling back into the sea. “Bob!” The woman’s voice rings out above the volley of barks as she pants to catch up. “Bob, you rascal. Drop it. Drop it, I say. What’ve you found?” As she draws closer, the dog tugs again at the object protruding from the mud, trying to pull it free. “Bob, you filthy brute, you’re covered. Let it go. Oh God, it’s not another dead sheep, is it?” It’s the last heroic yank that sends the dog staggering back along the shore, something in its jaw. Triumphant, he scrambles up the bank to lay the object at the feet of his owner. And as she stands, looking dumbstruck, the dog panting at her feet, the silence returns to the bay like a tide coming in.

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“Ruth Ware has written an exciting and amazing book that never stops circling the reader and clapping its cold hands over her eyes.”