Book Review for THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware

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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense and suspenseful read filled with lies, fear, and consequences.

THE LYING GAME is centered around four high school friends, Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea. Even though it has been years since they attended boarding school together and they each have their own lives, when one calls, they all come. The reason? These four women share a history. More importantly, they share a lie.


The beauty of this book is the slow undoing of the characters and the reveal of the truth behind this huge lie. Ware creates such tension, anticipation, and an ominous feeling of dread through each piece of the puzzle that she gives her readers. Even though all the women have been effected by their past, it is not until a body is found that they are instantly brought back into the web of lies they once so easily told.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the book reminded me of Pretty Little Liars. However, there is much more of a grit and reality to this book. Don’t get me wrong. I love my PLL, but the author depicts Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea with a bit more honesty in the characters.

The dark and twisty nature of this book will keep you guessing and have you completely addicted to THE LYING GAME. Are you ready to play? Trust me…you are.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Summary:

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.

Find the book on Amazon and Simon & Schuster.


About the Author: 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 and The Woman in Cabin 10. She is married with two small children. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press; First Edition edition (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501156004
ISBN-13: 978-1501156007

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