The Lying Game: A Novel by Ruth Ware

September 12th, 2017 Kimberly Review 51 Comments

12th Sep
The Lying Game: A Novel by Ruth Ware
The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Thriller
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4.5
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On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa’s dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick—and to her horror, she discovers it’s not a stick at all…but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels. Tackling the slipperiness of your memories, the relativity of truth, and the danger of obsessive friendships, The Lying Game is a gripping mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller.

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Ruth Ware is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her suspenseful thrillers filled with twists and captivating, sometimes quirky characters.  THE LYING GAME, her third novel takes us to the idyllic coastal village of Salten.  Here she introduces us to a cast of female characters who have been friends since school.  Friends who have been carrying a secret for seventeen years. Narrated by Imogen Church, Ware spun a suspenseful tale with rich characters and clever twists.

THE LYING GAME focuses on four friends; Kate, Fatima, Thea, and Isa. The four of them met at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel when Isa was fifteen. It is where Kate and Fatima taught them the lying game. The game was complicated, at times outlandish and made this little group an outcasts. Think MEAN GIRLS and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. All four were expelled mysteriously in their senior year. Ware does a delightful job of introducing us to these girls and their shenanigans before fast forwarding us seventeen years to the present,  when Kate texts all of them with a simple message, “I NEED YOU.”

The story narrated through the voice of Isa, the follower of the group shares both past and present events.  She and the others drop everything and head to Saleten where the past comes back to bite them. This was such a clever tale about lies, secrets, betrayals, and truths. While I didn’t love any of the characters, I did appreciate how real and identifiable the four girls were. Where Isa felt weak, Kate felt unreliable and  I enjoyed watching their behavior, picking through the clues and piecing together what occurred.

All of the girls have something to lose and Ware did a great job of building suspense by adding subtle pressure and stunning us with reveals, complications, and twists. While I pieced together aspects and had a sense of why I was surprised by a clever turn of events.

THe LYING GAME has a slower pace than IN A DARK, DARK WOOD and THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10, however, I felt the details and characters were richer. Ruth Ware has moved to my auto-buy list, particularly in audiobook format, since they are perfect listens.

Imogen Church has narrated all of Ware’s novels and she does so brilliantly. She captures each character from personality to tone enhancing the story all while helping to build the suspenseful tension.  Like fine wine and savory dishes, Ware and Church make the perfect pairing.

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About Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware

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. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Her hen night was very tasteful and nobody got murdered.

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51 Responses to “The Lying Game: A Novel by Ruth Ware”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I really hated Kate, in this book…Yes, unreliable and the kind of person you don’t want to hear from, as she always had some scheme or tragic event to pull you into. But definitely a book that kept me turning the pages.

    Thanks for sharing. Great review.

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  2. Tyler H Jolley

    1) I just added this to my TBR pile. I can’t wait to finish my current book to start this one. 2) I bird hunt and my dogs fetch them up. My biggest fear is them brining back a human bone!