- Published: 2018
- Number of pages: 416 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.43 MB
- Authors: Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play.
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 Isa—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. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped…
Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Review “Ware’s third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension and fear, that elevates it above her others…Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won’t want to move until it’s over.” ― Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review“Ware masterfully harnesses the millhouse’s decrepit menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding, darkening Isa’s recollections of the weeks leading to Ambrose’s disappearance… with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet.” ― Booklist, Starred Review”[An] engrossing psychological thriller… Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end.” ― Publishers Weekly”New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware and her new thriller The Lying Game will have you full of anticipation.” ― Library Journal”From the author of the hit novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, comes another edge-of-your-seat thriller you don’t want to miss.” ― Bustle“Ware has become a household name in psychological suspense, and her third release is highly anticipated…[The Lying Game is] sure to be her next summer hit.” ― Elite Daily“Readers who’ve devoured Ware’s bestsellers The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood won’t need much encouragement to pick up a copy of her latest thriller. This story…is as gripping and atmospheric as Ware’s previous books, with unexpected twists around every corner.” ― Bookpage”Perhaps one of the most twisty and suspenseful titles of 2017.” ― Mystery Tribune”The Lying Game is tense, addictive, and not to be missed.” ― Crime by the Book”Fans of the mystery author who just won’t quit will recognize Ware’s singular ability to bait and switch in this wholly original story about four friends who conceive, innocently at first, a game of lies with dire repercussions.” ― Marie Claire”Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” ― Cosmopolitan”The author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers a thoughtful thriller about four friends whose shared childhood secret threatens them now. A gripping whodunnit.” ― Good Housekeeping”So many questions… Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” — Reese Witherspoon”A single cryptic text, ‘I need you,’ reunites four friends in the stippled light of an English seaside village just as surely as it signals readers that they’re in the hands of a pro…The Lying Game makes good on its premise that tall tales have consequences, especially when they’re exposed to the glare of truth.” ― New York Times Book Review”I was eager for Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game to come out this year and it did not disappoint. As the eerie and atmospheric story cleverly unfolds, the suspense builds. This intriguing thriller is so much more than a whodunit. Ware reveals the characters’ stories and has the reader wondering why ‘it’ happened. Excellent read.” ― Bookish“Ware masterfully combines gothic atmosphere with a chilling contemporary story of psychological suspense.” ― Booklist
Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:
⭐ I didn’t get it. The protagonist is afraid of her own shadow because of “what she did” as a teenager with her girlfriends. Over and over again, it’s “oh, no, we can’t disclose what we did.” But what they did wasn’t that big a deal. A misdemeanor in most states in the U.S. Plus, they did it as minors. I understand it could tarnish their reputations and hurt their careers, but the protagonist is terrified that if “what they did” comes out, she’ll spend lice in prison and/or the authorities will take her child. Just silly, really.Also, the Lying Game that the girls played in school has nothing to do with “what they did.” The disconnect makes the story unfulfilling.Overall, it’s boring and repetitive. Nothing happens for so long, and it’s filled with the same internal struggles, ad nausem: How dare he accuse me; but I am lying and he knows it; he just doesn’t know what I’m lying about. It’s as if author forgot she had already written these lines multiple times.Can’t believe I spent $12.99 on this. I’ve read better books for under $5.
⭐ Let me start by saying I love Ruth Ware. However, there was far too much focus on that darn baby Freya. How can a 6 month old occupy so much of the story? It was a distraction trying to imagine each scene when there’s a baby attached to Isa’s boob or being cradled in her arms/Pram. I am so over the baby.
⭐ I really enjoyed Ruth Ware’s previous two novels. So much that I pre-ordered The Lying Game, and despite my list of books to read, I started reading this the moment it was delivered to my Kindle.What a disappointment, though.This book isn’t horrible or anything. In fact, I really like Ware’s writing style. To me, it is unique and easy-to-read. However, the story just dragged on and on and on…There were so many interesting ideas in the story that were brought up, but then they were just sort of abandoned. The entire book is centered around playing a game that involves lying, but this backstory is barely explored. So while the reader is supposed to engage in the story of The Lying Game, there isn’t enough story to engage in. The four main characters have supposedly cemented a strong friendship during their time at Salten House, but they were only together a mere 12 months, and we virtually get no background from their time together. Exploring the past more would have added a lot to the story, and certainly invested the reader in what was to come later.I don’t want to spoil anything, but this was predictable. Ware’s previous novels have twists and turns and I was guessing til the end. In this one, not so much.So, sad day :(.
⭐ I know it seems to be trendy to have characters that are flawed and unlikable, and maybe I am growing tired of that. The suspense wasn’t bad. I almost gave up on the book because Isa’s daughter had a bigger part than those who could actually speak. She changed diapers and constantly breast fed throughout the whole book…it was boring as heck. Sorry.
⭐ Can’t remember disliking a main character more. This plot is easy to figure out. Not really twists if they are a telegraphed at every turn. Unbelievable actions by everyone. I struggled to finish this book
⭐ It’s often hard to enjoy a book with a flaky narrator, but completely possible if you feel that the author has control of him/her. Didn’t work here. I consistently wanted to slap the protagonist for her overreaction s, under reactions, inexplicable passions and loyalties, and overall bad judgment. Again, I can forgive all these things (in the book, if not the character) if they seem part of a complex and flawed, developed narrator. I just didn’t get that sense. She’d throw her life away for these friends, she tells us that, but I never got a sense of WHY, other than that she said so. The bond they share is basically “we have such a bond.”. The book also seems to try to impart great wisdom, but it keeps contradicting itself. Again, totally fine if you feel it’s deliberate, part of a confused and evolving reality for the main character. Here it just feels like the author is confused.
⭐ I enjoyed Ruth Ware’s first two books so much that I pre-ordered The Lying Game. Maybe I’m just jaded from all the psychological thrillers that I read but I didn’t find the terrible crime the girls were implicated in to be all that terrible. I also didn’t understand why the narrator couldn’t come clean to her husband and that she would leave him before she would break the bond of secrecy with her friends. Most of her behavior was inexplicable to me, she claimed she would die for her friends, she claimed that she was forced to live a lie because of the horrible consequences if the truth were ever revealed, but I never felt that her endless hand-wringing was anything more than melodrama. The first three quarters of the book were excruciatingly slow going, most of the action was the protagonist alternating between fretting and breastfeeding her daughter. Then finally the story picked up, only to end pages later. Overall, not the authors best work.
⭐ Sometimes I wonder if we’ve all read the same book when I read the other raving reviews. While I do agree that her first two books were far better, and I also agree The Woman in Cabin 10 is the best, this book dragged on forever. “Couldn’t put it down”? Not until the end when I couldn’t wait for it to be over! I’m still wondering why so much of the story endlessly has to focus on Isa breastfeeding her 6 month old and traveling EVERYWHERE with that pram…Can you say boring!
⭐ If you’re looking for a manual on nurturing and breastfeeding a baby then this one’s for you. I got so sick reading about the baby I almost cried. I didn’t connect with characters, in fact despised all of them. Loved Cabin 10. This was quite a disappointment.
⭐ The main character is borderline annoying with her constant repetition of the same 5 phrases over and over again and the obsession over her child. No depth, and slow as molasses. Would not recommend.
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