Title: The Lying Game
Author: Ruth Ware
Synopsis: 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…
Spoiler Free Review
What I Liked:
- The plot was interesting, a bit boring but interesting. The whole secret wasn’t as big as I thought but it was still interesting to read and figure out what is was.
- It was interesting to see the relationship between Isa, Thea, Fatima, and Kate. Even after 13 years of being separated these girls are as tight as if they never spent time apart.
- The ending was a bit of a twist. Even though the whole book felt a little anticlimactic and boring the ending still packed a tiny punch, definitely left me in a little bit of a shock
- The Lying Game. I found this really interesting, just wish there was more of it in the book. I think if this was the main plot Ware could of done something interesting with it.
What I Disliked
- The slowburn plot. This was a slowburn mystery and I just didn’t like it. I feel like mystery books should be gripping and keeping me on the edge of my seat but this book didn’t do that for me.
- I found the plot a bit boring. I wasn’t interested in the book and I almost considered DNFing it because I wanted to read other books. But I stuck with it and ended up finishing it.
- A bit anticlimactic. The mystery/secret wasn’t too shocking to me and it just felt way overhyped. When I read it I was like “wow, thats it? thats the big thing?”
- I wish more time was spent on the lying game. Its the books title but I feel like it didn’t even play that big of a part in the book. It was mentioned a few times and it was very briefly explained. From the title it just seemed like it would have a bigger part in the book than it did.
Overall I just didn’t love this book and found it a bit boring. Hopefully the next Ruth Ware book I read will be better.