The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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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, Ware's latest novel is a page-turning mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller."--
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Company,|2017.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432840815
Characteristics: 613 pages ;,23 cm.

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EC_Ulrich
Jun 20, 2018

***Unpopular opinion alert!***

Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima were best friends at Salten House, a coastal boarding school. They bonded quickly over the lying game; a game with 5 simple but strict rules - tell a lie, stick to your story, don't get caught, never lie to each other, & know when to stop lying. The same game that bonded them was also the very same game that separated them. Their lives were changed forever when the school discovered insalubrious drawings of these girls by Ambrose, the school's art teacher who also happens to be Kate's father and coincidently disappeared under mysterious circumstances around the same time. 17 years later, a human bone was found on the beach and the girls were reunited at Salten when Isa received a text from Kate with the words: I need you. Isa begins to question about the disappearance of Ambrose and she suspects one of them broke the lying game rules. As the mystery unravels, Isa realised that the consequences of the lying game is far more threatening than she could ever imagined.

This is one of the popular books out there that in my humble opinion is not worth the hype . A slow burn psychological thriller that started off with a promising plot (though not something new), but a frustrating and boring read until the end. There is definitely The Broken Girls (by Simone St. James) vibe here but it just did not deliver the promised plot in an engaging way. I do not mind a slow burn thriller, but this was really slow. It came to a point that I did not really care about the mystery anymore. I felt the writing was trite; going in circles and getting nowhere which eventually led to an out of focus plot.

Shallow and weak characters which I could not connect with any of them. Isa, the main character in this story was annoying, weak and whiny. She's a complainer when it comes to motherhood. My reading experience was made worse when this book is narrated from the POV of Isa in first person narration. It just did not work for me. As for the rest of the characters, they appeared to be merely fill-ins characters of this story. There is not one likeable character at all.

The only one positive thing I could say about this book is the atmospheric writing. Ware did a good job in creating the settings of the story. Her descriptions of the coastal town, the landscapes, buildings and the surrounding areas were pretty impressive.

This is the first and unfortunately will be the last book I will read from Ruth Ware. Her book just did not work for me - from the plot right down to the suspense/thriller elements (which were minimal) - I did not enjoy at all.

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gsrossie
May 28, 2018

Another lousy, overlong story, like Girl on the Train, about dumb women making stupid decisions. I’m so tired of these kinds of books. I like smart women and clever, suspensful story lines.

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triciarobinson
Mar 15, 2018

The plot took a bit too long to get going but once I was half way through the book, I couldn't put it down. This is my first Ruth Ware novel so I'll see what her other books are like.

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lpreston214
Feb 09, 2018

Unlike some commenters I actually liked this book better than either of the author's previous novels. This book at least was somewhat believable. Yes the characters are not so lovable but but the main character, Isa, was likeable and I thought the plot device of having her baby with her was well done. Their lying game may have been fun in school, but they find out the hard way what happens when one of the clique does not follow the rules.

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swheeler89
Jan 31, 2018

Selfishly wanted more as Ruth Ware has become one of my new favorite authors. Slight deviation from the first two "Agatha" style mysteries - but she delivers on the chance she took. Characters are annoying enough and real enough that you get sucked in. Looking forward to her next one.

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laphampeak
Jan 27, 2018

Kate, Fatima, Thea, and the breastfeeding narrator, Isa, reunite years after Kate's dad died mysteriously. Not much happens the first two thirds of the story. There is little tension or urge to hurry and find out what lies behind it all. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

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cknightkc
Jan 23, 2018

THE LYING GAME is a good choice for a slow burn, atmospheric psychological thriller, but with less-than-sympathetic characters and some predictable plot twists, it’s my least favorite Ruth Ware book… and that’s no lie!

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sunnyfeline
Jan 03, 2018

Another good book written by Ruth Ware. This is slower than her two previous books but still very captivating (for me). I did wish it wasn't slow in some places, but things picked up towards end of the story. The ending surprised me with who the killer was.

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abcedmillered
Dec 29, 2017

Thrilling! Definitely couldn't put down. An easy read.

ArapahoeKati Dec 26, 2017

I enjoyed the setting (boarding school, fishing village) and the female friendships, but the meat of the story took almost too long to develop. But once it was revealed, I read it straight through.

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cknightkc
Jan 23, 2018

“A lie. I'd almost forgotten how they feel on my tongue, slick and sickening.” - p. 6

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