Author: Ruth Ware
My Rating: 8.5/10
The text message is just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.
Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, after what they did.
At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?
And how much can you really trust your friends?
What I Liked:
For starters, I was instantly captivated by this story. When I purchased The Lying Game I had already read Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood as well as The Girl in Cabin 10. I liked both, breezed right through them and passed them on to friends to read, but I didn’t love them. I LOVED The Lying Game. The characters, the mill, the strong descriptions, the boarding school years, the evolution from teenagers to adults… every page was thrilling and vivid.
The bond between the four girls and the way they spend their days is hypnotizing. I could perfectly invision the four girls, lying around on the couch/floor before the fire. Or outside with their feet dangling in the water for hours, taking breaks only to drink wine from an old jug or cool off with a swim. The girls are immersed into each other and each other only. Schooling, grades, health, and family are all secondary to their friendship. Similar to the majority of teenagers, friends seem like the most important thing in the world. The girls sneak out of their boarding school dorms to spend nights together, even though they were authorized to leave school and spend weekends at Kate’s house which is walking distance from the school.
The chapters are short. When it comes to a good summer read, I find that short chapters are key. Summer is distracting: the sound of lawnmowers, the beautiful sunshine, the smell of the BBQ… there are so many things in the summer that have the ability to pull me from my book. Short chapters allow me often breaks but also the ability to jump right back into the story.
What I Didn’t Like:
The complaints that I have are minimal. I was often frustrated with Isa’s elusiveness/stupidity. I tried to understand her loyalty to her friends, but I didn’t like her lying to her boyfriend! He was depicted as such a calm, understanding gentleman that I wanted to shake Isa and yell “Just tell him the truth! Tell him why you’re acting weird! It will feel great to get it off your chest!”
Secondly, I have questions. I simply did not understand the ending. If you have read this book, can you please help me understand the meaning?
READ THIS BOOK! It’s the thriller of the year.
I couldn’t wait for moments in the day that I had carved out for reading, even if I could only squeeze in a chapter or two. I love love loved this book. Ware has perfected the combination of captivating details, developed characters and a thrilling crime!