The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Book - 2017
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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: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501151811
9781501151804
9781501156007
9781501193477
Characteristics: 370 pages ;,24 cm.

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maipenrai
Apr 25, 2019

Very good mystery. It always pleases me when the ending is not what I expect!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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dfudge1
Mar 13, 2019

.....meh. Main character spends the whole time talking about her and her baby nonstop, leaving other characters under developed and questions lingering. I keep picking up Ruth Ware books to read and keep getting disappointed.

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ellenmargaret1953
Mar 03, 2019

The mystery in the past haunts 4 best friends who survived school by playing the Lying Game. Did they all play by the rules or did each of them break the prime rule? You will not know all the answers until the end.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 12, 2019

I love Ruth Ware books, but I was not really into this one.

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Tamar0127
Jan 26, 2019

I read TWIC10, didn't like it at all. I read In a Dark, Dark Wood, didn't like it much but it wasn't the worst. I was reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway, torturous and I didn't bother finishing it at about halfway through. I haven't even opened or started reading this one, The Lying Game. I'm finished with reading anything by this author. There are so many other books to read.

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bill77_0
Jan 25, 2019

Not the best but not the worst thriller. The story moves at a very slow pace and the characters lack in being fully developed. This results in not being able to relate or understand the characters. If you have nothing better to read then its the book to waste a day on.

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chogs
Jan 01, 2019

Just could not get myself to like this book...a third of the way, I wanted to just stop...skimmed through to the end and still hated it...ridiculous. Putting a baby, a settled life for the Luc character...what ! a lawyer ! she should be fired.

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Linyarai
Sep 30, 2018

Felt a bit like I imagine Pretty Little Liars is, it was a decent mystery with not a lot given away, but I was unsatisfied with the ending.

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merrancg
Jul 06, 2018

What a disappointing book. Story line unbelievable, characters ridiculous (a lawyer who doesn't consult a colleague or lawyer friend, give me a break), not to mention the poor baby put in so many dangerous situations by a supposedly adoring mother. Very predicable too. Completely ridiculous and skimmed second half rather than ditch it, so maybe there was a thread of interest there, 1/2 star rating.

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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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coxkelsey72
Feb 27, 2019

Violence: Discussions of murder/suicide

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Sexual Content: Mild

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Coarse Language: Mild amounts of swearing

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Feb 27, 2019

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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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