INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!
“So many questions...Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon
“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People
“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Ruth Ware’s quintessentially English mysteries are one of our favorite rainy-night treats—and The Lying Game is one of her most haunting stories. A grisly discovery near a decaying manor on the English Channel dredges up the past for four former boarding-school friends, threatening to expose a dark secret that could destroy them all. Veteran Ware narrator Imogen Church adroitly handles the story’s frequent shifts between past and present, leading us to constantly reassess our assumptions. Her British accent also make the thriller’s vivid and poetic language even more arresting.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Good whodunnit well written and well narrated. I enjoyed the writing and the fairly quick pace of the novel.
Slow and Painful Start
The majority of the details that took up the beginning 2/3rds of the book were pointless. They did not help in character development and often repeated over and over with no additional meaning behind them.
The main character had endless inner monologue but very rarely said anything— it was painful to get into the story envisioning her standing with groups of people and being silent, only every voicing the most mundane things.