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.
When Isa Wilde, the narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller from bestseller Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10), gets a text "I need you" from old friend Kate Atagon, she knows she must drop everything in London and go to Salten, a town on England's south coast, where the two attended Salten House, a cut-rate boarding school. Doctor Fatima Qureshy and casino dealer Thea West, who also attended Salten House, receive the same message. At school, the four girls perfected what they called the Lying Game, with myriad rules and intricate scoring. An incident that caused the girls to leave before their senior year looms large as Isa, Fatima, and Thea gather at the house where Kate has always lived with her father, Salten's art master. Kate informs the group about a riverbank discovery a human bone that could unravel the foursome's 17-year pact of silence. Alternating between the past and present, Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end.
Long-winded but a good story
A good story but long-winded
Not her best…
I’ll start by saying I really love her books. I’ve read all or almost all of them, and I was expecting this to be great as well. And then…it just wasn’t. I always enjoy her writing style, so it wasn’t a completely awful experience the whole way through, but it took me FOREVER to finish it, and that’s saying something.
The premise of the story I definitely liked—old friends from a creepy boarding school that have a deep, dark secret & have to return as adults? Awesome, sign me up. But then it just dragged & dragged…and dragged some more. I was bored with the story, the characters, the setting (I really thought there’d be more actual danger than there was), all of it. There were twists, sure, but nothing very interesting to me.
If it had ended with a bang or some thrilling, crazy action, I’d have forgiven this book, but even the “climax” was dull to me.
Like I said, I really tried to like it but I just couldn’t get into it.
Not that good
Took me weeks to finish. :(