The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Published July 25, 2017 Gallery/Scout Press


“On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Saltan along a tidal estuary known as the Reach.  Before she can stop him, her 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 Isabel- receive the text they had hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formally inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Saltan, 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, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other-ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose, (who also happens to be Kate’s father.”) 


I am a huge fan of Ruth Ware, so when her newest title dropped I was first in line to grab it! I usually find it easy to get lost in her psychological thrillers, however with The Lying Game, I found myself bored early on- As I managed to work out what was happening too soon in the book.

“A lie can outlast any truth.” This story is told from the perspective of Isa Wilde and switches back and forth from the past to current day. The Lying Game revolves around four friends at boarding school, a lying game they concocted, and a secret they kept buried for 17 years. Everything changes when one friend sends a vague and distrubing text saying only, “I need you.” 

Overall The Lying Game is yet another hit for Ruth Ware. I adore her writing style. My only complaint is how quickly I managed to work out the plot (a result of becoming a psych-thriller connosuir?) The ending though-did indeed surprise me!

Are you a fan of Ruth Ware? How do you think this one stacks up to her others?



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