The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The description from Goodreads:
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel.
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 Isabel—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, 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).
Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
I was excited to read this because it’s been all over social media or months but a little apprehensive because I didn’t love The Woman in Cabin 10.
I liked the main character Isa, I’ve come to the very apparent conclusion that if you don’t like (or love the hate) the main character, it’s really tough to like the book. The setting and the other characters were really well developed. The dynamic of the four friends reuniting after many years was interesting. The amount of suspense lands this book right in the middle between thriller and mystery. There was a couple different story lines in the book that I felt bulked the story up to avoid any boring lulls.
Because you don’t find out the sinister thing until towards the end, I spent the whole book thinking of the most disgusting and perverse thing had happened, because that’s just where my mind goes. Turns out it’s not thaaaaaat bad (but still pretty bad).
I enjoyed this a touch more than In a Dark, Dark Wood and a lot more than The Woman in Cabin 10. I’m looking forward to Ruth Ware’s next one.
I give The Lying Game 4 stars.