Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Spoiler Free)

the lying game

Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

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).

This ended up being my least favorite book that Ruth Ware has put out by far, which was disappointing as Ruth Ware had turned into an auto-buy author for me.

Ruth Ware’s books served as my introduction into adult thrillers/mysteries, simply because they had good pacing and a killer twist or two towards the end. Unfortunately, none of the elements that I’ve come to expect were present in The Lying Game. This book dragged so badly. I was so ungodly bored, but I stuck it out until the end because I thought for sure a dramatic twist was coming. I was mistaken. The “twist” honestly wasn’t all that shocking at all, and it was basically handed to the reader through obvious hints. On top of all of that, the characters were all just so flat, and they could easily blur together sometimes.

I didn’t enjoy this title much at all, and I was really let down by it. I give it 2 out of 5 stars. With that said, I would recommend one of Ruth Ware’s titles to anyone looking for a good thriller.



    1. Oh my goodness yes. There were so many times I was screaming “WOMAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING” when she would leave her daughter somewhere, or just do something generally stupid. I mean.. She made a big deal about how unstable and dangerous the house looked, but then left her child inside it unattended?

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