Friday, September 15, 2017

Review 'The Lying Game' by Ruth Ware
The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

And how much can you really trust your friends?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 15th, 2017
Thriller, Mystery
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I came across Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub called ‘RW Bookclub’. Since I love Reese as an author, and already followed here on Instagram, I knew she loved reading so I started following her book club’s Instagram page. And in the beginning of August they shared their new book of the month ‘The Lying Game’. This sounded like a fun new thriller, and since they were so enthusiastic about it I bought it with a gift card I received for my birthday. And as soon as it arrived I started reading.

‘Four friends. One promise. But someone isn’t telling the truth.’ Well, who doesn’t get excited when they see that on a cover?! I know I did. ‘The Lying Game’ is a very thrilling read, that keeps you guessing till the very last page. We meet these four friends, who supposedly are best friends but somehow they haven’t seen each other in years. Something happened to them years ago, and it changed everything. But what really happened? 

Throughout this book, we don’t know for a long time what happened all those years ago. All we know is that something happened when they were younger, and that they got expelled from their school and lost touch. But when one them, Kate,  sends the message ‘I Need You’’, they all come running. Why? It sure kept me excited and determined to keep on reading until I knew what really happened. 

‘The Lying Game’ was my first Ruth Ware book, and I must say I loved it. I loved getting to know these characters, their lives now, the suspense of finding out the truth, but also their shared history. I loved how this book kept me guessing. And I loved how, little by little I got to know what really happened. And learning what the lying game was, was definitely interesting too. I wouldn’t have liked these girls when I was growing up, that’s for sure. 

The story is told from Isa’s point of view, and she wasn’t always very easy to like. She just had a daughter six months ago and somehow she changed into this mother who isn’t able to have a life away from home and her daughter. She is still breastfeeding her, and she doesn’t even let her partner, the girl’s father, help out most of the time. I found her very irritating at least a couple of times. And I could have loved the book just as much without all the breastfeeding moments. But still.. It didn’t make this book any less good for me.

 ‘The Lying Game’ was an exciting, thrilling and fun read that definitely was worth every penny. I’ll be reading more of Ruth Ware after this one!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her d├ębut thriller. 

For more information about Ruth Ware please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

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