The Lying Game by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller based around 4 friends who are bounded by lies.
Main character Isa Wilde is sent to a boarding school in Salten when she was 15 years old. She quickly becomes friends with Kate, Fatima, and Thea. The girls participate in the lying game, which ends up causing the school and town people to despise them.
You discover throughout the book that there are five rules to the game which is: Tell a lie, Stick to your story, Don’t get caught, never lie to each other, and know when to stop lying.
As the story continues you discover that something horrible has happened and they make a pact to never speak of it again. However 17 years later the secret has resurfaced and brings the girls all back together. It turns out one of the girls have been lying to the whole group breaking the very rules they have established for themselves.
The story is told from the perspective of Isa and jumps back and forth through past and present. Isa has a six-month-old baby, Freya, whom she has throughout most of the story. Many of the situations she puts her baby in making me sort of dislike the character, which is one of the reasons why I had trouble with this book.
Overall, I liked this book, I enjoyed it but I did not love it. The story did seem pretty slow until the last 100 pages. The Lying Game is a well-written story it just seemed like its lacking something, as I figured out the mystery pretty early on. At times throughout I found myself bored and trying to skip over some of the necessary information.
I have read one of Ruth Wares other novels The Woman in Cabin 10 which I loved. So when I started to read this I feel as though I had high hopes. I do plan to read her other novels, but this one for me was okay just not amazing. Ruth Ware tells a great story and can’t wait to check out her others.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because while I really enjoyed it, I was not hooked on it. Many times I sat the book down with no intention of picking it up. For me, it just didn’t draw me in and keep my attention like I wished it had.
If you have read this book or another of Ruth Ware’s novels I would love to hear what you think.
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