The rules are simple:

  1. Tell a lie.
  2. Stick to your story.
  3. And never, ever, get caught…

On a cool June morning, a women 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 Isa–receive the text they 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 friend 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. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped…

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature  suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.”

I was very let down by this book.

As someone who hasn’t read a ton of mystery/thriller novels, I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. It was one of the book club picks for a book club run by my  friend Lisa (Books & Smiles on YouTube! Check out her channel here!) so that made me want to read since I had heard mostly positive things about it since its release.

I don’t think this book was for me unfortunately.

I think that the characters were this book strongest suit. I enjoyed reading and getting to know all of the characters. I think that they were all very interesting to see develop over the course of the book. Isa was a really strong protagonist and I enjoyed seeing the events that played out through her eyes. The other characters of Fatima, Thea, and Kate were also done well. I wish we had gotten to see the events played out through their perspectives as well and not just through Isa’s eyes.

The plot is what completely lost me and lessened my enjoyment of the book. First of all, for the majority of the book it didn’t feel like a mystery/thriller novel at all. It felt like a contemporary novel. There was just WAY TOO MUCH character and world building going on. I also think that the author didn’t explain the rules of this “lying game” that the characters were known for playing in the past well enough. When the mystery elements finally came in (about halfway through the book) I honestly just didn’t care anymore. I will say though that I didn’t see the plot twist coming. It did make for a very interesting conclusion to the book.

Overall, this book was just so disappointing. I really tried to like it. I really did. But in the end, the negatives outwayed the positives for me. I might give this author another chance in the future but this book was just not for me.

RATING: 2.5/5