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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

by Ruth Ware

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They’d lie to anyone and everyone about everything, except they’d never lie to each other.

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From the author of Book of the Month member favorite The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game is the story of four former boarding school friends who made a game out of lying—they’d lie to anyone and everyone about everything, except they’d never lie to each other. When, years later, three of the friends receive a distressed text from the fourth, the women must come together to face the truth, and what has been false all along.

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  • 36% Love
  • 53% Like
  • 8% Dislike
  • Floral Park, NY

    If you like Ruth Ware's past novels, you'll like the Lying Game too. Good story-only thing I didnt like was the repeating metaphors with “sinking” or being in “deep water” they were a little over used

  • Hanover, PA

    Kind of a slower read, but it always keeps you coming back and needing to know what’s going to happen. Great characters and intriguing build up to the last page. You think you know the end, but nope.

  • Troy, MI

    Ruth Ware has killed it, yet again. This one was even more scary and chilling than her last, but it’s also vividly emotional and heart-breaking and I immediately connected with the characters. Loved!

  • Halethorpe, MD

    Rules were set for a reason: Rule1:Tell a lie Rule2:Stick to your story Rule3:Don’t get caught Rule4:Never lie to each other Rule5:Know when to stop lying But what if someone doesn't follow them?

  • Phoenix, AZ

    It might be apparent to the reader what the twist is but the characters are so well developed and likeable, despite their flaws that you will find yourself drawn into this "lying game". Very well done

  • Manteca, CA

    I really enjoyed this book. I guessed the ending ahead of time, but there were SO many twists and turns that threw me off throughout. I laughed, cried, and even dropped my jaw a few times! Good read.

  • New York, NY

    You'll wish you met your best friends at boarding school on the English coast. That is until a body washes up that none of you thought would surface. Love of friends & family take a toll in this game.

  • Keaau, HI

    I felt like was watching everything happen and not reading. It was the kind of book that really sucks you in so you don't want to put it down till the end! I absolutly loved everything about this book

  • Los Angeles, CA

    Great slow burning, sizzling mystery to read for the summer! I know I can pick up any Ruth Ware book and know it won't be good for my nerves in the best possible way, and this book didn't disappoint.

  • Ankeny, IA

    I may be a little biased since Ruth Ware is one of my favorites. But she is a favorite for a reason. As usual she created an eerie setting with complex characters and tops it with a twisted mystery.

  • Talking Rock, GA

    Ruth Ware is a master of suspense and giving out just enough info to hook you and keep you interested. I loved this even more the second time because I found stuff I didn’t notice the first time.

  • Seattle, WA

    I loved this story so much, and while it won't be sitting alongside my jovial boarding school stories by Enid Blyton, being transported to the Sussex countryside for this mystery was all-absorbing.

  • Albuquerque, NM

    This book kept me on my toes and whatever theory I had concocted as it progressed was scrapped with new information. The pace is slower than her others, but still GREAT and a page turner for sure!

  • Marathon, WI

    I really liked her last book - I LOVED this one. Lots of twists and turns and you switch which characters you love and hate throughout. Fantastic story. Definitely an author on my follow list.

  • Lorena, TX

    Ruth Ware deliverers another great suspense novel. This was a page-turner with a plot full of pieces to a puzzle you had to read to see. In the end, it was once again worth picking up her book.

  • Laredo, TX

    I found myself completely involved with this book. It felt as if I were present in much of this book with the authors descriptive and great writing style. Keep you guessing until the very end!

  • Westlake, OH

    I love Ruth Ware! I've always been able to develop a connection with the main character in each of her books; Isa was no different. The mother-child relationship really hit home! Great Story.

  • Tallahassee, FL

    Enjoyed the suspense and flashbacks between the best friends from boarding school. One lie was one lie too much. All were scarred from the action 17 years ago. Kept me guessing until the end.

  • Aliquippa, PA

    Ruth Ware may be my new favorite author! This is a little slower moving than her others - but just as great a story and ending, as you've come to expect, if you are a fan of hers. Loved it!!

  • Milwaukee, WI

    Not my favorite book, but it had enough 'moments' throughout the story to make me enjoy it. Although the plot didn't 'get me' the way I wish it would have, I fell in love with the characters.

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