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I've read Ruth Ware's first two novels, and I didn't love them as much as most people seemed too. Ware's greatest strength is setting the scene, which she does marvelously in both In A Dark, Dark Wook and The Woman in Cabin 10. While both novels had incredibly strong first halves, they fizzled out by the end. They didn't finish with as much gusto as I felt they should have, as if Ware had some great ideas but didn't know how to see them through and wrap them up effectively.
I felt like she did a much better job with The Lying Game. Now, I wouldn't consider it to be as much of a "thriller" as her first two. But, it behooves her writing style to read a book of hers that is much more focused on the setting and the characters. While there wasn't a huge twist or revelation at the end, I don't feel like it needed it as much as her other books did. I really enjoyed it!
So I have not read any other Ruth Ware books, but I heard such good things about Woman in Cabin 10 and there was so much buzz about Lying Game that I decided to add it to my August box. It was not as good as I would have thought.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a total snore. I thought the plot was a good one as it has all the makings of a good thriller...teenage school girls, lies, death, and secrets.
I thought the build up throughout the book was great until closer to end. It just seemed to lag on for a bit without giving the reader that explosive ending. I thought the ending was like a lifetime movie ending. Haha!
This was the first book I'd read by Ruth Ware. I've seen rave reviews on The Woman in Cabin 10 and it's on my list to get, but I've never read it. SO I got this one when I saw it available. I have to say, I thought maybe it would be a little more of a thriller. It was a good read, don't get me wrong, but the story just ended so dull. I thought there would be more surprise or thrill in it. I'm not giving up though, I read one of the other reviews on here that said there was another that was the best by Ruth Ware. I just ordered that one!
Just finished reading this and I'm severely underwhelmed by the story line.
I should start off by saying I LOVED Woman in Cabin 10 and I'm looking forward to reading Ruth Ware's first book, so naturally I was just as excited about this as everyone else. It starts off slow, which is perfectly fine (who doesn't love slow burning mystery novels?) but as a reader, you're okay with this because you're expecting an explosion at the end as the tension builds. But here? No way! The crime isn't even that spectacular and you wait all the way to the end of the book to find out Luc did it and not Kate? SO?! I found myself constantly yelling out loud, "who cares?!"
Aside from the boring plot/crime, Isa is a whiny and way too maternal character. Half the book isn't even the mystery but the main character cooing and breast feeding her baby. Fatima was really the only person I cared for here.
Ware did get setting right, though! She's so good at making you feel like you're right there in that creepy coastal town. She's a great writing and her style of dialogue and turning a phrase are the only reasons I continued reading this, but definitely not her best work.