The Lying Game by Ruth Ware #bookreview

I’ve finally caught up on The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, which has been on my TBR pile for a couple of years now. I’m excited now to catch up on her other books.


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.

Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach. The friends’ darkest secret is about to come to light…


It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book by Ruth Ware and I’ve been meaning to catch up on her books. The Lying Game is an intriguing mystery. At school, a group of friends started up a game to see how long they could tell the biggest lie. But this soon spiralled out of control when the father of one of the girls ended up dead. Now, ten years later, they are all reuniting for the first time in years. The reason they are all together is that a body has been found and they need to work out what is going to happen next.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Ruth Ware creates a foreboding, atmospheric setting. Ruth Ware has been compared to Agatha Christie, and I can certainly see why. You can see just how much this reunion affects the young women. It makes them uncomfortable as they think back to the time when they helped cover up a dark secret. We know from the opening chapter that a body has been found. I wanted to know how this was connected to the girls and what role they had once played. You can see just how unsettling the discovery is for them, particularly, Isa, who now has a young daughter who she brings with her.

Ruth Ware kept me thinking about what was going to happen to the young women next, as their secret gets closer to being uncovered. As more details about what happened in the past, I kept thinking that there must be something more here, than what first meets the eye. Everything is all connected to when they the body of one of the girl’s father was found. But the rest of the group don’t really know what happened that night. It’s that thought that plagues and worries them now.

What Ruth Ware also explores in her novel, is how friendships change over time. Isa hasn’t seen any of the girls since they were last at school together a decade earlier. There is a level of tension between them as they try and work out what is the best thing to do next. There are many disagreements between them about this and Isa is anxious and terrified about what is going to happen, and about what decision they’ll ultimately make next.

The only small criticism I would have is I did feel that the tension dropped a bit after the initial opening chapters, but it did pick up again as we reached the second half of the book. The tension grew as more secrets about the past were revealed.

Overall, I thought The Lying Game was an engaging and intriguing thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ll definitely be catching up on Ruth Ware’s other books.

Publisher: Vintage

Publication date: 15th June 2017

Print length: 372 pages

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