The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

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I was really looking forward to this book months ahead of time because I loved Ruth Ware’s precious suspenseful novels: In a Dark,Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. For the most part, it didn’t disappoint.

The novel starts off from the perspective of Isa, a woman in her 30s receiving a text from an old friend from boarding school, Kate that simply says: “I need you”. This text summons Isa as well as Thea and Fatima, who were all in a clique in boarding school and participated in something called “The Lying Game”(The Lying Game was something the clique participated in while in boarding school, which, understandably got them into trouble). The women all commute back to Salten, despite many of the women having families and children to attend to because of Kate’s text message.

The women relive some of their past transgressions when visiting Kate and have difficulty transitioning between their current lives and the drama that meets when when visiting Salten.

Overall, I found it enjoyable. I loved the atmospheric nature of the book (eerie old buildings, a tidal estuary, etc) and it surprised me with some twists and turns. If I had to state any criticism, it would be that some parts were slow and that the book could have been condensed into something at least 50 pages shorter.

Recommend for people who love atmospheric, slow burn, suspense thrillers.

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