From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game.
On a cool June morning, a woman 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 Isabel—receive the text they had 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 friends 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, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).
Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is The New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. She is married with two small children. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
- Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press; First American Edition edition
- Published: (July 25, 2017)
- Genre: Thriller, Mystery Thriller
- Pages: 384
Quote from the book:
“A lie can outlast any truth.”
“You’re never an ex-addict, you’re just an addict who hasn’t had a fix in a while.”
This book had me from start to finish, I’m glad to see Ruth Ware delivering again. My favorite thing about Ruth Ware’s books is her ability to create tension and hold me on the edge of my seat
The book tells the story of four friends who met in a boarding school when they were teenagers. They played “the lying game” until something happened and they were withdrawn from the school. Seventeen years later the last lie they told has come to haunt them.
The novel takes place in London and also in an English coastal town. The story is narrated by Isa Wilde, one of the four friends and alternates between the present and the past.
This book kept me up at night, just to find out what was going to happen. I really enjoy all of Ruth Ware’s book and I can’t wait to get her new book The Death of Mrs. Westaway.
If you read The Woman in Cabin 10 or In a Dark, Dark Wood than you’ll probably like this one.
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