Review – The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


518mUmN+BBL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Four friends. One promise. But someone isn’t telling the truth.

The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
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.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…


This is a story of four friends; Kate, Isa, Thea and Fatima, who many years ago went to the same boarding school together.  They all hold the same secret – a secret that if revealed will supposedly destroy them all.

Ruth Ware has created a very mysterious atmosphere.  Four old friends are reunited, but why?!  Why has Isa, of whom the majority of the tale is told from the point of view of, received a text in the middle of the night summoning her back to her old stomping ground?!  Isa even has her baby daughter in tow when she returns.

Kate, who still lives in the small town of Salten, is the sender of the message which results in all three friends going back to their old home.  Why has Kate text them all?!  And why do all three women drop everything to run back to their old friend?!  What is it that they are hiding?!

So many questions I was dying to get answered.

Something strange must have happened in the past for them all to act in this way… and I sure as heck couldn’t wait to find out what.

The Lying Game isn’t a fast-paced, edge of your seat kind of read but it is one that will suck you in with its cleverly crafted storyline.  The descriptions will mesmerise you and as the story develops, there is so much tension that I could feel my pulse throbbing as I reached the finishing line.

This is a good, solid read if you want something that you don’t have to think too much about but will surprise you with where it leads.

Thank you to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and Netgalley for supplying me with an e-copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.  For those interested, The Lying Game is already available to buy.


One thought on “Review – The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s