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Very good mystery. It always pleases me when the ending is not what I expect!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby
.....meh. Main character spends the whole time talking about her and her baby nonstop, leaving other characters under developed and questions lingering. I keep picking up Ruth Ware books to read and keep getting disappointed.
The mystery in the past haunts 4 best friends who survived school by playing the Lying Game. Did they all play by the rules or did each of them break the prime rule? You will not know all the answers until the end.
I read TWIC10, didn't like it at all. I read In a Dark, Dark Wood, didn't like it much but it wasn't the worst. I was reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway, torturous and I didn't bother finishing it at about halfway through. I haven't even opened or started reading this one, The Lying Game. I'm finished with reading anything by this author. There are so many other books to read.
Not the best but not the worst thriller. The story moves at a very slow pace and the characters lack in being fully developed. This results in not being able to relate or understand the characters. If you have nothing better to read then its the book to waste a day on.
Just could not get myself to like this book...a third of the way, I wanted to just stop...skimmed through to the end and still hated it...ridiculous. Putting a baby, a settled life for the Luc character...what ! a lawyer ! she should be fired.
Felt a bit like I imagine Pretty Little Liars is, it was a decent mystery with not a lot given away, but I was unsatisfied with the ending.
What a disappointing book. Story line unbelievable, characters ridiculous (a lawyer who doesn't consult a colleague or lawyer friend, give me a break), not to mention the poor baby put in so many dangerous situations by a supposedly adoring mother. Very predicable too. Completely ridiculous and skimmed second half rather than ditch it, so maybe there was a thread of interest there, 1/2 star rating.
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Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima were best friends at Salten House, a coastal boarding school. They bonded quickly over the lying game; a game with 5 simple but strict rules - tell a lie, stick to your story, don't get caught, never lie to each other, & know when to stop lying. The same game that bonded them was also the very same game that separated them. Their lives were changed forever when the school discovered insalubrious drawings of these girls by Ambrose, the school's art teacher who also happens to be Kate's father and coincidently disappeared under mysterious circumstances around the same time. 17 years later, a human bone was found on the beach and the girls were reunited at Salten when Isa received a text from Kate with the words: I need you. Isa begins to question about the disappearance of Ambrose and she suspects one of them broke the lying game rules. As the mystery unravels, Isa realised that the consequences of the lying game is far more threatening than she could ever imagined.
This is one of the popular books out there that in my humble opinion is not worth the hype . A slow burn psychological thriller that started off with a promising plot (though not something new), but a frustrating and boring read until the end. There is definitely The Broken Girls (by Simone St. James) vibe here but it just did not deliver the promised plot in an engaging way. I do not mind a slow burn thriller, but this was really slow. It came to a point that I did not really care about the mystery anymore. I felt the writing was trite; going in circles and getting nowhere which eventually led to an out of focus plot.
Shallow and weak characters which I could not connect with any of them. Isa, the main character in this story was annoying, weak and whiny. She's a complainer when it comes to motherhood. My reading experience was made worse when this book is narrated from the POV of Isa in first person narration. It just did not work for me. As for the rest of the characters, they appeared to be merely fill-ins characters of this story. There is not one likeable character at all.
The only one positive thing I could say about this book is the atmospheric writing. Ware did a good job in creating the settings of the story. Her descriptions of the coastal town, the landscapes, buildings and the surrounding areas were pretty impressive.
This is the first and unfortunately will be the last book I will read from Ruth Ware. Her book just did not work for me - from the plot right down to the suspense/thriller elements (which were minimal) - I did not enjoy at all.
Another lousy, overlong story, like Girl on the Train, about dumb women making stupid decisions. I’m so tired of these kinds of books. I like smart women and clever, suspensful story lines.
The plot took a bit too long to get going but once I was half way through the book, I couldn't put it down. This is my first Ruth Ware novel so I'll see what her other books are like.
Unlike some commenters I actually liked this book better than either of the author's previous novels. This book at least was somewhat believable. Yes the characters are not so lovable but but the main character, Isa, was likeable and I thought the plot device of having her baby with her was well done. Their lying game may have been fun in school, but they find out the hard way what happens when one of the clique does not follow the rules.
Selfishly wanted more as Ruth Ware has become one of my new favorite authors. Slight deviation from the first two "Agatha" style mysteries - but she delivers on the chance she took. Characters are annoying enough and real enough that you get sucked in. Looking forward to her next one.
Kate, Fatima, Thea, and the breastfeeding narrator, Isa, reunite years after Kate's dad died mysteriously. Not much happens the first two thirds of the story. There is little tension or urge to hurry and find out what lies behind it all. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
THE LYING GAME is a good choice for a slow burn, atmospheric psychological thriller, but with less-than-sympathetic characters and some predictable plot twists, it’s my least favorite Ruth Ware book… and that’s no lie!
Another good book written by Ruth Ware. This is slower than her two previous books but still very captivating (for me). I did wish it wasn't slow in some places, but things picked up towards end of the story. The ending surprised me with who the killer was.
I enjoyed the setting (boarding school, fishing village) and the female friendships, but the meat of the story took almost too long to develop. But once it was revealed, I read it straight through.
I like a good mystery story but this was a complete waste of an afternoon. It got worse as it went along, melodramatic, the facts didn't line up and ending was over the top.
Let's just say, I only made it 93 pages (in the large print edition at that! Which is quite shocking if I think about it! I shouldn't have even read that much!). Every single page was monotonous and devoid of any action or purpose. I kept waiting for a hook to convince me to keep going, that the horridly boring beginning would pass by. But at the point of being a quarter way into the book and asking myself "Why am I still reading this?!", I had to stop!! I LOVE books and I hate not finishing a book, but I decided that life is short. Therefore, I'm not wasting it on bad books anymore! If you can't hook me in the first 100 pages, you're done. Just a side note, I attempted to listen to the audio version of Ruth Ware's "The Woman in Cabin 10" and it was the same issue. Boring, boring, boring!! I don't see how she's a best seller. But to each his own as they say! But to me, utter rubbish!
Stay away from this book. Isa is a stupid woman bringing a baby four hours away from home into dangerous situations and staying in a house damn well near falling apart. Stupid, stupid woman. You cannot get past ONE paragraph without her mentioning her daughter.
Can't believe how I managed to finish it. Oh and yes, all the characters are so unlikable.
Unlikable characters, slogging pace, quite boring and not at all suspenseful. Only got half way before returning.
I read this book directly after finishing The Woman in Cabin 10, which I did not like at all. In contrast, this is a much better book. The characters are once again not terribly likeable and tend to be overly histrionic but I did not actively dislike them, as I did the subject of Cabin 10. I did not figure out the conclusion of this book halfway through, as I had in Cabin 10, which was a welcome development.
I can't say I am actively looking forward to Ware's next book, but if her books keep improving, I may eventually become a fan. This book does have a good flow. Ware is a technically capable writer, who does a fine job creating a sense of place. I could feel, see, and smell the marsh, the post office and the pub. Some of her incidental characters are great. Mary Wren is deliciously evil, for instance, and the Salten house mistress who tries to warn Isa of the trouble she is walking into is also well drawn. Ware does need to learn how to develop main characters we can like and cheer for and whose outcomes we can muster some intetest in.
Started skimming it just so I could get to the ending. Pretty predictable.