The Lying Game Ruth Ware

51JCF-L+MgL._AC_US218_Pub: Vintage

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…

When new mum Isa receives a text message in the early hours she know she has to go….

Even though Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima were friends for just a short time, the secret that bound them together was still strong fifteen years later. Having been expelled from prestigious Salten Boarding School, she drops everything and takes her daughter back to Salten where Kate is waiting.

The other girls have also travelled back to Salten and all are scared and anxious by why Kate has called them back.

The Lying Game is a very atmospheric read, although billed as Agatha Christie meets Girl on a Train I could see no such connection. This is a enjoyable read, Isa and her feelings with her newborn is a prominent theme and the girls friendship is really what this book is about.  They are all liars, hence the title, and the ghosts of the past really do come back to haunt them.

The secret is something I didn’t quite understand when it was first revealed, but on reflection I think that all the girls were duty bound to protect themselves and their loved ones.

This is a book that will get mixed reviews, it’s a little bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I however quite liked it. It is an easy read, that doesn’t need much thinking about.

It is a good story but it’s not a great one.

3*/5

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