Book Review: The Lying Game

Jul 13, 2017

Review time! I won this ARC of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware in an Instagram contest hosted by Crime by the Book. I've reviewed The Woman in Cabin 10 in the past and I had mixed feelings about it. Something about Ware's writing is intriguing, yet I'm always wary when starting one of her novels. It could easily be a hit or miss. I'm so glad I got my hands on this book before its public release because it is far from the usual Ruth Ware story (in a good way!). Here's a short summary from Goodreads:

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 now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn't seen for years but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cozy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school, the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

And how much can you really trust your friends?

Pros: The Lying Game was so much fun to read. I was entertained right from the very beginning and the progress did not disappoint. Ware does an amazing job at creating overall suspense. I was always on edge, obsessed with wanting to know more about the mystery of four young women and what terrible thing happened when they were teenagers. And those four women were characterized splendidly. Ware succeeds in creating distinct, well-rounded characters. I loved each character in different ways, and I hated them in different ways. That seems like a simple thing, but it can make a story go from good to great. My favorite parts? The flashbacks and the final 70 pages. The flashbacks were witty, fun, and reminiscent of being a rebellious teenager. Conversely, the final 70 pages were dark, intense, and revealing. Both had moments of high emotion and exposure. When I got to the end, I was not too surprised -- but I was not disappointed. It was a satisfying end to a fun and secretive story of teenage chaos.

Cons: Though it was a satisfying end, it was predictable. The intense relationship these women shared, along with some other events, were also a little unbelievable. And *personal opinion* I was craving a lot more of the fun flashbacks!

Overall: If you're looking for a fun teenage mystery, similar to Pretty Little Liars, this is absolutely perfect for you. It's a great summer read, intense enough to grab and hold onto your attention. If you're looking for a story that's deep and profoundly thrilling, this will probably be too weak for you.

Personal Rating Score: 4/5

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware will be available for purchase on July 25th. There are pre-order options available now! Will you be getting this thriller? Let me know in the comments below!
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