Lying Game

Lying Game

Book - 2017
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From the bestselling author of WOMAN IN CABN 10 comes a page-turning mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller. On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, she discovers it's not a stick at all. . . but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.
Publisher: : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9781501193477
Branch Call Number: WAR
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2019

Celebrity Book Club Pick - Reese Witherspoon

Nov 30, 2019

The first 2/3s of the book were slow. I felt that I was reading about some mal-adjusted teenagers who never matured. The last 1/3 got more interesting. Rather depressing and sad.

Aug 10, 2019

It's such a task to read her books. No character development, so much of story is wordy without forwarding the plot. Didn't finish it.

Jul 04, 2019

Lies. We all tell them. Little white lies to spare someone's feelings. Whoppers to save our skins. Untruths come in many forms that spring from many places. The Lying Game is a story about how far you would go to maintain a lie that spun out of control. How much further will you take it when it starts to unravel?

I enjoyed this book, reading the bulk of it in one long sitting and very thankful to have it when the power went out for six hours. Hopefully, my local library has more of Ruth Ware's books available because I would love to see what else they bring to the table.

Apr 25, 2019

Very good mystery. It always pleases me when the ending is not what I expect!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 13, 2019

.....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.

Mar 03, 2019

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.

Feb 12, 2019

I love Ruth Ware books, but I was not really into this one.

Jan 26, 2019

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.

Jan 25, 2019

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.

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Feb 27, 2019

Violence: Discussions of murder/suicide

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Sexual Content: Mild

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Coarse Language: Mild amounts of swearing

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Dec 30, 2019

Isa Wilde was a teenager when her father sent her to the boarding school called Salten House. Her mother was dying, and her father wanted her to have a more stable life than he could provide. By the time she had finished her first meal at Salten House, she was friends with her roommate, Fatima, and with two other girls, Thea and Kate. Thea and Kate introduce the others to the Lying Game. Thea had been subjected to teasing when she was the new student at other schools, and she had created the Game because of the experience. Instead of targeting the new students, she targeted the popular girls and sometimes the faculty. Isa, Fatima, Thea, and Kate became inseparable and spent most weekends at Kate's home under the supervision of Kate's father, Ambrose. Ambrose was the art teacher at Salten House. He was lenient with the four girls and his stepson, Luc.

The girls always called on each other when they had problems. One Friday night they rushed to Kate's side to find that Ambrose was dead of an apparent suicide. Kate was just short of her 16th birthday. She convinced Isa, Thea, and Fatima to help her bury the body. She knew child services would force her into foster care if officials knew Ambrose was gone. They hid the body. Then, Isa, Thea, and Fatima returned to their dorm rooms at Salten House. They were roused early the following morning when their housemistress, Miss Weatherby, showed them drawings apparently drawn by Ambrose. The girls were featured in the drawings, and they appeared to be nude, though Isa knew they were not. Kate claimed that she did the drawings, and school officials decided that the girls should leave immediately to avoid expulsion. Kate waited until she was 16 to reveal to officials that Ambrose was gone. Her stepbrother, Luc, was returned to his biological mother in France. He was abused and returned to Salten Village as an angry adult.

The girls contacted each other a few times over the years, but each knew they could call on the others if they were in need. Isa was a lawyer and mother by the time Kate summoned them. Ambrose's body had been found more than 15 years after they hid it. Kate covers the arrival of the other three by saying they planned to attend an event at Salten House, but she uses the visit to alert them of the police findings. The investigation continued and police discovered that the body belonged to Ambrose and that he had died of an oral heroin overdose. Since the police determined he died under suspicious circumstances, the four women knew they would be questioned.

Isa begins to question the details of Ambrose's death. He died on Friday, but the drawings were not in school official hands until Saturday morning. She learns that Kate and Luc had been involved in a sexual relationship that Ambrose felt was incestuous, though the two were not related by blood. Ambrose had planned to send Luc to a boarding school to separate the two. While Isa, Thea, and Fatima initially wonder if Kate had killed Ambrose, they learn that Luc was the killer. They also discover that a local woman, Mary Wren, had been threatening and blackmailing Kate for years.

Kate and Luc die in a house fire, leaving Thea, Isa, and Fatima to answer police questions about Ambrose's death. They agree on a story and are determined to stand by that version of events to distance themselves from any participation in Ambrose's death. Isa tells the father of her child that she loves him. Though she knows it is a lie, she is determined to stand by it in an effort to make it true.


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Jan 23, 2018

“A lie. I'd almost forgotten how they feel on my tongue, slick and sickening.” - p. 6

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