The Lying Game - Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 50 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


  • Stupid!

    By Redstar
    Boring, silly plot not expected from Ruth Ware.
  • ToooooooWordyyyyyy

    By Discerning Reader
    She needed an editor for this book big time
  • Sooooo

    By Mermaid100
    Slow. Wordy beyond belief. I couldn't wait for it to end!! Just finished. I will never read another of her books!
  • Meh

    By squiggleworm55
    It was okay. After reading her two other books, the twists are becoming a bit predictable.
  • The lying game

    By tattedman
    It was a fun read, I was distracted with the bit about the girls texting 17 years ago, texting was years away from being a popular form of communication in 1999, 2000 so that did take me out of the book.