What We’re Reading: The Lying Game

The Lying Game book coverTitle: The Lying Game

Read by: Mary Kennery

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: thriller/suspense/female friendships

Why did you choose to read this book?  I love mysteries.  I have read the other books by Ruth Ware – In a Dark, Dark Wood (a favorite!) and The Woman in Cabin 10.  I was waiting to read her latest one.

What did you like about it?  How the plot begins:  a text of three words: I need you.  Then three texts in reply:  I’m coming.  I’m coming. I’m coming.  Fatima, Thea, Isa and Kate were best friends in boarding school in England.  They were inseparable and known for their little game – the Lying Game.  The rules were simple:  1. Tell a lie.  2. Stick to your story.  3. Don’t get caught.  4. Never lie to each other.  5.  Know when to stop lying.  Oh the consequences that would have seventeen years later!

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?  Other mystery authors and the foreboding elements of Ruth Ware’s other books.

Was there anything noteworthy about the book? The scenery I imagined – Salten, the English coastal village; the remote tidal marsh, the Reach; the crumbling, sinking Tide Mill with its rickety planks and flooded bridge; and narrator Isa’s sweet infant, Freya, in her pram.

What feeling did the book leave you with?  Whom do you hurt?  Be careful if you lie. Lies always catch up to you.  Once you begin, can you ever stop?

Whom would you recommend the book to? A mystery lover, a Ruth Ware fan

What would you pair this book with?  A pub brew, battered haddock, a portion of chips with salt and vinegar and a side portion of mushy peas.  Plus a flashlight for the darkness.

The library has In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware in our collection and we plan to order The Lying Game soon. This book can also be requested through Interlibrary loan.