The Lying Game - Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 959 Ratings



“So many questions...Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People

“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play.

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 Isa—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. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped.

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


  • It’s was just ok

    By Ajjaffari
    Honestly, compared to other Ware books, this one was ok. I felt that the story was very much so dragged out. The book did not need to be nearly as long as it was. The actual plot wasn’t terrible however the ending was really anti-climactic. I will still enjoy reading Ruth’s books but this one was again just an ok read for me.
  • Lying Game

    By Goobersmooch
    Loved it!!
  • The lying game

    By nobookclub1
    Good but I got a little tired of reading about Freya’s every little sneeze- I’m a devoted mother but Isa is neurotic
  • Well crafted thriller

    By Lala_Lundy
    I loved this book! Great twists and turns as you’d expect with any great thriller; but more than anything it was the authors style and voice that I loved. The book flowed so smoothly and brought about so many emotions. Truly titillating! Bought all her other books because of this one alone.
  • Thrilling! Twists and turns alight!

    By kaykaybean13
    A story of 4 friends who met at a boarding school in HS at 15. They become a very tight knit and play a game with lying to ppl to make them think and believe outrageous things. One the girls fathers works at their school as an art teacher and he allows them to stay at his home on weekends. They aren’t given limitations and allowed to drink smoke etc but soon they find themselves burying the Dad- their friend said he commits suicide but bc she isn’t 16 until another month her decision to bury him and say he is missing after she turns 16 is why she tells her 3 friends she needs help burying him. For 17 years after they committed that act and subsequently got expelled from their school shortly after they haven’t seen one another. They communicate sporadically throughout the years until the girl who’s dad was buried sends for the 3 of them bc his bones had washed ashore. What happens.agter is nothing you’d imagine and there’s murder and lies alight
  • Gave up

    By emilys328
    I really enjoyed another book by this author but this was just boring.
  • Good idea..

    By sdav1993
    Just was very redundant and not that thrilling. Was hoping for more and never got it.
  • Ending Lacking

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    Although the author’s books doesn’t truly have shocking endings and may be easy to figure out early on (it’s always at least one of the conclusions I guess before hand) she still writes in a very enjoyable way to me. Just have to working on ending the story better!
  • The Lying Game

    By Kbayham
    Ruth Ware is the Agatha Christie of our time? I don’t friggin think so. That was dreamed up by a desperate staff reviewer who drank too much Starbuck’s trying to stay awake after reading this snoozer. This is my second Ruth Ware book. I expect it be my last. Slow, not enough of a story to fill the pages.
  • I really didn’t enjoy this

    By Jessiep813
    I hate giving up on a book but I just couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t enjoy a single page of this