Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller(Psychological)

Published: 2017

Rating: 3.5/5


Fatima, Thea, Isabel, and Kate are bound together by secrets and lies from their time at boarding school. Now over a decade later they are brought back together by those same lies and what they believed to be truths. As three of the friends try to piece together the mystery, one remains closed off and appears to be hiding something. Will the truth shatter their friendship and the lives they have built or will they come out on the other side stronger that before?


I couldn’t quite give this four stars because Isa’s character annoyed me too much in the second half of the novel. That might sound ridiculous but her character became so ridiculous that it made me angry. I understand flaws and making bad decisions (basically the premise of the book), but I can’t handle stupid, unnecessary arguments and her being SO irrational. In the first half of the book, she wasn’t this way, and I understand that her character changed because of all that came to light but still. She was mad at Owen all of the time for no reason and dismissed how she was to blame for literally every argument.

Aside from that I enjoyed the plot of the book. I love trying to solve mysteries, and this one kept throwing curveballs that changed my opinion. I thought the game itself was incredibly stupid, and they were most definitely in the wrong. It’s insane to me that they were shocked everyone else hated them.

Like other reviews I’ve seen I was a little underwhelmed by what they did that caused them so much panic. I agree that what they did was bad and certainly traumatic, but I was just expecting more with all of the buildup.

I definitely want to read more of Ware’s books and see if I have similar issues with them. I enjoyed the book overall; a few things just annoyed me.


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