The Lying Game By:Ruth Ware
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog along a beach known as the Reach. The dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.
The next morning, three women; Fatima, Thea, and Isa receive a text from Kate, a friend that went to school with them back in Salten, that only said, “I need you.” That was all they needed to hear to come running back to Kate.
The four girls were best friends at Salten boarding school, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, with varying ranges from dangerous to playful. The lies were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The rules of the game are strict no lying to each other ever. But with their lies becoming unraveled before their eyes someone has broken the rule, someone is Lying to everyone in the group. The Lie that has been spun cannot go unanswered this time for someone will surely find out the truth fore the truth has already been spoken to someone outside the group, but who told and who did they tell. What really happened on that night fourteen years ago?
So this book already has “Pretty Little Liars” written all over it, four friends coming together all because a human bone is found and they all know something about it. I had already written it off as a copycat in a way, I liked the PLL series so I thought I would just go ahead and read the rest of this book. My expectations while reading this were low very low in fact then I noticed something. The way this story is written there is not a certain answer, like while i’m reading this im solving the mystery in my head and she will give me pieces of information and just when I think I might know who it is, BAM she just kills it with the next chapter. This book is the Lying Game, the story makes you believe in what you’re being told and they spoon fed you little bits of information so you think you are on the right tack to knowing what really happened, then it’s like the lie is busted open and the answer is once again long gone. I love it! I hate when a mystery book gives away so much at like the middle of the book and you solve the case before the end is even near then you must suffer through so much filler just so you can confirm you were right all along. So far that has yet to happen and i’m exactly halfway into this book.
The character are not characters that you grow attached to, but they are real people who act in their own ways, each person has their own personalities. So far the characters are pretty normal story characters, I don’t hate anyone and i’m not attached to anyone either. They are just like a real person though I feel like if I looked these characters up on the internet I would find them, the author put thought into these characters and made them the way they are for a reason that I have not found out yet.
Kate seems to be closed off from the world and scared to leave her house. She seems to be the one character who doesn’t really stick out of the group, she acts like the victim of something the way she runs away from everything.
Thea is like the bodyguard of the group she is a girl that doesn’t take anything from anybody and she’ll shut them up quick, she can be hot headed and fly off the handle at the others, but she is quick to say sorry and protect her friends.
Fatima is the momma bear of the group, she had kids first and is a doctor so I just feel like she has a level head about her, she is not afraid to speak up to the other girls when they need a talking down to, and she is always there for advice, she is the first one to know what to say when no one else does.
Isa seems to be a normal love mother who will go out of her way to make sure her sweet baby is always safe. She tends to get a bit irritated rather quickly when it comes to the other girls, she knows how to bite her tongue in some cases and when to lash out in others.
Ruth Ware you beautiful writer you, I loved this book. It drew me so hard that I just kept telling myself one more page then I will stop, but I kept going, just like the story did. I was hooked everything she wanted me to think everything she led be to believe I believed it, I became part of the lying game just like all the other girls they fooled back in the day, I have now been added to their ranks. The book is full of twist and turns that always keep you on your toes, the friends you think are friends are not, the people you think you hate are the ones you love. The ending to the book was one I would never have been able to predict, it was just one that came out of nowhere but it also tied everything together nicely with no questions asked, that is what I loved so much about this book.
The main climax in the book is everything I could ever have asked for and even more, I thought the ending was going to fizzle out when I had about fifty pages left and had uncovered all the secrets but Ruth Ware, this woman knows how to write a mystery book is all I can say, the last part of this book was another joyride on the rollercoaster of life. She even takes the time to literally break down the ending, like the solving part incase you missed any of who did what along the way or who got what wrong, she covered it all, broke it down into a mere two paragraphs if that. If I was confused about anything if I didn’t understand the person point of view or if I got lost in the reasoning of who in the heck they found out who did the thing, no worries because she spelled it out in big bold letters.
I will more and likely read this book again at some point in time if I want to read a thriller/mystery without having to buy a new book. I really enjoyed reading this book and my first thoughts of a Pretty Little Liars spin off have been blown out of the water, and if this book were a series I think I might even like it more.