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This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
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. See more
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The story begins with thirteen-year-old Sandy Brown in a car with her mother as they head off on a summer holiday. Her father and brother left the day before and are already at their holiday cottage, but her mum had to stay back and work an extra day at her high flying advertising job. When her mother hits the gas and speeds along the highway, claiming weird creatures called Dimers Lims are coming after them, Sandy fears her mum has gone bonkers because of her long working hours.
Sandy hasn't a clue how to get her mother safely to her father, but when they stop for petrol and a restaurant, she asks an old lady for help. This strange little woman tells her a story of how she once solved a huge problem and suggests that Sandy starts to think laterally. Sandy thanks her, but is confused at what the old woman meant for her to do. On their travels to their destination, Sandy still can't work out how to get her mother to the holiday cottage, so every time they stop, she accosts whoever she can for some more advice. Each person she meets has a different story to tell and they all give her ideas on what they think she should do. They're mostly all weird, leaving Sandy confused, so she still doesn't have a clue whether to phone her father, or ask a policeman for help. Deciding to just keep going, she keeps crossing paths with the sort of bully every child hates. At first, she gives into the bully, but then she decided to try out the techniques she's learnt from her oddballs friends.
Some of these things will be perfect for children to read and learn from, though one will make kids cringe. My favorites were: Not to give up hope, and not to pass the problem on. Another favorite: Don't give up until the last flicker of hope has been snuffed out. (I love that!) It reminded me of a quote my dad used to say to me, like: Where there's Life, there's hope.
I won't mention what happens next, you'll have to read the book, but there are so many weird and wonderful characters, I'm sure you'll have a good laugh and maybe a few tears. Sandy Brown is an endearing character and I hope there are more of stories out there about her. I will have to check the author's other books. I highly recommend this story for older children and also for adults.
This story is very humorously written and I found myself laughing through passages. It has touching moments too and I enjoyed it immensely. We don't read about Matt as much in this book but Sandy is a sound teenager who copes admirably in the face of adversity and I look forward to reading more.
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