- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501156209
- ISBN-13: 978-1501156205
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 908 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Perhaps one of the most twisty and suspenseful titles of 2017." (Mystery Tribune)
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About the Author
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is The New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. She is married with two small children. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
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What a disappointment, though.
This book isn't horrible or anything. In fact, I really like Ware's writing style. To me, it is unique and easy-to-read. However, the story just dragged on and on and on...
There were so many interesting ideas in the story that were brought up, but then they were just sort of abandoned. The entire book is centered around playing a game that involves lying, but this backstory is barely explored. So while the reader is supposed to engage in the story of The Lying Game, there isn't enough story to engage in. The four main characters have supposedly cemented a strong friendship during their time at Salten House, but they were only together a mere 12 months, and we virtually get no background from their time together. Exploring the past more would have added a lot to the story, and certainly invested the reader in what was to come later.
I don't want to spoil anything, but this was predictable. Ware's previous novels have twists and turns and I was guessing til the end. In this one, not so much.
So, sad day :(.
Also, the Lying Game that the girls played in school has nothing to do with "what they did." The disconnect makes the story unfulfilling.
Overall, it's boring and repetitive. Nothing happens for so long, and it's filled with the same internal struggles, ad nausem: How dare he accuse me; but I am lying and he knows it; he just doesn't know what I'm lying about. It's as if author forgot she had already written these lines multiple times.
Can't believe I spent $12.99 on this. I've read better books for under $5.