The Lying Game by Ruth Ware #20booksofsummer21 (15/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! You can catch my review for The Lying Game by Ruth Ware today. This is book fifteen of my 20 books of summer challenge. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…


I have to start by saying I do enjoy Ruth Ware’s books. In fact The Death of Mrs Westaway is high up on the list of my favourite books. Unfortunately The Lying Game just didn’t have the same impact. I enjoyed parts of the story but there were also large parts where I felt my attention wandering, which is not ideal.

The Lying Game was a definite slow burn for me. It’s safe to say that it took a while before any secrets were revealed and these brought forward even more questions. In one sense this worked because the tension gradually built. I was intrigued about what happened all those years ago. Just not necessarily enough to grab my complete attention. There were a few occasions where I found my focus on the story wavering. However for the last part of the book I will admit the pace picked up which definitely helped.

Overall The Lying Game was a bit hit and miss for me. I enjoyed the premise and the idea of friendships forged in childhood having a lasting effect. This group of characters were tied together forever by a lie and it was still having a ripple effect years down the line. Even though this book might not have been quite right for me it has in no way put me off reading more books by Ruth Ware.

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