The Lying Game By Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 588 Ratings


Praise for Ruth Ware’s instant New York Times, USA TODAY, and Los Angeles Times bestseller:

“So many questions....Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People

“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten, along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isa—receive the text they had always hoped would never come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second-rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped…

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


  • Ending Lacking

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    Although the author’s books doesn’t truly have shocking endings and may be easy to figure out early on (it’s always at least one of the conclusions I guess before hand) she still writes in a very enjoyable way to me. Just have to working on ending the story better!
  • The Lying Game

    By Kbayham
    Ruth Ware is the Agatha Christie of our time? I don’t friggin think so. That was dreamed up by a desperate staff reviewer who drank too much Starbuck’s trying to stay awake after reading this snoozer. This is my second Ruth Ware book. I expect it be my last. Slow, not enough of a story to fill the pages.
  • I really didn’t enjoy this

    By Jessiep813
    I hate giving up on a book but I just couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t enjoy a single page of this
  • You can skip this one

    By MsJacksonPA-C
    I hate implying to anyone to skip a book by one of their favorite authors or in their favorite genre, as they might find something or feel something more than I did, but that's the nature of reviews, I suppose. I'm a bit of a suspense/thriller novel junkie and The Lying Game didn't cut it for me in that aspect. The imagery is beautiful and RW truly creates an interesting world for the reader, but it was very easy to understand what the "twist/ending" would be. I was imagining the scenarios as I was reading it and I was correct. Perhaps she just gave too much away or limited the scope of the book to where it was nearly impossible to draw a different conclusion. But, other readers may feel differently about it. Maybe just reframe expectations--a drama, a fiction piece, not a thriller and that will change the level of satisfaction. The novel she wrote after this one, The Death of Mrs. Hathaway, IMO, is much better. I wish I'd paid better attention to the other reviews and just bypassed this one or had started it with different expectations.
  • The Lying Game

    By Readingbythesea
    I loved her other books from star to finish, but this one was hard for me to get into, once I got into it got me guessing who did what to who!
  • What i did not know about breast feeding

    By croth01
    I dont quit books but i could not wait to finish this one. Back and fourth over and over. Please tell me what the last line in the book meant. Was Owen not Freyas dad? A waste of my tiny brain. HELP
  • The Lying Game

    By Nzicktz
    Took me a couple chapters to get into this book. Once I did I couldn’t put it down!
  • The Lying Game

    By Mythic Red Blair
    Not as brilliant as her first two.
  • Not very good

    By Mcguirebear
    The writing was good, but the subject material is of Mean Girls type.
  • Weak women!

    By herkimer55C!!
    Dull, thought-it-would-never-end book. I don't know how it got so many stars with so many bad reviews.