The Lying Game: A Novel
Kate, Thea, Fatima, and Isa were best friends at boarding school. They were infamous for playing The Lying Game. There are only five rules to the game. Rule one is to tell a lie. Rule two, to stick to your story. Rule three is to not get caught. Rule four, to never lie to each other, and rule five is to know when to stop lying. When a body is discovered in the Reach, an estuary near the school, seventeen years later, these four friends are brought back together. They will discover that they’ve been playing the game too long and that one of them broke rule number four a long time ago. How do you find out the truth when you know you can’t trust anything your friends say?
I don’t agree with other reviews when they compare Ruth Ware to Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. There is not the same attention to the minutest detail in Ware’s books as there is in theirs. I first read The Woman in Cabin 10 and found a lot of inconsistencies in the story, pieces of the puzzle that didn’t fit anywhere and didn’t logically make sense. I read The Lying Game with a bit of trepidation, but actually found it to be much better. I thought the characters were more interesting in this novel, compared to her last one. Even the plot and the conclusion were satisfactory. There’s nothing too complicated about the story, and it is fairly obvious early on what really happened. Once again, that right there is what separates her from Christie and Sayers, not to mention the foul language. Those two ladies would blush at the way Londoners speak nowadays.
Overall, a fun book to add to your reading list while you are sitting by the fire this winter.