I’m just gonna come right out and say it. I have never read a novel by Ruth Ware.
I have never read a novel by Ruth Ware.
I know, I know, what kind of thriller lover am I?
I have them all purchased, sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently for me but I am a slave to my TBR pile and hadn’t been able to read them yet. So, I was more than thrilled when #cjsreads made The Lying Game by Ruth Ware a July title.
The novel opens with a body being discovered and Isa, a new mother, receiving a text from her childhood friend. A text she knows to always respond to. A text she hoped she would never get. Travelling to Salten, a boarding school she spent a year in, she meets up with Kate and two other friends who all went to the school; notorious in their time, they were known for playing The Lying Game. A game blurred with reality, and soon, the girls realize that their past is not as buried as they had hoped.
From the first pages, I was pretty much hooked. It sort of had that chick lit, Pretty Little Liars vibe that I enjoy in a thriller. Imagine Big Little Lies and a sort of darker Gossip Girl. I really enjoy where I can get that sort of “feeling” from a piece of fiction for an adult, especially since it usually can only be found in the realm of YA.
I found myself flying through the pages, which were narrated by Isa, and was gripped trying to figure out what had gone on in their past (which was also explored). I had plenty of theories. This one peaked for me in the middle, it had a sort of “SAY WHAT” moment and I was completely perplexed.
However, I found the ending to be a little lacklustre. It sort of went the tried and true route and I felt a little disappointed.
Overall, I felt like this one was fast paced and juicy enough to be a perfect read for the beach.
I gave it a 4/5 stars!
Thanks to the publisher and the author for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
Want to know if Chandra and Jessica felt the same way as I did about The Lying Game? Keep reading to find out!