Sorry it has been so long, I am v. busy worrying about things and people that I have no control over and then drinking too much because nothing helps worry like alcohol. Making really dumb choices is still my best quality; I’m thinking of teaching a course; something about Einstein being super wrong on that definition of insanity, just the number of times you do the same thing over and over expecting different results. I’ll crack this code, because I refuse to learn any lessons, ever. It has kept me from writing but it has not kept me from reading, so I am planning to get my shit together super soon and catch up on reviews.
So, first of all, how did I not know that Ruth Ware was publishing a new book? How did I possibly miss that? I really feel like I let you all down on this. This is annoying to me and I would like a word with her publisher. Anyway, I missed it but she DID publish another book (girl is FAST) called The Lying Game, and it was GOOD. This is Ware’s third novel, I loved the first, In a Dark, Dark Wood and I very much liked the second, The Woman in Cabin 10. They are all mysteries that veer into thriller territory, without being too over the top.
The Lying Game is about four women who have been friends since they attended boarding school together. While at school in the fictional English town of Salten, they invented a fairly terrible game (The Lying Game – which is different from The Crying Game, but did nothing to allay my urge to sing that song every time I picked the book up), where they competed to make up the most outrageous lies and tried to get people to believe them. Shockingly, this did not make them popular, and eventually they were all expelled after a mini-scandal. Now in their early 30’s, Isa, Kate, Thea and Fatima have each gone their own way in life and for the most part they don’t keep in touch, but one of their lies still haunts all of them. When one of them texts “I need you” to the other three, they all immediately push aside everything in their lives to be there for her.
There is really no friendship as intense as when you are fifteen, and Ware captures that feeling beautifully. The sense of place in this book is also fantastic and I can see this becoming a great movie. The reveal in this book – both about the terrible secret that still holds so much power over them and the current mystery that is bringing them back together – is slow and eerie and I mean both of those things in a good way. The book is quite riveting; I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. Or rather, I couldn’t wait to find out if I was right in what I thought happened (I was not). Definitely worth a read!
The Lying Game – Grade B+