Book Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

When I heard Ruth Ware was coming out with a new book, I think I may have literally jumped for joy. I absolutely loved both In...

When I heard Ruth Ware was coming out with a new book, I think I may have literally jumped for joy. I absolutely loved both In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, so I thought I would absolutely love her newest novel, The Lying Game. Just to be clear, I didn't hate it, but I don't think it compared at all to her first two novels. For comparison, I read each of her first two novels in less than a day a piece. The Lying Game? Over a week - which is rare for me.

Brief synopsis: When Isa gets a text from a friend she hasn't seen in close to 15 years that just says "I need you," she drops her life and runs to be by her side. Alongside Isa, are Thea and Fatima - all three who rushed to be with Kate just because a text with those three little words. As the story unfolds, you find out just why Kate needs her trio of friends, while simultaneously discovering more about their mysterious past together.

This novel seamlessly weaves present day and the past together to form a coherent story of friendship, betrayal, and deceit. The writing, in true Ruth Ware fashion, is enthralling and well put-together. The plot is promising, however, I found myself knit-picking pieces of the story and rolling my eyes at times.

I think the only character I somewhat like is Fatima, but everyone else, I found to be dreadful. (I may even like Owen, but honestly, I felt like I didn't get enough info on him. I definitely pity him.) The characters in the novel are beyond selfish, and honestly, this felt like an adult version of Pretty Little Liars.

I hated the ending of this book, and I truly felt like the story line could have been developed further.

While this definitely doesn't throw Ware from my list of authors I thoroughly enjoy, I definitely do believe this is her weakest novel.

If you enjoyed her first two novels, I would encourage you to read this one - you may enjoy it. I just believe it didn't live up to its full potential.

The Lying Game comes out July 25, and can be pre-ordered here.

I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. I'm looking forward to reading this, but am hesitant because all of the reviews I've read so far have had similar thoughts.

    1. Yes, I would definitely say to still read it. But I was just a bit disappointed in comparison to her last two novels.

      I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  2. Love your review! Even though you love an author, sometimes we can hype it up a bit too much before reading <- story of my life (no pun intended)

    I ended up reading this book pretty quickly since I kept waiting, hoping, wishing for something thrilling to finally happen in it :) Similar experience with In a Dark, Dark Wood... but you already know this haha

    1. I definitely get it. I get so excited for an author's book, it's often I find myself let down by it.
      I honestly prefer to go into a book with no expectations!

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