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The lying game / Ruth Ware.
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- Language: English
- Publication Information: New York : Scout Press, 2017.
- Publication Date: 2017
- Physical Description: 370 pages ; 24 cm
- Publication Type: Book
- Document Type: Fiction
- Subject Terms: Truthfulness and falsehood -- Fiction; Secrecy -- Fiction; Female friendship -- England -- Fiction; SUSPENSE; Thrillers (Fiction); Psychological fiction; Suspense fiction
Booklist Reviews 2017 June #1
*Starred Review* The text "I need you" demolishes the careful distance Isa Wilde has placed between her life as a happily married new mother and the painful, life-changing term she spent at Salten House boarding school. Long-estranged friends Isa, Thea, and Fatima answer Kate Atagon's text by returning to Salten, where Kate still lives in her father's decomposing millhouse. Ambrose Atagon, a well-known artist, was Salten's art teacher and frequent host of the girls' away weekends. He disappeared that final year amid rumors of inappropriate relationships with the girls, leaving the four friends with a disastrous secret. Now a body has been found in the marsh surrounding the house, and the women need to get their stories straight before the inevitable knock at the door. Once they are together, though, the years of distance and memories of their deceptive pastime, the Lying Game, breed suspicion. Ware masterfully harnesses the millhouse's decrepit menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding, darkening Isa's recollections of the weeks leading to Ambrose's disappearance. Previous blockbusters (including The Woman in Cabin 10, 2016) guarantee popularity for Ware's latest thriller, and, with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 February #2
Ware handily established herself with two especially intense novels, In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, both New York Times best sellers and LibraryReads picks. Her third novel features Isa Wilde, who's walking along a tidal estuary in the little town of Salten when her dog leaps into the waves and retrieves a human bone. The resultant trauma undoes the personal history of Isa and her friends, who gather to reassure her. Big demand already.Copyright 2017 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2017 June #2
Four women, friends since their teen years spent at a boarding school on the English Channel, are thrown together again after nearly 20 years when a body surfaces in the marsh, threatening to destroy all of their carefully constructed lives—and lies. Narrator Isa, a new mom on maternity leave, joins Fatima, a no-nonsense physician who recently reconnected with her Muslim faith; Thea, a beauty who struggles with addiction; and Kate, a troubled artist who never left the small coastal town and lives in a rickety old mill house that's slowly sinking into the surrounding lands. As adolescents, the girls spent many long weekends at the mill house with Ambrose, Kate's artist father, and Luc, her stepbrother. At school, they smoked, drank, snuck out of the dorms at night, and played "the lying game," an ongoing competition to see who could convince their peers and teachers to believe the most outlandish tales. Unlike In a Dark, Dark Wood or The Woman in Cabin 10, Ware's third novel has a more leisurely pacing and values character development over nail-biting suspense. The mystery unfolds slowly and the "big reveal" is likely to be guessed at by observant readers.
PW Reviews 2017 May #4
When Isa Wilde, the narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller from bestseller Ware (