The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 25, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Canada
Note: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, after what they did.

A dark, atmospheric tale of old friends, secrets, and our pasts that will always find us. I loved every minute of this book. It’s exactly the kind of mystery I like: atmospheric, slow-burning, character-based. It’s a gorgeous, quietly sinister tale.

For the most part, the action in this story takes place in the past. Through the relationships between these old friends, more and more is revealed. Why are they in Salten together right now? What secret binds them together, but also tore them apart?

It kept me turning the pages, but it’s not a pulse-pounder. In The Lying Game, we try to unravel the past as the past unravels the lives of the four main characters. In this story, the stakes are not life or death, like in many mysteries. The stakes are personal. What would you sacrifice for the ones you love? Can we ever escape the past?

If you like a slow-burning, atmospheric, personal mystery, definitely pick this one up. I loved it!