Review of THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware

I have never read of any Ruth Ware's books, but I liked the look of it and decided to borrow it from a hotel I was at. 

Blurb: The text message arrives in the small hours of the morning: 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. Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach. The friends’ darkest secret is about to come to light…

Isa, Thea, Kate and Fatima are all keeping a secret that has affected them in different ways. Isa lies to her husband about her past, Thea seems to have an eating disorder, Kate wants to hold on to the past even though everything around her is broken and Fatima converts to Islam and believes all her sins are forgiven. The ladies are leading their own lives when a body appears and they are connected to it. 

This story had me gripped from beginning to end. I kept thinking I knew what happened and then realised I didn't. There are a lot of secrets in the town of Salten and coming back to the small town definitely unhinges everyone. I loved Kate's dad Ambrose and the lengths he went to, to protect his children. Also the friendships of the main four is beautiful and even though everyone has their own demons, they stick together right to the very end. 

A must read!


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