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The Lying GameThe Lying Game by Ruth Ware

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  July 29 – August 1, 2017

Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA and LINDSAY!!

4.5 stars!

Lindsay and I have both read all of Ruth Ware’s previous novels and agree that this was definitely our favourite one thus far!

The book was divided into sections from the 5 rules of The Lying Game that the four friends participated in: TELL A LIE, STICK TO YOUR STORY, DON’T GET CAUGHT, NEVER LIE TO EACH OTHER, and KNOW WHEN TO STOP LYING.  As the novel progresses through these five rules you do get a sense of how the game is played.

THE LYING GAME by RUTH WARE is an engrossing, intriguing, steady-paced, and a suspenseful psychological thriller that grabbed our attention right from the very first page and had us reading and guessing right to the very end trying to figure out the secrets lying within the storyline.

RUTH WARE delivers an atmospheric and vivid read here that is written in such a way that completely drew us right into the descriptions of the old, run-down Mill and the dark, creepy, and deserted Reach.  With the strong sense of atmosphere we felt like we were experiencing it right along with all the characters in this book.  The mystery within this story is slowly revealed as it switches back and forth between the past and present and is told in Isa’s perspective which allowed us to be completely absorbed in the character’s lives until the very last page.

While Lindsay and I were reading and chatting about this one at one point we both picked up on and discussed how we both felt about the strong theme that was emanating within the story here.  We feel that a lot of mothers will especially connect with this novel as there is a strong theme of the mother/child bond and breastfeeding. The main character, Isa Wilde, who narrates this story has a six-month-old baby daughter named Freya who we both absolutely loved and felt that she definitely stole the show for us!  We were both in awe of how well RUTH WARE described in complete perfection the bond between a mother and her newborn child.  These were very touching aspects of the novel and pulled at our heartstrings!

While Lindsay was reading this book, it brought back a lot of memories for her of those sleep-deprived nights and the fond feelings of being a new mother. She could really relate to Isa in so many ways as far as motherhood goes.

We both really enjoyed the setting in this one, the game, all the drama within, and the strong connection that we felt to Isa was one of the main reasons that we both loved this book so much!  Would recommend!


4 thoughts on “Traveling Sisters Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

  1. Christine says:

    I have never read Ruth Ware, you guys. Sounds like this one may be a good starting point. Love the reviewM

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! This was my favourite book by Ruth Ware. The Woman in Cabin 10 was good as well but I did like this one better though. My least favorite was In a Dark, Dark Wood. I think this would be a good start! I hope that you enjoy it too! 🙂

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  2. J e w e l s says:

    Glad to know you girls liked this one! I’m a fan (but not overly so) of Ware’s first two novels. I definitely want to read this one.

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    1. I thought this was a much better read than Ware’s first two novels. I enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood I thought was just an okay read. I love her book covers that is what initially attracted me to all of her books! 🙂


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