“There are 5 rules to the game: Tell a lie, stick to your story, don’t get caught, never lie to each other and know when to stop lying.”
Summary: “On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).”
My Thoughts: Once again, Ruth Ware does not disappoint y’all. Loved this book is an understatement. It is very fast paced and a quick read as Ware flips us between the past and present through the eyes of the main character, Isa. The ending was completely out there and a little strange, however I never saw it coming. I was literally on the second to the last page and was completely shook by what had just happened.
“You’re never an ex addict, you’re just an addict who hasn’t had a fix in awhile.”
“…years on, people round here still use your name as a kind of salacious cautionary tale…”
“A lie. I’d almost forgotten how they felt on my tongue, slick and sickening.”