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On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.
Tackling the slipperiness of memories, the relativity of truth, and the danger of obsessive friendships, The Lying Game is a gripping mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in a can't-stop-listening thriller.
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By Wendi on 08-11-17
Another Disappointment from Ruth Ware
First off- I loved Ruth Ware's debut novel, 'In a Dark, Dark Wood.' I found myself voraciously listening and even going for long walks to give me an excuse to listen to it. I loved the characters and the humour she inserted in some of the tense situations. I laughed til I cried at one point in the story...
Then came the story of the woman in the cabin. Urgh. Hated it.
I decided that since I enjoyed her first book so much, I would go ahead and try my luck with 'The Lying Game.' I didn't read a thing about the book- I just bought it and listened.
First off.. this isn't a good book. Make no mistake, I wanted to chuck my phone through my window on my hour plus drive home during the first 4 hours of listening. Imogen Church does a fantastic job of narrating the book- so props for that. Good job, Ms. Church.
The Lying Game is about a group of four friends who went to a private school together and gather years after they've done something terribly wrong (it's a big secret- and it's a let down). They are worried and tortured because of the one mistake they made while in private school. So- there might actually be a story here-- but the problem is in the telling.
Ware actually repeats the story twice. Once in present time and once in 'flashback time.' Also, the story is so disassociated- it doesn't match. It's like Ms. Ware had no outline and sort of made it up as she went.
I will say that although the first 4-5 hours of this book are fairly tedious, it does pick up with about 4 hours left to go and I did want to listen to the rest of it to see what would happen next. I think Ms. Ware should cut about 7 hours out of this novel.. or maybe not have written it at all. She's got one more chance with me though... because I loved 'In a Dark, Dark Wood' so very much.
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By george on 07-27-17
REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)
First, Imogen Church ALWAYS gives an outstanding performance, so it is no surprise that she gives one to this book.
I LOVE Ruth Ware's writing and character building and humor but somehow things didn't come together on this one. It should be called "The "I'm Going To Make It Up As I Go" Game".
Just the summary of the book is misleading, you'll figure that out in the first couple chapters and then somehow low and behold it wasn't? Huh? Exactly!
There is a good (not great) story in here somewhere but the marketing of the book ruined it. So you think your entering into one thing only to find your entering into an entirely different story.
Plus there are chapters of flashbacks which are okay but are not really necessary since the author re tells them in present time...again why?
So if you really really enjoy Imogen Church and Ruth Ware and don't mind being a little bit more than disappointed that this is what came after a two year wait then buy it.
Or am I lying? J/K I honestly wish I was, so disappointed. :(
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