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The Lying Game
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2017
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Characters
Kate (Female), She and three other girls were inseparable during boarding school where they played a game of lies with other students and faculty; they were expelled in their final year of school after the mysterious death of her father, the art teacher at school
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Suspense
Psychological
Topics
Female friendship
Lies
Deception
Teachers
Mysterious deaths
Death of a parent
Setting
London, England - Europe
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Imogen Church's convincing range of accents, modulations, and control allow her to voice multiple viewpoints adroitly, proving to be more effective than many full-cast recordings. Ware's newest features an ensemble, this time four friends whose boarding school bonds have frayed since becoming adults with separate lives. Isa is a new mother on leave from civil service lawyer-ing. When she receives an abrupt "I need you" text from Kate, an artist who never left the coastal village where the girls met, Isa immediately heads to remote Salten. Isa knows Fatima, a doctor whose headscarf declares her rededication to her Muslim faith, and Thea, a casino worker who's perhaps as troubled now as she was then, will also be there. Reunited at the Mill house, once the quartet's home-away-from-home, Kate divulges that a corpse was discovered in the nearby marshes. The "lying game," which kept the girls' secrets buried for almost 20 years, is finally up. These four frightened, threatened women must figure out which confessions might save the rest of their lives. VERDICT For Ware fans, this is Game on. ["Though not as chill-inducing as her previous titles, Ware's latest offers nuanced characters, an atmospheric small-town British setting, and a satisfying mystery": LJ 6/15/17 review of the Scout: S. & S. hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

When Isa Wilde, the narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller from bestseller Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10), gets a text-"I need you"-from old friend Kate Atagon, she knows she must drop everything in London and go to Salten, a town on England's south coast, where the two attended Salten House, a cut-rate boarding school. Doctor Fatima Qureshy and casino dealer Thea West, who also attended Salten House, receive the same message. At school, the four girls perfected what they called the Lying Game, with myriad rules and intricate scoring. An incident that caused the girls to leave before their senior year looms large as Isa, Fatima, and Thea gather at the house where Kate has always lived with her father, Salten's art master. Kate informs the group about a riverbank discovery-a human bone-that could unravel the foursome's 17-year pact of silence. Alternating between the past and present, Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end. Agent: Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency (U.K.). (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
New York Times Bestseller <br> <br> From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware's chilling new novel, The Lying Game .<br> <br> 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...<br> <br> 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."<br> <br> 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).<br> <br> Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed--which has now become Ruth Ware's signature style-- The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
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