Overview: The Lying Game focuses on a group of four young women revisiting the past at their old boarding school where—SURPRISE—they played an ongoing game called the ‘Lying Game’. Another crazy twist is the rules of the game:
#1 Tell a lie. #2 Stick to your story. #3 Don’t get caught.
A more detailed summary can be found here, but this synopsis is all you really need to know.
Novel Thoughts: The only thing missing from this book is the word “girl” in the title! Novel Thoughts below:
Recommendation: Skip it & wait for the movie. Though I enjoyed reading The Lying Game, the book itself is pretty average. There is so much buildup and suspense that the climax left me disappointed and thinking that Ms. Ware could have done so much more.
That said, I think it has the potential to be an incredible movie. The Gotham Group acquired the film rights for The Lying Game (in addition to Ruth Ware’s first two novels), and I think that with the right cast, director, and direction, the movie will be unforgettable.
This book would have shocked and wooed me back in 2009 before I discovered the dark pages of the Internet or watched every episode of SVU. I really hate saying this, because I don’t think that the solution is always to add more blood/gore/sex to spice something up, but the sad reality is we’ve come to expect more and more of this from our sources of entertainment.
Of course, though, we must keep this in mind: every book is not supposed to be life altering. In reality, most stories we read are meant to be read, enjoyed, and then slowly recede into the depths of our brain. It’s like Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”