Four friends from boarding school share a common secret, but how long can something stay hidden in a small town, especially if that something is a body?
Fifteen years after their expected graduation date, Isa receives an urgent text from her friend Kate. When she and the others rush to Kate’s side, they discover that their secret is in jeopardy. The past isn’t the only thing that threatens the group, as threats begin to surface. Somebody knows something.
For Isa, the stakes to keep the secret are high and make her a compelling narrator. She’s been forced to lie on her job forms. She’s keeping secrets from her boyfriend. Besides all of that, she’s a strong woman, caught in the fraught new-ness of motherhood. Can I just say that a leading lady in a thriller who is a nursing mother is one of my favorite aspects of this story? Bravo, Ruth Ware, for tackling the complicated and often antithetical worries of those early months of parenting, mixed up with a heart-racing plot.
I’m also a sucker for boarding school stories and rural England, and Ware paints all the trappings of both in bold. If you liked her other novels, including The Woman in Cabin 10 , you’re sure to like this one. Another great mystery from Ware, with fascinating leading women and some heart-racing moments. Lots to love about this mystery.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.