THE LYING GAME Ruth Ware Penguin Random House Australia, $33
As a child, I loved Enid Blyton’s stories of British girls’ boarding schools – friendships, rivalries, midnight feasts and pranks. Now, Ruth Ware brings to life a thrilling story of the adult consequences of these schools’ seemingly harmless games. At Salten House, Kate, Thea, Fatima and Isa play The Lying Game to tease and trip up classmates and teachers. The rules were simple: tell a lie, stick to your story and never get caught. Most importantly, never ever lie to each other. Their actions caught up with them and the girls were expelled in the final year of school. Nearly 20 years later, bones are found on the beach. Within hours the women are reunited for the first time since their expulsion. It’s time to get their stories straight – however, it quickly becomes clear one of them has broken the rules. Who’s lying and why?