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THE LY­ING GAME Ruth Ware Pen­guin Ran­dom House Aus­tralia, $33

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Between The Lines - LEANNE EDMISTONE

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?

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