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The Ly­ing Game

By Ruth Ware, Pen­guin, $37

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With New York Times best­selling cre­den­tials in Ruth Ware’s box of tricks it’s only rea­son­able to have high ex­pec­ta­tions of her lat­est novel. That’s cool be­cause you will not be dis­ap­pointed as you tuck into The Ly­ing Game.

Kate, Fa­tima, Thea and Isa were a tighter than tight clique when they were school board­ers at Sarten. To­gether they ran a tight ship with their an­tics on the far edge of bad be­hav­iour in the realm of board­ing school mis­de­meanours. So bad that they were all shown the door in the wake of the dis­cov­ery of just some of their high jinks. One as­pect of their modus operandi is that ly­ing is just a game, but never to each other.

Sev­en­teen years on Isa re­ceives a call for help from Kate, who still lives in the ram­shackle house be­side the sea and down the road from their for­mer school. Isa re­sponds to Kate’s SOS even though it means tak­ing her 6-month-old daugh­ter with her on the train. Fa­tima and Thea have also re­acted to Kate’s call.

As the past and its se­crets mix darkly with the present The Ly­ing Game is a grip­ping and fear­some read. To­gether they seem strong, but is Kate hid­ing a des­per­ate se­cret from the oth­ers? If so how will it im­pact on their adult lives all these years later?

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