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Publisher's Summary

How much can you trust your friends?

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten, where she and her three best friends attended prestigious boarding school Salten House. Only Kate still lives in the area, at the crumbling Tide Mill she inherited when her disgraced art tutor father vanished when she was just 17.

Each of the women is running from something, from an act that has haunted them for many years but which they have tried their best to bury: in work, in alcohol, in family, faith and routine. At school together, the girls used to play a game - the lying game - in which they competed to tell the most outrageous stories to fool tourists. But for some, did the boundaries between fact and fantasy become too blurred? And how much can you trust one another?

©2017 Ruth Ware (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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The Lying Game

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from beginning to end, and the naration was excellent. Really makes you think.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 07-19-17

Yawn

not a bad story but so needlessly long winded.I loved her other 2 books which is why i bought this one.I loved the narrator though .

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  • David Loughran
  • 06-25-17

Good mystery, hate the protagonist.

The narrator is fine overall but beware some of her dodgy accents. She can be a bit wet.

Speaking of wet, the protagonist of this story is saltier and wetter than the marshes of her girlish youth.

I liked the story (although there is lots of repetition) and most of the characters (shout out to Fatima). However the writing is full of screed and goes on and on about nothing much in particular (long detailed paragraphs of banal instances that add nothing to the story) and is full of repetition. Could be edited down to a killer short story. Some of the twists and turns are quite interesting and i listened all the way through to the end to hear the payoff and was greeted to a wet fart of an ending. The writing style is full of repetition.

I thought the protagonist of this story was an awful selfish berk and I kept hoping and hoping she would have some personal growth moment but she doesn't and it is horribly frustrating. "I wanted to say this certain thing, but i couldn't" (repeat ad nauseam).

In the end my partner and I had a jolly good time listening and mocking the story, characters, and narrator, despite the repetition.

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  • @Katie87659
  • 08-31-17

Takes a long time to get going

Overall enjoyed the book, could have been shorter, an awful lot of backstory and it doesn't really get going until the last hour or so. Liked the character developments throughout though.

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  • S. Christie
  • 08-01-17

Oh dear..

I absolutely loved Ruth Ware's first two books and was excited to read this one. Oh how I was disappointed. It was as if it had been written by another person. Dismal, drawn out, over described banality to the point of painfulness. I listened to 6 and a half hours before anything remotely exciting happened! I almost came up on a hundred occasions but kept going because I loved the previous books so much. I truly wished I hadn't bothered. Dull. Unbelievable. Predictable. Boring. The only reason I have given this book two stars is because of Imogen Church's amazing narration. She is wonderful. Shame the story wasn't.

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  • mrs
  • 07-24-17

a page turner

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would, its an easy read but with a good story

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she is a great narrator and every character she does is recreated very well throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 04-12-18

I'm honestly not sure...

I listened to the very end, I enjoyed it as I would not have finished it other wise but I'm unsure about whether I enjoyed it or not. never felt like this about a book before.

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  • JGC
  • 11-01-17

Tedious!

Gave up with an hour to go because I just didnt care anymore, sick of listening to the whining main character.

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  • Sasso
  • 08-02-17

Very bored after 7 chapters

To be honest I didn't like the book from the start, I give it seven chapters as I absolutely loved her first two books.
This was so long winded, I kept waiting for something to happen, but alas nothing did.
Huge let down but at least I was able to get a refund.
I probably should've read more reviews before I bought it but I went on the basis of her to previous book be really good. Not for me this one!

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  • The Average Customer
  • 07-02-17

Great

The narrator was fantastic and the story was amazing. Absolutely loved it, can't recommend enough!

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  • Asako
  • 06-28-17

Don't bother

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

plot

Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Ware again?

Yes, I enjoyed and would recommend her previous two books

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes - her amazing narration is the whole reason I chose to listen to this book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Imogen church

Any additional comments?

Eugh - very disappointing. I found Ruth Ware's last two books a tad far-fetched but still enjoyable, but even the amazing narration of Imogen Church couldn't save this one. I've never come across a book that is both (a) so far-fetched and yet somehow (b) so dull. I've actually dropped my rating to 1.5 from 2 after sleeping on it. WAY too dramatic for little action, extremely forced "surprise" ending (!?) - I would barely call it a surprise. The "twist" I'd say felt like a haphazardly tied-up plot line. Don't bother. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this one!(EDIT: I definitely enjoyed the start, but the momentum and intrigue plateaued significantly about 30% of the way through)