Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4.5 stars
When Isa Wilde gets texted "I need you" from her friend Kate out of the blue, she drops everything and goes to her. It doesn't matter that she has an infant daughter. Or that she hasn't seen Kate in years. Or that she hasn't been back to Salten in over a decade. Once she finds out it was a dead body that causes Kate to summon her and their 2 other best friends, she realizes that the secret they shared isn't exactly behind them after all. Not only that - their lives are in danger.
Ruth Ware, author of In a dark dark wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 is a master of building suspense. The Lying Game is no different. I am normally one who figures out the killer early in the book but this one kept me guessing. Ware cleverly adds in subtle red herrings to create doubt in the reader that kept me second guessing straight until the very end. The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star ratings was some plot holes that required the reader to suspend disbelief a bit more than was reasonable in order to continue the plot. Additionally, supporting characters with important roles were dropped into the story without sufficient character development. These are minor issues though.
The Lying Game is a fast paced high intensity thriller and I highly recommend you pick it up if you are at all into mysteries and thrillers. Don't miss out!