THE LYING GAME

Four friends. One promise.
But someone isn’t telling the truth.

The text message arrives in the small hours of the morning: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach.

The friends’ darkest secret is about to come to light…

“Another heart-stopping belter of a thriller from an epic talent”

HEAT

“A brilliantly original and atmospheric book”

CLOSER

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IT ISN’T A
GAME WHEN SOMEBODY DIES…

Four friends. One promise.
But someone isn’t telling the truth.

The text message arrives in the small hours of the morning: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach.

The friends’ darkest secret is about to come to light…

“Another heart-stopping belter of a thriller from an epic talent”

HEAT

“A brilliantly original and atmospheric book”

CLOSER

Inspired by Christie…

Inspired by Christie…

I can’t remember when I read my first Agatha Christie but I was not much older than twelve or thirteen, maybe even younger. I was immediately hooked…

Boarding School Stories

Boarding School Stories

‘The Lying Game’ tells the story of four women, now in their thirties, but held together by a terrible mistake they made back when they were at boarding school together.
I’m often asked whether I went to boarding school myself, and whether the setting is based on my own school days…

REVIEWS

“I could not put this book down.”

REESE WETHERSPOON

“Atmospheric, mysterious, gripping.”

MARIAN KEYES

“Ruth Ware is one of the best suspense writers out there and The Lying Game is her strongest book yet. A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, and a plot that turns like the tide.”

ERIN KELLY

“Thank goodness for Ruth Ware, a contemporary crime writer who’s successfully extracted the integral elements of the genre’s classics… and repackaged them for the modern reader… Ware weaves a nicely knotty, and more importantly, plausible mystery that as well as delivering the expected twists, turns and tension readers will be looking for, also showcases the thorny tensions and loyalties at work in the friendships between her main characters… a book that’s gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting.”

INDEPENDENT

Ruth Ware has done it again! In this exceptional thriller, we are in marshland, where nothing is certain and the deadly secrets we kept with our best childhood friends may be about to resurface. Intriguing to the very last page, this is a superb exploration of friendship, family and a page-turning top-notch mystery that is guaranteed to keep you reading into the wee small hours. I loved it!”

LIZ NUGENT, bestselling author of LYING IN WAIT

REVIEWS

“I could not put this book down.”

REESE WETHERSPOON

“Atmospheric, mysterious, gripping.”

MARIAN KEYES

“Ruth Ware is one of the best suspense writers out there and The Lying Game is her strongest book yet. A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, and a plot that turns like the tide.”

ERIN KELLY

“Thank goodness for Ruth Ware, a contemporary crime writer who’s successfully extracted the integral elements of the genre’s classics… and repackaged them for the modern reader… Ware weaves a nicely knotty, and more importantly, plausible mystery that as well as delivering the expected twists, turns and tension readers will be looking for, also showcases the thorny tensions and loyalties at work in the friendships between her main characters… a book that’s gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting.”

INDEPENDENT

Ruth Ware has done it again! In this exceptional thriller, we are in marshland, where nothing is certain and the deadly secrets we kept with our best childhood friends may be about to resurface. Intriguing to the very last page, this is a superb exploration of friendship, family and a page-turning top-notch mystery that is guaranteed to keep you reading into the wee small hours. I loved it!”

LIZ NUGENT, bestselling author of LYING IN WAIT

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