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Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game

The Lying Game
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501156205, March 2018, 416pp.

The Short of It:

School girls, up to no good.

The Rest of It:

The story alternates between the past and present. Isa, Thea, Fatima and Kate attended Salten, a boarding school for girls where they participated in “The Lying Game”. For kicks, they told lies to their fellow classmates for points. It was a silly game but kept them occupied and sometimes the consequences of such lies got them in quite a bit of trouble with administration.

One night, their loyalty to each other is called into question when something goes wrong and they are forced to do something that they hope will never resurface again.

Fast forward to adulthood. The girls are now women, some married and with kids but when Kate sends them a text saying, “I need you.” All three come running.

The Lying Game had a lot of promise but it was a bit long, over 400 pages and the secret wasn’t all that juicy. Perhaps the length of the book watered down the big reveal or I didn’t completely buy how close these girls were to each other. It kept me entertained and I was eager to turn the pages but so much of it centered around Isa and her infant daughter who required constant feeding and a lot of the same statements were made over and over again which made me think a good editing job would have really improved the reading experience.

I’ve read Ware before and some of her books are great and others just so-so. This one was good but it could have been a lot juicier, in my opinion.

Source: Purchased
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Review: The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party
By Lucy Foley
William Morrow, 9780062868909, February 2019, 336pp.

The Short of It:

When a group of entitled friends get together to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a fancy hunting lodge during one of the worst blizzards ever, drama ensues.

The Rest of It:

The Hunting Party is a book that I added to my list long ago. I enjoy stories where the characters are essentially trapped, and forced to be with one another. This is definitely that. Over New Year’s Eve, these friends rent a hunting lodge to host the party of all parties, partake in a little hunting, and drink themselves right into the new year.

What they don’t count on is the murder of one of their own, or that someone will commit adultery, or that someone is hiding a pregnancy.

I enjoyed The Hunting Party but felt like it lagged a little mid-way through. I expected a very “Clue-like” experience and a lot more suspense but again, still enjoyable. I am looking forward to Foley’s new book The Guest List which comes out in May. I have a review copy so I hope to get to it very soon.

Source: Borrowed
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