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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 Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key 
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501188770,  August 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

I needed a book that I could not put down and this was it.

The Rest of It:

Nanny stories are quite popular. Add a supernatural element, difficult kids, weird parents and a big, spooky house and you have a winner. Now add technology. I mean, cameras, apps, smart refrigerators and TVs and you up the creep factor by 100%.

Rowan finds the nanny position of a lifetime. A high-paying, live-in gig that will take her to the beautiful Scottish moors. The house is unique. An old Victorian in the front, but the back half of the house is all gleaming and new, outfitted with the latest technology. At first, Rowan is impressed by this. Sandra and Bill, architects by trade, restored what they could but re-imagined the rest but all of its gadgetry proves to be a bit much for Rowan when she is immediately tasked with watching the children for ten days while the parents are at a business conference.

Did I mention that the last four nannies all left within a two-year period? Or that the house has a history of death and violence? Or that some in the town believe it to be haunted?

This was such a fun book to read. I was completely immersed and could not turn those pages fast enough. It’s sufficiently creepy and keeps you guessing with all its plot twists. The ending felt a tad rushed but overall, I really enjoyed this one and found it to be really entertaining and fun. I read it in one day. A work day, which should tell you something.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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