Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Author:  Ruth Ware
Genre:  Mystery, Standalone
Published:  2017
Personal Rating:  3/5 (just okay)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Imogen Church
Yearly Count:  22

From NetGalley:
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

This book never grabbed me.  I thought I'd really enjoy the English backdrop and the boarding school aspect, but the story slogged along and didn't pan out in the end either.  I didn't necessarily dislike anything, though.  I have Ware's next book (The Death of Mrs. Westaway) in line, but I think I'm going to put some time in between.

Thoughts of Joy

My thanks go to Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley for providing me with the eGalley.


  1. I enjoyed Ware's first novel, but the second one fell flat so I have no plans to read this one. Too many books... :)


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