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  • Published: 3 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784704353
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

The Lying Game

The unpredictable thriller from the bestselling author of THE IT GIRL

A bold re-issue new cover version of THE LYING GAME, from international sensation Ruth Ware, author of Sunday Times bestsellers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10

'I could not put this book down' Reese Witherspoon'

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...

Praise for THE LYING GAME:
'Atmospheric, mysterious, gripping' Marian Keyes
'Surprising twists' Daily Mail
'Another heart-stopping belter of a thriller from an epic talent' Heat
'A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot' Erin Kelly

  • Published: 3 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784704353
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway and The Turn of the Key have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for TV and film and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.

Visit ruthware.com to find out more.

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Praise for The Lying Game

Atmospheric, mysterious, gripping.

Marian Keyes on THE LYING GAME

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, bestselling author of HE SAID, SHE SAID

Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won’t want to move until it’s over.

Kirkus, Starred Review

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

There can be no complaints about the fizzy present-day narrative, with the interplay between the women particularly well-handled.

John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

You have to know what happens next even if it means missing out on sleep

Sarra Manning, Red Online

A light but suspenseful read

UK Press Syndication

A brilliant read

Nina Pottell, Prima

Ruth Ware has established herself as queen of the twisty, psychological thriller… Her third book delves into the caustic side of female friendship and opens with an unexpected invitation to revisit the secrets of the past… If you’re after a book that’s impossible to put down, look no further

Alexandra Newson, Upcoming

The revelation of just how different the girls have become is as psychologically riveting as the surprising twists of the plot. The quiet unease that pervades the story never lets up

Christina Appleyard, Daily Mail

Both better written and more subtle than her previous two bestsellers… To read this novel is to have your nerves slowly but inexorably shredded as, over and again, the tension builds and then evaporates until the final, unexpected denouement


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

Lucy Scholes, Independent

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

Isabelle Broom, Heat on THE LYING GAME

A brilliantly original and atmospheric book


Pacy and claustrophobic... Ware perfectly captures the overwhelming, heart-wrenching intensity of female teenage friendships, which lie at the very core of the of the novel, as well as the universal experience of love, betrayal and grief

UK Press Syndication

You will zip through this well-written tale of friendship, guilt and betrayal

Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express

Wholly original. Four friends conceive...a game of lies with dire repercussions

Marie Claire

Well drawn, complex characters and the delicate, merciless filleting of tensions and loyalties will keep you turning the pages


Can you imagine something you did as a teenager coming back to haunt you 17 years later? That's the journey The Lying Game takes you on. Four friends from high school bound together by a dark secret get pulled back together with one cryptic text. Will someone find out the truth? Will one of the women break the pact? So many questions... Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down.

Reese Witherspoon

Ruth Ware is not just a great suspense writer but one with an unremittingly keen eye for the intricacies of female friendships and the ghastly things otherwise sane women can do to each other

Alexandra Heminsley, The Pool

Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest