4.25.2018

just finished reading

The lying game seems like typical teenage indulgence--thoughtless and slightly cruel amusement where they tell tall and taller tales. This is the story of the players--Isa, the narrator is a new mother who is on maternity leave from her duties as a lawyer; Fatima, a physician and practicing Muslim, whose childhood friends struggle to accept how her faith shapes her life; Thea, who is struggling to find a career and hides evidence of alcoholism and self-harm; and Kate, who can't break away from the ghost of her father, and lives in his old home and art studio. The story unfolds between their past and their present, with their lies and secrets binding them together and tearing them apart. It's just twisty enough!

From the publisher:
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).

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