Book Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game Book Review


The Lying Game is the third of Ruth Ware’s books. and the third one I have read. If you remember, she also wrote The Woman in Cabin 10 and In A Dark, Dark Wood. I was really excited after I read the first two that a new was was coming out soon!


What would you do if the secrets you had as a teenager never went away? What if you continually worried that the past would rear it’s ugly head again? This is the reality that Isa Wilde and her friends Fatima, Thea and Kate live with. The girls were at boarding school together and were the best of friends. Although they rarely see each other, they have a deep, unbreakable connection that continues to haunt them as adults.


When Isa, Thea and Fatima receive text messages from Kate with only “I need you,” the three rush to Salten, the home of their former boarding school and where Kate lives at the old millhouse. As teenagers, the four girls were inseparable. They played what they called “The Lying Game” – telling lies about everything just to mess with other students and faculty. The game has lots of rules, like never lie to each other and abandon the lie if you are going to get caught, and they received points for different lies, but the points didn’t really matter. The game made the girls completely unreliable and isolated them from everyone else (not that they minded). On the weekends, the girls would stay at Kate’s father Ambrose’s millhouse, who was an art teacher at Salten, and Kate’s stepbrother of sorts Luc.


The girls were mysteriously expelled at the end of the year, co-insiding with the disappearance of Ambrose. And now, after all of these years, the girls are returning for the first time to where all of their lies began.


I really liked The Lying Game, but it took me a little while to get into it. It was kind of a slow burn type of book, if that makes sense. Having read her other two books, I kept thinking, “There has to be more to this.” The other two have a lot more action, whereas The Lying Game is a slow unraveling of events. I am not saying that is a bad thing at all. I am just saying it is a different type of suspense from the first two books. There are a lot of twists and turn, and it is definitely another great psychological thriller.


If you are looking for a new book, and like thrillers, I would definitely recommend it!

Book Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door Book Review


I have read so many good thrillers lately. To be honest, I have read so many great books in general this summer. The Couple Next Door has been on my reading list for a while, so I was really excited to get started. And it did not disappoint! It is a psychological thriller / mystery, so if you like that kind of book, I definitely think this is a good one to pick up!


Anne and Marco seem to have a pretty great life on the surface- they have a new baby, a nice house, Marco owns his own business. But when they are invited to a dinner party next door (with a couple who hates babies) and the baby sitter cancels at the last minute, the couple decided to leave their daughter at home, take the baby monitor and check on her every 30 minutes.


But when the couple arrives home after the party, they find their front door is open and their baby is missing. Naturally the suspicion is centered around the parents – who leaves their baby home alone, even if they are just next door? The detective on the case is convinced that the couple is hiding things. And once the investigation begins, secrets are revealed about the not so perfect couple. Anne and Marco learns things about each other that the other didn’t know, and the couple slowly starts to unravel.


I really couldn’t put this one down. There were so many twists and turns, which always makes for a good thriller. It was crazy. I kept yelling at the book, to the point that Charlie would be like, “OK what is going on now?” And I naturally didn’t trust any of them. I’ve decided that dinner parties just aren’t safe to attend. This is the second or third book that involved a dinner party gone bad. Technically, Truely, Madly, Guilty was a BBQ, but same thing. So my advice is just avoid them all.


Looking for other thrillers? Check out my review on Into The Water, The Woman in Cabin 10, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.


Have you read The Couple Next Door? If so, what did you think?

Book Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood Book Review

After I read The Woman in Cabin 10, I decided I needed to go back and read Ruth Ware’s previous book In A Dark, Dark Wood. The cover said it was an “Instant New York Times Bestseller” so it had to be good, right? And since I loved The Woman in Cabin 10, I figured her first book would


Nora is a mystery writer who lives a very solitary life. One day, she receives a strange email inviting her to a hen party weekend (bachelorette party) for a childhood friend she hasn’t spoken to in 10 years. She wasn’t invited to the wedding, and can’t figure out why she was invited. After much consideration, and discussing it with a mutual friend who was also invited, Nora reluctantly agrees to go.


The weekend is held out in the English countryside, with a strange group that really doesn’t know each other. The house where they stay is a large, isolated house in the middle of nowhere with large glass windows and lots of trees. The group is obviously rather uncomfortable around each other, since the only common friend most of them have is the bride. The first night, secrets start emerging, and the weekend becomes an uncomfortable, tense event.


I looked at the reviews for this, as I do a lot of times, and they were really mixed (but so many are!). I thought it was really good. It is definitely another psychological thriller, and it kept me interested! To be honest, it was really really, creepy. The fact that it takes place out in the middle of nowhere in the winter made it extra creepy.


I didn’t think it was quite as good as The Woman in Cabin 10, but I generally don’t think an author’s first book is as good. I guess it is just about getting into the groove or soomething. If you haven’t read either, maybe read this one first. Of course, it could have just been me. I think Ruth Ware is a fantastic writer, and I am looking forward to reading her newest release, The Lying Game.


Have you read In A Dark, Dark Wood? What did you think?

Book Review: Into The Water

Into The Water Book Review


Looking for a really good psychological thriller? I have got a GREAT one for you! Into the Water was written by Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins, and it certainly is just as good as Girl on the Train.


When author and single mother Nel Abbott turns up dead in the local “Drowning Pool”, history is dredged up and secrets begin to emerge. Nel and her sister Jules grew up in the small town, which has a history of women drowning in the river, one specific spot being called the “Drowning Pool.” Nel’s daughter, Lena, had a friend who also died in that same pool months prior to Nel’s death. Nel’s sister Jules comes to handle her affairs and take care of her niece Lena and learns that Nel was writing a history of the Drowning Pool. It quickly becomes clear that there is a lot more going on than it seems.


The book jacket says, “Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath.” And that really sums it up! I could not put this down. I read most of it when we were on our vacation, but finished the last bit when we got home. It really leaves you guessing. Everyone has secrets, and therefore it makes everyone suspicious. Plus it ends with a really good twist!


Note – the book has a LOT of characters and is told from several points of view, so make sure you really pay attention to the name of who is narrating the chapter. My mom had a little bit of trouble keeping up with all of the characters (and there really are a LOT). I looked at the reviews on Amazon, as I often do, and a lot of them were negative because there were so many characters. I promise it is excellent, you just have to pay attention.


This was a hard one for me to summarize. There was a lot of different characters and a lot going on, so I apologize if this isn’t the best. But you should just go read it!




On another note – I read a thread on Twitter, and I wanted to comment on it here. It was something along the lines of how can bloggers love every book that they read?


So I wanted to address this. It wasn’t directed at me, and it actually wasn’t even someone that I follow. But I did want to mention it in case anyone else wondered why I love every book I read. The truth is – I don’t. I am really easily entertained so I like a lot of books. But I don’t love everything I read. I only review books that I love and would recommend that others read. I don’t want to waste my time telling you about a book I didn’t like and don’t think you should read! The only time I might do this is if there was a book that everyone loved and I didn’t, and I just really didn’t understand the hype. Even then I probably wouldn’t write about it. That would probably be a Twitter conversation. If I am writing about a book, it means I think it is worth reading. If there is a book I don’t like, I will usually post it on my Instagram stories. No books are sent to me for review, so it is always my honest opinions. So that is that!


Have a great day!

Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

the woman in cabin 10



The Woman in Cabin 10 is one of the three books I read while we were on our vacation. (Read about the first one here). It was fitting, since it takes place at sea. It is another “If you like Gone Girl,” or “If you like Girl on a Train” book. This was definitely a winner. I couldn’t put it down.


The book starts with the main character Lo’s apartment being burglarized while she is at home. She then becomes extremely paranoid and jumpy. She stops sleeping and is afraid to be in her own apartment. She works for a travel magazine, and soon after the burlgary leaves for a press trip on an exclusive, luxury cruise ship with a very limited amount of cabins sailing the North Sea. Her first night aboard the ship, she meets a mysterious guest staying in the cabin next to hers, who then never appears at dinner. But in the middle of the night, Lo wakes to a large splash and sees blood on the door of the cabin next door. But when she alerts the crew, no blood is found and the cabin next to hers is empty. And no one knows about the mysterious guest Lo met. So it is up to Lo to solve the mystery and help the woman she knows existed.


When I was in the middle of reading this book, I was telling my husband that unreliable narrators make the best narrators in psychological thrillers. My husband didn’t understand what I meant. What I mean is that for some reason or another, you can’t trust the narrator. Even if it is told in first person, you just can’t seem to trust them. My two best examples are Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. What is even better is when the narrator doesn’t even trust themselves, like in Girl on a Train. And I think one thing that makes The Woman in Cabin 10 so good is because the narrator, Lo, is a somewhat unreliable narrator.


If you like psychological thrillers, this is definitely one to read! I highly recommend it!