Saturday, February 17, 2018

[Book Review] The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Book Review of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware just wasn't a book for me. It was so slow and repetitive. I can't believe I read through the whole thing. Another I most definitely should have DNFed.

There were a few things I did enjoy about the book, but heads up; this review is short and quite negative.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Let's start with the positives:
1) I did enjoy some of the foreshadowing.
2) I enjoyed the suspense at the beginning of the book before I noticed how repetitive it was
3) I really like the book cover
4) I enjoyed the passages below

My favorite passages:
Speaking those fears aloud makes them read, and I can't admit to myself that this is a possibility, that the whole nightmare should be starting up again.

Before the Salten reunion I went months, years even, without, speaking to the others. But now the urge to talk to them is like a constant itch on my skin, a craving beneath the surface like the cigarettes I suddenly want again.

But the questions beat at me, things with wings and claws, battering against me so that I flinch as I walk, turning my face as if I can avoid them, but I can't.


Now, onto the negatives:
So back to my comment about the foreshadowing. I did indeed enjoy some of it. But a lot of it was just overdone in my opinion, which made things much too predictable.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it was shorter... If the author had simply cut out 75% of the repetition. It was just way too much. I felt that I was reading the same things over and over and over, and that the story was progressing at a snail's pace. There was also a lot drama that fell flat with me.

I also didn't care for any of the characters. The main character, Isa, was incredibly unlikable for me.

There were two main mystery elements. The first was revealed about halfway through. After all the build up, I definitely thought it was going to be something more. But it ended up being pretty underwhelming for me. I almost DNFed at that point, but I kept reading to see what the conclusion of the second mystery would be. Yet another underwhelming reveal that was done in such a rushed way.

... and that ending. I wanted to enjoy the action. But it felt rushed and unorganized. Like it was forced and trying to wrap things up quickly. I didn't like it at all.

I think I finally need to call it and say that Ruth Ware's writing style just isn't for me.


Thanks for reading!
After this one, I'm definitely in need of a really great mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat! If you have one you'd recommend, definitely send the info my way in the comments section below.

Related reading:
[Book Review] The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
[Book Review] In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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22 comments:

  1. Sorry this one wasn't for you! I love her books, but she's not for everyone. I hope you love your next read a lot more. :D :D

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  2. Yikes, so sorry this one didn't work for you! I've been wary of Tana French since I read In the Woods a while back. Kind of repetitive and slow, capped off with an unsatisfying ending. You might like trying Think of a Number by John Verdon! It's the first in a series (I haven't read the rest) and had a pretty intriguing mystery :)

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    1. Yeah... I just can't do books like that. They just end up boring me, and thats never good! But ooh! I'll check it out. Thank you!

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  3. The only book I've read by her is The Woman in Cabin 10, which I really enjoyed. My sister read this one and wasn't crazy about it, so combined with your review, I don't know that I'll be picking it up any time soon.

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    1. If you enjoyed Woman in Cabin 10 you may enjoy this one. My book club was pretty scattered about Cabin 10, but many said this one was better! :)

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  4. I HATE it when the mystery turns out to be underwhelming! That is always SO frustrating. And ugh for repetition - that's awful.

    Hope your next read is better!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  5. I've heard some very mixed reviews about this one. I am pretty sure I'll be skipping it. Have you read Two Girls Down? I loved it when I read it in January. You should check it out!

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    1. Not yet, but it's on my TBR! I hope to get to it soon! :-D

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  6. It sucks so much when a book has way too much foreshadowing, so you end up guessing everything before the climax even starts. :/ I had similar problems with my latest read, and sometimes it's okay, but when the BIGGEST twist is easily guessed? Very frustrating.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Right?! I'm a total sucker for mysteries and such, and I don't mind when they're a little predictable... but not when it is just far too obvious.

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  7. Although I did see this one around I didn't have any particular interest in it myself. It's a shame that the foreshadowing was overdone and it just became predictable plot wise. And the characters not being likeable either means this is not for me.

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  8. I thought The Woman in Cabin 10 was just okay and your review makes me think I wouldn't be so impressed with this one. Sounds like the repetition was used to build drama, but it was mostly unnecessary. I don't mind unlikable characters, but if they aren't compelling, it's hard to keep reading. Enjoyed the review!

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    1. Yeah, one! This COULD be one of the very few that we end up having different opinions on... but based on what I've seen with your reading tastes I don't think I could recommend it to you in good faith.

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  9. Of her three books I'd say The Woman in Cabin 10 was my favorite - the other two though not so much.

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  10. Oh man. This book sounds like it would irritate me. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it.

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  11. Sorry this one wasn't for you! I must admit I've not read this or her previous runaway winner, either, something always put me off for some reason.

    Yep, I'm catching up with my blog commenting. I'm sorry I've been very slack lately, feeling under the weather for what seems like weeks!

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    1. Yeah... I can't recommend her work, but if you pick it up I hope you have better luck!! :) And oh absolutely no worries! I've been slacking too. I just don't seem to have enough time!

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