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UK (C'wealth) Vintage - Harvill Secker
USA Simon & Schuster - Scout Press
Brazil Rocco
Bulgaria Hermes
Canada Simon & Schuster
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World Rights With UK Publisher
Film Rights Eve White


Age Range Adult
Category Fiction
ISBN-10: 1911215019
ISBN-13: 978-1911215011

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 now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

US Praise for The Lying Game:

“Ware’s third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension and fear, that elevates it above her others…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 Reviews, Starred Review

“Ware masterfully harnesses the millhouse’s decrepit menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding, darkening Isa’s recollections of the weeks leading to Ambrose’s disappearance… with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet.” –Booklist, Starred Review

“So many questions… Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!”Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” –People

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

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware and her new thriller The Lying Game will have you full of anticipation.” –Library Journal

“A riveting, atmospheric thriller.” –Entertainment Weekly

“From the author of the hit novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, comes another edge-of-your-seat thriller you don’t want to miss.” –Bustle

“A single cryptic text, ‘I need you,’ reunites four friends in the stippled light of an English seaside village just as surely as it signals readers that they’re in the hands of a pro…The Lying Game makes good on its premise that tall tales have consequences, especially when they’re exposed to the glare of truth.” –The New York Times

“A very cinematically-paced book about a bunch of friends whose secrets at private school come back to haunt them… it reminded me of The Secret History but if you just took the most suspenseful elements and packed them into this book… it’s spooky and suspenseful.” –Good Morning America

“The author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers a thoughtful thriller about four friends whose shared childhood secret threatens them now. A gripping whodunnit.” –Good Housekeeping

“Fans of the mystery author who just won’t quit will recognize Ware’s singular ability to bait and switch in this wholly original story about four friends who conceive, innocently at first, a game of lies with dire repercussions.” –Marie Claire

One of “summer’s most intriguing mysteries!” –TIME Magazine

“[A] page-turning psychological thriller with intriguing female characters.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“I suggest you read Scout Press’ The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10. I read this grabber in two days.” –The New York Post

“Like Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train, Into the Water), British writer Ruth Ware is finding fans on this side of the pond with her psychological thrillers.” –USA Today

“[An] engrossing psychological thriller… Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end.” –Publishers Weekly

“Ware has become a household name in psychological suspense, and her third release is highly anticipated…[The Lying Game is] sure to be her next summer hit.” –Elite Daily

“Readers who’ve devoured Ware’s bestsellers The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood won’t need much encouragement to pick up a copy of her latest thriller. This story…is as gripping and atmospheric as Ware’s previous books, with unexpected twists around every corner.” –Bookpage

“Perhaps one of the most twisty and suspenseful titles of 2017.” –Mystery Tribune

The Lying Game is tense, addictive, and not to be missed.” –Crime by the Book

“You’re going to sit down and read this in one sitting.” –Weekend Today in New York

“Ware writes with sharp dialogue and rich psychological drama. If you liked her earlier works, you just may love The Lying Game.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

“This psychological complexity makes the novel more satisfying than the usual thriller, without slowing down its gripping plot.” –The Columbus Dispatch

The Lying Game is definitely more character driven than Ware’s previous novels, it’s oozing with human conflict and characterization… it was gripping, immersive, and had wonderfully fleshed out characters.” –The Emporia Gazette

“Ware is a master of setting… [her] talents for twisting a tale, and for creating flawed, unlikable, and yet wholly realistic and familiar characters are on full display… readers looking for atmosphere, suspense and complex relationships will find plenty to enjoy here.” –Romantic Times  

“…A skillfully crafted locked room mystery… Leave your lights on and check your door locks as you cruise through the pages of this tasty little thriller.” –20SomethingReads

UK Praise for The Lying Game

“Well drawn, complex characters and the delicate, merciless filleting of tensions and loyalties will keep you turning the pages.” The Guardian

“[A] fizzy present-day narrative, with the interplay between the women particularly well handled.” The Sunday Times Culture

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

“A dark secret from a long-forgotten summer gnaws at the heart of this impressive new novel from Ruth Ware.” The Herald

“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.” The Pool

“Ruth Ware has established herself as queen of the twisty, psychological thriller.” The Upcoming

“So many questions…until the very last page! I could not put this book down.” Stylist Magazine Online

“While this is a little different, it still hits the highs of her previous novels […] just brilliant.” The Sun

“It’s excellent on the intensity of teenage friendships and enmities and how they evolve over the decades.” The Sunday Express

“This is an excellent trip down memory lane, to those turbulent schooldays that few passed through unscathed, combined with suspense and atmosphere.” Crime Review

“The dreamy narrative leaps from present to past as the horror and guilt is slowly peeled away before reaching a dramatic close.” The Irish News

“Ware weaves a nicely knotty, plausible mystery that also examines the thorniness of the friends” loyalties.” Lucy Scholes, The i Newspaper

“Ware’s latest psychological thriller is another twisty tale that blurs the boundaries between fact and fantasy.” RTE Guide

“A slow-burn novel full of layers that builds and builds until you have to know what happens next even if it means missing out on sleep.” Red Online

“A brilliant read.” Prima

“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. Just the thing for a lonely English coastal holiday.” Metro

“Expect tension, menace, mystery, and good writing.” Choice Magazine

“A brilliantly original and atmospheric book.” Closer

“You will zip through this well-written tale of friendship, guilt and betrayal.” Daily Express Online

“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.” Daily Mail

“Another heart-stopping belter of a thriller from an epic talent.” Heat


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