The Lying Game by Ruth Ware [in Library Journal]
Imogen Church is three-for-three as Ruth Ware’s anointed narrator. With her convincing range of accents, modulations, and control, Church adroitly voices multiple viewpoints, proving to be more effective than many full-cast recordings. Like her previous bestsellers, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ware’s newest features an ensemble, this time four friends whose boarding school bonds have frayed since becoming adults with separate lives.
Isa is a new mother on leave from civil service lawyer-ing. When she receives an abrupt “I need you” text from Kate, an artist who never left the coastal village where the girls met, Isa immediately heads to remote Salten. Isa knows Fatima, a doctor whose headscarf declares her rededication to her Muslim faith, and Thea, a casino worker who’s perhaps as troubled now as she was then, will also be there.
Reunited at the Mill house, once the quartet’s home-away-from-home, Kate divulges that a corpse was discovered in the nearby marshes. The “lying game,” which kept the girls’ secrets buried for almost 20 years, is finally up. These four frightened, threatened women must figure out which confessions might save the rest of their lives. For Ware fans, this is Game on.
Review: modified from “Audio,” Library Journal, December 1, 2017