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review 2018-02-08 09:39
#10 - One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

Pretty damn exciting, right?! I’ve seen this book everywhere and after reading the synopsis, I definitely wanted to read it. I bought the audiobook with my credit of the month on Audible. 

It took me ages to listen to this, because I only listen to audiobook in the car (and sometimes I'd rather listen to music), or while doing the dishes and stuff like that, but I don't spend a lot of time on it, except when I'm really captivated, which was not the case here. I enjoyed the story but I had difficulty staying focused while listening to it. 

The four main characters are clichés: the bad guy, the smart girl, the pretty popular girl and the baseball star. I think it was intentional but it was a problem with me because it made them too shallow in my opinion. 

Still, this book was full of twists, many things were a big surprise for me as I did not see them coming. Other things were easy to figure out, but that’s also part of the fun. 

It was a bit darker than I expected, the ending was pretty harsh. But I liked it. 

All in all, it was an enjoyable read, it just did not blow my mind as I expected.

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review 2018-02-06 05:18
The Lying Kind
The Lying Kind: A totally gripping crime thriller (Detective Rachel Prince Book 1) - Alison James

I'm always a bit leery when something like 'a totally gripping crime thriller' is included in the title, but the blurb for this one caught my attention. The crime portion of this story was interesting, if a touch drawn out. There's a lot of running around asking questions, and I have no problem with that as long as it leads somewhere, but at times it felt like our investigators were running in circles. Once things pick up and start falling into place, the pacing is much better. It just felt like it took a little too long to get there. As this is Detective Rachel Prince Book 1, there is considerable time taken to introduce the characters, particularly Rachel and her partner, Brickall. That is where I ran into problems. Not so much with the introductions, but that neither of these characters were especially likable. They are well-suited as partners, considering there doesn't appear to be much of a moral code between them. Rachel is often disdainful of other women and doesn't make the best choices in her personal life. Flawed characters are often some of my favorites, but Rachel doesn't appear to see anything wrong with the way she conducts herself, which doesn't do much to entice a reader to want to know more about her. So, to sum it up, we have a decent mystery with some twists and a conclusion that is a bit dark and twisted, but it's hard to become invested in a series when you don't even like the good guys. 

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review 2018-01-06 14:07
Interesting Idea that Fell Apart
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So Ruth Ware keeps doing this. She has an interesting idea that she can't quite get off the ground floor when it comes for the full book. "The Lying Game" is about a group of four friends who used to play a game that involved lying with rules. 

 

Rule 1: Tell a Lie

Rule 2: Stick To Your Story

Rule 3: Don't Get Caught

Rule 4: Never Lie to Each Other

Rule 5: Know When to Stop Lying

 

Ware divides up the book with parts around these rules. Too bad that's pretty much the only interesting thing about the book. I thought we would get a book showing a group of teens and how they played this game. You don't get to see that. It's referred to and you hear about how the girls were considered outsiders by the boarding school girls they loved with. And honestly who would blame people. They keep to to themselves and told huge lies about people. If Ware was trying for sympathy it didn't work. 

 

Told in the first person, we follow Isa Wilde who befriends two girls on the train heading to a place called Salten. Meeting Kate and Thea she ends up telling a lie soon after she meets them so they allow her to join their weird twosome. Isa's new roommate Fatima is included too cause she backs up Isa's lie.

 

Ware does not do a good job of developing Isa or anyone else. Isa comes across as mean and just not very bright. She starts taking things out on her partner Owen and man if Ware was going for readers to sympathize with Isa it didn't work. 

 

It also doesn't seem believable that a group of women who have not spoken in a decade or longer would come running when one of them texts. Ware should have shown more of them as teens hanging out and being close to each other. Instead we don't get much dialogue between them as teens. Just Isa describing events and feelings. She gets into her crush on Isa's brother Luc and it didn't even seem believable. It felt like they barely spoke in this book. 

 

Isa as an adult also doesn't seem smart. She has a baby (6 month old Freya) who she is overly fixated on. Hope you enjoy reading about her breast feeding every two seconds. Freya didn't do much but scream the whole book. But Isa later on keeps taking her daughter with her to stay in house that's sinking, leaves her with a babysitter she doesn't know, takes her back to a house that maybe a murderer is at, etc. But she treats her partner Owen like an interloper when he finally starts calling her on lying to him.

 

There is a long winding road before you even figure out what event led to this group of teens to be separated. What did they lie about which haunts them still. The reveal to that was a letdown and oh so stupid. I am going to chalk it up to teen logic, but now I feel bad, cause most teens would not be this stupid. 

 

The writing was repetitive and not great. The town the girls were at for a year which is dealing with a downturn that may push the long time residents out was the only piece I found myself caring about. 

 

The only reason why I gave this two stars is that the idea behind "The Lying Game" sounded cool, it's just Ware couldn't pull it off. When we get reveal after reveal nothing really had a chance to sink in yet. And the ending with Isa and her nonsense didn't make it any better. 

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text 2018-01-06 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So far it's not setting my socks on fire or anything. Perfectly okay, just boring.

 

The game of lies between old friends when they were teens sounds lame as anything. I'm not moved by any of the characters so far, everyone just seems flat. Probably because Ware has the book going back and forth between the main characters memoires and present. 

 

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text 2018-01-03 21:16
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Hmm. There's a character named Kate Atagon and I maybe repeated it ten times in a row. 

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