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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 Like 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 keto 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 been 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. Freta 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's sinking, 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 like 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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review 2018-01-06 02:57
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the narrator. I was frustrated with the main character because she seemed odd. If you only read the parts she spoke you would think she was mentally disabled. She stammered all the time and did not seem like the professional journalist she was supposed to be. Sure she was having trouble with anxiety but I don´t believe she would have been sent on this trip. She just didn´t seem capable of her job....or speaking. I did enjoy the book though and definitely recommend the audio book.

 

Lo wakes up one night and realizes something isn´t right.  She isn´t sure what woke her up but her bedroom door is shut and she didn´t shut it.  She opens it and sees a man standing there.  He has a mask on and surgical gloves and in his hands was her purse.  She is paralyzed with fear.  The man suddenly slams the door in her face and smashes the lock, trapping her in her room.  Her face was hit by the door when it was slammed and she is dazed and bleeding.  She can´t call for help since her phone was in her purse.  When she finally gets out she finds the intruder is gone and so is her purse with wallet and ID.  He also took her computer which had her banking into on it.  She puts on a brave face but inside she is traumatized.  She calls to tell her employer why she didn´t come in but she said she was fine for the cruise she was set to go on.  Lo is a travel journalist and excited to finally get a chance to prove herself.  The trip was going okay until she woke up suddenly.  She thought she scream and then she heard a big splash like someone someone falling into the water.  She looks out and thinks she sees a hand below the surface.  She called to report it but the chief of security doesn´t believe her... because no one was missing.  The person who was going to be in cabin 10 cancelled at the last minute.  But Lo talked to a woman that was in there and borrowed a mascara from her.  Now she is sure someone killed her and threw her overboard.  How could she get them to believe her?

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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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text 2017-12-29 18:11
guter Thriller
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

Inhalt:
Die Journalistin Lo Blackwood nimmt an der Jungfernfahrt eines exklusiven Luxuskreuzfahrtschiffs durch die norwegischen Fjorde teil. Ein wahr gewordener Traum. Doch in der ersten Nacht auf See erwacht sie von einem Schrei aus der Nachbarkabine und hört, wie etwas ins Wasser geworfen wird. Etwas Schweres – wie ein menschlicher Körper. Sie alarmiert den Sicherheitsoffizier. Aber die Nachbarkabine ist leer, ohne das geringste Anzeichen, dass hier jemand wohnte. Die junge Frau aus Kabine 10, mit der Lo noch am Vortag gesprochen hat, scheint nie existiert zu haben.

Fazit:
Guter Thriller, aber in meinen Augen nichts besonderes. Mir fehlt in diesem Buch das gewisse Etwas einfach. Gute Geschichte, guter Spannungsbogen und guter Schreibstil. Für Thriller Fans definitiv zu empfehlen, aber das Buch hebt sich einfach nicht von anderen Thrillern ab.

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