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The text message is just three words: I need you.

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?

And how much can you really trust your friends?


It took me a while to get into this book because the beginning is kind of slow, but once the pace picked up, I managed to finish it in a couple of days.

Four friends who used to play a game in school called “the lying game” get reunited twenty years later, when a body appears in the marshes next to one of them’s house. What can go wrong, huh?

The dynamic among the four women is clear from the beginning. The story is told from the point of view of Isa, who seems to be the weakest link in their group. Although she also has her own secrets.

The story was interesting for the most part, but I found some elements to be quite predictable. I really liked the atmospheric suspense, though, that made you feel almost oppressed by the weather and the sinking house.

I found the character who tells the story quite irritating and, sometimes, I felt I wished I could slap her silly. Typical example of a person who doesn’t know when to stop lying, to the point that they lose grasp of what’s real.

Overall, a good book, but it didn’t manage to wow me.

For all of that, I give this book… 3 TEA CUPS!

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