The Lying Game by Sara Shepard | Review

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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard | ReviewThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game #1
Published by HarperTeen on December 7, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma's desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me--to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

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Cover Review: I thought this cover was alright. I really like how there are two girls, just like there are two twins in the book.
Tagline: I had a life that anyone would kill for. Then someone did.
Main Character: Emma

In The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, we follow Emma as she discovers that she happens to have a twin. Or, did, anyway. Emma has been moving from parent to parent, as she has been an orphan for a while.

Her mom pretty much just left her when she was young. One day, Emma’s foster brother shows her a video of some girl “dying” who happens to look just like she does. Emma doesn’t know what to think. The only thing that she knows for sure: it wasn’t her.

Emma searches online after she finds her twin’s name, and she sends her a message. The twin, Sutton, replies instantly. Sutton says that they should meet. Emma jumps on a bus and waits for Sutton at the train station. She never shows, but some of Sutton’s friends do.

They automatically think that Emma is Sutton. Emma is trapped in the world of Sutton. She has to pretend to be Sutton and not let anyone know that she is actually dead, or she may be next. The only person who actually knows is Ethan.

This book was really good. It was enjoyable because it was an easy contemporary with a psycho-mystery touch. I really like the show as well, except there are many differences between the book and the movie. I loved the characters, especially Emma.

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I felt really bad for her though because she was stuck in a position that she’d never been before. Emma doesn’t have much money, and it all changes once she becomes Sutton. I’m really wondering who it is that is blackmailing her. I can’t wait to finally pick up the next book.

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  1. Cool review! Haha now youre stuck on The Sara Shepard never ending series train!! This series was supposed to be a 4 book thing but I think it's been extended to 6… and with the show going good I'm sure it'll keep going after that πŸ™ I really like the series, but I want to know who killed Sutton already (although I'm pretty sure I figured it out). The other books in the series are pretty good except the 3rd one which was pretty blah!

  2. I like this series more than the tv show, personally I think the actress who plays Sutton and Emma, doesn't play a good "mean" character. But with Pretty Little Liars its the opposite, lol, I like the show more than the books! And yes, like Michelle said above, it get a bit annoying that she can never end a series when its got a good ending! Thanks for commenting on my IMM post! πŸ™‚
    New Follower! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week! This is my first time visiting your blog — and it's great so far. I especially love your blog name =)

    I read this one last year sometime, as well as the second in the series and, although it was good, I think I'm kind of tired of Sara Shepard. I also read about eight books into the PLL series, but got tired of them. I much prefer a series with a definitive end in sight, not one that just keeps going and going and going. With that being said, there is no one like Sara Shepard for leaving cliffhangers at the end of each book though — each one ended with me yelling out "WHAT?? You're going to end the book like THAT?!?!?!"

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