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Friday 14 January 2011

Review: The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)
Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game
Book #: 1
Pages: 307
Reading Level: Young Adult
Published Date: December 07, 2010.
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Rating.3
Cover Rating
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, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? 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.
Taschima's POV:

At first I started out this book expecting a child's book on murder and slight mystery. I didn't really expect much. But after reading it I found out I was so wrong, and its so much more interesting than I thought! It goes to show you that you can't really judge a book by its cover, which is what I did, which is what most of us do (you heard me). 

The book is told from Emma's POV, the long lost twin of Sutton. Sutton also makes an appearance, but she stays in the margins, filling out gaps, and can never contact Emma. Which was really weird for me cause I thought they would actually get to talk... but oh well. It's good nonetheless.  Emma is a foster kid while Sutton already has the good family. When Emma sees her twin in a Youtube video she goes to Facebook and finds her, then sends her an email which "Sutton" replies to. They decide to meet and that gets the ball rolling. The Lying Game is introduced to us, making each of the players a suspect on Sutton's murder.

I had so much fun with this read. It was fast, and keeps you guessing. The killer could be any of Sutton's close friends, or even her sister. Basically everybody has a reason to kill the girl. It gives the story more edge. Sutton wasn't a good girl. Emma on the other hand is so special, and not at all bitchy. She is grateful for the few good things that she gets in life. Even though they are identical twins they have very different personalities.

Something that kept bothering me about the novel was the switch from Sutton to Emma. It may be confusing, cause sometimes you are in first person as Sutton and then suddenly you return to Emma's head. Also I'm not a fan of the cover, but oh well to each his/her own. 

Conclusion: Worth your money. Worth a read or two, and definitely worth buying the next installment in the series Never Have I Ever.

PS; sort of drool worthy male guy, hope to read more of him in the next book. 

PS; comment here and get an extra entry in my Goodbye 2010 contest =]


  1. This sounds really good! Have added it to my wishlist. thanks for the review :D

  2. This sounds SOOO good. I love Sara Shepard's PLL series so I'm sure I'd like this.

  3. This sounds SO GOOD. I love PLL. Great review :)

  4. I haven't read anything by Sara Shepard, but this sounds pretty good. I mean a twin posing as her dead sister? That's insane and the kind of thing that probably won't end well!

  5. I have been reading the Pretty Little Liars series, and I cannot wait to dig into this one. Great review!

  6. This book looks great! Good review!

  7. I really liked this book too. I was so mad at the ending though cause I wanted to know who done it! I didn't want it to be a series..lol.

  8. I've never read any books by this author but it sounds like the kind of mystery book I would enjoy reading :)

  9. I liked this one, too! The switch up did confuse me sometimes. I'd forget that Sutton was the main narrator and then suddenly her two cents would throw in and I'd have to stop for a second remembering she was there, lol

  10. I keep meaning to start the PLL series and this one sounds good as well. I'll be adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sara Shepard is awesome. I love how she adds depth to her books. I've yet to finish the PLL series, but I can totally get started on this! :D

  12. Now, is this Sutton the one from PLL? or am I wrong about there being a Sutton in PLL. It sounds like a great book to read when you need something light and quick. I could use that now. But I have read that the switching POV is annoying. I guess not enough to affect the enjoyyment. Good review! I'll put it on my TBR right after I read PLL!


  13. I'm so happy you reviewed this book because I just ordered it. I bet it's gonna be really good; although I haven't read PLL

  14. Wow. Now i definitely want to read this book! Thanks for the review!

  15. I was unsure about this book before, but you have made it sound a lot more interesting.
    The POV thing wouldn't bother me, I'm used to reading books that switch POV.

  16. I’ve heard of this for a while, but somehow knew it wasn’t going to be for me. I’m not a big fan of this genre. It ends up grating on my nerves a bit. Maybe if the cliches weren’t so strong…

  17. Entry :)

    Hmm, previews for the TV show kind of made me roll my eyes a bit but maybe I should give the books a chance, they're always better.

  18. I don't really like those kinds of gossipy girl books, but the mystery aspect sounds intruiging. Nice review!
    PS I love the title of the second book, Never Have I Ever. So catchy.

  19. Yeah, I judged it too and decided against it, I think I might add it to my to be read list now :)

  20. I wanting to read this book. Great review, it's on top of my to read pile. I just love the cover!

  21. I was afraid that this book would remind me to much about Before I Fall and The Body Finder combined but it does not sounds like it when I read your review.
    So now I will give it a chance.

  22. Thanks for the review! It sounds like PLL.

  23. Sara Shepard is a great a great writer and this does remind me of PLL!

  24. i've heard much about this book. it's something like PLL.Love the cover!Awesome review.

  25. Great review. I keep running across this book and wonder if I should pick it up or not...


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