The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Posted 15 November, 2010 by Danny in / 14 Comments

The Lying Game
by Sara Shepard
Release date: December 7th 
(synopsis from goodreads) 
Source: HarperTeen through NetGalley

gorgeous cover!! 

New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard’s new series weaves a mystery of long-lost twins, mistaken identities, a duplicitous circle of friends, and cold-blooded murder. Combining juicy plot lines, to-die-for lifestyles, a tangled web of friendship and romance, magnetic characters, and sharp-witted narration from the afterlife, The Lying Game is an alluring cross between Pretty Little Liars and The Lovely Bones.

Foster kid Emma Paxton has only just discovered Sutton Mercer, the wealthy twin sister she never knew she had, when Sutton drops off the face of the earth, asking Emma to cover for her at home, school, and with her friends—just for a few days. At first Emma enjoys trying on her sister’s fabulous life: her fiercely loyal friends, her adoring boyfriend, her close-knit family. But as Emma is drawn deeper into Sutton’s world she finds the friends are not so fabulous, the boyfriend is not who she wants to be with, and the family is clinging to long-buried secrets and a veneer of functionality. And worst of all, Sutton may not be coming back. In fact, someone may have made sure she never could…and that someone knows Emma is not who she claims to be. Emma will need all her wits to survive The Lying Game.

LooOOoove this show! 

This is my first book from Sara Shepard, I haven’t read Pretty Little Liars, but I watched the TV show and I absolutely adore it. So when I got the chance to read this book of her new series I immediately wanted to read it.

I wasn’t disappointed – this was a quick read full of mysteries to discover and of course the end leaves you hanging in the air and waiting for the next book.

Long lost identical Twins..

The story is told from a dead girls Point of View. Sutton suddenly wakes up seeing a girl that looks exactly like her and then she realizes that she is a ghost, but has to stick somehow to this girl who apparently is her long lost twin sister. While Sutton grew up in a wealthy home with loving parents ( and a sister) and whith getting everything she ever wished, Emma is the poor girl that goes from Foster Home to Foster Home, never having a real family…

Emma is Sutton, 
whether she wants it or not… 

We follow Emma to Suttons home, trying to contact her. But, everyone thinks she is Sutton and next she get’s text messages telling her to play along… Emma soon realizes that Sutton is dead and now tries to figure out who murdered her sister and why the killer wants her to take Suttons place?

She has no one to trust, and who would believe her anyway? Emma learns more and more about Sutton’s live and her friends and she’s a bit taken aback. Sutton wasn’t a nice girl… She liked to play pranks with her friends, that don’t seem absolutely harmless and everyone is scared of her. They call this game of pranks “The Lying Game” …Also Sutton (the ghost) who lost a good part of her memory sees for the first time ever what a bitch she really was..

Bottom Line 

The book is fully of mystery, hidden secrets and you have no clue who to trust. It was absolutely enthralling ride and I was holding my breath a few times during the book.  I was sad when it was over and I still have no clue what happened to Sutton. Again, if you love Pretty Little Liars you will love this one too. It has a similar concept but with a new cast of characters. Enthralling and with an easy flow you discover mysteries over mysterious…. just be aware: Someone might play “The Lying Game” with you…

“Never Have I Ever ” 
the second book in “The Lying Games series”
comes out April 8th 2011
So tell me, did you read her “Pretty Little Liars” books? 
What about the TV show? 
Since I watch the show I didn’t start her books simply because I didn’t want to be spoiled. 
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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14 Responses to “The Lying Game by Sara Shepard”

  1. I'm excited for The Lying Game. I've read the first four books from the Pretty Little Liars series, and they're so addicting. I work in a library and a group of girls would come in last summer and repeatedly order the PLL series. I was curious about a series that could inspire such dedicated re-reading, so I picked up the first book. I was hooked! I haven't seen the TV series yet, mostly because I didn't want to get spoilers for the books.
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  2. Watch the show instead of reading the books (yes I just said that *shame on me*) and start with this series: If you love good mysteries those books are right for you!

  3. It's funny to know how you get aware of some books, I loved hearing your story! So they actually re read those books? Well that is love!!
    I totally agree, either you watch the series or the books, as far as I know the show is close to the books. So don't spoil yourself and loose all the fun. Maybe I read them later…hehe

  4. Haha, yup, the entire summer they just kept rereading the series. Each girl probably read the series straight through about five times this summer. It was really funny, and once I started reading them it was a lot of fun discussing the books with them.

    I agree, I don't think I'm going to check out the show until I've finished the books. The only thing I think will bug me about the TV show is that the characters look *nothing* like how they're described and pictured on the book covers. That's always a pet peeve of mine. 😛

  5. Wow! This sounds great….. I think I'll grab this one when I feel like reading a mystery! Thanks so muc for the review. It was very helpful!

  6. Shannon

    I read this book and i LOVED IT :). I also read the "Pretty Little Liars" (all of them) and its much MUCH different from the show. If you were to read the books it wouldn't be spoiled really. 😀

  7. Lauren

    Hey. I read this book, and LOVED it! 🙂 I am sooo excited for the sequel! I just wanted to let you know that Never Have I Ever isn't going to be released until August 2, 2011.

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