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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Lying Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maija

    Lets start with what I didn't like, shall we: * crazy teenage girls who pull evil pranks on everyone *apparently stupid parents and police that do nothing about it * the idea that if you are popular, you don't have to do homeworks, teachers really hate you + your friends may too * Madeline wasn't all that mad about her brother running away, even though she knows that Sutton is to fault * you're waiting until you turn 18 and only then decide to have sex? Garrett wanted to have sex with Sutton, so she Lets start with what I didn't like, shall we: * crazy teenage girls who pull evil pranks on everyone *apparently stupid parents and police that do nothing about it * the idea that if you are popular, you don't have to do homeworks, teachers really hate you + your friends may too * Madeline wasn't all that mad about her brother running away, even though she knows that Sutton is to fault * you're waiting until you turn 18 and only then decide to have sex? Garrett wanted to have sex with Sutton, so she told him that they could have their first time when Sutton turns 18. Bitch, please, novadays that doesn't happen with popular, pretty and wealthy kids *Emma goes on a trip to meet her long-lost twin sister (the devil child) Sutton, leaves message to her foster mom about going. That's all right. But when her foster mom doesn't call her for even one time to make sure she's okay, that is messed up. *AND EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE OKAY WITH ALL THIS!!!? And now, what I liked about this book: *it's light *very meant for YA *kind of interesting, if you close your eyes on the wrong shit *No cliffhanger (I was expecting the opposite) *you can read it diognally, which doesn't appeal to some other books The outcome? I actually enjoyed this book. I had a fun time reading it, because it's so light. It isn't all about romance, more friendship. I'd recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I had high hopes for this one. I was in the mood for a fun guilty pleasure, a kind of Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl. Being a twin myself, though not an identical one, I love a good twin-switch mystery. I was prepared to accept a little stupidity, a few plot holes, for the sake of a fun soap opera. But The Lying Game disappointed me even by my fairly low standards. It just felt so...cheap. All the characters were flat clichés - not in itself a bad thing - sure we've all seen the dumb jock or the I had high hopes for this one. I was in the mood for a fun guilty pleasure, a kind of Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl. Being a twin myself, though not an identical one, I love a good twin-switch mystery. I was prepared to accept a little stupidity, a few plot holes, for the sake of a fun soap opera. But The Lying Game disappointed me even by my fairly low standards. It just felt so...cheap. All the characters were flat clichés - not in itself a bad thing - sure we've all seen the dumb jock or the sensitive male poet before, but as long as there are a few good quips or some genuine emotion, I can't say stereotyping bothers me too much. But, in The Lying Game, there was nothing but these paper-thin characters and a paper-thin plot. Honestly, I should have known not to read this when saw that Shepard had THREE MORE BOOKS already planned in this one series. Seriously, from what I've seen, this could have been one book. Maybe two. You know those ten/fifteen minutes at the start of Law & Order episodes, where the detective characters spend a few scenes running around after red herrings until we get into the real meat of the plot? THAT was the entire plot of The Lying Game. The entire plot was one. long. red. herring. Now, red herrings are a staple of the mystery genre. I could have coped with it if there was some emotional core here. And, call me optimistic, but I thought this plot came with one built-in. Sure, the idea of a magic long-lost twin sister who just happens to track you down on the day you're murdered is totally ridiculous. But I was willing to be forgiving because it seemed like there was so much potential conflict built in here. The epigraph - "we must be careful about who we pretend to be, because we are who we pretend to be" - got my hopes up even further. Emma, the long-lost twin, was a foster kid who'd got the rough end of the deal her whole life; Sutton, the murder victim, was an entitled bitch who had the luck to get adopted by a rich, coddling family. Class conflict! Identity crisis! I thought it was all here. But Shepard managed to suck all the life out of this interesting plot with totally bland, vanilla characters sapped of any kind of emotion, briefly sketched. Nothing should be too interesting or complex in The Lying Game. And the plot holes...dear GOD, the plot holes. For such a serial nitpicker, I'm actually not good with plot holes. (I know!) They almost always slide under my radar if they're papered up with good enough writing. And, to be honest, I'm somewhat willing to excuse them for the sake of the story (e.g. "New Girl.") But all of the plot holes in The Lying Game - of which there were many - made me grind my teeth with frustration. I understand that there's a difference between characters making stupid decision and plot holes, but exhibit A: Emma, foster kid, has just more or less fell into Sutton's life. She's decided that she can't imitate her dead twin sister and she's determined to go to the police to get it straightened out. Only the video of Sutton's death has been deleted from the Net and it turns out Sutton has a bit of a reputation for lying to the police. Whenever Emma tries to explain the whole long-lost-twin thing, people laugh at her, assuming it's another of Sutton's ridiculous jokes. But...Emma has a life of her own. Why doesn't Emma call her best friend Alex to vouch for her, or her ex-foster mother? Why doesn't Emma ever show anyone in Sutton's family her (Emma's) Facebook page? And the most annoying thing is that this could have been easily covered up. I know that a lot of people don't like it when, in reviews, reviewers say that "it would have been much better if X had happened..." because the primary job of a reviewer is to write about what is actually in front of them. But TLG is full of ridiculous moments and plot holes that had me going "why doesn't Emmas just...?" BUT they could have easily been avoided. Why doesn't Emma try harder to show them that she's not Sutton? Well, maybe she wants to be Sutton. Why was Sutton adopted and Emma wasn't? Why doesn't Emma have any memories of Sutton? Was Sutton adopted when she was a baby? Why would Becky have Sutton adopted as a baby but not Emma? The list goes on and on. Nothing can be too complex or interesting in Shepard's simplistic, bland world. There's no edge, no reason to care. Emma's emotions are simple and written down just like, "Emma was nervous." "Emma was happy." "Emma felt a twinge of guilt." All writers do this to an extent - but there was just no involvement with our protaganist. There's the sensitive male poet and the dumb jock, like I mentioned, but there's absolutely no chemistry or life infused within them. There's also the jealous little sister who's desperate to have her older sister's life. Well, maybe she killed her so that she could have it? Ugh...not only are the characters totally unoriginal, so is the plotline. Everything you've seen here, you've seen a million times before. And done better, too. The most annoying thing about TLG is the perspective it's told in. Sutton is dead and narrates in a kind of beyond-the-grave first-person voiceover, though God knows why because she can't remember ANYTHING about her old life except the occasional flash. Emma on the other hand is told totally in third person - almost as if Sutton was watching her, except not, because if Sutton was watching her, why would she be able to hear what Emma is thinking? (There's no hint of that story of twins being psychic.) There are no chapter breaks, or even line breaks. The story jerks backwards and forwards from Sutton's first-person whining about how she can't remember anything and she wishes she could (which is all very, very convenient) to Emma third-personly wandering around trying to make sense of Sutton's life. This 'dual POV' thing just felt totally, totally cheap and lazy. It's almost as if Shepard couldn't be bothered planning this book properly and, whenever she realised that she had to communicate A BIG REVELATION to her audience, she didn't bother getting Emma to do any kind of detective work (which, y'know, she's supposed to be doing!). Instead, she just flip-flopped back to Sutton and got Sutton to show us through one of her very convenient 'flashes' of her past life. Everyone is annoying, nobody is interesting and, no, I won't be coming back for Book 2. The most frustrating thing about this book is how goddamn lazy it is. Listen up, YA writers! Don't bother treating your readers as if they have any scrap of intelligence. Just s p e l l everything out for them, stick to your clichés and sap every hint of life/originality out of everything. That will get you a bestselling series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tylah Marie

    I’m such a sucker for a these types of books! I loved this. I remember watching the show years ago and when it got cancelled I was so disappointed. I’m so excited to read this whole series so I can finally know EVERYTHING that happened!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trameka

    Ok, let me start by saying that I'm 21 years old and I started reading this series because I love the show Pretty Little Liars. Cover: The cover is cute with the black background and the accents of pink. However, the images of the girls are quite juvenile, which should have been a hint that the book was most likely made for a younger age group. Characters: I felt that the characters were introduced oddly. Names were just thrown around without any indication of who they were. I have a hard time kee Ok, let me start by saying that I'm 21 years old and I started reading this series because I love the show Pretty Little Liars. Cover: The cover is cute with the black background and the accents of pink. However, the images of the girls are quite juvenile, which should have been a hint that the book was most likely made for a younger age group. Characters: I felt that the characters were introduced oddly. Names were just thrown around without any indication of who they were. I have a hard time keeping straight who was who. Thayer, Emma , no Laurel... It was hard to follow. Also, the characters were very one dimensional. They were flat and often quite boring. I really disliked the back and forth between Emma and Sutton. Why was Sutton still there? She brought nothing to the table. Suspense: The book had its suspenseful parts (my favorite was when Emma got strangled), but not enough for me. I expected the book to have me on the edge of my seat like PLL, but that didn't happen much except for the ending. Classic who dun it with a twist. Length: The book was a very easy read. I could have finished in two days, but boredom overtook me. The book would have be fine with the Epilogue. Rating: I give this book 3.5 stars for an interesting premise and great cliff-hanger. Will I read the next book in this series? Maybe. Definitely if I find it on sale. I'm dying to find out what happened to Sutton.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I was absolutely addicted to the television show Pretty Little Liars this past summer. So,when I heard the author of the book series the show was based on had a new YA series in the works, I quickly added the new title to my “must read list.” The Lying Game does not disappoint. It is filled with just the right amount of suspense, teen angst, and awesome clothes* that teens are sure to love. Sara Sheperd’s latest series follows down on her luck Emma. Emma’s life in her foster home is unbearable. I was absolutely addicted to the television show Pretty Little Liars this past summer. So,when I heard the author of the book series the show was based on had a new YA series in the works, I quickly added the new title to my “must read list.” The Lying Game does not disappoint. It is filled with just the right amount of suspense, teen angst, and awesome clothes* that teens are sure to love. Sara Sheperd’s latest series follows down on her luck Emma. Emma’s life in her foster home is unbearable. So when she finds out she may have a long lost twin sister who lives in luxury with her wealthy family, she is overjoyed. After Sara agrees to meet her lookalike Sutton, she is thrown into a plot largely revolving around lies, a twisted game played by Sutton and her friends, and mistaken identity. Sheperd deftly tackles issues such as wealth, foster care and peer pressure with ease. I’m glad that readers get to see events unfold through the eyes of both working class Emma and privileged Sutton, because it lends perspective to Sutton’s Lavish lifestyle. Sara Shepard’s masterful ability to create a suspenseful landscape filled with mystery and paranoia will make even the most seasoned reader of YA mystery and suspense jump in his or her seat. The Lying Game left me wanting to know more. What happened to Sutton? How is Emma’s life going to change? Guess I’ll just have to wait for the next book in the series to find out! Check out my blog WellReadWife.com!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raul

    WOW!!!! SO GOOD!!! It started off a little slow and it took me some time to get into the story but once it got interesting, I was hooked!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    I don't normally read this type of book, but since I received it through a Goodreads giveaway I figured I might as well give it a try. That was a mistake. This book is like Gossip Girls meets a very bad Law and Order spin off. I don't even want to read the sequel. And I read three of those horrible Blue Bloods books. I had high hopes for this. But I should have done my research on the author first. Apparently she wrote Pretty Little Liars, which sounds like one of the dumbest things to ever hit I don't normally read this type of book, but since I received it through a Goodreads giveaway I figured I might as well give it a try. That was a mistake. This book is like Gossip Girls meets a very bad Law and Order spin off. I don't even want to read the sequel. And I read three of those horrible Blue Bloods books. I had high hopes for this. But I should have done my research on the author first. Apparently she wrote Pretty Little Liars, which sounds like one of the dumbest things to ever hit television. Seriously, how can you compare being a lesbian to wanting to be with your thirty year old teacher? But I digress.I should have known what was in store. The premise of this novel is that a girl, Sutton, was murdered. She finds out that she is a ghost and wakes up in the bathroom next to a girl named Emma. My first problem is that she used a prologue. My second problem was that she used a cheap way to introduce us to the character. p1."I could barely remember that my name was Sutton Mercer and that I lived in the foothills of Tuscon, Arizona." This is a pretty cheap way to tell a characters name. Only the Animorphs can get away with using the "My name is..." gimmick to introduce a character. And K.A. Applegate had a reason. Anyway, we soon find out that Sutton and Emma are twin sisters. Sutton was murdered, but she can barely remember anything about her old life. Sutton was the adopted twin, Emma was abandoned by her mother and has been in and out of foster homes since she was five. After a series of kinda stupid events, and thirty name dropping pop-culture references later, Emma finds out that Sutton is her twin and goes to visit her through Facebook. Apparently this girl isn't very smart. What sort of idiot goes to visit a person they just met on Facebook? I'm not going to spoil the big surprise but I am going to warn you that this book is part of a series. Meaning that there is no payoff. I was left feeling no sympathy for any of the characters except for Nisha, the villian, and Ethan, the loner love interest. Nisha is an East Indian girl, meaning that she is actually from India I guess, who Sutton and her friends prank for very stupid petty reasons. I disliked every single one of Sutton's 'friends'. I even disliked Laurel, and she was the most likable out of all of them. My biggest beef with this book was all of the name dropping. Every other page was filled with references to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and other pop stars that no-one will care about in five years. The reference to Owl City made me realize that this book was already dated. I seriously wanted the author to stop mentioning iPhones, iPads, and Blackberries. I wonder if the author was payed to mention this stuff. I mean, I have an iPhone, I don't need to be told how great they are every five minutes. Once again I excuse this sort of thing in the Animorphs simply because unlike in this and Blue Blood, I wasn't being beat over the head with name dropping. Another thing. I hated Sutton. Why am I supposed to care who killed her? She was a lying, cheating, loser who built herself up by pulling seriously not ok pranks on other people. She stole her best friends boyfriend. She cheated on him with a college boy. She calls the police to report stupid crimes such as babies in dumpsters and bodies in the forest. And I'm supposed to feel sympathy for her? Emma was also unbelievably dumb. But telling just how stupid she is would be a spoiler. The plot, while compelling at times, hinges on cheap cliffhangers. The prose is horrible. I take back that it sounds like something I might have written when I was fourteen. I wrote better than this then. I literally cringed every time the girls started talking like rappers from ten years ago.I wonder if these girls have ever met Snoop Dogg. They'd have a good time with him. They talk like Cindy, out of the Boondocks, only on meth. Very cheap meth. I wonder how Sarah Shepard graduated from Columbia with a MA in literature. This is like a slap in the face for all unpublished authors. Write vapid garbage if you ever want to get published. I will not finish this series. I hated the book. I hated how the book depicts foster families. I hate how it depicts high school. I hate mean girl cliches. Thanks for the book Harper Collins, but I wish you had kept it and just given me the next Wicked Lovely. That might not be the greatest series in the world, but it looks like Tolkien compared to this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    MsLadyCritic

    Even if this is only half as good as the Pretty Little Liars books were, it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait to read this when it comes out!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    This was my sort of last chance, shot in the dark with Sara Shepard. I could not get into "Pretty Little Liars" at all and it ended up being a Can't finish book. So, I wasn't expecting much with this one... but something kept nagging at me to try it out. Shockingly, it has been a stepping stone for walking me out of my reading slump this summer. I read it in less than 1 day. I haven't gotten into a book in a while, so this was a huge deal to me. Is this book mind-blowingly good? No, but it was fun This was my sort of last chance, shot in the dark with Sara Shepard. I could not get into "Pretty Little Liars" at all and it ended up being a Can't finish book. So, I wasn't expecting much with this one... but something kept nagging at me to try it out. Shockingly, it has been a stepping stone for walking me out of my reading slump this summer. I read it in less than 1 day. I haven't gotten into a book in a while, so this was a huge deal to me. Is this book mind-blowingly good? No, but it was fun and kept me guessing. Spoilers: I am screaming at that ending. All that reading and I know NOTHING!!! AHHH, #2 better give some clear answers or I could see myself loosing interest quickly. Emma was a huge book saver for me, along with Ethan. Almost all the other characters are shallow, self-absorbed and some are just downright mean. If Ethan ends up being the killer, I am going to be mad. I also liked Laurel at times, I don't know why but she had some moments of redemtion for me... she's another I will be sad about if she is the killer. Bottom line: I'm hooked, i want to know who the killer is! Book #2, Never Have I Ever needs to be in my hands now. This is somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0 stars.... maybe like a 3.8?!?!?!?!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Girl finds her long lost twin, and when she goes to visit her, it turns out that she is murdered. The girl is threatened by the killer to pretend she is her long lost twin, so nobody knows she's gone, or else.... Yes, that sounds bad, doesn't it? I managed to get myself over that improbable plot, only to find myself annoyed by the improbable choices of our main character. So many times I wanted to scream at my book, because she kept making stupid decisions. The characters were cliché; mean rich gi Girl finds her long lost twin, and when she goes to visit her, it turns out that she is murdered. The girl is threatened by the killer to pretend she is her long lost twin, so nobody knows she's gone, or else.... Yes, that sounds bad, doesn't it? I managed to get myself over that improbable plot, only to find myself annoyed by the improbable choices of our main character. So many times I wanted to scream at my book, because she kept making stupid decisions. The characters were cliché; mean rich girl, dull jock, attractive loner, etc. And do girls really talk the way they do in this book? With al those abbreviations and references to fashion brands or famous people? And another thing that annoyed me was the unclear switch between 1st person and 3th person narrative. Sorry this review turned out more as a rant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    My review can also be found here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Wow, this is actually incredible. I picked this up because I thought some superficial young adult trash novel would pull me out of my reading slump. This is an trash, and it absolutely worked. The Lying Game had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I've gained some respect for Sara Shepard. There's a reason her work is so popular, it's actually really good. This had everything I wanted in a mystery, unexpected twist My review can also be found here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Wow, this is actually incredible. I picked this up because I thought some superficial young adult trash novel would pull me out of my reading slump. This is an trash, and it absolutely worked. The Lying Game had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I've gained some respect for Sara Shepard. There's a reason her work is so popular, it's actually really good. This had everything I wanted in a mystery, unexpected twists, clies that kept me guessing and plenty of suspects that have motives. The pacing is fast, keeping the story moving and the plot is intricate. The story is laid out perfectly where you were handed clues and memories at the right time keep you guessing and hooked. Emma is the type of character that I like to read about. I thought I would be reading about a character more like Sutton, superficial and spoiled, but I got Emma instead. She is sweet, but she is also well-developed with her backstory as a foster kid. I like this so much more than I thought I would. This fast paced mystery was exactly what I needed. I have written Sara Shepard's books for years, but now I see what all the hype is for. I'm really glad that I actually gave this a chance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    5 out of 10 Well, seems like TV shows based on Sara Shepard's books are always better than their source. Still! There are also some differences between the screen adaptation and the book version, so I'm still curious about the continuation. Also, mean girls motive got SOOO old that it's almost funny instead of annoying. Oh, and the concept of dead girl's POV with a paranormal twist is an interesting one. The movie lacked it! For those who are not familiar with the story! The bottom line is aft 5 out of 10 Well, seems like TV shows based on Sara Shepard's books are always better than their source. Still! There are also some differences between the screen adaptation and the book version, so I'm still curious about the continuation. Also, mean girls motive got SOOO old that it's almost funny instead of annoying. Oh, and the concept of dead girl's POV with a paranormal twist is an interesting one. The movie lacked it! For those who are not familiar with the story! The bottom line is after dying, Sutton Mercer becomes attached to her twin sister, from whom she were separated after birth and. Sutton was lucky to be adopted by rich and loving people while Emma was suffering from cruel or weird families, adopting and refusing her over and over again. At some point, Emma learns about the existence of her sister, writes to her in FB, Sutton invites her to come (yeah, she's dead, so who's that), but when Emma arrives, there's no sister, and everyone calls her Sutton. Or nor everyone... Plus, she is sure that her sister was killed and is trying to investigate it, while someone threats her + she realizes that Sutton's friends are nor that friendly and are good for the killer role. Now you decide whether to spend your time on this series or you're too old for such dramas)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Marie

    Ooo hello new series count me in. I’m a huge Sara shepard fan I mean come on I read her 17 book pretty little liars series and loved them all so dedication right there. Now there’s this series and I’ve always liked the way the main characters are like-able. Emma is a pretty cool character. If you liked pretty little liars then your going to like never have I ever. 5 🌟

  14. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    WOW! I liked it a lot! The characters were great and there was A LOT of funny parts. There are a few spoilers through-out, so be careful when reading this :) The beginning was a little slow for me. I didn't get that interested until she went to meet Sutton and Sutton's friends kidnapped her to that party. I was suspicious of Laurel from the beginning. I wasn't too sure about Ethan, but I was almost positive he had nothing to do with what happened to Sutton. I liked the parts when Sutton voiced he WOW! I liked it a lot! The characters were great and there was A LOT of funny parts. There are a few spoilers through-out, so be careful when reading this :) The beginning was a little slow for me. I didn't get that interested until she went to meet Sutton and Sutton's friends kidnapped her to that party. I was suspicious of Laurel from the beginning. I wasn't too sure about Ethan, but I was almost positive he had nothing to do with what happened to Sutton. I liked the parts when Sutton voiced her opinion on how Emma was doing by pretending to be her. There was a lot of funny scenes! I also found it really funny with Suttons boyfriend, Garret. When he would kiss Emma and stuff! HILARIOUS! I really like Ethan, and I hope Emma and him can have more of a relationship in the next book while they are working together. I LOVED the flashback scenes with Sutton of the night that it happened. I felt like I could relate to Sutton, when she said she felt like all her friends hated her. I actually felt sorry for her. I am not too sure I know who really did kill Sutton. I have a feeling it has something to do with Laurel and Madeline's brother, who disappeared. The L-Game was fast packed, intense, and a great plot! There was not one dull moment from when Emma stepped into the role of Sutton. I am really looking forward to this summer. ABC Family is going to make this a TV Show just like they did with Pretty Little Liars. I am interested to see how that will turn out. I hope they don't change too many things, but I am just happy to see the characters come to life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    3. 5 stars. The writing is effective and the story develops with a fine, steady speed, but after a while I grew tired of all the characters backstabbing each other and hiding something behind their backs...okay at first such dramas are interesting but after a while...it doesn't work so well anymore. Still, I will most likely read the next book. PS: the murdered victim is a total and venomous bitch whom I won't walk anywhere near to. I don't want this kind of person in my life and I am not surprise 3. 5 stars. The writing is effective and the story develops with a fine, steady speed, but after a while I grew tired of all the characters backstabbing each other and hiding something behind their backs...okay at first such dramas are interesting but after a while...it doesn't work so well anymore. Still, I will most likely read the next book. PS: the murdered victim is a total and venomous bitch whom I won't walk anywhere near to. I don't want this kind of person in my life and I am not surprised to find someone is pissed enough by her to kill her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jianne

    The Lying Game by Sara Shepard is a mystery-packed, thrill-suspense novel that will keep you guessing and thinking till your heads hurt. Oh yeah. The story revolves around Emma Becker, who grew up to be a foster child. When she found out that she has a twin sister, Sutton Mercer who looks exactly like her, she went in search of her hoping that she will finally find her family. However, Emma learns that Sutton is dead. Murdered. So who has murdered Sutton? In order to find out her twin's killer, E The Lying Game by Sara Shepard is a mystery-packed, thrill-suspense novel that will keep you guessing and thinking till your heads hurt. Oh yeah. The story revolves around Emma Becker, who grew up to be a foster child. When she found out that she has a twin sister, Sutton Mercer who looks exactly like her, she went in search of her hoping that she will finally find her family. However, Emma learns that Sutton is dead. Murdered. So who has murdered Sutton? In order to find out her twin's killer, Emma pretends to be Sutton. Not only is it such a big change for the wallflower Emma, but because of the adventurous and dangerous life that Sutton lived. And moreover, she needs to further see the secrets behind The Lying Game, which might just be the answer to everything. If you ask me what I really think of this book, I will have to say that compared to Pretty Little Liars I liked the plot of this more, however I liked the presentation and narration of Pretty little Liars. The good thing in The Lying Game is that everyone is a suspect! And you will really be dragged into thinking to the heck the culprit is, because as Emma said, everyone has a motive to be Sutton's killer. But hey, The Lying Game is definitely more extreme and has that edge-of-your seat element! Man man, I'm starting to have an idea who the killer might possibly be. It's just either the obvious one, or the not so expected one. Oh hey, thanks to The Lying Game I'm starting to love mystery genre. And right now, I'm getting used to Sara Shepard's style of writing. It is very intriguing indeed! The cons of this book would probably be, there's too much plot holes. I mean sure,its a mystery book so I'm not surprise if everything is not revealed (well duh) but some scenes tend to happen randomly and out of nowhere. I'm like, "how'd that get there?" A rather better explanation would've been better. And oh the characters, well I didn't really "hate" Emma or Sutton. Sutton's character has a lot of revealing to do and I'm so excited. But Emma? I feel like well, she's not a very strong female lead. I would've wanted a more bitchy queen bee (just like Sutton), I mean that would've been more exciting and interesting to read about! Besides, shes pretending to be a bad girl so at least pull it off, I know shes a good girl but thats why its interesting to see a good girl pulling off a bad girl's attitude, just to see a different side of the character. And I love, rebellious female leads. Kick-ass and with a bit naughty attitude. I don't want anyone so saint like. I mean, thats reality. Everyone has a bad trait, might as well show it. Just IMO. ^^ And oh oh, Ethan is hot. Yes. And mystetrious as well. He makes me dreamy! I sense some romantic tension going on! And what is The Lying Game? Boy, I so want to find out! And what really happened to Tyler? You guys better watch out for that character. I rated it 4 stars because with each clue being revealed the more I go blank on who the killer really is and like I mention, almost everyone can be a suspect. It just gets exciting more and more! And I like the sibling tension going on, this book really has a lot of tension in it! And did I mention that I love the simplicity of the cover? Really do. I appreciate the symbolism in it all!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gauri Dhruva

    This book is the PERFECT mix of mystery, romance, suspense, and tragedy!! This book revolves around the life of Sutton Mercer that her identical long lost twin sister, Emma Paxton is living. Emma takes the place of her sister because she finds out that Sutton has been murdered. Only Emma and Sutton's killer know Sutton's dead, but Sutton's killer threatens Emma that if she tells ANYONE that she's NOT Sutton and that Sutton's dead, she's next. And so begins an exciting cat and mouse game between E This book is the PERFECT mix of mystery, romance, suspense, and tragedy!! This book revolves around the life of Sutton Mercer that her identical long lost twin sister, Emma Paxton is living. Emma takes the place of her sister because she finds out that Sutton has been murdered. Only Emma and Sutton's killer know Sutton's dead, but Sutton's killer threatens Emma that if she tells ANYONE that she's NOT Sutton and that Sutton's dead, she's next. And so begins an exciting cat and mouse game between Emma and the killer as Emma desperately tries to bring her sister to justice. I would recommend this book to Nila M. because I know that she LOVES books with tragedy and romance having read Twilight. I love this book because the way that Sarah Shepherd has written this book is so PERFECTLY put together. Whenever Emma has a suspect on her list you see that they have a motive, reason, and in the past have had some kind of problem with Sutton. Please read this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    mish ♡

    2.5 stars don't even ask why i read this i'm seriously questioning it too.... anyways it really ended and i was like that's it ? 2.5 stars don't even ask why i read this i'm seriously questioning it too.... anyways it really ended and i was like that's it ?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Lovely Bones meets I Know Who Killed Me I was really conflicted on how to rate this book. It started off really strong, and I was really interested in seeing what was going to happen. Towards the middle it started to get a little boring and campy, and the ending wasn’t thrilling at all. I don’t know if I want to invest my time or money on reading the rest of the books in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Waukesha

    I actually finished this book on July 28 but I never updated bc I was hoping it would get better. It wasn't a huge book but there was not enough mystery to the mystery. I like PLL so I was hoping this would be great. I was disappointed I actually finished this book on July 28 but I never updated bc I was hoping it would get better. It wasn't a huge book but there was not enough mystery to the mystery. I like PLL so I was hoping this would be great. I was disappointed

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Egbert

    Stupid plot, stupid story, incredibly stupid characters. You'd have to pay me to read the next book. Stupid plot, stupid story, incredibly stupid characters. You'd have to pay me to read the next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Houda

    **4.5 stars** Just read this book in one sitting and I can tell from now, this series is going to be a new obsession of mine..

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    First, 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 in 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. The story is told from a dead girls Point of View. Sutton suddenly wakes up seeing a girl that looks exactly l First, 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 in 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. 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 to this girl who apparently is herlong lost twin sister. While Sutton grew up in a wealthy home with loving parents ( and a sister) and whit getting everything she ever wished for, Emma is the poor girl that goes from Foster Home to Foster Home, never having a real family... 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.. The book is fully of mystery, hidden secrets and you have no clue who to trust, I was holding my breath a few times during the book and 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.!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trinity

    Holy Moly!!! Have you ever read a book where you are just sitting still reading the pages, feeling like you can't breathe after every word? This is exactly what this book did to me! It is such a page turner!! I need the next book and I need it now!!! Emma: Okay, Emma is our foster girl who is Sutton's twin sister, she soon finds out Sutton is dead and is being threatned to play as Sutton or she will die next. There are so many suspects you have no idea which one to trust! Sutton: I have to be hones Holy Moly!!! Have you ever read a book where you are just sitting still reading the pages, feeling like you can't breathe after every word? This is exactly what this book did to me! It is such a page turner!! I need the next book and I need it now!!! Emma: Okay, Emma is our foster girl who is Sutton's twin sister, she soon finds out Sutton is dead and is being threatned to play as Sutton or she will die next. There are so many suspects you have no idea which one to trust! Sutton: I have to be honest, this book is nothing like the show! In the show, Sutton goes into hiding while she tells Emma to play her but in the book, Sutton is dead and Emma doesn't have a choice but to stay there or she is next to be dead. Sutton was really a mean girl from what everyone has been saying to Emma. Okay there are way too many characters to talk about right now because I am still trying to breathe after reading this book! If I go on with all the characters that were mentioned then this will just be another review that is way too long and everyone dodges because they don't have the time to read. Well, long review short, this is a breathtaking book that will have you wanting more after each book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Manbir Gill

    This book totally deserves a 5 STAR.The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because i didn't get to know the murderer in this book, i was reading this book so desperstely because i thought i will get to know who is it by the end but i didn't which was so dissapointing but that explains why it's a series.GOD! I wonder how long do i have to wait to know the murderer.Anyway this is my first mystery book and i totally love it, this book has raised my opinion on mysteries.I loved this book from the very This book totally deserves a 5 STAR.The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because i didn't get to know the murderer in this book, i was reading this book so desperstely because i thought i will get to know who is it by the end but i didn't which was so dissapointing but that explains why it's a series.GOD! I wonder how long do i have to wait to know the murderer.Anyway this is my first mystery book and i totally love it, this book has raised my opinion on mysteries.I loved this book from the very fisrt page, this has become one of my favourite books.I'm dying to finish this series as soon as possible.Can't wait to read the next book NEVER HAVE I EVER! This is such a unique story NEVER HAVE I EVER read anything like this before!LOVE IT!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon :)

    This series is pretty good this book was abrupt ending but thats to get you to the next book in the series. And off I go....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    I thought that this book was good

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Secrets, lies, drama, and murder. Really, what more could you want? Sara Shepard is the master of YA mysteries and she definitely doesn't disappoint in The Lying Game. Emma is foster kid who has been moved from one home to another ever since her mother abandoned her. Sutton is a wealthy spoiled rich girl who has it all. Until she was murdered. When Emma finds out about her long lost twin sister she goes to visit her and gets forced into impersonating Sutton. Someone knows she's not Sutton and th Secrets, lies, drama, and murder. Really, what more could you want? Sara Shepard is the master of YA mysteries and she definitely doesn't disappoint in The Lying Game. Emma is foster kid who has been moved from one home to another ever since her mother abandoned her. Sutton is a wealthy spoiled rich girl who has it all. Until she was murdered. When Emma finds out about her long lost twin sister she goes to visit her and gets forced into impersonating Sutton. Someone knows she's not Sutton and that someone is Sutton's killer. Oh the intrigue! From page one this book will pull you in and just when you think you had things figured out, BAM! You don't know anything! There are a thousand questions piling up on top of each other and as soon as you get one answered twelve more are added! Shepard manages to pull this off without annoying the reader. She keeps you occupied with all sorts of interesting side stories and you get just a little snippet of information at a time. It will keep you hooked. All the characters were fantastic. Emma is completely likable and the total opposite of her sister. I love how Shepard made Sutton a 'ghost'. She is there with Emma the entire time, but she can't communicate. Sutton chimes in with her opinion from time to time. It's a very interesting dynamic! All in all, if you like Pretty Little Liars, you will like this book. I think I even liked it a little bit more! Although, I was just a tiny bit disappointed when I realized it's going to be a series. I was hoping to get some questions answered in this book, but that's not happening. I'll just have to wait right here, on the edge of my seat, for the next installment!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    I really enjoyed The Lying Game. I've never read Pretty Little Liars, so I didn't know what Sara Shepard's writing style was like there, but it was really good here. Sutton was murdered. Now, her long-lost twin sister Emma is pretending to be her, at the same time searching for Sutton's murderer. So far, the prime suspects are: Sutton's friends Charlotte and Madeline and Sutton's sister Laurel. My guess of who the murderer is: (view spoiler)[Thyer (hide spoiler)] But that's just my guess as of the I really enjoyed The Lying Game. I've never read Pretty Little Liars, so I didn't know what Sara Shepard's writing style was like there, but it was really good here. Sutton was murdered. Now, her long-lost twin sister Emma is pretending to be her, at the same time searching for Sutton's murderer. So far, the prime suspects are: Sutton's friends Charlotte and Madeline and Sutton's sister Laurel. My guess of who the murderer is: (view spoiler)[Thyer (hide spoiler)] But that's just my guess as of the first book in this series. I like the relationships and team-ups here: Emma/Ethan, Sutton/Garrett, Laurel/Thyer They all seem just perfect for each other, and Ethan is adorable! I think I may have a crush on this guy. So cute. The only thing I hated about the book: Sutton's pranks with her friends. I mean, who does that sort of shit? It hurts people bot only physically but also emotionally. Why hurt people who've done noting wrong to you? Also, I don't understand why the hell they're so pissed at Nisha and vice versa. All in all, The Lying Game was a very intriguing book, and I will definitely read the sequel to find out WHO the real murderer is.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    I loved the TV show. I was so sad when it got cancelled and I was left with so many unanswered questions. So what did I do? I bought the first and the fifth book in the series (hey, it was an impulsive shopping and our bookstore didn't have other ones at that time!). And what did I do before reading it? I decided to take ''just a little sneak peak'' in spoiler sections for the 6th book and I found out who killed Sutton. But, what I thought was that that someone had killed her somewhere in the midd I loved the TV show. I was so sad when it got cancelled and I was left with so many unanswered questions. So what did I do? I bought the first and the fifth book in the series (hey, it was an impulsive shopping and our bookstore didn't have other ones at that time!). And what did I do before reading it? I decided to take ''just a little sneak peak'' in spoiler sections for the 6th book and I found out who killed Sutton. But, what I thought was that that someone had killed her somewhere in the middle of the series. So when I started reading this book I was shocked! Sutton was already dead! what the žnj? This book series has NOTHING with the TV show! And I ruined the whole reading experience for myself by reading those spoilers... I am angry at myself but more than that I am angry at ABCfamilly for cancelling the show. Thank you ABCfamily, now when I know I will NEVER have answers for questions I have I lost my will for continuing with these books although I have heard they are really good! I'm gonna grieve for a while and then I'll decide whether I'll continue with the series or I'll just read the fifth book since I already have it.

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