Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (336 pages)
Genre: YA Mystery
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.
Series: The Lying Game #1
Main Character: Emma

I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.

I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I'm getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love with? Hug my parents good night like she's their daughter? And can she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Let the lying game begin.

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. 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.


Recommended for fans of:
Pretty Little Liars
Sara Shepard
ABC Family's The Lying Game

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  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 :( 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!

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

    1. Yes, her series are pretty long. It is kind of frustrating because I really want to know what happens!

  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! :)
    New Follower! :)

  3. I love the TV show and really want to read the books. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) New Follower :)

  4. It sounds like such an addicting read! She certainly has crazy twists from what I hear. :D

  5. 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?!?!?!"

    1. Thank you so much! I kind of agree with you on that point. :D


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