The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

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The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: December 7, 2010
Pages: 307
Series: The Lying Game #1
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.

After finishing the latest Pretty Little Liars book, I decided I had to begin Sara's other series, The Lying Game. I went into the book with fairly high expectations after reading the Pretty Little Liars books, but I simply found that this book did not live up to her legacy as much as I had hoped it would. The premise was fairly good, maybe over done, but good sounding nonetheless. When the premise was brought to life by the book however, it just did not deliver. The characters were alright, I did not find them to be standouts, but they were enjoyable enough to read. The best part of the book for me was the point of view it was told in; from the point of view of the dead twin, Sutton, who watches over Emma, the live one, but cannot interact with her. It was so different from anything else I have ever read, it really added to the quality of the story. The story was slow to begin with, but as I said, the point of view added to the enjoyment. The story did pick up around halfway through, getting better and better as it went, almost a snowball effect. I would recommend this book to fans of Sara Shepard's who want a light, quick read. I give this book a 3.5/5 for being a good start to a series, one that I will be continuing in hopes of more action later on.

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  1. I have not read any of Sara Shepard's books yet. Somehow they didn't spike my interest... I don't know, maybe it's just that I am a sucker for supernatural stuff with super pretty covers - I know, I am horrible!:P I would definitely like to give this book a try. the title sounds intriguing and I feel like some contemporary reading for a change :)

    Thanks for a great, honest review, hun! :)

  2. Haha, I know what you mean abotu the nice covers and supernatural books. I like her Pretty Little Liars series better. You should give her a shot :)

  3. I really enjoyed The Lying Game. I'm sorry it didn't live up to your expectations. I only read the first of the Pretty Little Liars and I enjoyed The Lying Game a lot more. I may continue with it though in case it gets better.


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