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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)
by Sara Shepard
eBook, 208 Pages
Published December 7th 2010 by HarperTeen
Source: Netgalley


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 thePretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.Let the lying game begin.

Who has not heard of Sara Shepard, better known for her Pretty Little Liars Series, I think she is one of those YA authors who has a HUGE fanbase. I have not read the Pretty Little Liars Series but seen the 1st movie and liked it quite a lot. So I was instantly thrilled to see her new series out and excited when I got the chance to read it. I went in it with lot of expectations, I don’t know why had so much expectation as I had not technically read anything by her, but I did.

As it is, it was a great read. It was full of suspense and with a ghost in the background talking and all, it was fun too, to some extent. But it didnot blow me away, the way I was expecting. I think it was because of the abrupt ending, I just wanted to know more. After a while in to the story, I just could not stop reading. I had to know and then just like that the book ended ((darn)), now I have to WAIT for the next one and I cannot tell you how much I want to read that one 🙂

Emma and Sutton are twins who never knew of each other existence. Sutton was adopted and had a life everyone would kill for and somebody killed her and then posted a YouTube video of it. Emma who spent her life with foster families after getting the raw part of the deal, finally sees the video, mails Sutton (after finding her FaceBook page) and instantly gets a reply according to which Sutton is dieing to meet her. The only problem being that the message was not sent by Sutton. Emma comes to where, Sutton and she were supposed to meet and is kidnapped by Sutton’s friends and dragged to a party. And then and there Emma starts to live Sutton’s life as Sutton’s ghosts looks on. Emma is horrified when she recieves a note and then a warning in which she is asked to just carry on as Sutton or else she will also be killed.

Emma does not know whom to believe and all she wants to find out is who killed Sutton and get out of her life. It is suspenseful and I thought including Sutton’s ghosts voice alongwith Emma’s was brilliant. Somehow I just wanted Emma to hear Sutton. It was really sad that she could not. Sutton could only see, hear and feel what Emma could and had no idea as to what had happened. What little that she did know came to her as flashes of memory. Sutton in life, was not a likable character but you could not stop feeling sorry for her as a ghost.

I think the next installment will be even better. I just know it. Can’t wait.

Desperate to read:

Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard

0 thoughts on “The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

  1. wow, that’s such a great premise, I haven’t read anything by this author. I could start with this one.

    I do understand the annoyance at the abrupt end though. Seems like many YA books today are like that.

  2. when i read this review, the movie, “I know who killed me” (Lindsay lohan) was the first thing that came to my mind.. should be interesting

  3. First of all, I love the new look of your blog!

    My daughter loves this series. She’s read the books, and there’s also a TV series that she watches. Thank you for this great review because now I at least know a bit more about what happens in these stories. 🙂

  4. I now feel like a bad YA fan, because I had not, in fact, heard of Sara Shepard 😛 I’d heard of the series, but the name of the author had never quite registered. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much!

  5. I haven’t read Shepard yet, though I do own a couple of her books. Ha! They really get you with the abrupt endings, don’t they . . . now you have to read the next book. 🙂

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