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Friday, December 31, 2010

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061869708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061869709

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

The beginning of The Lying Game starts really interestingly, with Sutton narrating the story, but Emma, her long lost twin sister, living it.  Sutton has presumably been killed, and now she is somehow seeing through Emma's eyes.  Emma and Sutton have never met, but through a series of circumstances Emma finds herself living Sutton's life, pretending to be Sutton, in the hopes of learning how she was killed.

As she delves deeper into Sutton's life, though, she learns that her twin sister may not have been someone she would want to know at all.  She and her friends have been bullying people in horrible ways, as part of The Lying Game.  But Sutton's killer is threatening Emma now, and if she tells anyone that she isn't Sutton, he says he'll kill her too.

This is one of those books that it's a little difficult for me to talk about.  I thought it was an interesting idea, and the book was entertaining, but I didn't feel like I really knew much more at the end of the book, than I did when I started it.  I think this is the problem with a lot of series books.  Instead of having one "great" book, it turns into multiple "just ok" books.  This one had a definite case of Series Syndrome!  And talk about a cliffhanger....ugh!  Seriously, do not expect any kind of resolution, at all!!

I liked the idea of Sutton seeing things through her twin sister's eyes, but I'm not sure that it was really pulled off that well.  Sutton didn't remember much of her life beforehand and it ended up with her just saying, things like, "Don't do that!" or "I wish I could remember, but I don't remember anything."  It just ended up feeling like there was no point in her being there at all.  I'm assuming that it will come into play in the sequel.

I did like Emma, and the mystery behind what happened to Sutton was intriguing.  I definitely want to know who killed her, if that's what happened, and why.  I also want to know more about the other characters that were set up in this book.  I immediately liked Ethan, who was NOT Sutton's boyfriend......but there just wasn't enough of him.  So many of the scenes with him were just cut off.  I guess that was to build suspense, but I just found it frustrating.  Then I find out that he smokes.  Sorry, but that just TOTALLY grosses me out.  I mean, who wants to think about kissing a guy with cigarette breath??  YUCK!  

There were lots of things that I really did like.  The book did keep me entertained.  At one point or another I suspected every one of Sutton's friends, and some of her family of her murder(?).  I was fascinated by The Lying Game, and all of the pranks that the girls pulled on people.  Even though they were awful, they were kind of creepily clever.  The mystery kept me turning the pages, and may be enough to get me to pick up the next book too.  I just can't stand not knowing who did it.  I guess that's why they do this to us...haha!  They know us too well!  

If you're looking for another series to start, and you don't mind being left to hang with no satisfaction, I think this would be a good choice for you!  With mystery, suspense, and a sinister "Lying Game", it will keep you guessing even after it's over.

It's your move

You may want to know:  This book had a moderate amount of profanity and some sexual dialog.  


  1. I totally agree! I felt the same way about this book. It's definitely similar to Pretty Little Liars and I'm hoping this series doesn't go on and on and on...

  2. I read that there are going to be four books in the series.....

  3. Good! Hopefully it stays that way! :)

  4. It sounds entertaining but not enough to go to my TBR pile...


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