Monday, 3 January 2011

The Lying Game - Sara Shepard

Hardcover, 307 pages

Published December 7th 2010 by HarperTeen

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?
Let the lying game begin.

Sara Shepard is great, I mean really freekin' awesome! I adored Pretty Little Liars, and going into this book I had to remind myself that this was a totally different series.


I couldn't help but have constant reminders of just how similar the book really is. First of all there's a murder. Except who did it? Well, that's the mystery, hmm... does this sound vaguely familiar to you? A creepy boy who seems very reserved, almost as if he is hiding something... Wow. That's like Pretty Little Liars too.

Quick Summary: Emma finds out that she has a long lost twin sister, Sutton, and decides to meet up with her. However upon arrival it is clear that things are not quite right. Later Emma discovers that Sutton is dead, and that she has to pretend she is Sutton or she is next. Basically it's the whole if you tell: You're dead.

So, apart from the similar plot line, this book was fantastic! It held mystery, suspense, and I did rather enjoy Emma's character. It was actually really interesting as the narrative would suddenly swap from Emma  to Sutton in heaven, who would add little comments here and there. I liked this as it was cool to see how she was feeling, and how she reacted to Emma's actions.

The thing I love most about this book is, You. Are. Never. Right. You see, just when you think you've got the whole murder thing sort out, everything is turned upside down, so you are never certain. This is an aspect I really admire in Shepard's novels.
Shepard's writing style is so pleasing to read! She creates this eerie setting, with really well developed characters alongside. She really is a great Y.A author.

Great read, I highly recommend you go out and pick up your copy now! Cannot wait for the sequel: Never Have I Ever.

4/5 - Only because I thought it was a little too similar to Pretty Little Liars.


  1. I haven't read any of Sara's books, but definitely plan on doing so soon.

  2. Great Review! This is next on my TBR pile. I haven't read Pretty Little Liars yet either but is amongst the many books I have waiting to be read.

  3. @Alex - You Have to check her out! She is reeally awesome, and write teenage fiction so well! The best thing about her like I said, is she never reveals anything, which leaves you guessing!

    @The Crazy Bookworm - Thanks! You must read this book-any of her books! I hope you enjoy it! :D

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog Liddy and for giving me the link to your blog- I'm so glad I discovered it. There aren't many of us young teenage bloggers so it's always nice to discover new ones. Also, I love your beautiful blog header. The picture with the chairs that you've also used for your button is positioned really cleverly :)

    I really love the Luxe series, they're so addictive! They're set in the 1800s USA, which was really fascinating although the historical side of it is not that accurate or detailed. That doesn't really matter though because there are lots of scandalous secrets and gossip ect. I really reccomend it. I agree with you about the Envy cover, it's so elegant and pretty but without being too girly pinkish.

    I'm off to check out some of the other posts on your blog now- I'm a new follower! :D

  5. Great review :)
    I haven´t read this one. But are hoping to get to read this series and Pretty Little Liars :)
    Sounds like shes a good author :)

    Btw. I am a new follower :)
    You are welcome to check out my blogg:

  6. Hi Liddy,
    I found you through your comment on my IMM post last week.
    I am really looking forward to this book, but was nervous that it would be too similar to the PLL series. I loved PLL (well, I still have to read the last one, but loved 1-7), and I thought the description of this book sounded a little similar.
    Glad to hear that you liked it, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it now!


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