Review | The Lying Game by Sara Shephard

The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: Dec 7th 2010
Genre: Contemporary thriller
ISBN: 9780061869716
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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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.

I found this book a little confusing in the beginning. The characters are all thrown at you quickly and then unravel slowly throughout the novel, so you start with nothing more then a name and a physical appearance. You’re also given the main character in a strange (and kind of unoriginal) way. She literally can’t remember anything…except that her name is Sutton and where she lives. I was like huh? You can’t remember ANYTHING except your name and where you live? I find that quite convenient! I almost would have rather waited to discover that in a more creative way. However, the book itself starts with Sutton, a teenage girl who is dead watching her twin sister. She didn’t know she had a twin sister until right before she died. Sutton also doesn’t know who killed her…yup, get your note pad! We have some investigating to do.
Before Sutton died she sent a message to her sister asking to meet up. Shockingly Sutton does not show up to meet Emma but one of Sutton’s friends shows up finding Emma (thinking she is Sutton) and bringing her into the life. Sutton’s memory slowly starts to come back as Emma is being forced to replace her and continue living the life to cover up her death. You get Sutton’s perspective in first person, but you aren’t getting that much information from her. Emma’s perspective is given in third person, almost like if Sutton could hear what Emma is thinking. Maybe she can now that she is dead…hmmm.
Anyways, however confusing this novel was I was shocked at the amount of suspense. All the characters have deep secrets and that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. There is a lot of immature prank playing (borderline bullying), cheap gimmicks, name dropping, and even product placement. If you don’t like light, cheap reads than you won’t like this.

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