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Friday, 10 June 2011

Review: The lying Game by Sara Shepard

   The Lying Game

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game #1
Pages: 307
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: March 31st 2011 (UK)
Source: For review

Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

I LOVED this book so much. I have only read the first in the Pretty Little Liars series but I have to say I much prefer this one. Why? I can't quite tell you. I liked being able to get to know Emma and Sutton really well as they are the only two main characters. 

The narration was extremely unique. It was written in Sutton, the dead twins, point of view. It felt like a mix between first and third person as it was a third person narration of Emma yet a first person narration from Sutton. I thought this was cleverly done and it incorporated Sutton's reactions to Emma's discoveries about her life.

The plot was full of mystery and surprises. The drip drip of information of Sutton's life and how she died kept me on edge and made me keep reading. It was done very effectively. 

The characters were all really great. Sutton's group of friends revealed a lot about Sutton's character and the life she led. They also developed the plot and really added an extra dimension. Ethan was also a lovely edition to the story!

The ending was good. It left off at a good place and had enough surprises to keep me intrigued for the next book. I was surprised by some aspects of the ending yet it seemed plausible in the novel.

The book was great overall and I am so intrigued to read the next book Never Have I Ever.


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