Sunday, 11 March 2012

Review: The Lying Game #1 by Sara Shepard

Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Source: Loaned from Library
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
From the bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series comes the first novel in an exciting new series that takes readers into a brand-new world of deception, intrigue, and murder.

My Opinion:
Both of them knew they had a long-lost twin sister on the same day.

Emma found out through her sickening and liar foster brother--on a thrilling video in which Sutton was the main character.

Sutton found out in a more devastating way: appearing in Emma's bathroom and nobody seemed to be able to hear or see her--dead. But she didn't know how it happened and how she died.

Emma's life was not going smooth at all. First, she went to her friend's for a sleepover and there's her mother's note saying that she went for a trip and Emma was left waiting years for her to come back for her. How sad right? I mean how could a mother do that to her own child? I hope she had a valid reason for doing so! What's worse next? Oh yes, having your foster brother for making you a scapegoat for stealing your "mother's" money and then subsequently kicked out of the house.

Of course Emma went to find Sutton. They arranged to meet up through facebook. Emma ended up being "kidnapped" by Sutton's group of friends, apparently mistaking her for Sutton. However, Sutton did not turn up. And things took for a worse turn when she was "forced" to live as Sutton by a note from an unknown sender: "Sutton's dead. Tell no one. Keep playing along... or you're next."

What could Emma do? The only family she'd left was dead--she needed to find out WHO killed her? Was it the person in the video who pulled off Sutton's blindfold? Seems very likely. So... Emma's on it to discover the truth and to solve a murder where anyone could possibly be a suspect. By pretending to be Sutton.

Who killed Sutton?

Suspense is everywhere in the book and there's little clues here and there for you to guess who's the killer. The book is told from the perspective of Sutton's spirit hovering over Emma. So it's like having 2 POV at the same time. A total page-turner and very easy to read. I finished the whole book in less than 4 hours. I kept asking the question "Who? Who? Who?" throughout the book. I'm a little put off by Sutton's boyfriend who seemed kinda desperate and have no mind of his own. Sutton and their little group was perhaps a little... sick... They were pranksters who brought their pranks to the next level. Would have liked Sutton if she wasn't that wild. Emma's a darling--brave and easy to relate to. The best guy in the book? Of course it's Ethan Landry, the "outcast". He played an important part in the book but I cannot spoil the book for you. (Read it on your own!)

I bet you'll ask the question "Then how?" after you've read the first book in the series, "The Lying Game". Try it.

4/5 Stars for The Lyaing Game. Definitely reading book 2!

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