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REVIEW: The Lying Game By Sara Shepard

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, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? 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.

Let the lying game begin.

Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game- 1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Release: December 7th 2012
Pages: 307

The cover is gorgeous, it immediately gives the identicalness of the twins and the title instantly allows you to conjure up what the lying game is. The colours are also really effective with the black background, the pink of the title and the blue of her top instantly stand out.

Lies, betrayal and murder is what Emma finds when she stumbles across her own long lost twins life. Emma's life has always been spent moving from one family to another, never feeling like she belongs and never feeling as if she has anyone to call family. Until she sees a video of a girl who looks exactly like her... being strangled. As Emma goes on a wild goose chase to find her twin's murderer, she faces a realisation. To find the murderer, she must become Sutton or she is also as good as dead. As she attempts to hide her secret identity and secretly unveil the murderer, she doesn't expect to feel that the murderer might actually be one of them, someone within the Lying Game.

Emma couldn't be any different to Sutton, heres a list I made:
  • Loving, kind, friendly, happy-as-she-can-be, determined, never-gets-into-trouble, sensible, and does not like the lying game. She also finds it hard to cope with accusations of things she doesn't know about of which Sutton did, making everything that much harder for her. She is also a very likeable character who is mature and practical.
  • Unkind, hates-everyone, goes-along-with-it, ALWAYS-in-trouble, rebellious, selfish, immature, moody, and loves the lying game! She also seems to revel in everyones unhappiness and does not think about others before herself.
I liked the character of Ethan, at times he could be really funny, but I also like the way his character slowly evolved with him at first being very hesitant but slowly warming to Emma. But then the explosion at the end...

The story itself was genius! Such careful planning and intricate lies under all the words caused you to be instantly drawn in. I also liked the way we got Emma speaking her thoughts and feelings, but we also got Sutton's as she appears to be a ghost trapped in Emma's body, she was able to understand what Emma was doing and thinking but had no control over it. It also allowed us to see how Sutton saw the accusations thrown at Emma making it even more interesting to see her reaction due to her not be able to remember anything of her life.

The ending was not as I expected it to be, I was adamant there was going to be a cliffhanger, but like everyone else to our surprise there was not. The Lying Game was a mystery in itself, but very clever as it caused Emma's life to be even harder due to the expectation of her being unforgiving and ruthless but in-fact people started to see how she had changed. But it also helped create the mystery as Emma was unable to do anything without others assuming she was playing a prank and her not being able to understand if those around her were playing pranks at all, but-on-top-of-that for revenge.

I highly enjoyed this book, with such intricate pieces of the puzzle sliding together and then smashed into tiny pieces again, you will never know which way to look. Everyone has a lullaby, but what if the murderer isn't under their noses?

The next book in the series (of which I am going to run and get right now...*runs as fast as possible, people give her strange looks* GOT IT!): Never Have I Ever.

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