Book Review, Books

The Lying Game – 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.

I contemplated whether I was going to write a review for this book, being that I have recently read Pretty Little Liars book 1 and 2 also, it got me thinking whether there was any point to reviewing it. Obviously the Pretty Little Liars I will not probably review I will just mention it in my wrap up at the end of January. So here comes my review of The Lying Game.

I picked this book up last year on one of my visits to a book store, I hadn’t read anything by Sara Shepard by that point, I obviously had heard of her due to the fact her Pretty Little Liars series and the fact that I had binged watched it on Netflix and then had the bright idea like I should read some of her books. So I have and I do not regret it.

So the description to this book sounds amazing anyway, and as always I did not read it when I picked the book up! What actually brought me to this book was the cover more than anything so simple.

Anyway onto my thoughts of the actual book. I loved the plot and it did really remind me of Pretty Little Liars, in the sense of mystery, death, secrets, it just really did remind me of that. I think the idea that Emma has to step into her twin sisters life is a little twisted and sick to whoever is making her do it. What astonishes me more is that when Emma tries to tell Sutton’s adopted family that Sutton is dead and she is Emma. They don’t believe her! I mean I don’t know about them but any normal family I don’t think they would have brushed it off and thought they were making it up. But of course when we get further along in the story we realise why nobody believes Sutton.

She is a troublemaker.

Yes. You think Emma would be the troublemaker. But no. It’s Sutton. So when nobody believes her I can understand why they wouldn’t when we realise just a lot more about Sutton. I don’t know how in some places Emma manages to keep her role of Sutton going if that was me I would just freak out and be all over the place, I understand that she you know is being threatened by Sutton’s killer but damn. I’d be gone.

I really like the mystery aspect of this and the fact we are finding things out about Sutton the same time Emma is and we also are learning about Emma when she is put in situations that Sutton wouldn’t blink and eye at. For example a prank that they do to someone, Emma got very uncomfortable with it for a little bit and she does try and stops Sutton’s friends but they just ignore her and are just like get your own back. I think that is where Sara Shepard made the distinctions on their character even though they are twins it’s very well that they are also different. Which I loved because in some cases with twins you can get them where they just blur into one. So very well done Sara Shepard!

From what we learn of Sutton she is a right bitch, we learn that she steals boyfriends including the boy her adopted sister likes. And she is very much an all round bitch, as I said before she is a troublemaker, she has had her car towed, been in trouble with the police over some false reports. She gets in trouble at school also. She has a loving family and sometimes she doesn’t always treat them right. I would have loved to see a different story also of what would have happened if Sutton and Emma met. (Sara Shepard could you like do an alternative story for me?)

Emma. Gosh I loved Emma. She seemed like she got a shit luck of cards, compared to Sutton anyway. She had it rough moving from foster home to foster home and in the latest one that idiot person Travis getting her booted out it made me really angry. I just wanted to hit him and the foster mom and the fact that they just kick her out on the street and it made me angry. But when she gets that little bit of hope of maybe having a twin sister and maybe getting to have that little bit of it family, it made me happy that she had some hope. So when she finds out she’s dead, like guttering. My heart sunk for her a little and then nobody believed her when she tried to tell them.

Emma did a very good job of impersonating Sutton and being able to be Sutton from the information she got from her sister, parents and her so called friends. So she did a good job impersonating them, but that just brings me to the fact they are very shit friends. If one of my friends had been killed and replaced by a twin, I would damn right bloody notice!

The Lying game that these girls play they may think it is a very like fun game but then hearing some of the shit they have done due to this game and to always try and get one up on each other. That can turn into something very dangerous and of course it was because Sutton was killed because of it. Of course they really don’t know that but hopefully they begin to notice that you know their best friend is actually DEAD. As I said though it’s really a good plot and I can’t wait to read the next book!

This book has YA written all over it, if you do not like YA I wouldn’t read this book, if you would start it then maybe I would say yes read it. I did love it, the concept I haven’t read anything like it where a twin has to go and live her sister’s life. I just I loved it, the book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the sequel! I will obviously be reading all of this series no question about it.

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