The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Released Date: December 7, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult/ Mystery
Series: The Lying Game Book 1
Pages: 307 (Hardcover)
Source: NetGalley*
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository


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.
Let the lying game begin. (via Goodreads)


This is the first Sara Shepard novel I’ve read and I must admit that I do love the TV series, Pretty Little Liars like every one else. I haven’t read the books, though, I’m planning to.

*There’s a teenie-tiny bit of spoilery in this review, just a teenie-tiny bit.

I kept on saying how much I love a good mystery novel and Shepard brought me The Lying Game. The Lying Game is a fast-paced, bloodcurdling story. I was hooked by the first page and I knew it’s a kind of book I would want to read.

The plot is full of drama, secrets, lies and never-ending twist and turns. Along with Emma, I kept on guessing and guessing throughout the whole story but I think none of my guesses were right, but then we’ll see. The writing was superb. I just love how Shepard thought of making Sutton as the narrator who is a ghost in the story by the way. I thought it was very innovative and refreshing!

However, there were some characters that were a bit off. They appear to be a little bit unreal or exaggerated for me. But then, of course, a little bit of exaggeration adds a spice into the story. I enjoyed Emma, though, as the lead protagonist. She’s not one of the “unreal” or “exaggerated” that I was talking about. She’s got lots of common sense.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed The Lying Game more than I ever thought. I’m rating this 4 out of 5. The story left a huge room for the next book, Never Have I Ever which will be out this April 2011 and I cannot wait to read it! I highly recommend this to those who enjoy a gripping mystery and thriller!

Cover Thoughts: 4.5 out of 5 I think it’s simply charming, with the black background and with Emma and Sutton’s inviting stare, it’ll make you grab the book and wonder what it’s all about. Plus, it gives the readers a little bit of hint on what the story is all about.

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*I received this free e-galley from publisher, HarperCollins via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!


  1. Sam

    January 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    That does sound like an interesting idea for a book. I don't usually read YA but I think I might give this one a go.

  2. Andrea

    January 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    This sounds like a good read. Thanks for your review!

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

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