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, 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.
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Publication Date: 7th December, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Country: United States of America
ISBN: 006186970
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Buy the Book: Amazon
Lootability: There's room but keep looking.
The Lying Game is the first instalment of an on going series by the author of Pretty Little Liars. 17 year old foster child Emma needs to get out of Vegas, and it seems like fortune is smiling at her when she discovers she was seperated at birth from her identical twin Sutton Mercer. When Emma finds herself in Tucson, she is immediately confused with Sutton and winds up taking her twins place, only to find out Sutton has been murdered and the murderer wants Emma to keep the truth hidden.

What I liked: It's so mysterious! I'm dying to know who Sutton's murderer is, what their motives were and how they did it. It's killing me to know there are another three books in the series, two of which aren't even published yet!
I was so intrigued about the way Shepard would incorporate Sutton's 'ghost' and she really has done wonderful things with it. Her vague memories, her forced attachment to Emma, and her determination to learn the identity of her killer before 'moving on' makes her the perfect narrator. Giving her insight into her twins frame of mind means that we're getting two for the price of one, but not being overloaded. 
I' enjoying the interaction between Emma/Sutton and her friends. It's pushing that I-wanna-be-you're-friend-but-I-can't-trust-you line in fun and delightful ways!
Sutton's memory loss, and Emma's complete confusion means that everyone is a suspect. Thayer is an intriguing character (who was missing before Emma arrived) and I'm very suspicious of Charlotte's father (Mr Been-In-Tokyo-A-Month).  

What I didn't like: It was very convenient of Emma to drop her duffel bag at the Greyhound bench immediately before stepping into Sutton's life. The only proof that she isn't Sutton just whisked away from under her feet, and she doesn't try very hard to regain any part of Emma.
The Lying Games themselves seem unbelievable cruel, and I'm desperate for an explanation behind the Sutton choking video. I'll be very disappointed if that isn't explained better.

There's room but keep looking.

I've been enjoying the TV adapation of The Lying Game but it is completely different to the book and I kept trying to put faces to characters who were completely different and had different motives.
I'll be reading the sequel, Never Have I Ever soon and look forward to the release of the next two books this year.


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