The Lying Game Hardcover – 2 Aug 2011
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"A thrilling mystery with just the right doses of romance and danger."--School Library Journal
"The Lying Game is a stay-up-past-your-bedtime type of thriller...full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
"A fun and fast-moving mystery...[readers] will race through the pages as Emma pieces together clues and will have plenty to ponder as they anticipate the next installment."--Publishers Weekly
The Lying Game is a stay up past your bedtime type of thriller full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)"
A fun and fast moving mystery [readers] will race through the pages as Emma pieces together clues and will have plenty to ponder as they anticipate the next installment. --Publishers Weekly"
A thrilling mystery with just the right doses of romance and danger. --School Library Journal"
About the Author
Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.
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Emma Paxton doesn't know anything about Sutton, either. At least not until creepy Travis, the son of her foster mom, shows her a snuff video on the Internet starring someone who looks identical to Emma. Emma has to find out the truth about Sutton. Did someone die in that video? Does Emma have an identical twin that Becky never told her about?
With one seemingly innocent Facebook message, Emma's life turns into one dangerous mystery after another. Sutton never shows up to their meeting place, and Emma, being mistaken for Sutton, is dragged to a party by Sutton's friends. Emma tries telling Sutton's family and even the cops that she is not Sutton, all to no avail. When Emma receives a mysterious note saying "Sutton's dead. Tell no one. Keep playing along...or you're next," she realizes that this is no longer a game, and her life depends on her finding out who killed Sutton.
Sutton Mercer is dead. Trust me, this is no secret. The reader learns this on page four of the novel. Now you're thinking, "I've read this before." Nope, don't go into THE LYING GAME thinking it's just a rip-off of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS theme. Yes, there is a murder. Yes, there is a mystery. Yes, you will keep wondering who is behind everything. But from there, THE LYING GAME goes in a far more sinister direction. Be warned: you won't want to put it down once you start it. Everyone is a possible suspect, and nothing is resolved.Read more ›
Whilst the book is good in it's own right, I do find it misleading to say the TV show is based off the books, when the whole story is completely different and the only thing similar is the names of the characters. Don't get me wrong, I understand that books that are turned into shows/films take some artistic licence and bits are added/removed, but to change the story so much, I was not expecting. Having said this, I did enjoy the book and will continue to read the others in the series, to find out what happens.
fancying reading a good mystery, but it failed to deliver somewhat.
I'll start with the good : the tension was fairly well built, the secrets were well kept in that I
didn't figure anything out too early spoiling the big reveal. he characters are well written and the
plot / storyline was very good.
The bad : The author really doesn't tell you much of anything. Reading this was a little bit like
watching an episode of Lost, thats how it left me feeling, a little lost. I get that this is a series and
so the auhor can't reveal it all, but something would have been good. I will read the next book because
I do want to know what happens next (assuming the author sees fit to tell us) and it wasn't an awful
book, I just felt very short changed at the end when we didn't really find any answers and the cliff hanger
wasn't even that suspensful.
Another bad : The way it is written. It seems to switch from being from Emma's perspective, with Emma's thoughts
to being from dead Sutton's perspective and her thoughts in just a single sentence. This made it quite hard
to follow and I became confused and would have to re-read bits to figure out who's perspective this was from.
I like dual perspective, its very interesting to get two peoples views, but the way it was done was very
strange and hard to go along with. Perhaps different paragraphs for each person or italicizing it would
have made it easier to follow. I don't know, just found it hard to read.
Overall I did enjoy this, I would recommend it to people who like mysteries and nasty teenagers. I will
check out the rest of the series, but I won't have such high expectations this time.
I am actually glad that the books are not like the TV series as it makes them a more tense an interesting read :) I can't wait to read the next one now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
hard to understand, my mum bought me it, as I enjoy pretty little liars, although i found it hard to remember what happened. The book was not great.Published 10 months ago by Joanna Johnston
So glad I read the first book in the series, which better than the TV series, just couldn't put it down, now have to buy the rest of the series as I must find out how the killer is... Read morePublished 16 months ago by rosheen clark
I have just finished reading this book and I have to say I have some mixed feelings about it. The plot line is good and the idea is good but I feel it was written in a desperate... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alpacasso Queen
Was expecting this book to be a good read but it surpassed my expectations and as you get further into the series the better the story gets. I can't get enough of them. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2014 by ShaunaD
I watched the Tv series and was disappointed when it was axed. The books are slightly different the characters a little darker and a lot more info on the actual " Lying Games"... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by BlueStar
Great concept of twins separated at birth and brought up in totally different worlds, then one coming and living the life of the other. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by John David
Got the books because I'd seen the TV show and was left on a cliff hanger.
Not the same as the shows but a good read so far :)