Monday, February 13, 2012

“Sutton's dead. Tell no one. Keep playing along... or you're next.”

The Lying Game – Sara Shepard

Book 1 in The Lying Game series

307 pages

Genre:  YA; Mystery

Summary:  What if, after you died, you were able to get a second chance at life?  Sutton, a teenager who recently passed away, has that chance…sort of.  After her death, Sutton discovers that she has a twin sister she never knew about named Emma, and because of this, Emma is able to walk into Sutton’s life and pretend to be her.  Will Emma figure out the mystery behind Sutton’s death, or will she ultimately meet the same fate as her deceased sister?

ReviewThe Lying Game was an absorbing read full of twists and turns that will leave the reader eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

The primary thing that drew me to this book was the plot.  A girl dies and her twin pretends to be her in order to figure out why; how cool is that?  As it turns out, it was, indeed, pretty awesome, and I thought the author did a great job with suspense building.

I also really liked how different the main characters were.  Emma was really down-to-earth and kind of shy, while Sutton was more of the “mean girl,” life of the party type, and it was fun to watch Emma try to take on Sutton’s role.  In this same vein, I also thought that Shepard did a great job of exposing class differences between the two girls, and it really illuminated how different their worlds really were.  Sutton’s group of friends had pretty repellant personalities, and as much as I disliked them, I still wanted to find out what ridiculous thing they would do next. 

If you need an escape from reality, The Lying Game is a light, fun book that you will devour like the tastiest piece of candy.  Not all of the loose ends are tied up by the book’s end, so if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be extremely eager to pick up the next book and see how everything turns out.

Rating:  3/5

Other Books in This SeriesNever Have I Ever, Two Truths and a Lie, Hide and Seek

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