Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game #1
Release Date: December 7th, 2010
Number of Pages: 307
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
I started reading this series mainly because I really really enjoyed the TV show on ABC. Yes, I, once again, decided to watch the series first instead of beginning with Sara Shepard’s novels. I can’t say which one I did prefer, because they were nicely different.
One of the big differences is that Sutton’s dead. She’s dead and Emma is taking her place, trying to find who killed her sister. I like the fact that the TV show didn’t do that, not because it’s not a great idea, but because it would have been strange to just see the ghost of Sutton following Emma around.
Like in the TV show, I don’t like Sutton. I prefer Emma all the way. Why? Sutton seems like such a bitch. Emma is sweeter, nicer and she’s simply more loveable. She wants to help people instead of simply mocking them.
There’s one character that I really like in the TV show that I despised in the book, and it is Laurel. Laurel just came out to me like a complete bitch in the book, where in the TV show, she just looks like a slightly jealous younger sister.
One of the great things about the book is that the mystery is complete. We have no idea who the killer is. They all seem to have a reason to want her dead, which doesn’t help me to like Sutton. How can everyone around you have a reason to kill you…?
Sara Shepard created a series once again where lying can get you in deep trouble. She is a master at writing novel that we’ll keep us guessing who the mean girl is.