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The Lying Game #5: Cross My Heart, Hope to Die [Kindle Edition]

Sara Shepard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cross My Heart, Hope to Die is the fifth title in the suspenseful and twisted Lying Game series by Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars.

Ever since Sutton Mercer's murderer tricked her long-lost twin, Emma, into coming to Tucson, Emma has been trying to solve the mystery of Sutton's death. And now someone else is back in town—Becky, Sutton and Emma's birth mother. As Emma gets closer to discovering what exactly happened the night Sutton was killed, she learns that Becky isn't all that she seems. Turns out Sutton wasn't the only Mercer girl with dark secrets. . . .



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Praise for The Lying Game: “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)

From the Back Cover

It's not easy being me.

But my twin sister has no choice.

When I died two months ago, my killer told my twin sister to become me—or else. Now Emma has it down to a T. She tosses her hair with the signature Sutton Mercer flip and can lead a Lying Game prank with the best of them. She's even repairing my relationship with my adoptive family. The only thing she hasn't done is solve my murder.

Then our birth mother, the woman who abandoned us, showed up in Tucson. Emma hasn't seen Becky in twelve years, but Becky recognizes Emma immediately—as Emma. Is it a mother's intuition . . . or does Becky know I'm already gone?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.


Product Details

  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062128205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062128201
  • ASIN: B0089LOMF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cross My Heart! February 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you have made it through the first four novels in this series, you might feel as if you are in the middle of a shaggy dog story. Emma and her ghostly shadow Sutton have continually identified a suspect in Sutton's murder, become absolutely convinced of said suspect's guilt, and ultimately cleared said suspect and moved onto a repetition with a new candidate. The books are well-written, and Sara Shepard does an excellent job of ratcheting up the suspense each time. Unfortunately, the existence of the unidentified murderer constricts the story and prevents the action from moving in new and exciting directions. Emma cannot take anyone into her confidence out of fear for the safety of friends and family. I think that the television program made the better choice in keeping Sutton alive. Her frenemy relationship with her twin has allowed the plot to spin in unexpected ways.

I don't want to be spoiler-y, so I won't comment on the extent to which the identify suspect, clear suspect, and find new suspect pattern holds in this fifth book of the series. Except, of course, to note that a sixth volume has already been scheduled! I will say that more significant events occur and more interesting facts are revealed than was the case in the last couple of volumes. So, if you are interested in Emma's world, you will enjoy this book.

I do have to say that I find Emma's relationship with Ethan a tad difficult to understand. She is obviously very bright, and always discerns clues pointing to other suspects. And yet, she appears never to have considered the possibility of Ethan's guilt, despite the fact that he is surrounded by more red flags than the rest of the suspects put together! Okay, she has an excuse, although a bad one: she is in love, and love, they say, is blind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOLVE THE MYSTERY ALREADY!! February 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I will start by saying that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sara's books and this book is a great captivating book. HOWEVER, can you please please please stop dragging the plot?? I am getting impatient and I want to know the real murderer already. Now I'm scared to put my hopes high because even though the current suspect in this book -oh how shocked I was!- seem like he could be the murderer, I'm afraid he will have an alibi to clear him up just like all the previous suspects. This was supposed to be a Three book series and now there's a sixth book coming out. Again, I love your books but please don't put me through the same torture I endured in the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! May 6, 2013
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NEVER saw that ending coming!!! This book was AMAZING, the only downfall is having to wait for the next one to come out! Ms. Shepard is an amazing author and keeps the readers attention until the very last page! I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really? April 10, 2013
By Ainsley
Format:Hardcover
Ok even ignoring the obvious pattern Shepard has of "we've got a suspect. they killed Sutton fer shur. oh no, wait. they cool." I'm on page 74 in this book and I don't even want to read it because Shepard oh-so-(not)-subtly states (about ten friggin times) that Emma can recognize her mothers handwriting. Now, we all know the killer has left numerous notes, soooooooooo if Becky was the killer, Emma would have known from the first note who it was. Never mind that her mother is obviously mentally incapable of managing a scheme to this extent (let alone hiding the body--if Sutton really is dead-- well enough that no one has found it yet). The fact that Shepard would even spend more than a chapter on this notion of Becky killed her own daughter, is beyond absurd. At this point Shepard is just mocking us. She's mocking us by thinking we as readers are that stupid, and she's mocking us by giving us a half retarded main character (Emma's got to be if it takes her 200 pages to figure it out, when I already know it's not her mother just within the first 5 pages).

At this point I just skim through the books to see if she drops any more clues about the real killer. It would be stupid if it was Ethan because it's so obvious since he's the only one close to her she hasn't suspected. But at the same time he's almost always feeding her little lines to make her think it's certain people, or saying things to encourage her suspicion of certain people. Clearly avoiding any suspicion on himself. Not to mention, not even Sutton has suspected him. Just a little fishy. But there's sure to be about 10 more books so there's still plenty of time to have him the star suspect.

Overall the characters are good. Emma is a little too dumb/slow for my tastes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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Excellent, Item delivered on time, was as described, will buy again recommend to ALL!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ugh.. April 16, 2014
By Leann
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I started out loving these books, and they quickly became one of my favorite series. But as it's gone on I get more and more irritated, and this book has pushed it over the edge.
Honestly, are there people out there that are seriously as stupid as Emma? I've grown to really dislike her.
This series is dragged out just like Pretty Little Liars, and it's just annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 9, 2014
By Heather
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Great book, can't wait to read the next one! Loved the show too but book is very different! Never used to like reading until now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 19, 2014
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I love this book series. Even though I haven't read it yet, I know it won't be a disappointment. Sara Shepard is a great author ad I enjoy reading her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite series.
Published 1 month ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Second time I read this one, didn't remember where I was ended up I already finished it haha oh well
Published 1 month ago by Sara Elizabeth Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read!!!
I love this series!!! One million times better than Pretty Little Liars. This story is haunting me six months later!!!
Published 2 months ago by C. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Sara's books
Published 2 months ago by Michele Woppert
4.0 out of 5 stars Too long. Series could have ended sooner.
This is a good mystery series. It just gets too long. She could of wrapped things up in book 4.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars but I love that this storyline was a lot shorter
I'm a huge fan of PLL, but I love that this storyline was a lot shorter.
Published 3 months ago by Brittany Gaunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a Read
This entire series is amazing. If the TV show had followed the books more closely, I know that it would not have been cancelled after the second season.
Published 4 months ago by Lisha
5.0 out of 5 stars My reason of thinking spoilers
I believe the killer is Ethan I think he's lying about the file and I think he killed nisha that's why he was late
Published 11 months ago by Angela M. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
I already bought the next one and can`t wait to read it. Sara Shepard is a talented very talented author.
Published 13 months ago by Tara Johnson
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More About the Author

Hello! I'm from outside Philadelphia, lived in New York for a long time, Arizona for less time, and now I'm in Pittsburgh, PA, which is way nicer than it sounds.

I've always been a writer. I made up stories about my sister's blanket, BeeBee, when I was four. From there I wrote about squareheaded creatures, an environmental saga about little yellow men who live in vegetable gardens, teenage dramas well before I was a teenager, a book series about a Japanese girl who finds out her ancestors are samaurai (and she must be one, too), a bunch of arty short stories, and some books that maybe you've heard of. The PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

I've also written THE LYING GAME, which is about a dead twin and an alive twin, THE HEIRESSES, which is about a rich family's curse, and THE PERFECTIONISTS, which is about five somewhat strangers who get everything they wanted...but that comes at a price. I wrote THE VISIBLES, which is about jackalopes and mental illness, and EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED, which features a guy who discovers his ex lives on a commune.

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