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The Lying Game [Kindle Edition]

Sara Shepard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 goodnight? 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 Timesbestselling 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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Identical twins who have never met, a mean-girl crowd with more money than morals, a stoic foster kid, and a beyond-the-grave narrator all propel readers into a roller-coaster ride of physical and emotional challenges in this first book in a new series. Foster kid Emma, two weeks shy of her eighteenth birthday, discovers she has a twin named Sutton and runs away from Las Vegas to meet her in Tucson. Sutton, however, seems to have been killed during the making of a snuff film. Narrating from the afterlife, Sutton cannot remember exactly who killed her, or much else about her life, as she watches her living twin try to solve the mystery. Shepard does a fast and thorough job of getting readers to suspend disbelief and go along for an adventure through a nasty underbelly of adolescent peer pressure and rebellion. Only toward the end does it become apparent that the platform is being prepared for the launch of a forthcoming second volume. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith


“The Lying Game is a stay–up–past–your–bedtime type of thriller…full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061869708
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061869716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061869716
  • ASIN: B0041D86L2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun trashy teen lit December 7, 2010
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In the Lying game Emma finds herself stepping into the life of Sutton, her long lost (and dead) twin sister after seeing a video of a snuff film starring Sutton placed on the internet. The novel is narrated by the dead Sutton (who doesn't remember much of her life) who watches as Emma tries to find out who killed her. The matter is complicated by The Lying Game which is popular with Sutton and her friends which involves cruel pranks that often include making the victim feel as though she is the victim of a crime.

The Lying Game is by the author of Pretty Little Liars which is one of the novels that has been packaged by HarperTeen for multiple media distribution. The book reads like a TV show (and the TV show is already in pre-production) and is a very entertaining and fast read. The mystery is intriguing but does not resolve at the end of the book (all of the characters are still suspects) there is a bit of resolution regarding a clue but the reader is still left a bit unsatisfied with the ending. The back cover (of my ARC) presents the novel as part Pretty Little Liars and part Lovely bones and honestly that's giving far more credit than the novel should get. The book is fun and trashy but can't be compared with a novel like The Lovely Bones (although if you can use this to convince your child that she should read The Lovely Bones then go for it).

Appropriateness: This is one of those books that will give conservative parents lots of worry. There is plenty of sex talk (although no actual sex), lots of drinking (complete with drinking games), criminal activity, mean girl bullying and even a bit of drug use.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting teen read December 22, 2010
Since I have never read The Pretty Little Liars series this is my first Sara Shepard book. I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it at first, but then I got hooked into the nasty little lying game.

Sutton was a rich girl, the girl who had it all, but some one killed her. Emma is a poor foster kid who finds out about Sutton and thinks she is going to go and meet her long lost twin sister, but gets herself thrown into the lying game.

When Emma arrives in Tuscan she was expecting to meet her sister, but instead she was kidnapped by 'Suttons' friends and taken to a party. Emma has no clue what is going on but later she gets a note telling her Sutton is dead and that she needs to keep playing the role of Sutton or she will be the next one to die. Emma tries to be Sutton, but she finds out really quick that she is nothing like Sutton. While pretending to be Sutton Emma tries to find out what has happened to Sutton.

What Emma finds out is that she is part of a evil bunch of friends. They play pranks on others as well as their only little circle of friends. There is Charlotte (who is not over the guy that is/was going out with Sutton), Madeline (whose brother is missing, what is it that Sutton did to him?), Laurel (Sutton's sister, she has a crush on Thayer, the missing boy), Lillianna and Gabriella (The Twitter Twins, they are sort of in the circle of friends but not allowed membership into The Lying Game).

Emma is thinking she has got herself into a bit more than she can handle when it comes to this group of friends and she also thinks they all have a motive for murder. Emma also doesn't have the same taste in boys because she is not really that fond of Garrett, Suttons boyfriend.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept, Fatally Flawed and Filled with Cliche's. December 28, 2010
I really, really wanted to like this book...

I haven't read Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, but the television spin-off became one of my guilty summer obsessions. Come on. It's fun to escape to a world filled with beautiful, haunted, wealthy teens. Especially teens who were full of delicious, dangerous secrets. The show's characters kept me tuned in because they were pretty, yes - but also dimensional and flawed and I wasn't quite sure what they were going to do next.

When The Lying Game was released a few weeks ago, I was kind of excited. I thought it would give me a chance to get to know some more of Shepard's great characters on a more intimate level, and follow them from the start of a new series. I'm pretty sure that's what the publisher was banking on (especially with the entirely unoriginal name tie-in) because on it's own, The Lying Game is so very far from fabulous, I can't even imagine her character's recommending it.

Let me just back up and give a short synopsis: Seventeen year old Emma has just been kicked out of her last foster home when she finds out she has an identical twin sister living in the next state. Well, not exactly living. Sutton, who appears as a ghostly narrator in the story, has just been murdered, and when Emma takes a road-trip to meet her long-lost twin she finds herself pulled into her sister's life and searching for clues to explain her death.

Doesn't sound like a bad concept, right? It's really not. In fact, the first part of the book had me hooked. I'm learning about Emma's slightly clichéd but still fairly interesting life. I'm digging her affection for journaling about comebacks she should have used and writing news headlines for her life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, Item delivered on time, was as described, will buy again recommend to ALL!!!
Published 15 days ago by Timothy S. Ledoux
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I just didn't appreciate all the swearing. Apparently, thirteen more words are required, so here you go, annoying Amazon people.
Published 26 days ago by Carmen
5.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful!
Loved it! Going on to the next book for sure.
I like the way it was narrated between the two sisters.
Published 27 days ago by Kristi Breivik
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow but good series
I bought this on my kindle because I love her other series Pretty Little Liars!
This is kind of similar, I won't ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it yet because there is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Maguire
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
no real ending until you finish the series I guess. interesting plot, but somewhat boring characters...sometimes I felt the prose was just cheap not very rich and colorful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brittany G
5.0 out of 5 stars Perrfect start to a book
Awesome good read for those boring days whether you have nothing to do on a rainy day or need some way to enjoy a wonderful sunny day
Published 2 months ago by JD Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book!! I will definitely buy the next one. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the Pretty Little Liars books/tv show! This book is awesome
Published 2 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book was one of the best mystery-page turning book I have ever read. I literally read the book in about three hours procrastinating my homework. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lola
2.0 out of 5 stars No! Really? Twin Sister Pranks Her Own Death! Maybe?
Poor twin finds out about her long lost sister, runs away from foster home to find her and is forced to live her super popular, wealthy life due to her twin is now dead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms Eva Binder
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy!!
This book series keeps you on the edge of your seat, constantly analyzing each of the characters, and their motives for killing Sutton Mercer. Read more
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More About the Author

I am originally from outside Philadelphia, and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

Well, after many years of avoiding the area, I've moved back to suburban Philadelphia again. I spend most of my time eating chips and cereal straight out of the bag. I am also a proud hypochondriac. I took out my tongue piercing when I was eighteen because I thought it was giving me a sinus infection. And I often think I have a brain tumor when it's really just a headache.

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Will this be just like pretty little liars?
Has anybody else heard anything about this series? I am dying to read it and find out more about it?
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