The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Posted December 7, 2010 by paperrdolls 6 Comments


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?


The author of Pretty Little Liars is back with her latest series, The Lying Game, in which a group of rich, snobby “friends” get together and plan elaborate pranks on others and themselves. It appears one of them has gone horribly wrong when a video of their leader, Sutton, is leaked onto the Internet. In the video, she is strangled. One of the people to see it is her twin sister, who didn’t even know she had a sister, let alone a twin.

Emma sets out to find the truth about her long-lost twin, but gets tangled up in the downright evil webs Sutton weaved.

That, and Sutton’s killer is watching every move Emma makes.

Fans of Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars will find many of their favorite elements in The Lying Game — mystery, intrigue, blackmail, narrow escapes and enough snobbiness to peel paint off your locker. This is contrasted by Emma, an unassuming foster kid who dreams of the life Sutton took for granted.

The story is narrated by the dead twin, Sutton, as she watches Emma maneuver her way into Sutton’s world. It’s reminiscent of The Lovely Bones and is a clever writing technique, but it also makes the plot line a little confusing. Things are revealed to one twin and not the other, but as the reader, you are omniscient and know everything … so when the “big reveal” comes to Emma, you are already privy to it, essentially making it anticlimactic.

On the other hand, it’s interesting to follow the clues along with the twins to find out what exactly happened, when, and whodunnit. Because this is the first book in a series, the mystery isn’t completely resolved, so Shepard’s fans have much to look forward to when the next book, Never Have I Ever comes out.

The Lying Game hits stores today.


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6 responses to “The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

  1. Great review! I thought The Lying Game would be just like the Pretty Little Liars series, but the concept seems to be a lot more interesting- and I LOVED The Lovely Bones!

  2. I’m trying to find out the video they put up for the first book, but i cant find it anywhere and it kept playing over and over on the pll site, it had some wierd infant sing-song and a girl in a dark place sitting on a bench blind folded.. if anyone find it please let me know where!

    • Sara | Novel Novice

      This sounds like a book report question. Maybe you should read the book & find out for yourself!

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