Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game, the first book in a new series by Sara Shepard will be released on December 7, 2010 in hardcover and eBook formats.

Partial description from the publisher’s website:

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?

Let the lying game begin.

Sutton Mercer is a bad girl. Or at least she was. Until someone killed her. Someone she knew. A friend? Her sister Laurel? Clearly she messed with the wrong person and now the only hope she has to find out the truth is with Emma, an identical twin sister she never knew she had. One she hadn’t even met until after she died.

But for Emma to discover just what happened she’ll have to fool everyone into believing that she is Sutton. Emma, a girl who doesn’t like to drink or to lie, and who has faced hardships that Sutton never had, will have to step into her Marc Jacobs strappy shoes and become the ultimate “mean girl” in order to uncover the identity of Sutton’s killer.

And if Sutton could give her one piece of advice from the grave it would be to: “Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies.”

The Lying Game is a wickedly entertaining read. Almost all of the characters have a dark side and have the potential to have played a role in Sutton’s death – including the recently deceased Sutton Mercer herself.  And as the story unfolds the mystery continues to grow, as with every question that is answered, a new one takes its place.

The story moves quickly first page to last. And author Sara Shepard’s clever use of the first-person narrative allows readers to get a peek at what’s happening with both Sutton and Emma throughout – the only drawback being that it is easy to get caught up in Emma’s story and the switch to Sutton’s point of view can come as a bit of a surprise.

This looks to be the start of a deliciously fun mystery series.

Reviewer gives this book 

Thank you HarperTeen and NetGalley for the review copy.

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