Book Review - The Lying Game by Sara Shepard and Why I'm Irritated...

Monday December 13, 2010

The Lying Game
by Sara Shepard
Harper Teen
December 7, 2010
Goodreads Summary: 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?

Review:  I. Am. So. Irritated. Seriously, I have spent years honing my fine literary taste with the likes of Vonnegut, Salinger, Austin, Steinbeck and Plath. Each read a virtual experience of linguistic aerobics. I am very picky in what I read...I try not to pollute the pond, so to speak. I really ONLY want to read something that is going to be life changing, enhancing and/or make me sound smarter when I tell people I read it....ha, ha had you going didn't I? 

Anyway, in all seriousness :) I will pretty much read anything you  put in front of me until A) I'm offended or B) I'm bored. Why all the blither blather? I'm going to admit something...I've always steered clear of YA/Teen series like The Clique, Gossip Girls and Pretty Little Liars. I just couldn't see myself really loving these types of books. Now I hope I'm not offending anyone by lumping all those books together, like I said, never read any of 'em!

So, when I received an ARC of The Lying Game by Sara Shepard who, as I'm sure you know by now, is the author of the Pretty Little Liars series, I thought "hmmmm, this should be interesting!" I picked the book up Sunday morning and between laundry, buying groceries and making dinner, I finished it later that day....yes, I couldn't stop reading because I had to see what happened! I raced through it at a devilish pace, devouring every detail trying to unravel the mystery!

Traveling with Emma as she tries to find clues and as Sutton, beyond the grave, tries to remember what happened, it was easy to slip right into the plot as Emma realizes that Sutton's murderer could be anyone around her. Over and over she would eliminate a possible suspect only to have that same person reemerge as a suspect once again. In addition to the terror of knowing there is a murderer in her midst, Emma must also live in constant fear of being found out, what if someone realizes she is NOT Sutton? Maybe somebody already has.....

A super fun mystery that is sure to please! There is some mention of sex, drugs and alcohol but nothing gratuitous. I recommend for ages 14 and up.

 Oh, and I guess I really am a little irritated...I have to wait until July 2011 to read the next book in the series!


Small Review said...

Haha, I love your intro to this one!

I picked up PLLs on the recommendation of some of my library patrons. They read and reread the series throughout the entire summer. I was curious, so I picked them up not expecting much at all. They're now a guilty pleasure read for me. There's just something about the way Sara Shepard spins a mystery that keeps me coming back for more. I'm glad to hear her strength in this appears in her new series. I'm looking forward to it!

Michelle said...

Hahaha, your review made me laugh. This book sounds like so much fun though. I love novels that keep you glued to them in anticipation. It's such a great feeling.