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“I loved this book. The whole Lying Game thing is brilliant. Sara Shepard is great at making the plot thicken just when you think you think the story might thin. I can't wait for Never Have I Ever.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“VERY GOOD! I loved it so much and I was so hooked on it! Stupid cliff- hangers!!!”Kyra wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book "The Lying Game", written by Sara Shepard, was a mind twisting read because it was strong in the area of content. The most impressive aspect of the content was the way the main character, Emma was really independent, she never counted on anyone to help her even in the hardest situations. Emma thinks she is going to meet her long lost twin sister but, instead she is dragged to a party by her sisters friends who have no idea that Emma is in replacement of Sutton. Emma does not expect any of this to happen, she thinks she is just going to meet her sister, but now she has gone too far into the game and has to keep playing in order to find out what is going on. " I'm her long lost sister" Emma tries to tell Sutton's foster parents, they do not believe her therefore Emma will have to take Sutton's place until she fires out what happens. Emma now has no idea where her sister is and is stuck in a situation that will not be easy to get out of. Therefore, Sara Shepard has written a book that has solid content.
Like the content, the style of the book was relating to a teenagers life. The author made the main character that any other teenagers do,such as partying,shopping,sports, and a lot more. This is relating to a teenagers life because most of them do these activities now a days. The way the author wrote this book, it made me want to keep on reading because I was anxious to know what was to happen next. As I mentioned above I was very impressed with the style of this book.
The form of the book was casual and I found this not very effective. One main reason that this form worked for me was because the text was not at all fancy or professional, the casual form worked perfectly for thus type of story. Another reason it worked for me was because it was super easy to understand, it wasn't confusing. These reasons made the form of the book work for me. It was excellent because the author messed with your mind but didn't just leave you there being confused. As a result, I give this book a high recommendation because the content,form, and style are easy and understandable.”
“ The Lying Game is the first book to the Lying game series by Sara Shepard. The Lying Game is a mystery and suspense book and somewhat similar to other mystery stories that aims to search the murderer.
Emma Paxton and Sutton Mercer are long lost identical twin sisters who look exactly the same; one of them is adopted in a poor house and the other is in a really rich house, and they get to switch their life. This concept can be found in many other stories or dramas, but in “The Lying Game” it is slightly different. It gives the reader a much more intense mood; one of them is dead.
“No wonder Emma didn’t see me. No wonder I wasn’t in the mirror. I wasn’t really here. I was dead.” This is one part of the prologue, which is really interesting. It gives the reader a strong impression with starting from Sutton’s view when Sutton wakes up and realizes she was dead. Sutton doesn’t remember who killed her and how she was dead, but just follows Emma who was her identical twin sister; never knew before.
So how does Emma gets involve in Sutton’s life? Well, Emma is a poor foster kid who works really hard to earn money for her. But one day her foster brother shows a video where a girl, who exactly looks like Emma, being strangled. People thought it was Emma, which wasn’t. Emma was kicked out because of the misunderstanding that Emma was doing things like that. Emma can’t understand; who is she? By searching through the Internet she found out it might be Sutton Mercer and she texted by Facebook saying they should meet. Then there comes a reply telling a place to meet. Here is the problem: Sutton was dead.
Sutton’s friend and even her boyfriend don’t notice she wasn’t Sutton, so Emma keeps acting, as she is Sutton, on an impulse. Emma didn’t know that Sutton was dead until there came a note saying ‘Sutton’s dead, keep playing along. Or you are next’. This story’s aim is obviously to find out the murderer and the entire story keeps in suspense. Particularly, when there comes a note from the murderer it is really creepy because it shows that Emma’s every single things are being watched.
The Lying Game book is a first person’s view. However, there is a noteworthy to notice; the point of view is the dead person’s first person view, Sutton Mercer, which is quite odd. The reader can feel really weird about this but, in my opinion, this fact might be one reason why people keep reading this series; it feels like sinking into the story. The part in page 137 chapter14 where it says:
“Get your hands off him!” I wailed. But-you guesses it-nobody heard me…. Garrett wasn’t mine anymore He would never be mine again.
Shepard makes the reader to concentrate more by occasionally depicting Sutton’s sadness. She uses a lot of sensory details and they are very specific, which emphasizes the emotion of the character.
By comparing with other mystery books and looking more about the style of Sara Shepard, it is unique that the dead person is narrating. Also it is known that her books are very mysterious; there are lots of cliffhangers. This skill makes the reader keep in suspense and to be curious about the next story. Moreover, the tone is usually foreshadowing or foreboding which also make the reader really nervous and curious.
About Sutton Mercer, why doesn’t she remember anything? How she’d died and who killed her? Well, it can be considered that this might be the purpose of Shepard. Because Sutton doesn’t know anything but only short memory flashes, it’s adding more suspense and curiosity by using Sutton’s ghost/spirit as the narrator.
I would like to read and is planning to read the next series of book, because it was my first time to try mystery book and it was quite intense. The story keeps me in suspense when some unexpected things happen or new information is discovered. Also it was sometimes making me freak out when it feels like someone is “watching everything” and especially it made me freeze when there was a Facebook reply from Sutton, who is actually dead.
On the other hand, I’m not sure if I’m going to finish all the Lying Game series because it’s kind of gloomy that there are still 5 more books to read to know who was the murderer. So, although I don’t know how the books are going to be and several people might like it, I personally assume that the rest of the book could be boring and stuffy because it seems they might be keep telling clues and then lastly the murderer would be discovered after 5 more books which is the whole main point of reading this book.
I would say that her first book to the Lying Game series was successful. Her unique way of using an identical long lost twin sister and the way she kept the reader in suspense was strong enough to attract reader’s attention.
“I really enjoy Sara Shepard's books and I thought I would try another one of her series. This one was also made into a TV series but it is slightly different. I think that is well written and I definitely think that this is the type of book that would be a good beach read. They are quick and easy to read. I definitely recommend them.”Ria wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is great! If you've read the pretty little liars series than this is the book for you! It's written by the same author, and has the same idea as the pretty little liars books. ”Ghalia B -yellow wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a really good book to read I really liked it.”ImanS. wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“love it, can't wait for t he next one.”Monica wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the first book in a 6 book series. Sutton and Emma are long lost twins. Sutton has grown up in a wealthy family and lives a charmed life. Emma has bounced around from foster home to foster home. When Emma finds Sutton on the Internet and sets out to reconnect, she winds up arriving in Sutton's life just as Sutton is murdered. Emma is forced and blackmailed by the murderer to "become" Sutton and live Sutton's life so that Sutton's family and friends do not know that she has been murdered. Can Emma figure out who murdered Sutton before she loses her own life?”Mrs. Wirtz wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aargh! First in a series. I just want to know who did it? ! ”Susan B wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I picked up this book at first because I liked the tv show. However, the book and the show are completely different. To start with, in the book, Sutton is dead (so we think?). Her ghost/spirit is following Emma around. I was kind of caught off guard by this. I will finish reading the series, but I don't think I will be reading this again. I would rather watch the show. ”Courtney J wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No