The Lying Game

The Lying Game

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New York Times bestselling series!

The first book in the New York Times bestselling series The Lying Game, by the author of the bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard.

Shortly before her seventeenth birthday, Emma discovers she has a long-lost twin named Sutton Mercer. She contacts Sutton, who agrees to a rendezvous but never shows up.

Curious at first, Emma slips into Sutton's ultra-glamorous life, assuming her identity. When it becomes clear that Sutton is not coming back, that someone made sure she never could, Emma plunges in to investigate who could have wanted her sister gone (a fairly long list, she discovers).

Unfortunately, taking over Sutton's life means innocent little Emma has inherited all that bad blood--and then some. Perfect for fans of Sara Shepard's #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game has all the juicy plot lines, to-die-for lifestyles, and compelling secrets that fans love.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 305 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 28mm | 399g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061869708
  • 9780061869709
  • 177,398

Back cover copy

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there'snothing left to live for. No more kisses. Nomore secrets. No more gossip. It's enoughto kill a girl all over again. But I'm about toget something no one else does--an encoreperformance, thanks to Emma, the long-losttwin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma's desperate to know whathappened to me. And the only way to figureit out is to be me--to slip into my old lifeand piece it all together. But can she laughat inside jokes with my best friends? Convincemy boyfriend she's the girl he fell inlove with? Pretend to be a happy, carefreedaughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer iswatching 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, andkiller consequences.

Let the lying game begin.
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Review quote

"A fun and fast-moving mystery...[readers] will race through the pages as Emma pieces together clues and will have plenty to ponder as they anticipate the next installment."--Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

38,254 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 36% (13,808)
4 32% (12,357)
3 22% (8,592)
2 7% (2,586)
1 2% (911)

Our customer reviews

I had this book sitting on my shelf for a while, and I finally decided to give it a go. And from the beginning, it was quite eerie and mesmerizing. Usually, the literary device where dead people talk does not go over very well with me. However, Sara Shepard is a master at this technique. I never found it weird. The flashbacks, the commentary, and the general story are amazingly written. And the only problem I have is that I have to read the next book! Don't expect full resolution, but do expect twists and turns that you never saw coming. I normally would mark a young adult book down for profanity--there is more than what there should be in this book. There are no bedroom scenes. There is no blood and gore, but there is some violence described. This book is meant for older teens and adults who can look past the profanity. Sara Shepard's style is so unbelievable that I can look past some of the more disturbing things in the book. I read this book at night, and I have to say it is a little creepy to read it at night. And the bigger problem I had was putting the book down! It was an outstanding book, and I would recommend it to those who like a good more
by Ruth Hill
Sutton Mercer has it all. She's the popular "It" girl at Hollier High. She's got the hot boyfriend. She's co-captain of the tennis team. And, oh yeah, she's dead. Somehow, her spirit has managed to find Emma, her long-lost identical twin sister. Emma doesn't know Sutton is there, but somehow they are connected. Emma Paxton doesn't know anything about Sutton, either. At least not until creepy Travis, the son of her foster mom, shows her a snuff video on the Internet starring someone who looks identical to Emma. Emma has to find out the truth about Sutton. Did someone die in that video? Does Emma have an identical twin that Becky never told her about? With one seemingly innocent Facebook message, Emma's life turns into one dangerous mystery after another. Sutton never shows up to their meeting place, and Emma, being mistaken for Sutton, is dragged to a party by Sutton's friends. Emma tries telling Sutton's family and even the cops that she is not Sutton, all to no avail. When Emma receives a mysterious note saying "Sutton's dead. Tell no one. Keep playing along...or you're next," she realizes that this is no longer a game, and her life depends on her finding out who killed Sutton. Sutton Mercer is dead. Trust me, this is no secret. The reader learns this on page four of the novel. Now you're thinking, "I've read this before." Nope, don't go into THE LYING GAME thinking it's just a rip-off of the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS theme. Yes, there is a murder. Yes, there is a mystery. Yes, you will keep wondering who is behind everything. But from there, THE LYING GAME goes in a far more sinister direction. Be warned: you won't want to put it down once you start it. Everyone is a possible suspect, and nothing is resolved. I was addicted to the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series, and now I see that I am going to be equally obsessed with THE LYING GAME. There is so much that has to be answered that I know I'm going to be eagerly awaiting each new installment of this series now, too!show more
by TeensReadToo
(also reviewed at One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to "modern" teenage books is the sheer plethora of names. Every main character, it seems, has to have at least three other friends and numerous acquaintances, siblings, boyfriends/ex-boyfriends etc. Then, the first book of any series spends all this time setting up friendships, enemies and it's overwhelming and utterly exhausting to read. Unfortunately that's how I felt with The Lying Game. Now, I wouldn't say that this was a bad book, it was written in an easy to read, good-by-today's-standard, guilty pleasure way. It was full of drama, 90210ish-type stuff that I would have simply gushed over in high school. But, I think maybe my memory is going a little bit because I just found all the names hard to keep straight. So this is ultimately a story about twins, separated at birth, one dead, one alive. Think.. The Prince and The Pauper but with a bit of a twist (as in, eliminate the Pauper position). There's also lots of name dropping (items, modern technology) which make the story feel a little more real then it's very improbable set-up would normally do. However, another thing got to me... If you are wanting a read with a good resolution, I highly recommend you steer clear, however, no matter how interesting the premise may be, until the next few books in the series are out. However, if you don't mind cliffhangers and are interested in reading for readings sake, then I'm sure this is a book that will interest you. I'm fairly middle of the road on this. It was interesting enough to keep me reading, but not so interesting I couldn't put it down (and actually had an easy time setting it aside to go do things like..math).show more
by Lydia Presley
Also reviewed on my blog, the vintagebookworm. I hadn't read anything by Sara Shepard yet, but I'd become obsessed with watching the Pretty Little Liars tv show every Monday, which for those of you who don't know are based of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars book series. I haven't read those yet, but I plan to very soon. I'm even more excited to read the Pretty Little Liars series now that I've read this book, a great start to her new series. I happened to sign up for Netgalley a little while ago and I wanted to try it out, even though I hate reading books on the computer. I'd much rather have the actual book in my hands, curled up in a blanket reading it and being able to smell the awesome smell fresh new book pages give off. I know it may sound weird, but I love it. But either way, I decided to try it. And when I saw The Lying Game on the list, I decided to use it as my guinea pig and read it on my computer. At first, I couldn't get fully into it, but I think that's mostly because I'm not use to reading books on my computer. But once I got past a couple of chapters I got really drawn into it and couldn't stop reading it. I admit, though, I had to go back and read over a couple of things because they were completely crazy. In a good way. I can't count how many times I went, "Are you freaking kidding me?" while reading it. Sara really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat and wonder what is going to happen next. The things that happened in this book was beyond insane. Sometimes it confused me when it switched between Emma and Sutton, so I had to go back and read it. But other than that I didn't have much problems with it. It was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the second installment in the series, Never Have I Ever. Sara's writing is fast-paced, straight to the point, with just the right amount of details and suspense to keep you reading. I really liked Emma, though I'm not entirely sure why. She bugged me at times, but not as bad as some characters in books do. I really liked Ethan, too. I liked it straight from the beginning and nothing disappointed me. :) He seemed like someone I wouldn't mind having as a friend to hang out with. Throughout the whole book Emma and Sutton both mention who they think killed Sutton, but there are so many suspects that it keeps you tied up and in questioning. Overall, this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good teen-angst/drama mixed in with suspense and more
by Amanda
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