Thursday, 15 September 2011

Book review: The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

My edition: Paperback, published in 2011 by Harper, 307 pages.

Description: 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?

Rating:

 

If you love the Pretty Little Liars series (books or show) you're going to enjoy this new novel by Sara Shepard as well.

It has a very similar premise to the PLL books where a pretty rich girl is murdered and all the pretty rich kids wear fabulous clothes and are suspects to the murder. There's even another group of four friends central in this one, just like in Shepard's previous series.

The book has just the right amount of suspense and intrigue to not become completely superficial with its heavy focus on clothing brands and fancy parties and will most certainly leave you guessing until the very end (and after, as once more it's part of a series of books so it'll take a while before we will really find out who killed Ali Sutton).

The one thing that did bother me is that a few chapters before the end it seemed as if everything had been resolved and then all of a sudden it hadn't.

On the one hand I was glad that it wasn't over just yet. On the other... it's going to be challenging to have this story stretched out over a whole series.

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