The Lying Game

The Lying Game

eBook - 2010
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Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062062949
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (307 p.)


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List - YA Mysteries
ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 22, 2016

Emma has found out she has a twin sister. When she arrives to meet her, she realizes her twin has been murdered and everyone in town thinks she is someone else. This is the first book in a 6-book series.

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Jun 22, 2017

I picked up this book because I have heard that the TV series on ABCFamily was good, I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! And then I found out it was a series! I'm so excited to read the rest of the books!
I suggest this book to anyone who is wanting to just read random books. It is realistic, but at the same time not. It is suspenseful and dramatic, and I love it!

Oct 18, 2015

Very good, and interesting read. A little disappointed that this seems to be an extremely long series.

Aug 25, 2015

It was really hard to put down. I can't wait to find out who was Sutton's killer is and what Emma is going to do about being stuck in a life that isn't hers. It is the perfect beginning to the series.

Jun 06, 2015

This series is addicting. I read this book in one day, and am already on the third one. I like this better than the PLL series! Sara Shepard writes KILLER books. I couldn't put this book down.

Jul 06, 2014

I got sucked into this story and enjoyed the duplicity of Emma and Sutton.

Cynthia_N Feb 19, 2014

Not my favorite type of book but it was a quick read and the storyline kept you guessing. Like Emma, I was suspicious of pretty much everyone in Sutton's life.

Jan 12, 2014

Completely different then the show but oh so addicting! Can't wait to keep reading the series to find out who killed Sutton.

Nov 10, 2013

I accidentally read the last two books first; they just caught my eye when I was in the library. :P I can't wait for this book!!

Sep 19, 2013

Very good I thought it would be a boring pretty little liars knockoff (by the same author!) but I was proved wrong.

Sep 04, 2013

This book was a lot better than I thought it would be.
Normally, I don't read mystery novels like this. TBH, I didn't even like the Pretty Little Liars books that much, even though I adore the TV series. Although Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game have the same type of mystery story, if that makes any sanse (they both have something to do with a mysterious death where the main characters don't know who the killer(s) are, and their goal is to find them), I enjoyed this book quite a lot.
I recommend this book to people who love the Pretty Little Liars, or just mystery novels in general

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Jun 01, 2013

Sexual Content: They almost have it

Dec 03, 2012

Other: It's boring

Jan 12, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jan 12, 2011

Coarse Language: Use of the word that hymes with "witch" more than 10 times in the whole book.

Jan 12, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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Aug 07, 2013

This book is about two long-lost twins that didn't know that they both had an identical twin sister, until the day one of them was murdered. Emma was the quieter, shyer girl, who dreamed for a real family, whereas her sister Sutton had everything Emma could have ever dreamed of. Sutton was the class bully, picking on people that weren't as confident as her, stirring up drama, living on the edge and basically getting whatever it was that she wanted. Both sisters had completely opposite lives. Emma had the rough life, going from foster home to foster home, not having a real family, basically living at the bottom. Emma’s identical twin, Sutton, had a life anyone would kill for; a caring foster family, lots of money, an amazing boyfriend and best friends; and coincidentally, someone did. The day that Emma found out that she had a long-lost twin and the day that they were supposed to meet for the first time, was the day that Sutton disappeared from the face of the earth forever. As Sutton’s ghost watches Emma stuck in her sister’s shoes as she begins to puzzle together just who her sister was and what really happened that night, Sutton’s killer begins to lurk closer than Emma thought, and if Emma doesn't keep quiet and continue to play Sutton’s role… she could be next. In this new exciting start of the series by Sara Shepard, The Lying Game presents a new mystery filled with lots of lies, dangerous games and juicy secrets that just might explain why Sutton was killed that night. This book is sure to keep you hooked, and keep urging you to dig deeper and deeper through the pages, desperate to solve the mystery.

Jul 25, 2012

This book is about two long lost twins, who have never met each other before. One day they find out and plan to meet. When they do, Emma finds out her sister is DEAD!
If she doesn't act like her sister, she will be......

Jun 24, 2011

Emma is the opposite of Sutton. She is kind, shy and quiet. As a character, she gains the reader's sympathy completely. She is the least mysterious character of the story. We know everything about her, and perfectly understand her motivations. Although she is not very interesting, she does her job perfectly: she allows to reader to gain knowledge and speculate about Sutton's murder. Sutton is the interesting twin. The reader meats her as a ghost, after she has died. Problem is, she can't remember what happened (aside from a couple flash backs) and is forced to passively observe Emma's attempts to solve her murder. Sutton is shrouded with mystery. She had secrets, and they died with her. Out of all the members of the lying game, she was the best prankster and promised that she would play a big prank on everyone. The other members of the lying game all have their own secrets, too. ---See full review here:


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Dec 19, 2011

What if you had a long-lost twin?

What if she disappeared the day you were supposed to meet?

How far would you go to find out what happened?

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