Why did I read it: I’ve been enjoying this series a lot. The second this third installment came out, I checked it out and devoured it.
How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.
My killer is out there.
And my sister might be next.
Two months before I died, my best friend’s brother disappeared. I have no idea where Thayer went or why he left, but I know it’s my fault. I did a lot of horrible things while I was alive, things that made people “hate” me, maybe even enough to kill me.
Desperate to solve my murder, my long-lost twin, Emma, is pretending to be me and unraveling the many mysteries I left behind–my cryptic journal, my tangled love life, the dangerous Lying Game pranks I played. She’s uncovered my friends’ darkest secrets, but she’s never had the chance to dig into Thayer’s past–until now.
Thayer’s back and Emma has to move fast to figure out if he’s after revenge . . . or if he’s already gotten it.
Review: As I noted previously, it is difficult to review books in a series and come up with something new to say if the books continue to be similar to one another in quality and content. That said, I read this book even faster than the last two, and it’s probably my favorite so far.
Matters are becoming increasingly more complicated and confusing for both Emma and her deceased twin Sutton. All the light shed on alibis and motives has really come to amount to nothing much, particularly in the case of close friends and family members including Laurel. Although the adults have remained at the very periphery of the series’ plot, I wonder how long that will last since it seems like one or more of them could be up to no good.
I really liked that Emma’s distinct disadvantages became more a part of things, particularly now that finding the answers requires asking questions Sutton would be expected to know the answer to. I really loved the moments where she spent time with Sutton’s mother, continued to reach out to Madeline, learned that Sutton also named stars, and finally made the decision to do something to make herself happy by being far less secretive about her feelings/connection to Ethan. Thayer, of course, complicates everything and even by the end of the book, Emma knows far less about him than anyone else including Sutton and the reader, which I think is pretty cool.
More than anything else, I’ve just really been enjoying the crazy suspenseful ride Emma has been on throughout the first 3 books of The Lying Game series. Nothing is ever dry, clear cut, or straightforward as it first appears. No progress ever gets made without making a mess of the conjectures or notions Emma had initially arrived at, and while I initially expected this to drive me up a wall, instead it’s just been a blast.
In conclusion, can it be July now? I need Hide and Seek so badly it’s not even funny.
- The Lying Game by Sara Shepard (The Lying Game #1)
- Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard (The Lying Game #2)