Review: Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard

Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game, #3) by Sara Shepard How did I get it: The library.

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.

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About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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3 Responses to Review: Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard

  1. rachel says:

    I also can’t wait for Hide and seek. my only complaint about this book was that it seemed to much like the second one. I loved Never have I ever more. I was really sad that there wasn’t more scenes between Thayer and Emma. I am glad that Mads and Mrs. Mercer are getting closer to emma.
    my review of this book-

  2. yaykisspurr says:

    Fascinating! I’m watching the show on ABC Family. I find it really suspenseful and twisty. Both twins are alive still…it would be super awesome for them to kill off Sutton! Cheers…

  3. Pingback: Review: Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard | CSI: Librarian

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