Why did I read it: I have been pining for the 4th part of The Lying Game series for months now. I ending up devouring the whole book in one sitting while waiting for my car to get its oil change and various other things that you never think a car needs until you take it in for said oil change. It was a pretty great and much needed distraction.
My friends and I used to play lying games.
Now my twin sister is living one.
When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we’re both learning just how flawed my family really is.
Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret–could it be the reason I’m dead?
How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried, too. . . .
Review: Like the other three books, Emma is so much fun to follow around and the plot twists are all unexpected but fascinatingly suspenseful. The changes Emma makes while still acting as Sutton are nice to read about. I like that she’s a better friend and through her Sutton sees aspects of her friends that she was never privy to prior to her death. I’m also a big fan of Emma and Ethan’s adorable relationship.* As per usual, the end leaves all of the characters no closer to any answers than they were before. The fact that this happens in every book ought to be getting old or at least on my nerves, but instead I always find myself really excited about the emergence of new unanswered questions and that there’s so much left to sort out.
Now that I’ve finished book 4, there are some things I’m starting to realize about this series. The first thing is that this series is ridiculous in virtually every sense of the word, but I don’t care at all because it’s a ton of fun. Yes, one must suspend one’s belief almost indefinitely, but that’s how it is with most works of fiction that I enjoy. The second thing I’ve realized is that this series would probably be a very frustrating one if you actually were trying to figure out who done it before Emma and Sutton manage to. I don’t mind much because I’m almost always wrong when it comes to mysteries. In fact, I like that Emma and Sutton’s guesses are always going to be wrong despite weirdly compelling evidence. Yes, it is probably part of a scheme to get people to buy more and more books in this series, but like I said before? All of the books are such fun and effortless reads that it’s hard to mind.
By now I’ve also come to accept that the only chance I have of cracking this case is figuring out what the last book of the series is because whoever is being blamed in that one will probably be the one behind it. On one hand, I want to know. On the other, I sort of don’t want the series to end because I’m very fond of Emma and Ethan. I also really, really want to know more about Sutton and/or Emma’s friends and their truly bizarre family. And I can’t wait to find out how wrong both of them are about the hunches they currently have.
In conclusion, fun, addictive, and a very quick read.
How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.
- The Lying Game by Sara Shepard (The Lying Game #1)
- Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard (The Lying Game #2)
- Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard (The Lying Game #3)
* Even if reading about their fond memories of Star Trek: The Next Generation made me feel truly ancient.