The Lying Game

Paperback | December 6, 2011

bySara Shepard

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I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.

I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I’m getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Hug my parents good night like she’s their daughter? And can she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Let the lying game begin.

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I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I’m getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she ...

Sara Shepard is the author of twoNew York Timesbestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:December 6, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061869716

ISBN - 13:9780061869716

Customer Reviews of The Lying Game


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Different feel to them. This series was so outstanding, and different. Once the tv show came out, I jumped at it. I'm disappointed that they cancelled it, but it definitely wasn't as good as the books. It was cool to see two different twins coming together. You also get really attached to the main character.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I liked this book way more than Pretty Little Liars!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soo good! way better than the show, lowkey like this series way more than the pretty little liars series for sure!!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!!! I bought this book a couple years back and I keep on rereading the whole collection of the lying game as it is a very good book collection! Very intriguing story!!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great The entire series was really good, and I believe I enjoyed it because I really enjoy Pretty Little Liars and both are very similar. Although, at some point I was becoming annoyed because I knew who was initially described as who Emma thought killed Sutton, wasn't going to be who it was. At certain points throughout the series I felt as it was dragged on and it could really be one two-thousand page book. I do recommend however, if you love a good mystery
Date published: 2015-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What will Emma do next? Identical twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits into two. Identical twins look almost exactly alike and share the exact same genes. These are what you hope for as a parent, you can dress them up the same, have big birthday parties, and have the cutest family photos ever. As the twin you might feel differently, as one may be smarter, or more athletic than the other. They could always be butting heads, or become the best as friends. For the lower class citizens, who could barely afford one, how can they afford two? Easily, they give one away. So what happens to the one they gave away? What happens to the one they keep? And what if, they one day meet? For Emma and Sutton this is exactly what happened. Emma was a foster kid. After her mother, Becky, left her at age five, Emma has been moving around from foster home, to foster home. All her life she only wanted a family, and a loving home to go to each night. One night with her new foster parent’s house her “brother” showed her a video of her being snuffed. Except that wasn’t her, it was just someone who looked like her. Freaked out Emma did some internet work and found out that “girl” was actually Sutton Mercer, who lives in Arizona. With one quick Facebook message, Emma was off the next morning to meet Sutton. When Emma got there she was drafted by Sutton’s friend who mistaken her for Sutton. Emma played along, hoping that along the way Emma would find Sutton along the way. The next morning she received a note “Sutton dead. Keep playing or you’ll be next.” Emma was sacred, knowing that her twin is dead, and someone very close to her was the killer. Sutton, woke up in a storage room, with a girl who looks exactly like her, casually drying her hair after a shower. Yelling the girl didn’t seem to notice Sutton. As the girl leaves the room, Sutton was pulled by an invisible string forcing her to follow the girl. Sutton later learns that the girl was named Emma, and that she was dead. Other than that, that’s all Sutton knows. During conversation Emma has, Sutton is pulled into a memory, revealing parts of her past. Sutton learns that she was not a nice person, but was she really that mean to be killed for it? Sara Shepard is known for her Pretty Little Liars series, but this novel beats the entire series by a landslide. Not only was it fast pace and interesting, but it kept the thriller motion as Emma has to fake her way around Sutton’s life. With Emma is questioning everyone Sutton knew, and Sutton being pulled along, she and Emma, separately started piecing together who Sutton Mercer really was. There was even a little dash of romance as Emma deals with Sutton’s boyfriend, while also finding someone special for herself, you get to see a little flirting. With this being the first book, I’m excited to see what dark turn Sara Shepard will take this book next. Check out more of my book reviews at
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I looooooooooved this book. If you enjoyed the pretty little liars series you will enjoy this one. Can't wait to get the next book!!
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lying Game Who is lying? Who is pretending?
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing. You must read this series. It maybe long but IT IS WORTH IT. You will not put it down. It keeps you on edge until the very last sentence. MUST READ.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is my second book read by Sarah Shepard. Reading this I'm now not sure which book is first. Anyways past that point I loved it
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Read Emma Paxton hasn't had the easiest 17 years so far. Her mom abandoned her when she was 5 and she ended up in the foster system, going from home to home. She is troubled when her foster brother shows her a video of what looks to be her being strangled on youtube from a user named "SuttoninAZ". It turns out that Sutton is the twin sister she never knew she had, and after contacting her heads to Tucson to find out more. What she finds in Tucson is Sutton missing, presumed dead, and Emma has to fit into Sutton's life, before she becomes the next one dead. I read The Lying Game when it was released back in 2010 and since then I hadn't given it too much thought. When I found out recently that the last book has been released, I thought it would be a good time to re-read and finish the series without having to do that constant game of waiting for the next book. The Lying Game was as good as I remember. It is a YA thriller and it's definitely a gossipy, edge-of-your-seat kind of read. As Emma learns more about Sutton's life she learns what kind of person Sutton was. Sutton and her friends invented a game called "The Lying Game" where they pulled pranks on each other and other people, and some of the pranks were practically deadly. Sutton certainly isn't your nice teenage girl and I felt sorry for Emma learning about her sister. Even though I'm sure she would rather have a alive sister, even if she was a mean girl. Emma tries to hunt down who is behind the messages she receives and who kills her sister, and for this I liked Emma a lot. She is just trying to do what is right and find a murderer. The Lying Game was a fun, thrilling first-in-a-new-series. It is also a tv show, but I haven't watched the tv show. I intend to read all the books in this series (there are six) and maybe watch the show. If you like Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, or Kate Brian's Private series you will be bound to enjoy The Lying Game.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the TV series I chose to read the book after becoming addicted to the TV series. I knew that I was going to like the books more than the TV show, because that's what happens with me. What I didn't know was how much more I would like the book series over the TV show! They're so different from each other that they could almost have both of them airing if they chose to make a new series following the books more closely. Crazy!
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Where do I even start.. I have mixed feelings about this book. Its a good idea and theme and its really creepy which I find entertaining to read. The characters are thought through and the plot has a lot of descriptive detail but for most of the book I found myself re-reading sentences all the time. I would put off reading this book too because it was mostly boring. It did have its good parts though, and maybe its just me and my unpopular opinion but I didn't love this book. I did enjoy it a little, I just don't think that it should take me 3 months to read a book, when I love reading. The ending was quite good though, so I don't know. Overall, I'm a bit torn. I'd give this book 3 1/2 or 4 star rating.
Date published: 2012-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised! I was actually surprised with how much I liked this book. With TV shows (only TV shows, not movies) it seem that if I watch the TV show before reading the book, I like the show better. That wasn’t the case with The Lying Game. I don’t like the book or show more, I like them both the same I would say. In the TV show twins Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker (Paxton in the books) are trying to figure out who their birthmother is and figure out who wants the twins to keep secret that they are twins and may even kill them to keep that secret. The book goes on a different path than that which is why I am surprised I like the book so much. In the book Sutton is already alleged to be dead (no that is not a spoiler; it says in the description that Sutton has been murdered). So Sutton is now watching over Emma while Emma is made to take over Sutton’s life by an anonymous person thought to be Sutton’s murderer while trying to found out who killed Sutton. So that was a surprise where I was a fan of the show before the books. But now to get to the book itself. The book always kept me interest, a lot of the time I didn’t want to put the book down. Shepard has made sure to give you reasons to suspect almost everyone in the book. It was so full of mystery and you just don’t know what was going to happen next or what will happen in however many books this series will be. Even compairing the book rto the movie I was never disappointed or bored. Hopefully there won’t be too many books like the Pretty Little Liars series just because I want to find out what is going to happen and how it will end. :P I can’t wait read the next book in the series. I recommend reading the books and watching the show! They both keep me interested, I don't feel like their giving me so little that it is like the plot is going nowhere. I myself can't wait to read the next books in they series and I hope their is a second season of The Lying Game.
Date published: 2012-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this book down Sara Shepard has done it , again. This book is absolutely a it's a book you'll have trouble putting down. At first the only part I wasn't really in love with is how it's written from Sutton's point of view AND Emma's, but it really adds to the plot of the novel. A must read!
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I love the story, I love Sara Shepard, I love her ideas. This book was really good can't wait to read the rest of the series :)
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book had everything I was looking for: Romance, Suspense and Mystery. This book I read in 4 hours flat, I just COULD NOT put it down! This book was great and I would absolutely recommend it
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from .... I loved every aspect of this book. I did not read the authors pretty little liars series so I had no idea what to expect but I was fairly impressed. I loved her writing and loved how she left me with wanting to know more. I read it in four hours flat thats how good it was.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW- There are no words I love Sara Shepard, and her Pretty Little Liars series... and this series jsut helped to prove what an amazing authour she is... How she thinks of these ideas amazes me! this book draws you in from the first page and the story is SO different than anything else and with new twists in every chapter! if you liked the pretty little liars series you will love this series as well!!
Date published: 2011-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lying Game this book was awesome! it was just as great as the Pretty Little Liars series! it was just as surprising! every page surprised me and gave me more information! in Pretty Little Liars i was trying so hard to figure out who killed Alison and who was sending those letters and emails to the rest of the gang. in the Lying game i am trying so hard to figure out who killed Sutton and who is threatening Emma. i just want to read the last book in the series and figure out who it is!this book was awesome and i can't wait to read the next book in the series! bye!!! ( :
Date published: 2010-11-19

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“A thrilling mystery with just the right doses of romance and danger.”