The Lying Game Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The first book in the New York Times best-selling series The Lying Game, by the author of the best-selling Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard.
Shortly before her 17th birthday, Emma discovers she has a long-lost twin named Sutton Mercer. She contacts Sutton, who agrees to a rendezvous but never shows up.
Curious at first, Emma slips into Sutton's ultra-glamorous life, assuming her identity. When it becomes clear that Sutton is not coming back, that someone made sure she never could, Emma plunges in to investigate who could have wanted her sister gone (a fairly long list, she discovers).
Unfortunately, taking over Sutton's life means innocent little Emma has inherited all that bad blood - and then some. Perfect for fans of Sara Shepard's number one New York Times best-selling series Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game has all the juicy plot lines, to-die-for lifestyles, and compelling secrets that fans love.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 45 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 07, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #96,943 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#178 in Mystery & Detective Fiction for Teens
#312 in Thrillers & Suspense for Teens
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Sutton Mercer is a bitch--at least used to be. I'm sorry, but there's no better word to describe her. We start The Lying Game with Sutton finding out she's dead--well, actually, she's a ghost. A ghost no one can see or hear but us. She wakes up in the middle of a bathroom and see a girl who looks exactly like her. Soon, she learns this is Emma--and it seems Emma and Sutton are sisters, twins, actually--and Emma's life is nothing even close to Sutton's.
Sutton can't remember a lot about her own life--but she does remember she doesn't know about her lost twin sister--, and now she's following Emma wherever the girl goes. Emma's in trouble when her foster brother steals money from her foster mother and puts it into Emma's purse. It is just another foster home, Emma's been in tons of them, and soon she'll turn 18 and won't need to keep trying to fit into any other family. But when the boy shows her a video of a girl being strangled--a girl who looks exactly like her--, she starts wondering if it's possible the girl is her sister.
With the internet's help, she finds out the girl's Sutton, and send her a message on Facebook. Soon, there's an answer--asking her to meet Sutton on the day after. There's only one problem--that Emma has no idea about it--, Sutton has never got that message, because she's dead. Period. Sutton's ghost is pretty sure about it. Things go crazy when Emma is waiting for Sutton and Sutton's friend show up, calling her Sutton. It happens that Sutton has asked Emma to not tell anyone about each other, so Emma tries to be nice and plays along when Sutton's friends drag her to a party. Soon, Emma learns that Sutton isn't around--actually, an anonymous note tells her Sutton's dead, and if she doesn't keep pretending to be her twin, she's gonna be the next.
Confusing, isn't it? Well, it gets worse. Emma soon realizes that Sutton wasn't the best person, or the best friend someone could ever had around. Her lost twin and her girls have what they call The Lying Game, some kind of game where they make pranks. The problem is: they make it to other people, and they make it to each other.
Emma knows she's in danger, whoever killed Sutton has been watching her. She can trust nobody--and she can't tell anyone who she really is, although she's tried, nobody believes--, and she needs to keep lying to everyone, she needs to pretend she's someone she's never met before. Sutton had everything Emma always dreamed about: she has a family that loves her--even though they know Sutton isn't the best person in the world--, she's popular, she's a boyfriend and a group of friends--who're as bitch as Sutton, but, well, they kinda deserve each other, in my opinion...
We see the entire story through Sutton's ghosts eyes, although we're always following Emma's steps. Sutton's ghost gets some flashbacks from some things Emma sees--so there are a few flashbacks chapters--, and we clearly see how different the sisters are. Even if sometimes Sutton's ghost questions things about herself as Emma learns more about her, it's there, you can see it.
The Lying Game did not reach my expectations. I was expecting much more of this book--I haven't read anything from Shepard before it, but I saw people saying it's way much better than Pretty Little Liars. I've watched the TV series, but it never really got me, so I was kind of expecting the book to do it. Unfortunately, it didn't. Probably because I found myself frustrated with the ending: it kinda got you nowhere...
I always try to avoid spoilers on my reviews, and rereading this one to make sure I haven't tell anything that compromise the reading, I found myself asking what I didn't tell about the story. Honestly, there's only one twist that I haven't mentioned here--and that's it. I'm going to read Never Have I Ever, the second book on this series, in hopes that this story will get better.
When Emma arrives, Sutton is nowhere to be found, but Sutton's friends find Emma and kidnap her to a party. Emma, realizing she is being mistaken for her twin, decides to play the role for a night, just to see what Sutton's life is really like. After a great night of partying, Emma waits in Sutton's room for her twin to arrive. But Sutton never does.
The next morning, Laurel is about to drive "Sutton" (who is really Emma) to school, when a note is found, saying: "Sutton's dead. Tell no one. Keep playing along . . . or you next." And then, Emma is thrown into the high class world that is Sutton's life.
She has to try and discover who has killed her twin, all the while maintaining her role as Sutton. Emma soon discovers that her twin has been up to some nasty trouble, creating a club known as "The Lying Game." The Lying Game is a bunch of cruel pranks that the four club members: Charlotte Chamberlain, Madeline Vega, Laurel Mercer, and, of course, Sutton Mercer.
Along for the ride is Ethan Landry, a moody, distant loner like Emma (who seems to be falling for him); Laurel, Sutton's occasionally snobby, but mostly desperate to be in Sutton's club sister.
And then there are Charlotte: a friend that has a thing for Sutton's boyfriend, and might have had enough incentive to kill Sutton; Madeline: a pretty ballerina that is more than meets the eye.
And then, there are the "Twitter Twins": Gabriella and Lilianna Fiorello (Gabby and Lili), who are even more desperate than Laurel to get into Sutton's exclusive club.
At the end, nothing is resolved. So of course, this is going to be a series. But it was so good, I can't wait for the next book in the series: Never Have I Ever.
This book was especially great because it was relatable to a teenager like me. It had a lot of modern references, and it was easy to understand. It also sounded like a teenager talking: they weren't throwing cuss words around, but they didn't NOT cuss...
Overall: 5 stars. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is into mystery, drama, romance...any sort of Sara Shepard novel. Anyone who liked the Pretty Little Liars books will love this one, if not more than the PLL series.
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Whilst the book is good in it's own right, I do find it misleading to say the TV show is based off the books, when the whole story is completely different and the only thing similar is the names of the characters. Don't get me wrong, I understand that books that are turned into shows/films take some artistic licence and bits are added/removed, but to change the story so much, I was not expecting. Having said this, I did enjoy the book and will continue to read the others in the series, to find out what happens.
I am actually glad that the books are not like the TV series as it makes them a more tense an interesting read :) I can't wait to read the next one now!
Not the best book I've ever read which is noughts and crosses by malorie Blackman by the way but it is still high on my list.
I suggest it for maybe 12/ 13 year old girls.
I took a long pause and didn't read it for a while.But when I did come back to it I found it very easy to come back to.
It would make a great film hint hint and I hope/think that there is a sequel