The Lying Game

  • 16 Sep - 22 Sep, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Time Out

Parents need to know that this is the first book in a series written by the same author who penned Pretty Little Liars. Like that series, this one features a group of rich, popular, label-loving “mean girls” who backstab each other and pull pranks.

This new series reunites long-lost twins, but only after one has been murdered. Emma, the living sister, has been raised in foster care and learns of her wealthy twin just as Emma’s kicked out of her last home. Sutton realises she’s dead, but she can’t remember much of her life. She attaches her ghostly self, undetected, to Emma and reads Emma’s thoughts, giving the novel a compelling first-/third-person point of view.

Both twins want to solve the murder, even as Emma almost inadvertently takes Sutton’s place at her home, where no one knows she’s dead. However, a good twin/bad twin scenario emerges, as Emma learns that Sutton and her friends enjoy playing cruel pranks. But could one of Sutton’s friends, or even someone closer, be the murderer? Shepard keeps the action rolling and the clues confusing as she spends this instalment uncovering the twins’ characters but not solving the murder yet. Naturally, boys and fashion also figure into the story, fleshing out a distinctive scenario that should appeal to many teen girls.