The Lying Game: Two Truths and a Lie

By Sara Shepard

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 / 5

This is the third book in Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series, after The Lying Game and Never Have I Ever.

Here is the Kobo store summary:

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.

It’s no secret that I loved the previous books in this series, and it should be no surprise that I loved this one, too.  Emma continues to try to uncover secrets about Sutton’s life, hoping to discover what happened to her sister. Ethan is still the only person who knows the truth.

The character of Thayer has been a big question mark so far in the series. He is referred to, and we know that he’s gone missing and everyone seems to think Sutton had something to do with it, but Emma has no idea what his relationship with Sutton was like or what they meant to each other, if anything. These questions are answered in this book, and I appreciated having some minor mysteries solved.

Emma is trying to balance playing the role of Sutton with staying true to who she really is. Sutton still watches, unable to interfere or communicate, but gaining a few more memories throughout the story that continue to shed some light on things (although sometimes they just raise more questions than answers!). I like that Sutton is starting to see that she was a bit of a bitch to people and mistreated them, but that she is still sarcastic and snarky -it lends some humour to this book.

I had a thought halfway through that perhaps Sutton is not actually dead – maybe her character is in a coma somewhere and she and Emma will have a happy reunion at the conclusion of the series. Not sure how likely that is, but the idea  that Sutton is not really dead took hold and would not let go, so I’m going to hold on to it and see if it ends up being correct!

Overall, if you enjoyed the first two books, you should read this one. We learn a bit more about some of the people in Sutton’s life, although I still look forward to learning more. Emma’s relationship with Ethan becomes more serious, and she begins to bond with Sutton’s mom.

The relationship with Laurel, Sutton’s step-sister, is as complicated as ever, but I want to read more about why they don’t get along. Emma tried to mend the relationship in this book, but Laurel just was not having it.

Seeing as how Shepard’s other series, Pretty Little Liars, has 10 books, I won’t be holding my breath for the big mysteries of this series to be revealed quite yet, but I am eagerly anticipating the next installment!

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