Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lying Game: Two Truths & a Lie ~ Sara Shepard review

(Apologies for the lack of review yesterday - I've been sick since the weekend and a review yesterday just wasn't happening.)

Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game #3)
February 7, 2012
304 pages
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Thayer's back. The brother of one of Sutton's best friends disappeared, two months before Sutton's murder. leaving no one any clues as to where he might be.

Up until now he's been the one big unknown as Emma, Sutton's long-lost twin sister who has had to assume her identity, searches for her killer.

Emma has been able to work through Sutton's love life, tangled though it may have been, discovered what the Lying Game was - and is, found out some of the secrets Sutton and her friends were keeping, but she still doesn't know just how Thayer fits into it all. And Emma hasn't had a chance to find out.

Until now.

In the middle of the night, during a sleepover with her friends, Thayer appears in her bedroom - well, Sutton's bedroom.

In keeping with the style of the previous two Lying Game books - and the Pretty Little Liars books - Two Truths and a Lie is a three steps forward and two steps (if not two and three quarters) back book. You almost feel like you don't learn enough at the end . . . but you go into them knowing the whole mystery isn't going to be solved.

It's about the other knowledge that is gained - about the other characters, about the mystery as a whole - over the whole book that make any seemingly backward movement completely worth it. That and, of course, the fact that the drama in The Lying Game is oh so delicious. It's so almost over the top, but Emma being an outsider to it all keeps it somehow grounded.

There are times you want to shout at the characters to just talk to each other because it seems like that could solve so much, but then things happen that make you wonder if the person you obviously thought could be trusted, really can be, after all.

This series definitely keeps you guessing. While it doesn't seem to divulge a lot in each installment, we still learn a lot in the things that seem to just be little bits and pieces and always know more at the end - even if it seems we're back behind where we started in some ways.

Rating: 8/10

(I really hope I can find a way to catch up on the TV series . . . I hate that I've seen a few episodes and while it looks like it's quite different than the books, I'd really love to see it!)

thank you to Harper for my copy

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