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April 13, 2012

Review: Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard - Juhina

Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game, #3)
Title: Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game #3)
Author: Sara Shepard
Publication date: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: Contemporary
Source: Own
Format: Ebook
Pages: 304
Sutton Mercer watches from the afterlife as her long-lost twin, Emma Paxton, takes over her identity to solve her murder. But after ruling out her early leads, Emma still hasn’t found Sutton’s killer. A lot of people wanted her dead—but one name keeps popping up: Thayer Vega. When the gorgeous and mysterious Thayer returns to town, Emma has to move fast to figure out whether he’s back for revenge…or if he already got it. 
I am a huge fan of murder mystery/ psychological thriller novels, and I have been a fan of this series ever since I picked up The Lying Game #1 back when it first came out. Sara Shepard knows how to create this creepy, mysterious environment where everyone becomes a suspect and the chase for the truth becomes more like a game of hide and seek. This is not a newsflash since Sara Shepard is already famous for her "Pretty Little Liars" series, and while I did not read the books, the show is one of my favorites! 
Now that I am done with my rambling, I'm going to try and review this book and try to be as unbiased as I can be (you'll find out why if you keep reading). I was super excited to finally get my hands on the third installment in this series. I actually jumped up and down from happiness! The story continues from where it left off at the end of book two. A new character, and suspect is introduced, and it is Thayer Vega. Thayer is Madeline's brother and his disappearance has always been a mystery to Emma, and his relationship with Sutton was always a target for gossip. The book begins with a new suspect and a new trail to follow to either prove he is the killer, or he is innocent. I had one problem with this book and it is that it was basically a carbon copy of book number two! In book number two it was the Twitter Twins, and in this book it is Thayer. I felt restless throughout the book, I knew that Thayer would be proven innocent because that is how the first and second books ended. 
The Lying Game book Cycle
New suspect -> investigations, following trails -> suspect proven innocent. 
To be honest I couldn't get past the repetitiveness of the book. The writing is superb and Sara Shepard is an amazing author but I can't help but wonder If this series would have been better off as a trilogy, or even a duo. Especially when it comes to murder mystery novels, there is a limit to how long an audience can wait, especially if nothing NEW ever really happens. Another problem I had was with the show The Lying Game. I am NOT a fan, and I felt that some of the negativity I feel for the show rubbed off on the books, which is why I tried erasing the show from my mind and just concentrate solely on my feelings about the book. While this review might not be all that positive, I must say that I did enjoy the book, it was a disappointment, but I always liked Sara Shepard's writing, I just wish she would end this series and begin a new one that is bound to be exciting! 
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5 comments:

  1. I'm kind of too nervous to pick up this book. If it's anything like Gossip Girl, or the show Pretty Little Liars (sorry, but I really can't stand it), then I'll pass!

    I prefer a bit of roundness to the story if it's going to be psychological thriller.

    Enjoyed your review!

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  2. I haven't read the first two books but it's a shame to hear this one is a little repetitive of what happened in those two. I guess that can get boring to read especially if you know what to expect. Anyway thanks for the helpful review, Juhina! It's a shame this wasn't better for you.

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  3. I'm sorry this was a bit of a let down! I think I will give the series a try though. Thanks for the wonderful and honest review, Juhina!

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  4. I'm so scared to pick this one up! I've loved the first two, but the last PLL book (and The Lying Game show) has me nervous.

    Thanks for your review! I think I'll give it a try and just be cautious going in. ;)

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  5. I love to read books like this. I am a fan now. Nice review, nice blog too.

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