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Monday, August 15, 2011

Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard

Publication Date: 8/2/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 309
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
My perfect life was a lie.

Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people’s lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Shepard delivers in this second novel of The Lying Games series.  You will not be disappointed except when you find out the third book doesn't come out until February 2012.  Bummer!

Anyway, Emma has been living her twin Sutton's life for a few weeks now.  She is getting to know her friends, who may or not be her sisters' killers.  Sutton disappeared in book one which left Emma in her place with a threat from Sutton's killer that she can't tell anyone or leave because she'll be next.  I would think that would be enough to scare someone!  Emma is now on a hunt to find her sister's killer and her "friends" are the most likely suspects.  Emma turns to one person for help, but can she truly trust him?  Maybe he killed Sutton?  There are so many questions that Emma is trying to find answers for, but all she keeps coming up with are more questions.

Emma suspects two of Sutton's friends as her sister's killer and she doesn't know how to handle it.  All signs point to these two girls, but what can she do?  All she is focused on is staying alive long enough to find everything out.  The killer, however, knows that Emma is digging and threatens her once again.  Will Emma stop looking or will she ultimately determine who killed her sister?

This book was amazing.  It truthfully got my heart racing as I read to the end.  In my head all I kept thinking was stay alive, stay alive, stay alive, but who knew what was going to happen?  The games that Sutton played when she was alive have caused Emma a lot of problems in trying to find the killer.  It seems like there are a lot of people with a motive to want Sutton dead.  Shepard is a talented writer who finds a way to wrap her readers up in the story.  You are reading, but trying to solve the mystery and stay ahead of the game at the same time.  Sutton and Emma may have been twins, but they were definitely had different personalities.  It's hard to believe that those closest to Sutton can't tell the difference between the two.  I guess in the end, we all do what we have to to stay alive.

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