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Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  9,665 ratings  ·  642 reviews
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 wheth ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Mar 18, 2012 Elissa added it
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Kate ❣
Might as-well write this review whilst I'm supposed to be studying

Two Truths and a Lie

So i started this book back in 2012, and read 211 pages, which is ridiculous considering the whole book is only 291 pages... why didn't my past self just finish it? hahaha

I spent a while looking at recap blog posts of the book before this, and skimmed over that pages I'd already read in this book, and that worked surprisingly well, i was able to dive right back into the story!

I really don't know what exactly
Yogini Jhingan
I love the Lying Game series and was eagerly awaiting this book. I like how the story unfolds here and we get to see even further into Sutton's memories. Although I'd wish the next books brings even more answers and flashbacks. What I really like is how dimensional all these characters are, specially Thayer. This is by far my favorite Lying Game book till now. However, in this book I feel there was something really off about Ethan. I know how it's being shown towards the end that Laurel might've ...more
OHMY! I absolutely loved The Lying Game and Never Have I Ever. I don't know but I noticed that this series is just like Pretty Little Liars. Someone was killed, Suspects, Secrets and stuffs...

So far I liked what I read so I'd like to watch this series (if it even becomes one (; )....
This review is definitely affected by reading this book immediately after Never Have I Ever. Reading this immediately after finishing the preceding one, there are a lot of pretty large holes in the plot. For the first few chapters, I assumed that the author may just have made a mistake. Instead, all of the plot holes were actually Emma conveniently forgetting things that were relevant to the suspect of the book. Had Emma remembered everything she had conveniently forgotten, the mystery in this b ...more
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
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 ...more
Icy Wong
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Apr 06, 2012 Aly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, mystery
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Is there a recurring pattern here or is it just me? Emma ("Sutton") picks someone to blame due to suspicious motives, the Actual Sutton ghost has a memory flashback, marking that person as the supposed killer. Outstanding evidence proves against that person and in the end....Its not them. They've been proven innocent by the continuation of the same memory Sutton Ghost had or something else.
Let's just hope for the sake of our sanity that Hide and seek is the last book in the seri
Lazar Lazarov
I liked the first two books a lot more than this one.Its more like a filler book but it was ok! Now Laurel is the suspect :3 Can't wait to read the rest of the series
Heidi Hardin
Jun 27, 2012 Heidi Hardin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Lying Game, PLL, or a good murder mystery
Shelves: favorites
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A Small Note:

I've read this book before so this review will have thoughts on what I thought before and after rereading this book again. I wasn't able to write a review before so I'm making up for it with this one. If you haven't read the first two books you might get some new details ruined for you naturally.

My Thoughts:

Two Truths and a Lie picks up with Emma discovering Thayer in her bedroom. Thayer has become a new prime suspect with Sutton's friends and sister being cleared so she's terrified
3.5 Stars

I'm a bit underwhelmed here. I just can't help but feel like the book series has lost pizzazz since the TV series has started.

In Two Truths and a Lie, Emma Paxton is living the life of her twin sister, Sutton, and trying to figure out who murdered Sutton. The book is narrated by Sutton watching over Emma, so it's in third person and first person at the same time. It still weirds me out. Sutton doesn't comment on things much, so it reads like third person limited from Emma's point of vie
Rana Dsoky
Fab !
whoa... sensing a love triangle with Emma(Sutton), Thayer, and Ethan! Except that Thayer is in love with Sutton and Emma's not Sutton. The Host love triangle anyone???
Anyway, I find Ethan to be quite a dull duck. I don't really like him, and honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Emma either. They're both rather flat characters and Ethan is can be kinda cheesey sometimes. However, Sutton and Thayer are the most intruiging and interesting characters in the story so far and therefore the flashbacks are
I have no idea why I paid for and read this book. I didn't like the first book in the series and found the second one to be just okay. I have been enjoying the TV show based on the books, but it really has very little in common with the books other than the name and the fact that there are twins separated at birth.

As I mentioned in my review of The Lying Game, I have a problem with the supernatural aspect of the series. It seems like a really thin plot device to have the "ghost" of Sutton follow
I have been excited to read this one ever since I finished the last book a couple months ago. I couldn't wait to find out more stuff about Thayer. I am so happy that this book didn't disappoint! I actually enjoyed this one more than, "Never Have I Ever". The last book was all about the Twitter Twins, but they weren't in this book much at all. Emma is more focused on Thayer and her relationship with Ethan. While this book did feel like a filler book for the next, there were a lot of hints of who ...more
Well, surprisingly I waited a long while for Two Truths and a Lie and I really had high expectations on it. I mean, who wouldn't? After that major cliffhanger at the end of Never Had I Ever, one would be dying to get their hands on the next book.

But unfortunately, it took me a long while to finish the book. And I did ask myself why that's the case. And I came up with a few reasons. The plot is just off. It's not enough to push me to read. While I was reading this, there were tons of projects bei
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Kelly Hager
Emma is still trying to figure out who killed her twin sister, Sutton. It's also getting increasingly difficult to continue to pretend to be Sutton, especially without anyone figuring out what's going on. But if she doesn't do a good job of being Sutton, she knows she's going to be the next to die. So who's behind it? She's already pretty sure it's not Sutton's sister, Laurel, or one of their friends. The current suspect is Madeline's brother, Thayer. He's been missing for a while and it turns o ...more
Amanda K
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm

I know this is sad, but even though I'm on the third book in this series, I STILL have trouble trying to separate the characters and happenings in the TV show and the characters and happenings in the books. I mean, they are mostly completely different. But I do love both.

Sara Shepard really knows how to write a good mystery. She keeps it creepy, but enjoyable and glamorous. If that makes sense. I love both Pretty Little Liars and this series. TV show
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 ...more
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I did not enjoy this book as much as the second one, Never Have I Ever, but I still enjoyed it. This book seemed to repeat many of the events from the second book just with a different story. The date that Emma have in the middle of the book seems similar to the photography date from the second book. In the second book Emma struggles with deciding to date Ethan or not and in this book decides if she wants to tell S
I was this close to giving this book a 3 star rating during the first quarter of it. Honestly, I found this book a little boring at the beginning because the mysteries just kept adding up and my short attention span wasn't cooperating. The toll of our recent finals, perhaps.

Anyways, this book was good. A lot of revelations, yes but as expected, the mysteries just had to outnumber them. I think that this book became more special because of Thayer. Oh my, I really like his character. Even more tha
(Originally @ CSI:Librarian.)

As I noted previously, it is difficult to review books in a series and come up with something new to say if the books continue to be similar to one another in quality and content. That said, I read this book even faster than the last two, and it's probably my favorite so far.

Matters are becoming increasingly more complicated and confusing for both Emma and her deceased twin Sutton. All the light shed on alibis and motives has really come to amount to nothing much, pa
Erica Alyson
I should have known the killer is never who you think it is. Actually the last book said Thayer was back and this book spent most of the book making you think Thayer did it which is why I was not shocked to find out it was not him.

My thoughts at this point is obviously Laurel but that is also expected so I don't think it can be her. Ethan however seems a little guilty to me! He left when Thayer showed up and did many things in the book that makes me think that. They played A Lying Game on him.
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This was a brilliant read! One of the best I had in a while.
I love how Sara keep you at the edge of your seat, with an absolute amazing plot and the writhing style that gives you time to think you know the answer, and then just prove you absolutely wrong!

This book is the reason I am so in love with reading!
It's a well told story that binds you to the pages like blood binds you to your family.
Will Emma learn how killed Su
How does this book have such a high average rating? Who the hell is reviewing these things? This wasn't even good in a "this is such a guilty pleasure" sort of way. The action was totally contrived; it wasn't exciting at all; compared to the show, the characters just fall so flat. It's ridiculous. Sara Shepard is obviously running out of exciting plot twists, judging by the way this series is going, as well as the latest Pretty Little Liars offering.

I cringed the entire way through this book. Th
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The Lying Game (6 books)
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