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Two Truths and a Lie

(The Lying Game #3)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  14,185 ratings  ·  857 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 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Elissa
Mar 18, 2012 added it
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Tylah Marie
A little bit slower than the previous two books but still enjoyable nonetheless : ) I really just want to know how it ends!!
Raul
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this installment in the series! At this point I trust no one and suspect everyone. Anyone could have done it! I'm so excited to continue on with the series.
Kate
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
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
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Vanessa
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Yogini Jhingan
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Bern
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: perfection, ya, whodunit
Lame.
Kayleigh
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

“And that, I thought, was how you make a dramatic exit.”


I read Two Truths and a Lie in August of 2012, so I’m not going to review. I’m just adding books to my read shelf that never made it there when I first read them (thanks, child Kayleigh, for deciding to keep a list of all the books you’ve read, their dates, and their rating since early 2007).
...more
Krystal
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The series was still heating up at this stage, although pretty far-fetched with some awkward plot holes.

Three books in, Emma's ridiculous assumptions are starting to get a bit annoying, but we have new characters to keep things interesting.

It's easy reading and all the drama makes it pretty addictive, but mind the inconsistencies as you go. It's easier (and more enjoyable) if you just pretend they're not there.
Roline
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 (; )....
Isabella
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
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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
Heidi Hardin
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Lying Game, PLL, or a good murder mystery
Shelves: favorites
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Icy
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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hayden
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
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Kayla
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aly
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
...more
Rana Desoky
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fab !
Lazar
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sara-shepard
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
Amelia Hill
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Added a creepy new twist to the book series which I loved. It made the suspect pool grow bigger but it was worth it.
Carolyn Elaine
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
*If you haven't read the first two novels of The Lying Game, then do not read this review.*

Rating: 3.5 stars

Thayer Vega's at the top of Emma's list of people who murdered Sutton. All the odds are pointing at him. Mysteriously disappearing, why is Thayer showing up now, if not to kill Emma? In this third novel of The Lying Game series, Emma and Sutton discover who the murderer is before they come after Emma, and Thayer is the perfect person to be a murderer.

Wow, didn't see that coming. Once agai
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Piper Harris
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, so much fun with this book.

My eagle eye of suspicion now rests upon Ethan. He has a motive! Wanting to get back at Sutton for the prank years ago. He's a loner, which in book terms means a freak. And he's too nice in a suspicious way. Anyway, I think it's Ethan. Also - Ethan believed she was Emma so quickly! Why else but if he knew Sutton was dead?
[Or Mr Chamberlain]

P.S. Thayer was good, but still not as good as the TV show version.
❤Marie Gentilcore
This is book 3 in Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series. I was a big fan of the TV series and when that was cancelled I started reading the books. This book started off a little slow but then the pace picked up and it didn’t slow. It left me wanting more so on to book 4, Hide and Seek.
Adriana
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
...more
StorySeekers
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Juhina
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Rachel
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
For my theories about this book, check out: http://unforgetablebooks.blogspot.com/

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
...more
Amanda K
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Olivia
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
April
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

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