Have people ever wondered what it would be like to find out they have a long lost twin sister? In this novel, The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, Emma is thrust into a world where she is not just a lonely orphan living in a foster home, but a twin to a girl she has never met before. Emma and Sutton live in a very different world from each other. Sara Shepard published The Lying Game in 2010, with the help of Alloy Entertainment. The Lying Game is a novel for young adults ages 14 and up with a sense of mystery, thrill, and drama. Sara Shepard has also written six other books in the series, The Lying Game, being the first. The Lying Game is an intense novel with mystery lurking around every corner, thrill of suspense, and drama, engaging the readers.
Emma is struggling to fit into her new life, and the new foster home she is placed in; however, there is nowhere in the world she feels like she belongs without family. Emma cannot stand her petulant foster brother, Travis. Travis does everything in his occult power to get under Emma’s skin, and try to get her kicked out of the foster home; however Emma was ready to leave the foster home to get away from all the stringent rules. There was one time Travis succeeded by stealing his mother’s money and planting it in Emma’s backpack: “Clarice pulled out a nail file and started nervously sawing on her pinky. ‘You can stay until your birthday, but after that you’re on your own.’ Emma blinked. ‘You are kicking me out’” (Shepard 23).Even though Travis did succeed in getting rid of Emma, Emma took advantage of this upheaval by fleeing before the cops came to start her new life on her own. Emma does not know that her life will suddenly change in a twist of events.
Before Emma fled her foster home, Travis showed her a video of a girl getting choked to death; in this video the girl’s appearance strikes Emma because they look exactly alike. Emma does not know that this little innuendo will change her life in many ways. Emma notices that this girl lives in Arizona and goes by the name of Sutton. With this in mind, Emma decides to send Sutton a message over Facebook too see if she was also adopted: “This will sound crazy, but I think we’re related. We look exactly the same, and we have the same birthday. I live in Nevada, not too far from you. You’re not by any chance adopted, are you” (Shepard 36)? Later that evening Emma receives a message from Sutton, stating how yes she is adopted and Emma should come visit her in Arizona. Emma is relieved to go visit Sutton, and assuage the problem of her current homeless status. Little does Emma know that Sutton has an impersonator imposing for her. Emma is left in the dark that the girl in the video is actually dead, and that she is Emma’s twin sister, Sutton.
So, Emma decides to take a short hiatus from Nevada, and flees to Arizona to find her long lost twin sister, but when Emma arrives she is in a surprise of her own. When someone suddenly grabs Emma and gags her,...