Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2)

Title: Never Have I Ever
AuthorSara Shepard
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Sutton and Emma are back in the second book of The Lying Game series. Just a little background on the premise: Emma found her long lost twin, Sutton, online but when she went to meet her, she discovered that Sutton was dead and Emma was tricked into pretending to be Sutton.

I started and finished this book in one evening. It was that good!

This one was very thrilling. There are more suspects in Sutton’s death. Though Emma has crossed them off her list, I haven’t crossed them off mine. There’s one person who I’m sure did it… but I won’t spoil it here. We’ll wait to see if I’m right!

This book continued with the unconventional narration. There was a third person narrator, but Sutton’s first person, ghostly perspective would pop in for a paragraph here or there. This really bothered me in the first book, but I’m getting used to it now. Sutton’s perspective was in the story more this time, so it wasn’t as jarring when the narrator switched.

One thing I like is when Sutton’s ghost suddenly gets a memory of something from before she died and the next chapter tells that story. It gives us a glimpse of the real Sutton. It also builds some tension for the reader, because although Sutton has remembered what happened, she has no way of telling Emma about it. This can be frustrating because we know things that Emma doesn’t.

Well I loved this book. I’ll be reviewing the next one soon. I have to take a little break from the series to review some ARCs for next week. Check out my review for The Lying Game here.

3 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2)”

  1. I loved this series!! I need Sara Shepard books in my life to give myself a break from all the seriousness that I usually read. I liked the TV show even better– too bad it got cancelled before anything was really figured out 😦 Did you see it?? It was on Netflix (not sure if it still is or not). I’m going to be on the lookout for your reviews of the rest of the series– I can’t wait to see if you figure out the mystery!!

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  2. I heard about the TV show, and I’m going to check it out after I finish the series. It’s too bad it was cancelled… so many good ones are. I’m going to continue reading the series next week!


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