Cross My Heart, Hope to Die (The Lying Game #5)

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Cross My Heart, Hope to Die (The Lying Game #5)
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February 05, 2013
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0062128191
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When I died two months ago, my killer told my twin sister to become me—or else. Now Emma has it down to a T. She tosses her hair with the signature Sutton Mercer flip and can lead a Lying Game prank with the best of them. She’s even repairing my relationship with my adoptive family. The only thing she hasn’t done is solve my murder.

Then our birth mother, the woman who abandoned us, showed up in Tucson. Emma hasn’t seen Becky in twelve years, but Becky recognizes Emma immediately—as Emma. Is it a mother’s intuition . . . or does Becky know I’m already gone?

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4.2
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4.5(2)
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4.0(2)
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4.0(2)
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The Lying Game >>>>>> Pretty Little Liars
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
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4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
This review contains spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Even though Pretty Little Liars is much more popular I prefer The Lying Game. It just seems more realistic and the plotline still makes sense while PLL has been dragged for way to long. How many books are there? 14? Wow. That is like worse than all those embarrassing House of Night sequels.

We start the book where we last left things. Sutton and Emma’s mum, Rebecca finally shows up and she is hard to catch. In last book we found out that Mr. and Mrs. Mercer are in fact S&E’s grandparents. Rebecca has had mental issues since she was much younger so she hid Emma from her parents and gave them Sutton. But after five years, she gave up Emma too. The biggest part of this book is about family problems and it was refreshing to read about family drama, rather than about boy trouble.

But Emma still has plenty of boys running around- Ethan, her boyfriend and Thayer (RAWR), Sutton’s ex-boyfriend. Ethan is still dating Emma and I can’t help but think he might be Sutton’s killer, if she is even dead. There were a lot of hints and since Sutton did pull a Lying Game on him, which made him loose his college scholarship, I think he has a real motive. He gives of this creepy vibes and his relationship with Emma seems kind of strange. He is also very jealous of Thayer (double RAWR). Now, Thayer is what a call a perfect future boyfriend. He is a caring, protective, hot mysterious guy who fell in love with Sutton, even though she was a huge bitch to him. But I think she pushed him away because she was afraid of her real feelings towards him.

Since this novel was more focused on family matters, Sutton’s friends were pushed to the background in this novel. They did punk the new girl in school and hosted a party, just like they always do. I think it’s all an excuse to dress up and parade around. Girls finally let one other person into their Lying Game society-Nisha. Nisha has grown on me, when she was helping Emma out with her birth mum, only to later reveal a huge shocker I wasn’t expecting at all.

I seriously hope Seven Minutes in Heaven will be the last instalment because I don’t want TLG to loose it’s charm, just like PLL has. Can’t wait to finally find out what happened to Sutton. Hope Emma has a happy ending and gets her family. She’s been through a lot.
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Thayer, Emma, great mystery which will make you flip pages lightning fast.
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Review: Cross My Heart, Hope to Die (The Lying Game #6)
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4.3
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Confession: I'm reading Cross My Heart, Hope to Die only because I just want some clues hinting the identity of Sutton Mercer's killer.

Cross My Heart, Hope to Die seem to have the same M.O. as the previous books. Emma finds a suspect, the suspect is snooped on, then the suspect is cleared. Usually, after this a hint, hint from the killer is passed to Emma. We find fragments of the mystery, but don't actually know who killed Sutton. (Unfortunately.)

The Current Suspects: Ethan Landry, Mr. Vega, Mr. Chamberlain, and Garrett, and anyone who hasn't been crossed out by Emma and has some knowledge of computer technology and lives in the city.

The plot, as usual, is full of twist and turns. One major twist, mentioned in the synopsis, is the reappearance of Emma's and Sutton's strange mom. Consequently, she ends up on Emma's possible suspects list. And the setting, as always, is the city and school.

Told from Sutton's point of view, Cross My Heart, Hope to Die isn't a thrilling as other books in The Lying Game series, but we and Emma are one step closer to find Sutton's killer. One book, Seven Minutes in Heaven to go.

The writing is beautiful and appeals to readers, especially readers with love for mystery books and lying characters. Cross My Heart, Hope to Die is recommended for readers who don't want a book to end and a fan of books by Kate Brian. If you like books involving high schools, The Lying Game will work for you.

Characters:

Emma: I don't understand how she can't even consider Ethan a suspect. I mean, this guy is like a huge red flag. Other than that I don't have a lot of problems with Emma, although I wish she'll find the killer faster. Emma is a talented actress, playing and acting as the stand in of Sutton Mercer.

Ethan: He seems way more shady in this book. Will Seven Minutes In Heaven seek Ethan Landry as a possible murder suspect?

Rating: Three out of Five

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