What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seven Minutes in Heaven by Sara Shepard

Is anyone (I mean, you guys, not out there in the whole world) still reading this series? Did you know that this was going to be the final book? I didn't. Seriously not even until I finished the book did I realize that she had concluded the story. Also, on a semi-related note, did everyone see that ABC Family cancelled the TV series? I'm bummed about that because I was actually enjoying the show more than the books. First off, Sutton wasn't dead in the show so it was a lot more interesting to me, watching how Sutton and Emma's relationship was evolving. Alas, no more for me. Anyway, enough about the show, let's talk about the book.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: My sister wants the truth. But sometimes the truth hurts. For months, my long-lost twin, Emma, has been living my life and trying to solve my murder. She's unearthed dark secrets about my friends, my family, and my tangled past. But when it comes to finding my killer, she keeps running into dead ends. Until my body shows up in Sabino Canyon. Suddenly everyone knows there are two girls who look like Sutton Mercer—and that one of them is dead. At first the police assume the body is Emma's. But as questions and accusations start flying, it's harder than ever for Emma to keep playing me. The truth is bound to come out eventually. And when it does, Emma will be suspect number one in my murder investigation. If she can't find my killer before time runs out, she'll end up behind bars . . . or worse.
This one is spoilery. There is just no way to avoid it. So DON'T READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED.

What I Liked: 1) Shock of all shocks, all is revealed! Sutton is Emma! Or...Emma is Sutton. Anyway, the girl who has been living in the Mercer house for the past few months is not Sutton Mercer! There were about a thousand ways this could have gone. But because Sutton's body was found, it was probably going to come out one way or another. So Sutton's body is found before the truth about Emma's identity is revealed. So naturally, she becomes the prime suspect in Sutton's death. I thought this was a great way to bring it all about. It would have been too easy if the Mercers were just all open arms about Emma having lied to them for so long. So I appreciated the difficulty that went with any acceptance that may or may not have been going on in the family. 2) The killer. I would not have expected this one in a thousand years. For how...predictable I feel Sara Shepard's writing can be, she shocked me with this one (and has me absolutely questioning everything I've been assuming about the PLL books too!) There was a lot to be done in SMIH, between finding the body, determining how she died, revealing Emma's identity, the Mercers finding out the truth about Emma, and revealing the killer. So I was impressed with how she was able to stun me - I mean, my jaw literally dropped when I found out who the killer was. So I loved that. 3) One thing about this book is that it was so inclusive that I almost felt as if it could have bee a standalone. I felt like if I hadn't read any of the other TLG books and then I'd read this one, I wouldn't have any questions. Because who the killer was, was such a surprise it seemed like all of the evidence pointing to this person was really found and revealed in the last book. Also, I'll have to say, if the TV show was heading in the same direction as the book, I'm kinda glad it was cancelled, because there is no way I would have wanted to see this person (and the person who played this character) end up being the murderer - well, there wasn't a murderer in the show, but still. To be the big bad dangerous person. It might have ruined it for me in the show, but it definitely didn't ruin it in the book. 4) Everything was wrapped up nicely. There are no outstanding questions left, and all in all, everyone had a happy ending! (except for Sutton, the Killer, and Nisha) 

What I Didn't Like: No complaints here.

Overall Thoughts: This has actually become my favorite SS book that I've read (and I've read a lot of them. All of the currently released PLL books and all of TLG books). It was unpredictable, exciting, and I was completely sucked into the book from beginning to the end. Like I said, this one had so much detail and so much of the story was revealed in this one book that it could have almost been a standalone. But I thought it was one of her best books, very well written, intriguing, and non-stop. If you enjoy Sara Shepard's books, you'll love the conclusion she's given The Lying Game.

My Rating: 4 shots

Don't forget to stop by my Infinityglass review to enter to win a copy of Myra McEntire's Infinityglass, the final story in her Hourglass series!


  1. So I didn't read your review because I still haven't read the book before this one. I am planning on reading them together. I knew this was the end so I'm happy for that. Also, I am also bummed out that the show got cancelled because it JUST got good.

    I will definitely check out your review and read your opinions after I read them.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I agree! The show was getting good, better than the books, IMO. But oh well. I wonder what SS will do next? Thanks for stopping by!



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