Emma is shocked speechless when her foster brother shows her a video from the internet of a girl who looks exactly like her. Emma's never had a real family before, only foster ones. So she's super excited at the thought that she might have a long lost twin out there named Sutton. The only trouble is, Sutton is dead. As Emma leaves her world behind in search of Sutton, things quickly become dark and twisted. No one seems to realize that Sutton is gone- not her friends, her boyfriend, or even her family. Then the threatening notes begin to arrive, and Emma has no choice but to play along.
This is the first time I've read anything by Sara Shepard, though I have been wanting to start the Pretty Little Liars series for a while now. At first it was a little tricky to navigate the tenses of Sutton narrating Emma's story, but after a few chapters it gets easier. I was skeptical in a few places at how Emma managed to fit in so easily, but it was such an absorbing mystery that I was willing to overlook some of these details. She's such a brave girl! Reading about mean girls has a tendency to be so scary, with their acts of cruelty and harsh words. Overall, the chapters move quickly and the story is breezy but intense. Fans of Veronica Mars and Desperate Housewives will like the way this series starts.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars