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ARC Review: The Elizas by Sara Shepard
The Elizas

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: April 17th 2018
Genre: Mystery
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
 

“There’s nothing  better than a book that keeps you guessing.”
~ Under the Covers

When they fish Eliza Fontaine, upcoming author, out of the bottom of the pool, her family think it’s another suicide attempt. After all this isn’t the first time, or even the second, that they’ve had to pull her out of the water. But Eliza knows she didn’t try and commit suicide. Although her memory of the events of that night have either disappeared or are hazy, one thing she does remember is a hand pushing her into the pool. But, as Eliza investigates reality and fiction start to become entwined and what’s real and what’s fantasy start to blur.

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Mainly because I was expecting a straightforward, although interesting, thriller about an attempted murder and a plucky heroine racing to save her life and convince everyone she’s in danger. Instead, we get a psychological mystery where not even the heroine is sure if someone pushed her or not. As for the plucky heroine, I didn’t get it right there either. Eliza takes some getting used to, she is a damaged individual who isn’t always very likeable and who makes some questionable decisions.

All this combined just made for a fascinating read. Although it is a slow starter, I recommend that you keep reading as the mystery and intrigue pick up as you read further on. What I liked about this book was that although some aspects of the story line I guessed straight away, and was correct, there were layers of mystery and I didn’t quite understand the breadth of until towards the end.  There’s nothing  better than a book that keeps you guessing.

This won’t be a book for everyone, it keeps a fairly sedate pace and although Eliza is fascinating you don’t always like her. However, it’s well worth the read as Shepard delivers an interesting narrative that shows the impact of childhood trauma as fiction and reality collide in the life of one woman.

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About Sara Shepard

For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

Ok a little different than wht I thought but still sounds pretty good

Timitra

Thanks for the review and rec Suzanne

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

Ok a little different than wht I thought but still sounds pretty good

Timitra

Thanks for the review and rec Suzanne