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THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
Hardcover: Atria | ISBN: 9781501162770 | On sale: April 17, 2018 | 352 pages | $26.99
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781501162794 | On sale: April 17, 2018 | 352 pages | $13.99
When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness.
Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional—isn’t it?
The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel, until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins…
I’ve wanted to read Sara Shepard’s books for a while now but had never really made the time until now and… I think I chose the wrong book to begin with. I’m not saying I no longer want to read the rest of her books because I still want to give them a try someday but I definitely lost some of my excitement towards them after reading this book.
When I decided to read THE ELIZAS I imagined I would get a read so thrilling I would get sucked into the story and wouldn’t be able to put it down even for a second but surprise! I didn’t get that. Oh, how I hate my sky-high expectations right now, those things always ruin it for me!
I didn’t like Eliza, the main character. She rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like I couldn’t trust a single thing that came out of her mind/mouth. She is just a big no for me. I don’t think there is even one thing I like about her. And that made me lose a lot of interest in her story and all of the mystery that surrounded her.
I was a bit confused when I started reading and discovered that the book is jumps between the present and excerpts from Eliza’s book (yes, a book inside of a book!). I didn’t understand why I had to read those excerpts from Eliza’s book but things started making sense eventually. And I have to admit I really enjoyed that. The plot of the story is very clever and well thought-out and original—although not very thrilling.
Even though this was more of an “okay” read for me, I still recommend y’all give it a try. I’m not a huge fan of thrillers which means I don’t read a lot of them which means I don’t actually know a lot about what qualifies as a good thriller so there’s a big chance some of you are really going to enjoy this one.
Massive thanks to Simon & Schuster/Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
3 / 5 flowers
Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series. She has also written other Young Adult series and novels, includingThe Lying Game, The Heiresses, and The Perfectionists. Sara now lives in Pittsburgh with her family.