Book Review for THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A psychological novel playing with memories, perception, and lies.
The latest from PLL author Sara Shepard, THE ELIZAS, is one of those books you just can't put down. It is addictive, fast moving, and has just the right amount of drama for the story the author weaves together.
What I loved about THE ELIZAS is how the Shepard misdirects the reader so she makes us as unreliable as the narrator. While I was reading, there was many times that I thought I figured everything out only to get thrown another curve-ball sending me down a completely different path. This deception and web of lies is where the author truly shines. She manages to give her readers nuggets of the truth all the while veiling them in the fiction that her character has created.
For fans of Pretty Little Liars and those who like books with mind games and a hint of mystery, this book will be right up your alley. Those who are looking for a gritty and deeper thriller, this may not be a good choice for you because it will not go as far or in-depth as you will want. Is it worth a read? Absolutely. I devoured this book. It was a nice break from some of the darker novels that I have read lately and exactly what I was hoping for when I sat down to read it.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard makes her mark on adult fiction with this Hitchcockian double narrative composed of lies, false memories, and a protagonist who must uncover the truth for survival.
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.
Fans of Pretty Little Liars, S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, and Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 will be drawn to the drama of feeling like no one is on your side, the high tension of not knowing who you can trust, the hair-raising truths hidden among lies, and a faceless, nameless presence controlling Eliza’s life from the shadows.
About the Author: 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, including The Lying Game, The Heiresses, and The Perfectionists. Sara now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and dogs.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (April 17, 2018)
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