Review: The Elizas by Sara Shepard

by Sara Shapard

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.

My Thoughts

A few years ago I watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars. I had not read the books or watched the series from the beginning. I'm not even sure why it was exactly that I ended up watching PLL, but there I was, watching it. Loving it. The psychological thriller had me on the edge of my seat. And while I still haven't read the books, one day I will, I can imagine how fantastic they are since the series was so good.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to read Sara Shepard's latest book, The Elizas. It was described as a "Hitchcockian double narrative filled with lies, false memories, and a protagonist that must uncover the truth for survival." I knew I needed this book in my life right then and there.

Eliza wakes up in the hospital surrounded by her family. She learns that she was found unconscious in a pool and her family believes that she tried to kill herself . . . again. But Eliza is positive that someone pushed her into the pool. However, Eliza is having a hard time recalling exactly what happened because she was drunk. Desperate to find out the truth, Eliza begins to investigate what happened that night--certain that someone is after her.

The Elizas is cleverly written, stay-up-all-night-to-find-out-what-happened psychological thriller. I say stay up all night because that's what I did. Yes, I was exhausted the next day, but it was so worth it. I love Shepards writing; I love the characters; I love the plot. This is a book that you definitely need to acquire and read as soon as possible. You won't regret it! Though you might want to read it on the weekend, so you don't show up exhausted for work the next day. 😄

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