Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: The Elizas by Sara Shepard

The Elizas
by Sara Shepard

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  There are two books within this one book.  Eliza Fontaine is a woman who has been found at the bottom of a pool and she can't swim and this isn't the first time this has happened to her.  The other thing that is within this book is a book that Eliza has written and the chapters of the book are interspersed within her chapters about her character.  For me it was a little confusing and I had some trouble with it.  

If you haven't read in the mystery/thriller genre, I think this one would be a good introduction to get your feet wet and I would especially recommend if you have read mostly YA and want to start a transition into adult novels.  BUT if you have been reading in the mystery/thriller genre for awhile, this one may not work for you.  It felt a little elementary from the actual plot to the writing, it just felt simple and I like my mystery/thriller novels to stretch me and make me read a little more closely.  

I liked this book, but didn't love it.  I would read another mystery by Sara Shepard, but would be a little hesitant and make sure the synopsis sounded interesting.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 32 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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