Book Review: The Elizas by Sara Shepard

The Elizas by Sara Shepard

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Title: The Elizas
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: April 17, 2018

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.

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When Eliza is found in a hotel pool, she claims she was pushed, but her family thinks it was another one of her suicide attempts. That’s right, another attempt. It seems Eliza has made several suicide attempts. Eliza has a hard time convincing anyone that someone pushed her, so she investigates on her own.

Eliza is dealing with two main issues in this story. One, she was found in a pool. She can’t swim, and her family believes she tried to kill herself, but Eliza is convinced someone pushed her. The other issue concerns Eliza’s new book that is about to be published. She’s excited about it, but her family doesn’t want the book out, and Eliza can’t quite figure out why they feel that way.

Told from Eliza’s point of view, who seems to be an unreliable narrator since she has a gap in her memory. Eliza spent some time in a hospital recovering from an illness. This time of her life is a little hazy. However, Eliza’s growing paranoia does seem justified with the way things are going in her life.

A slow building psychological thriller. This is lighter than a lot of adult thrillers, so a good intro for people looking to read more thrillers, but not interested in too heavy of a story. Dark, chaotic, and suspenseful.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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