Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
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.
Advanced Praise for THE ELIZAS:
“A story blending Hitchcock, S.J. Watson, and Ruth Ware.”
—Entertainment Weekly (EW.com)
“Shepard brings her knack for the tightly-wound thriller that earned Pretty Little Liars its runaway success to a whole new demographic… Clever and attention-grabbing, this is one book you won't be able to leave sitting on the nightstand for long.”
—Harper’s Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018
“With a cast of dodgy characters and twists you won’t see coming, the New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars will keep you on your toes until the very last page.”
—Redbook, 14 Books You Won't Want to Miss in 2018
“Buckle up Pretty Little Liars fans, because author Sara Shepard is here with her first adult novel, and it is sizzling.”
—Bustle, 35 Most Anticipated Fiction Books Of 2018 To Get You Pumped For A New Year Of Reading
“A twisted adult thriller about finding the fine line between fact and fiction.”
—Working Mother, 10 of the Most Anticipated Books to Make Time for in 2018
“Brilliant… Perfect for millennial readers and highly recommended for fans of eventually justified ‘paranoid woman’ characters who descend in a direct line from Charlotte Brontë to Ruth Ware.”
“Provocative… Eliza’s voice draws readers in, and her unreliable memory creates tension. Gillian Flynn fans will be satisfied.”
“Bestselling author Shepard, of Pretty Little Liars fame, pays close attention to cinematic details, practically projecting Eliza’s descent into personal nightmare, where she cannot be certain of her own memories, onto a silver screen: Scenes are carefully framed, and a soundtrack even bubbles along. A delicious Southern California noir riddled with muddled identities and family secrets.”
“The Elizas’s unreliable protagonist will haunt you. A twisty psychological thriller that is impossible to put down. Shepard is a true storyteller.”
—Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“In her first adult thriller, The Elizas, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard crafts a clever and unpredictable page-turner that follows a young woman on a desperate search for answers. Thoroughly enjoyable!”
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Emma in the Night and All is Not Forgotten
“Who can you trust when you can’t even trust yourself? With an unreliable yet compelling heroine, Sara Shepard crafts an eerie tale of manipulation, inception, and betrayal that will leave readers questioning their own memories—and reality.”
—Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly
“A dark, twisty labyrinth of a psychological thriller with a fascinating, complex protagonist whose growing paranoia kept me in constant suspense.”
—A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife and The Good Neighbor
“A twisting, clever thriller with a smart, darkly funny, and totally unreliable narrator at its heart. I was rooting for the troubled, sharp-tongued Eliza, even as Shepard deftly blurred those very thin lines between lies and the truth, fact and fiction. A sizzler!”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
“Clear your calendar; The Elizas is a clever, creepy mystery you’ll want to swallow in one sitting. Five enthusiastic stars!”
—Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author of Little Boy Lost and The Marriage Lie
“Clever, compelling, and completely unpredictable, The Elizas kept me guessing until the very last page. Sara Shepard has spun a captivating story around an unreliable protagonist and the one mistake that refuses to stay in her past.”
—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger
“Sara Shepard dazzles with this spine-chilling thriller that blurs the lines of fact and fiction. Electric and smart with a witty protagonist readers won’t soon forget.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie
The Elizas is wildly popular YA author Sara Shepard's foray into adult fiction - and a fine one at that! If you've read any other reviews about this book, you'll know that it's not going to be everyone's style. I felt like it was sort of a mystery inside a mystery due to the main character's unreliability and the almost surreal feeling surrounding the majority of the story. For me, however, this was right up my alley! I loved not knowing what was real, what wasn't, or maybe it was a distorted memory. One of the major characteristics of Eliza is her complete unreliability. Even she doesn't know what's real or what's happening most of the time. This definitely makes her a fascinating and confusing main character, but I think it added to her depth and even made her more realistic. A lot of people recall events differently than what actually happens - it's part of what makes witnesses unreliable in police investigations. That this was such an integral part of not only Eliza, but the entire book, was thought provoking and made this story stand out from others in the genre.
I don't do spoilers, so I try to refrain from saying much about the plot so I don't give anything away. It was full of twists and things you don't see coming. I love thrillers and always try to figure out the mystery behind it all before the main character does. This one actually kept me guessing until very late in the book, which surprised me in a very good way. The tension kept growing steadily throughout the story - along with the story's pace and twists - until all is finally revealed. There's honestly not much about this book that I didn't like. For me, it's definitely going to be one where I'll go back and re-read it to see if I can spot things I didn't pick up on the first time around. There are some other strange aspects of the story that made it unique - like the excerpts from Eliza's book "The Dots." It factors into the plot, but you don't get to know exactly how for quite a long time and it had me all kinds of confused and trying to figure out what it's purpose was. Overall, I found this to be a fast page-turner that I couldn't put down. (I picked it up and ended up reading the whole thing in a few hours without stopping.) Fans of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, crime fiction, contemporary, and fans of the authors should definitely give this one a shot. It might end up not being for you - or it just might blow your mind a bit.
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 in Pittsburgh with her family.
Twitter: @sarabooksInstagram: @saracshepard
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