April 16, 2018

The Elizas by Sara Shepard

Cover Art Courtesy of Atria Books
As a Pretty Little Liars superfan, I'm always drawn to Sara Shepard's books. The mystery and intrigue in all her plotlines always have me hooked, and her new adult thriller The Elizas was no different. I want to put a trigger warning for mental illness and suicide on this book before I jump into the review.

When Eliza Fontaine is pulled from a pool, her parents and doctors think it's a suicide attempt after an evening of drinking too much. She does have a history of them, after all, both evenings of excessive drinking and suicide attempts. But Eliza swears someone pushed her in. When no one takes her seriously, Eliza decides to investigate her case herself, set on proving that this was not a suicide attempt. But other things are happening to Eliza as well. She's zoning out, not remembering major life details, and acting erratic. Her first novel is set to be published soon, but when her family finds out about it and reads the story, they plead Eliza to stop the publication. But why?

This book is half Eliza plot, and half excerpts from Eliza's novel, The Dots, so this almost seems like two stories in one. The Dots follows Dot, a young girl plagued with seizures, and her aunt Dorothy. When The Dots starts to turn dark, Eliza begins to uncover some of that missing information in her life that may connect the fictional Dot and Eliza herself more than she initially thought.

This may be one of the hardest book reviews I've ever had to write, simply because the book was such a trip! Also, the way the two plots paralleled it's hard to say too much without spoiling anything. There are a lot of WAIT WHAT moments, in both the Eliza and Dot storylines. It read very quickly, as you bounce between The Dots excerpts and Eliza's own narrative. I absolutely adored Eliza as a character. Her penchant for the morbid and curious reminded me a lot of myself. Her chaotic thoughts were so well written that it was impossible not to get into Eliza's head and feel the same panic and paranoia she experienced.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Atria Books for a digital ARC of this great book! The Elizas by Sara Shepard releases TOMORROW, April 17th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

10 comments:

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

This sounds like a book I need to read! I enjoy suspense and alternating chapter formats. I am in!

DJ Sakata said...

Excellent review - I've not read this author but want to now.

Kiss Like a Girl said...

I enjoyed Pretty Little Liars. Even though this is pretty far from what I typically read I find myself needing to know what happened.

Whispering Stories said...

Lovely review. Love that cover too.

Bookworms Corner said...

This is on my buy list for next month (Hubby informs me I have exceeded my book buy limit for this month) great review.

Heidi said...

I didn't know she came out with a new book. I was also a Pretty Little Liars fan. :)

Michelle said...

Hope this lives up to the series that was pretty little liars!

An Introverted Blogger said...

This seems like an intriguing read! Can't wait to read it!

Terri said...

Great review. Sounds like a winner.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I've been dying to read a Sara Shepard book for a long time now and I had no idea she was coming out with another book. This one looks and sounds utterly fantastic and right up my alley, I absolutely love books that have deep and tough issues in them. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.