The Elizas, Sara Shepherd

So I was really looking forward to The Elizas as I really enjoyed Pretty Little Liars from Sara Shepherd. Unfortunately this one just really didn’t grab me at all. I wanted to like it! It was just a bit boring and predictable from the start. Took me two weeks to read which NEVER happens!

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.


The plot was glaringly obvious from the start so much so that it feels completely meh. There are false alarms that pop up with regularity and such predictability you’ll wonder why you bothered in the first place. The Elizas is just a really unsatisfying mystery. Um and the title kinda gives you a clue? Those looking for a grittier and deeper mystery or thriller will be disappointed.

I found the inserted chapters from Eliza’s book The Dots glaringly obvious that it was about Eliza. The book within a book was a different way to tell backstory…. but was essentially the same story with different character names.

There were no redeeming characters apart from our unreliable narrator Eliza. Most were really flat and one dimensional. They may have redeemed themselves if they had added to the character of Eliza but unfortunately were just a distraction.

AAAAnd it Takes Eliza way too long to clue up to what is going on. I get really annoyed when the story is helped along by characters instead of explaining things they just huff and cry and be vague.

So no. I did not like.

One. I feel regret for having read.
If you like this review why not try You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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