The Elizas by Sara Shepard

The Elizas

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 mixin...

Details The Elizas

TitleThe Elizas
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Elizas

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON APRIL 26, 2018."THE ELIZAS was a psychological fest. Did I or didn't I do that? Did I or didn't I remember that situation? Is the character in my book really me? THE ELIZAS was a bit confusing at first and kept me guessing. Once a few things were revealed, the tension mounted and things came together, but the oddness continued.More than one story seemed to be going on at once throughout the book.Be patient and read carefull...
  • Chloe
    Novelist Eliza was discovered one night in a pool and her family assumes it’s one more of her many suicide attempt resulting due to the tumor in her brain. Eliza though is pretty sure she was pushed and is confident that somebody is stalking her. Soon Eliza enlists the help of a friend that rescued her and tries to piece back the events of that night. But reality and fiction collide and Eliza is unable to differentiate between her novel and her...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Full review to come! This is a lighter suspense novel that will work well for readers who typically prefer YA, but are looking to branch out into adult suspense! I enjoyed this book's drama and lighter tone, but I don't think this will deliver a satisfying read for those who are avid psychological thriller readers. This one is probably best suited to fans of Shepard's YA novels.
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Sara Shepard is famous for her Pretty Little Liars series but her upcoming standalone The Elizas is sure to be just as big a hit.Novelist Eliza Fontaine is rescued from the bottom of a pool and her family assumes it is just another suicide attempt. Eliza is insistent that she was pushed, but as she sets about to find out who did it and why she questions the motives of everyone around her. Her f...
  • Paula Phillips
    One of my favorite authors is Sara Shepard; I fell in love with her about 8-10 years ago when I first discovered the book Pretty Little Liars. I then went on to read everything she had ever written and recently I got to meet her when I attended the RT2017 in Atlanta. She was amazing. So when I saw on Netgalley, a new release by her - I just had to read it. The Elizas is written with more the New Adult-Adult audience in mind and like her other ser...
  • Amy Neftzger
    This book was a mixture of suspense, mystery, and slow burning thriller. The story unfolds as Eliza attempts to unravel elements from her past and figure out who she really is. She doesn't know why she can't remember or why she would want to forget, and most importantly she isn't sure who she can trust. Insert into this some family politics and drama, making the reader wonder which version of the story is the truth. This would be a nice vacation ...
  • Emily Haldi
    This book kept me guessing until the very end! The book-inside-a-book concept was very well executed and gave another dimension to the unreliable narrator.
  • Abi
    Another review summarized this book as "odd, creepy, and clever" and tbh I can't think of any better description. Really enjoyed this book!Note: this book was provided in exchange for my honest review.
  • Kimberly Belle
    Lies and false memories muddle the truth in Sara Shepard’s Hitchcockian thriller, after a woman rescued from the bottom of a hotel pool can’t remember if she jumped or was pushed. Clear your calendar; The Elizas is a clever, creepy mystery you’ll want to swallow in one sitting. Five enthusiastic stars.
  • Casey Frank
    3.75 Stars rounded upInitially I was a little annoyed by the fever dream quality of the story and had a hard time connecting with Eliza who seemed to be suffering from a joint case of “poor little rich girl” and a deep desire to always be a little bit too much. As I continued to read I was still struggling with encountering so many characters who are deeply and proudly odd that there was an oversaturated manic pixie feeling to everyone. It ma...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    The Elizas starts with Eliza Fontaine waking up in the hospital after supposedly jumping into a hotel pool to try and commit suicide (she can’t swim). This is apparently not the only time this has happened, only this time Eliza is sure she didn’t jump – she was pushed. All of this occurs about a week before her first novel, The Dots, is about to be released. A book she wrote in weeks following surgery for a non-malignant brain tumor. A book...
  • Michelle
    3.5 This psychological thriller was compelling despite the main character's unlikeability. I just needed to find out what was happening- is there someone trying to kill Eliza, or is she just mentally unstable? The truth is weird and a little confusing and ultimately not as satisfying a payoff as I would have wished.
  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    A really interesting read, review to come!
  • Nicole Strickland
    I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEWThe one thing I can say about Sara Shepard is that she knows how to keep you interested in a book. From the moment i began reading this book, I was hooked. I loved how the protagonist was untrustworthy; in fact, all of the characters were very untrustworthy. As the reader, you had to put together what was going on, what was "truth," and what was "lies," because the characters barely told you anyt...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the E-Arc copy of The Elizas.The Elizas is an odd, creepy, yet clever story about the power of family and our need to be accepted. Eliza wakes up in a hospital after apparently celebrating too much and her family think that she tried to kill herself again. In Eliza's mind though, she knows that someone pushed her into the pool that she was pulled out of. So, begins the twisty tale of Eliza the writer, ...
  • Meg
    A couple of years ago, I got the four-book Pretty Little Liars collections as a library ebook. I started reading it on the G train from the studio, and I read it all freaking night. I could not stop until I knew all the secrets. (The show is fine, but it didn't suck me in the way the books did.)The Elizas, Sara Shepard's newest book, was also a one-day read for me. The story begins with novelist Eliza Fontaine waking up in the hospital after almo...
  • Jen
    I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I have such conflicting feelings about this book. There were some parts that I was so into and I could not wait to turn the pages to find out what was going to play out in the story. However there were long parts of it that were just repetitive information regurgitated over and over. I do see what the author was trying to do there, in trying to make our unreliable narrator even m...
  • Ashley
    I received this as an ARC from line: I’m screaming as I wake up.Summary: When Eliza Fontaine, a debut author, is found at the bottom of a pool her family believes that she has tried again to commit suicide. Eliza knows that she was pushed into the pool but cannot remember who pushed her. As she looks deeper into the incident, she learns more secrets have been kept from her. Why is everyone assuming that her upcoming book is ...
  • Becky Wilson
    Finally, Shepard makes the move to writing adult fiction. I must say, I'm impressed. I'm also a sucker for authors who write stories about authors. So, commences the twisty tale of Eliza the inditer, who went to celebrate the publishing of her first novel, and wound up virtually drowning in the hotel pool.The Elizas is an aberrant, creepy, yet clever story about the puissance of family and our desideratum to be accepted. Eliza arouses in a hospit...
  • Krista
    This book was amazing! Seriously, if there is ever one book that you need to read, this is the one. I hated having to put it down to do other "adulating" things. I had to remind myself to slow down and actually take in all the words as I dove deeper and deeper into Eliza's plight.The book starts with Eliza at the bottom of a hotel pool; she can't swim. Her family think she did herself and she swears she was pushed. No one seems to believe her and...
  • Sarah
    Eliza has always been prickly and erratic, so checking into a swanky resort and getting wasted isn't entirely unexpected behavior. Even nearly drowning in the hotel pool fails to raise eyebrows. Her family thinks it's yet another suicide attempt inspired by her recently-excised brain tumor, but Eliza knows she was pushed. She starts to investigate her attempted murder, but is hampered by memory loss and her loving family. Interspersed with Eliza'...
  • Laura Hanby
    A young fiction author with a history of mental breakdowns and suicide attempts tries to prove that her latest dead weight dive into a pool was an attack, not a suicide attempt. Along the way she learns her perpetual paranoia, may not be so unfounded.This book had great psychological suspense and the story was captivating. I really enjoyed the intertwining of Eliza’s story and the story of the main character in her book. But, I felt the book as...
  • Jenna
    What did I just read? There were so many things going on in this one and as soon as I thought I figured it out, there was another twist. Eliza isn't crazy, or is she? Her family thinks that she has attempted suicide again, but Eliza remembers it differently and sets out to discover the truth. She soon realizes she has no idea at all of what is the truth and what isn't. Thrown into the story is the book that she's written, both stories become so i...
  • Alicia Marie
    This thriller was easy to get into from the start. The cast of characters are interesting, diverse and relatable. Mysteries and plot twists kept coming and I stayed engaged throughout the story. I honestly didn't see the end coming! If you are looking for a vacation read, this is a must! I think Sara Shepard did a great job transitioning to adult fiction. I look forward to her next novel! Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for allowing me a free...
  • Erin
    I received this book in exchange of an honest review. This book was a little more adult than the pretty little liar series. We start out with Eliza, an author, who has gaps in her memory. She believes she was pushed into a pool at a hotel but her parents believe she was trying to commit suicide again. Eliza goes on a hunt for the real truth and finds out some messed up stuff. I felt this book was pretty predictable and knew what was going on the ...
  • Jennifer
    Shepard, author of Pretty Little Liars, jumps on the unreliable narrator bandwagon with an adult novel about a woman who thinks she has a brain tumor (which explains all of her bizarre behavior) and that someone is trying to kill her. Eliza's story is interspersed with chapters from a book she has written, which bears remarkable similarity to her own life. There are some interesting twists, but it runs a little too long once the reader understand...
  • Lauren R.
    I spent most of the book trying to figure out what the hell was going on, but then the answer hit me like a ton of bricks. I was really hoping I’d be surprised once I had my theory in place but it was pretty straightforward and obvious. I liked one little thing at the end that I forgot about but otherwise it was too predictable for me. I love Shepard’s writing style as always and it was a somewhat quick read once I got going, but definitely n...
  • Dawn Ferencz
    I read this as a digital ARC provided by Netgalley. I didn’t find the Eliza character sympathetic until much of the mystery had been revealed, which made it harder for me to root for her in the first half of the book. I do think that fans of Shepard’s YA books will easily transition to this piece, and while the material is definitely disturbing, the book as a whole is not beyond the scope of a teen reader who is used to mature subject matter.
  • Becky
    I could not put this book down! Be prepared to read cover to cover with minimal breaks! Eliza feels as if she is being followed and in danger. Strange things have happened to her. Her family thinks she's crazy and suicidal. This twisty turny novel will have you guessing right up to the very last sentence! Great read!
  • Georgia Clark
    Eliza Fontaine is trying to figure out the truth of her attempted suicide. Or was it a murder? These questions and more will draw you into Sara Shepard’s complex and clever new thriller. This twisty-turny tale boasts an unreliable narrator par excellence: get ready to lose sleep and gain a new literary obsession.