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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 moreWhen 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....

Title : The Elizas
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ISBN : 9781501162770
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Elizas Reviews

  • Chloe
    2019-02-03 10:51

    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 real life.Sara Shepard has a way of drawing out the characters and sympathizing with even the unlikable characters . The book started slow for me but picked up pace in the middle. A slow moving suspenseful read enjoyable by all Sara Shepard fansI would like to thank Atria Books & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and more reviews at

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2019-02-02 18:49

    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 carefully when you read THE ELIZAS. You never know who may be lurking. 4/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review."

  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    2019-01-25 14:37

    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
    2019-02-16 10:37

    ** 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 family, editor and agent all seem to be mixing up events of her novel with her real life and Eliza begins to think that she doesn’t know what’s real and what’s fiction anymore.This is my kind of read! I love the book within a book aspect and the twists and turns that keep you guessing. Reminded me in some ways of Pretty Little Liars but aimed at a slightly more mature audience. Sara is adept in writing a psychological thriller that will have you suspecting everyone. No one is safe from scrutiny in the world of Sara Shepard!I highly recommend this to long time fans and to those looking for an engaging captivating read. This is one of those books that once you start you cannot put it down. I finished in a few hours and took a few to let everything sink in before writing this review. All I can say is you will be pulled into Eliza’s story! Five reality vs. fiction stars.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-02-21 15:21

    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 series has a psychological twist to the story. In The Elizas, we meet Eliza Fontaine who is now being seen as trying to kill herself by her family and friends, but she knows different - she was pushed into the pool that fateful night. Now Eliza must try and untangle the web of lies and deception to find out what happened that night at the hotel. In The Elizas, we are also given a bit of an Inception twist with it being a Book within a Book. Eliza Fontaine is also an upcoming bestselling author of a book called Dots. It was created after she had surgery for her brain tumor. I have to admit, in some parts, I was like I could see this coming, and in others, it was like just when you were certain it was something - bam - out comes another twist and turn in the story. The Elizas by Sara Shepard keeps readers on their toes as they try to get to the bottom of what happened with Eliza at the hotel and what secrets her friends and family are all hiding. If you are a fan of Sara Shepard's books, then this is one release you will want to add to your 2018 wishlist.

  • Amy Neftzger
    2019-01-26 18:26

    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 read to take your mind off whatever large problems you thought you had. Note: I was given a fere ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily Haldi
    2019-01-27 15:41

    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
    2019-01-30 16:28

    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.

  • Casey Frank
    2019-02-14 10:39

    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 made me want to put the book down. But when I put the book down I found that I was still thinking about and would pick it back up a read a little more. And as the many mysteries around Eliza swirled I found that I had to keep reading.The story isn’t entirely a new one. I won’t name specific references in order to avoid spoilers, but suffice to say there’s two movies in particular that come to mind once I got to around the 80% mark of the book. They happen to be movies I enjoyed, and the book still delivers it with a unique twist, so I don’t mind revisiting this idea.If, like me, you read many of the Pretty Little Liar books when they came out and had a love/hate relationship with the drama, there’s none of that teenage soap here. Some of the choices the characters make, especially in terms of keeping secrets for the supposed benefit of others feels just as outlandish, but without the extra bonkers vibe the PLL books gave. By the end of the book in particular, Eliza’s story is firmly in the adult world.This story is thoroughly enjoyable once you get to know everyone and actively make the decision to just strap in for the ride. You'll have the most fun if you're willing to suspend your disbelief for awhile and step into Eliza's shoes. There’s quite a few fun little nods to being an author in this day and age, the social media requirements and the ways that someone’s personal traumas can be spun into salacious fodder for selling more books.Overall I can’t help but want to deem this book a great vacation read or “beach read” for the light tone of the writing, and the blend of darkness, quirk, and glamour of the content. It’s fun in it’s own odd way.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nancy McFarlane
    2019-01-29 11:45

    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 her family knows nothing about. The Elizas is a book within a book where fact and fiction are hard to separate. Eliza’s family just wants to help her but are they doing more harm than good when they keep things from her. Eliza is so sure that she didn’t jump, this time at least, that she is determined to find out what has really been happening in her life. She enlists the help of the quirky young man who pulled her out of the pool, one of the few people she thinks she can trust, and they embark on a roller coaster ride that uncovers mental illness, cover ups, betrayals and lots and lots of lies.

  • Kimberly Belle
    2019-02-09 12:24

    Review forthcoming...

  • Nicole Strickland
    2019-02-15 15:27

    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 anything. This made this thriller amazing, and interesting, and impossible to put down. However, the end of the book dragged out. I think the last few chapters were unnecessary, and the "important" discover didn't actually happen until the epilogue. Eliza was a very complicated character, and a little crazy. You never knew if what she was doing was right, or crazy. There wasnt a big "twist," in the story... it was very understandable what was going to happen, and the secrets coming out during Eliza's book. However, it was nice when Eliza finally put all of the pieces together, and came to a conclusion to support her future. The book was not only a thriller; by the end, you get a whole new idea of growth from Eliza and the meaning of what the book is.

  • Kat
    2019-02-21 15:34

    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, who went to celebrate the publishing of her new novel, and wound up almost drowning in the hotel pool. She begins a journey of trying to piece together that night and shares her manuscript along the way. At first, I thought the rotating chapters of the manuscript and the present were annoying, but Shepard draws you into both seemlessly. Personally, I am not a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series, but I think that The Elizas is Shepard's best book so far. It has great suspense and I loved the book inside of the book.

  • Meg
    2019-02-03 18:35

    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 almost drowning in a hotel pool. She's sure she was pushed, but doesn't know who tried to kill her, or why. Eliza, though, has a history of attempting suicide by drowning, and some memory issues after her brain surgery, and maybe a little problem with alcohol, so she has trouble convincing anyone.There are a lot of really ominous moments, where it seems like something's going on just out of Eliza's vision. For example, there's a police detective (or is he???) who shrugs off her suspicions of attempted murder by telling her she seems like a nice girl, based on the five minutes he's seen her, so she probably doesn't have any enemies. Gabby, Eliza's strangely passive step-sister, is either way too nice or just biding her time to take revenge on the sister who harassed her for years. And the guy who fished Eliza out of the pool is one odd duck, for way too many reasons.Eliza's story is told in alternating chapters with chapters from her novel, The Dots. At first, they two stories seem to be thematically similar, but then there are some uncanny similarities between Eliza's life and the book that she believes is fiction. The novel shifts between two mysteries and the realization that the solution to both mysteries is connected. I've got a spoiler-riffic fan theory on exactly what the last scene meant, but save it until you've read the novel.

  • Becky Wilson
    2019-01-28 16:24

    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 hospital after ostensibly celebrating an inordinate amount of and her family believes that she endeavored to kill herself again. In Eliza's mind though, she kens that someone pushed her into the pool that she was pulled out of.The question is will she be able to convince the people she loves to even help her if she's correct? Or, is she truly going mad?

  • Krista
    2019-02-21 17:47

    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 she decided to investigate it herself. The publication date for her debut novel looms closer and she is struggling to make sense of everything. She finds herself asking more questions than coming up with answers. Lest we forget that she is missing chunks of time with no memory. And now, her fictional novel is starting to feel more like it was real after all.This book will keep you guessing 'til the end. It crescendos with excitement and frustration at the madness of Eliza trying to unravel fact from fiction. I can't say it enough, read it!

  • Jenna
    2019-01-27 15:48

    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 intertwined in each other. I really enjoyed the twists and turns and Eliza's unreliable narration. I almost wish it hadn't ended. ***ARC provided in exchange for my honest review via Netgalley. Thank you!***

  • Erin
    2019-02-20 10:48

    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 whole time. This one would be a nice beach read as it has some mystery to it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-30 16:31

    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 understands what's really happening. It's a decent beach read. Review from e-galley.

  • Dawn Ferencz
    2019-02-10 14:47

    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
    2019-02-21 13:29

    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
    2019-02-13 13:48

    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.

  • Miranda
    2019-01-27 11:37

    I was so excited to be able to read an advance copy of this book. I love Alfred Hitchcock style suspense and Woman in Cabin 10-esque books. Sara Shepard introduces you to very unreliable characters throughout this book and it is difficult for the protagonist (let alone the reader) to discern fact from fiction. I was guessing the entire time. I couldn't put this down.

  • Kirsty
    2019-01-26 13:39

    Maybe I was expecting too much - metafiction AND a trashy fun thriller? But that's what this book promised, and for me it didn't quite deliver. It was good fun for what it was but to be honest I've already mostly forgotten it.

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    2019-01-28 14:48


  • Laura Rash
    2019-02-10 17:50

    A great suspense novel that’s a lil creepy

  • William Cook
    2019-02-10 16:31

    Very interesting, just when you feel like you've figured out the mystery, the queen of secrets throws you back into the loop with plot twists, I didn't want it to end!

  • Megan
    2019-01-22 18:51

    More of a 3.75/5, but I rounded up. I thought it was predictable, but still interesting to see how they used the trope.

  • Chris Markley
    2019-02-17 10:21

    The Elizas is the first adult novel by the author of Pretty Little Liars and it is a crazy ride that is reminiscent of those books. Eliza is sure she is going crazy, she has all these strange and terrifying memories and when she wakes up after being rescued from an attempted suicide in a hotel pool she knows she has to find the truth. The more she looks into things the more confused she becomes as her memories are startlingly like the novel she wrote. What is real and what is fiction and who can she trust? Readers that have grown up with Pretty Little Liars will enjoy this story that has them questioning what is the truth..Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for providing an ARC for my honest review.

  • Ana
    2019-02-11 13:42

    I was already a fan of Sara Shepard because of Pretty Little Liars, so I was excited to read this! This book is more adult then PLL, and it was twisty & turny and I liked it! This story revolves around Eliza Fontaine, who is a bit of a hot mess. She is also a writer, and we see excerpts from her book, giving this a story within a story feel. Eliza was found at the bottom of a pool, but she knows she was pushed. This book is exciting, shocking, and I enjoyed it.Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.