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Release Date: Available Now
Synopsis: 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 fiction 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.
I have to admit that The Elizas started off a bit slow for me. Somewhere around the halfway point though, the pace picked up considerably and I wound up enjoying it for the most part.
Eliza is not a particularly likable character, but then she’s not meant to be. I like unreliable characters as long as they’re interesting and Eliza was. The secondary characters are equally unreliable so I really didn’t trust anyone! Although the story didn’t have the excitement I was hoping for, I kept flipping the pages because I needed to find out what was really happening. The author is known for wrapping up all loose ends and inserting an unexpected twist at the end of her books and I’m happy to say this was the case here.
The plot is a bit like a movie you’d see on Lifetime, and has all the melodrama of Shepard’s YA bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. If you’re looking for a book with lots of thrills and chills, you could probably skip this. However, if you like slow building psychological suspense that doesn’t require a lot of deep thinking, The Elizas might be a fun summer read for you.