Hello book lovers!
Today, I'll be discussing Sara Shepard's latest piece, The Elizas.
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family assumes that it’s another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza is sure 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 book draws closer, she finds more questions than answers. Like why do her editor, agent, and family continue to mix 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, the closer her life starts to resemble her book, until finally the line between reality and fiction blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.
After having such high expectations for the The Elizas, it's not surprising that I'm feeling disappointed.
Shepard's latest piece features an intriguing and unique storyline, as well as a cast of graphic and lifelike characters. And although there are a couple of great elements in the piece, including the two previously discussed and the author's diction and writing style, in this case, the bad outweighs the good.
Despite the fact that The Elizas is an interesting narrative, the plot quickly becomes repetitive. The protagonist, who is considered an unreliable and paranoid narrator, spends the entire novel questioning her actions as well as that of those around her. And although the purpose of the book is to uncover why Eliza was found at the bottom of a hotel pool, the events that unfold throughout the novel quickly become flat and monotonous.
Even though the storyline has the potential to be exhilarating, the author fails to develop the idea. Additionally, Shepard neglects to include thrilling and spooky twists that serve to keep readers attentive and absorbed in the story.
Because the novel is unchanging and predictable, it becomes boring—which causes many readers to feel restless.
While I didn't particularly enjoy Shepard's latest, I may give her future works a chance.
What's your favorite Shepard novel? Comment down below!