FICTION

The Elizas

Atria. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501162770. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501162794. THRILLER
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This new adult novel from Shepard (Pretty Little Liars) opens with Eliza Fontaine, a first-time author, enjoying herself in her hotel room with a few drinks. It then cuts to her being rescued from the hotel pool, seemingly a case of attempted suicide. Eliza has a history of suicidal tendencies, exacerbated from a brain tumor that has been recently removed. But Eliza knows she was pushed into that pool and now is on a mission to prove it. As Eliza tries to piece together a web of lies associated with that night, she is also in the process of promoting her new book, Dots. This is a novel within a novel, so every other chapter is a chapter from Dots. Both story lines are eerily similar, and Eliza's novel seems based on her real-life family, including several strange, creepy characters. After throwing out plenty of red herrings, Shepard concludes with a surprise twist ending.
VERDICT A solid choice for psychological thriller aficionados. [Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]

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