The Elizas by Sara Shepard

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 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.

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Well the time has come…I have my first 1 calculator read on my blog. So, so sad especially since I was so looking forward to The Elizas.

I choose to read the Elizas because I had previously read and enjoyed the Pretty Little Liars series (also by Sarah Shepard). There were 16 books in the series and even though there was some great and not so great books, they were an enjoyable read that constantly kept you guessing…who is A?! Unfortunately that didn’t translate into The Elizas because it was hard to understand what was happening and I just didn’t like it.

The novel was divided into two narratives – Eliza’s and sections of her debut novel, called The Dots. Eliza is an unreliable narrator and she doesn’t remember a lot of things, including how she ended up in the bottom of a pool.

I found myself getting bored between both stories and I was getting very, very confused. I didn’t know if something happens in the past or if they were currently happening. It was a bit of a mess to sort through.

1 calculator out of a potential 5. Did not enjoy the book at all. It was hard to understand what was happening and I was more confused than thrilled.

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