☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
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.
I love psychological thrillers, so I jumped on The Elizas by Sara Shepard. From the start it is abundantly clear that Eliza is an unreliable witness. It is also clear that she doesn’t have the best relationship with her family. Her relationships with other people in her life are marginal at best.
I was intrigued and curious about the story line, but I wouldn’t say that I found the story gripping. The author tells the tale in chapters that alternate between Eliza’s present day and excerpts of the book she has written. The fact that the plot of Eliza’s book parallels her life makes readers question Eliza’s reality.
When Eliza finally comes to terms with reality, the story threads are woven together. The Elizas is truly a psychological thriller as most of the action takes place in the main character’s muddled head. It is a meaningful story for readers who are sympathetic to mental health issues.
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