Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: Reputation by Sara Shepard

Title: Reputation
Author: Sara Shepard
Published: December 2019, Dutton
Format: ARC Paperback, 373 pages
Source: Publisher

In this fast-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, a tight-knit college town scrambles for answers when an e-mail hack reveals life-changing secrets and scandals.

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.

Told from multiple points of view, Reputation is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It's a story of intrigue, sabotage, and the secrets we keep—and how far we go to keep them hidden. Number one bestseller Sara Shepard is at the top of her game in this brand-new adult novel.

My thoughts: This is only the second book I've read by Sara Shepard, the first being The Elizas, which I really enjoyed. I have to admit, I never got into Pretty Little Liars, the books or the TV show, but I do love Sara Shepard's writing style. I find it to be the perfect type of binge-worthy, popcorn type of read - it's fun, it's suspenseful, but it's not too dark and gritty like the usual thrillers I read. Her books are the perfect palate cleansers and I love them for that.

This is one crazy ride, with secrets, twists and drama that will keep you guessing all the way through. I loved that the story was told in multiple points of view, because you get to know everyone just a little bit better. We all have secrets, we all have the one thing we would do anything to keep from getting out, but would we resort to murder? Someone did, and this book is full of a cast of characters that is more suspicious than the next. I was suspicious of everyone right up until the very end - and I loved that. I loved that I wasn't able to figure this one out.

This is a deliciously fun, wickedly twisted story full of drama that begs the question - how important is your reputation and how far will you go to protect it? This book will pull you in right from the start and keep you flipping those pages until the very end. I highly recommend it.


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