[eARC Review] The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Title: The Heiresses
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Heiresses #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: May 20th 2014
Publisher: Harper
Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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The series follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds.

Due to a clause the grandfather placed in his will, only his granddaughters are set to inherit his massive fortune…these are the heiresses. After the death of their cousin, the remaining heiresses try to figure out if the family curse is real or not, and if not, who killed their cousin, and more importantly, which one of them is next on the hit list?

I will be honest and say that I read many reviews of this book before reading it, and honestly many of them were not that great, but I decided to pick up this book anyway because I honestly needed this type of book. I know people say that all Sara's books are the same, they are have "rich" or "privileged" kids at the center, and there is always a murder or a mystery of some kind. This book is no different but the characters are a lot older and have very different problems.

I really enjoyed this book, and I think it was because I went into it knowing who the author was, and what her MO is when she is writing. I have not read all the PLL books, I have only read the first one, but honestly I loved it. It kept me reading and her writing was flirty and fun. The Heiresses is no different. This book is Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and the writing is very similar, give or take a few steamy scenes. Other than that I can see very strong similarities, and I honestly did not mind one bit. Will you have a spiritual awakening while reading this book, probably not, but honestly not many books do. This book was exactly what I need when I read it, a light, fun and mysterious read that kept me reading all day.

The characters in this novel are very cut and dry, they are rich, they are privileged, and they have many many secrets. I think this is what I loved the most about this book, the secrets. There was no shortage of them for sure but they were meaty and delicious to read. I think what grabbed me the most while reading was that this book starts off with the funeral of a family member, and it was a murder. From then on I was hooked. I wanted to know who did it, and if it was anyone of the characters that I was introduced to. Then, a little while into the book something else happens that made me step back. I totally did not expect it and that was the reason I read the rest of this book in a manner of hours. I needed to know what happened and I was so relieved when, unlike in PLL, we find out who was responsible.

I think the only thing that bothered me while reading was the amount of characters that we are introduced to, especially in the first chapter. At the beginning it was hard to keep track of everyone, and how they were connected to each other, but honestly as time went on I got used to it, and the characters that mattered stuck in my brain. But I will also say that the end was a huge cliffhanger and honest I hate those! I really want to know what happened and I will tell you right now that I will pick up the next book because I am always in need of a great weekend read!

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