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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to BookSparks and Atria books for sending me this book as part of the Spring Reading Challenge. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
This was interesting read, and a rather unique take on mental illness. It’s basically a book within a book, that meshes well. It alternates between Eliza, and The Dot’s (which is the book she wrote) I found myself more intrigued by The Dots chapters than I did with Eliza’s. I liked that story a bit more, and I felt those chapters were wrapped up well. The Eliza chapters just felt very weird to me, and very unrealistic, I also am not 100% sold on how it ended for Eliza.
I am a huge fan of Sara Shepard, and I loved Her Pretty Little Liars series, and I was really excited to read her first adult fiction novel. While it was good, I think it had room for improvement. I did however, like the way her writing grabs a hold of you. Whether or not I liked this book, I knew I was going to keep reading because I had to find out what was going on with all of them. I look forward to seeing what Sara writes next, and I applaud her for shedding some light on mental illnesses, and the sometimes rather unconventional ways they are treated. I am not going to say what illnesses are talked about, because that’s a huge spoiler.
I do also recognize that I read a lot of Suspense and Thriller Novels, and this make’s it harder to enjoy something a bit lighter. So please take that into consideration when reading my review. I would suggest this for someone curious about the Genre. Someone who is nervous to read something a bit darker than they normally read. This would be a great book to start with.