Book Reviews

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard


The Heiresses
By: Sara Shepard

Published: May 2014
Published by: Harper
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Mystery

Rating: 3/5


You know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

The Heiresses is a whip-smart mystery that simmers with the wicked sense of humor and intrigue that made Sara Shepard’s number one New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series a must-read, must-watch phenomenon.

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

A mystery/suspense novel about socialites from New York City, written by Sara Shepard. Sounded like the perfect book for me to get lost in. Unfortunately The Heiresses didn’t grip me like I anticipated. I thought the concept was interesting, but wasn’t surprised by any of the reveals. I wish that there had been a better division between the current day story line and the memories the characters had of important moments in the past.

Without giving away any spoilers, this book does end on a cliffhanger. It was the authors intention to make this into a series, however The Heiresses was released in 2014 and still hasn’t released a sequel. Had I known this beforehand I might not have read this book because now I feel unfulfilled.

I would recommend Sara Shepard as an author, however I would suggest reading some of her other titles instead of The Heiresses.

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