Saturday, 10 May 2014

Review: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

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?

Expected publication: May 20th 2014   
Terri's Thoughts:   
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is May 20, 2014.
What can I say about this story?  It was deliciously scandalous.  Following the lives of a wealthy family in New York as they struggle to keep up with appearances and keep their secrets hidden.  Add to this a murder and it was a truly entertaining read.
There were some flaws in my opinion.  The beginning of story introduced simply too many characters that it took me a little while to keep everyone straight.  Once I got past that it was thumbs up for me.
Now this book is not going to make you have any personal revelations or inspire you to make any life altering changes in your life.  It was pure entertainment watching the privileged stumble and fall.  While reading the story it read to me like a television show (think an older version of Gossip Girl) and I wonder if that was intentional.  Given the success of Shepard's pervious work transitioning in to the television market I wouldn't be surprised although I have to admit this is the first of her work that I have read and I have never seen the show.
Although some people may say this is a shallow read as it focuses on the privileged but I say come on folks!  It is entertaining seeing that people have issues regardless of social status and it is after all fiction.  I enjoyed curling up and reading about the trial and tribulations of the Herme's clad socialites.
The ending left it open for another instalment.  From what I have read this is the start of a series that Shepard will be publishing.  Since this was an entertaining and easy read for me I fully intend to follow the series once the next books become available.  Highly recommended!

About the Author

Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

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