Did you ever see the recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live where they spoofed soap operas and telenovelas They make every single incident overly melodramatic, with pauses, emotional outbursts, and campy looks.As it roared toward its conclusion, I felt like Reputation was very similar to that sketch Every single character had one, if not multiple secrets, and as each one was revealed I felt like dramatic music should be turned up as the other characters reacted.Aldrich University is a small school in Pittsburgh on par with the better known Ivy League schools One day hackers break into the university s email system and expose countless faculty, students, staff, even those who work in the university hospital, by dumping their emails into a searchable database The same thing happened with Harvard, Yale, and other schools, but that s no consolation to those affected by the email dump.Among those exposed was Dr Greg Strasser, a handsome, successful surgeon who is married to Kit Manning Strasser, the daughter of the university president and a development officer at the school Apparently Greg s emails contained multiple communications with someone called Lolita, and they get pretty sexually explicit Even though Kit and Greg s marriage was on shaky ground, the public discovery of her husband s betrayal embarrasses and upsets her, and is one of the things which throws her off balance at the school s fundraising gala Yet when she awakens at home from a strange stupor after the gala, she finds Greg suffering from a serious stab wound, and he dies from his injuries shortly thereafter.Who killed Greg Was it Kit, in the midst of a jealous, drunken rage that she doesn t remember Or was it one of the myriad others in town who had issues with him Kit s sister Willa, an investigative journalist, returns home to help Kit, but also can t resist doing some digging into the hack as well as Greg s murder But it turns out Willa has her own secrets, too, including why she fled town so long ago and rarely returns Reputation is a soapy, campy look at the secrets and lies of a small town and those who inhabit it It s a story of infidelity, betrayal, jealousy, attempted blackmail, questions about paternity, sexual assault, and so much No one is safe from prying eyes, and no one is wholly innocent, so you really don t know whom you should suspect.Sara Shepard, who created the Pretty Little Liars series, is no stranger to gossip and scandal, and she demonstrates her skills with great aplomb here I was hooked on the book from the start, but somewhere around the middle I felt like there were just so many crazy secrets and scandals that it got a bit ridiculous, and I really didn t care about the characters Talk about a bunch of seriously screwed up people Maybe the best reputation is no reputation Maybe it s best not to care whatsoever how people see you Maybe the only thing that really matters is how you see yourself If you re a fan of soap opera or melodrama, you ll definitely find something to sink your teeth into with Reputation.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.You can follow me on Instagram at In This Fast Paced New Novel From Sara Shepard, The 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 ScandalsAldrich University Is Rocked To Its Core When A Hacker Dumps , 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 MurderedTold 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 A hacker exposes secrets the cat is out of the bag for all those who have their private emails exposed for all to see This book had some Mr Robot a T.V series vibes I loved the series and the chaos the hackers would unleash In the book, a prominent surgeon, Greg Strausser is murdered Could it be some kind of payback or revenge Maybe he pissed someone off Who has a motive Greg s wife, Kit was pretty upset over his indiscretion And who is this Lolita person Plenty of secrets in this soap opera of a who dunnit I enjoyed the way the author weaved the story with many suspects that could have done it Some good cliff hangers and twists This one kept me guessing and changing my mind as to who the villain was Just enough U turns to keep my engaged Thanks to NG for my review copy This one is out on December 3, 2019 This book started out really strong for me I loved the description A huge university getting hacked All the previous faculty and student emails are out there for the world to see Ekkkk, can you imagine if the general public had access to every email you wrote Dear god, there would be hell to pay Yet some people were exposed than others scandals, affairs, shopping habits, you name it they are out there I especially enjoyed the catty sarcastic behavior of Lynn right from the start She is skimming through Facebook judging all her friends It actually was quite funny being privy to her inner thoughts that were not so nice yet, you know we are all a little guilty of that As the drama from the emails continue to build one of the main victims of the hack with the most popular views of his email because they were really steamy is murdered Now this is a book The suspects were endless because he has made quite a great deal of enemies with these emails Like I said this book started out really strong for me.I can t believe as a thriller lover I am going to say thisbut this book just had too many twists for me Literally every single character had a major mouth dropping twist or secret that they were hiding At first I was gasping at reveal after reveal Then it lost its shock value for me personally The twists kept coming all the way until the end and I should have been shocked by them but instead I was just like uhhh meh.I began to feel like I was watching a daytime soap where it just got out of control crazy twists I think I was all shocked out by the end With that being said many, many people will be sure to love this I did enjoy the book and I am glad that I read it, it is just a little too dramatic for me to personally rate it higher.Thank you so much to Dutton books for this ARC via Netgalley Reading books by 3.5 starsAn e mail hack exposes secrets of thousands of people the premise of this new novel by Sara Shepard is quite realistic in this day and age While most of our e mails may be excruciatingly boring to other people, some messages may turn out deadly to their writers or recipients When Kit Manning s husband is found murdered, her sister Willa, who is an investigative journalist, comes back to the town to help to solve the mystery and save Kit s reputation The book is full of twists and surprises which keep turning up as literally everybody in this novel has a few secrets they would rather not reveal There are multiple perspectives points of view and if this is your prefered type of narrative, you are definitely going to find it gripping.Thank you to Edelweiss and Dutton Penguin Publishing Group for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. Campy, fun a great whodunnit Touching on important topics relevant to the MeToo era while also not taking itself too seriously, Reputation is really the thriller I needed from 2019 Having been a mega fan of Shepard s since the first Pretty Little Liars Book and corresponding 10 after , I was excited to delve into the deliciousness that is Reputation Opening with a prologue named for a Taylor Swift song she does have an album named Reputation after all , the plot is soon revealed to us alongside a cast characters who all seem to have a motive for the crime, but who is the one who actually followed through withmurder I can honestly say until pages before the reveal, I had so many suspects in mind and enjoyed hedging my bets as I continued reading and the reveal was not an out of left field end which can be infuriating With thrillers a dime a dozen nowadays, this one was really a fun ride, which is quite refreshing Thank you to Dutton Books for an advanced copy All opinions are my own. Book Review Reputation by Sara Shepherd 2 5 Stars I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review I m a little embarrassed to admit I couldn t finish this book But I have a rule with myself Life is too short to read bad books or drink bad wine This fit the bill There was a big internet scandal at the university Students, alumni and staff all affected Coverups ensued leading to murder Secrets revealed More secrets attempted to be covered up It was just too much Almost like reading a soap opera I am saving it on my Kindle for my 18yr old daughter to read Honestly, maybe I m not the age range for this 40 45 yr old Trashy reality TV is one of my guilty pleasures and this book felt just like watching one of my beloved RH episodes It was fun, dramatic, juicy and definitely a binge worthy read There s a lot going on here and multiple viewpoints which is always so fun to me AND there s also a murder plus you have this crazy hack so two intriguing mysteries at play here The ending wasn t a total surprise but it was twisty and satisfying in the end And since it s a Sara Shepard book I have to ask the most important question of all time, which did you like better, PLL the show or the books Liked the show but loved the books for me. A university s emails are hacked, and leaked online for all to see Lives are turned upside down as everyone tries to minimize the fallout of having private emails go public Things escalate when a man is murdered, and it turns out everyone is keeping secrets.Told using multiple points of view Kit, Lynn, Raina, Laura, and Willa Kit works at the university, is married to Greg, and has two daughters Lynn works with Kit Raina is a college student and friend of Kit s daughter Laura worked with Greg and is married to a police officer Willa is Kit s sister A large cast of characters, but the various viewpoints are easy to follow.A fun and intriguing thriller Good for readers who enjoy juicy mysteries Gossipy, exciting, and twisty I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA Sara s Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia s Main Line.
- 384 pages
- Sara Shepard
- 10 March 2017 Sara Shepard