Reputation by Sara Shepard — ARC Review

reputation by sara shepardSummary:

In this fast-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 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 scandals.

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 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 murdered.

Told 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.

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Review: 4 Stars

When I saw Sara Shepard’s latest novel was going to be coming out soon I jumped at the opportunity to get a review copy without even reading the blurb. In th past I have read some of Sara Shepard’s books and found them to be the perfect fluff reads. They had compelling plots and were filled with teenage girl drama. When I discovered that Reputation wasn’t a YA novel I almost didn’t want to read it. But I knew that I loved Sara Shepard’s stories, so I decided to give it a chance and I quickly found myself sucked in.

Reputation is certainly full of drama. The book was filled to the brim with scandals, lies and even murder. A university gets hacked and all of the emails are suddenly public, scandals, betrayal and lies all come to light and there is lots of drama. It was written from multiple women’s points of view that were all in first person, yet I didn’t get the characters confused because Sara Shepard wrote her characters well. The plot kept me guessing the whole time and there were so many incredibly well done plot twists. I couldn’t guess what would happen next, so I enjoyed the ride this story took me on with all of its twists and turns.

Parts of the story were so twisted and really gave off the psychological thriller vibe, which I really loved. But I felt like the ending wrapped up a little too neatly. Things worked out just a little too well that it didn’t feel completely real. I also got a bit of a poltical vibe, like the author was trying to get you to believe her political views and it was just a little much for me. The ending was really the only part that I didn’t really enjoy though.

Overall I can appreciate this book for what I wanted out of it. It was fun, fast and full of drama. This book was a quick and captivating read, which is exactly what I wanted it to be. I think the plot was pretty well done and that it was a perfect read for the mood that I was in.

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