Reputation by Sara Shepard, 4 Stars

Today I’m reviewing Reputation by Sara Shepard (of Pretty Little Liars fame). And it’s funny because I think just knowing Shepard penned the other book, made the deception, lies and deceit in this book that much more real and delicious.

In high school English class, one of my favorite projects was when we got to cast our own personal movie version of a book. Of course, Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio got lead roles most of the time. When I was reading Reputation, I was totally casting it in my mind!

I think cast members would include Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Hudson and maybe Paul Rudd. You’ll have to read it and decide who I cast in each role:) Do you ever do this with books?

From the Publisher:

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.

My Review:

In Reputation, we see what happens in the tight-knit Aldrich College community when everyone’s secrets are laid bare. And it seems to bring out the ugly in everyone. Of course, I suppose why would we have secrets if they weren’t at least the slightest bit distasteful.

Kit Manning, adult daughter of the College’s President and head of fundraising and philanthropy at the college discovers that her husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is not who she thinks he is when the community’s private emails are hacked and shared publicly.

But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Because Kit stumbles home one night after the college’s major fundraising event and finds Greg murdered in her kitchen. With no recollection of the night, rumors and doubt circle Kit and her family as they try to figure out what went so terrible wrong with their lives.

I’m not going to lie, I was waiting for some secret notes from “A” to appear. And while they didn’t, Shepard brings the same type of dark intrigue, mystery and deception to Reputation as she did to her famous Pretty Little Liars series. Even better? This one was actually written for adults so I don’t feel that guilt of an adult enjoying teen content.

Special thanks to Penguin Group Dutton and Netgalley for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. Reputation is out December 3, so you can enjoy this one with a cup of cocoa next to your Christmas tree. Pre-order your copy.


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