The Heiresses

The Heiresses

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by Sara Shepard

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From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, comes The Heiresses—a novel about the Saybrooks, a diamond family blessed with beauty and fortune yet plagued by a string of tragic and mysterious deaths.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s solitaire is the family behind the diamond


From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, comes The Heiresses—a novel about the Saybrooks, a diamond family blessed with beauty and fortune yet plagued by a string of tragic and mysterious deaths.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s solitaire is the family behind the diamond empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and mavens, the Saybrooks are the epitome of high society. Anyone would kill to be one of them. But be careful what you wish for, because if you were a Saybrook, you’d be haunted by secrets and plagued by a dark streak of luck.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again on a beautiful morning in May when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most remarkable Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her office. Everyone is shocked that someone so perfect would end her own life—until her cousins receive an ominous warning: One heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide . . . or murder? And who will be next: Aster, the beautiful but reckless girl who’s never worked a day in her life—and who’s covering up her father’s darkest secret? Her older sister, Corrine, whose meticulously planned future is about to come crashing down around her? Perhaps it will be Natasha, the black sheep of the family who suddenly disinherited herself five years ago. Or maybe the perpetually single Rowan, who had the most to gain from her cousin’s death.

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about heiresses who must uncover a dark truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

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Kirkus Reviews
Five privileged young woman, all heiresses to the Saybrook diamond empire, are blessed with every luxury. But the family curse—or a vindictive villain—may end their lives prematurely. Shepard (Everything We Ever Wanted, 2011, etc.), the architect of the best-selling Pretty Little Liars series, has created a PLL for adults. Variously related women (friends, sisters, half sisters, cousins, aunts) fret their way through man troubles, with a deadly mystery on the side. There's Aster, the partying wild child, and her sister, Corinne, the perfectionist preparing to marry the wonderful Dixon Shackelford. Their cousins include Poppy, the president of Saybrook's Diamonds, who's a happily married mother of two adorable children; Rowan, the brilliant in-house lawyer who pines after her lost love, Poppy's husband; and Natasha, a yoga instructor, who curiously disinherited herself from the Saybrook fortune. Five years earlier, a beach party at the family's glamorous summer house was the site of an executive's mysterious drowning. An ominous website, appropriately titled "The Blessed and the Cursed," details the family's every misstep, from wardrobe malfunctions to drunken shenanigans. No one seems to know who supplies the website with compromising photos and tips on the women's upcoming appointments. On the eve of Corinne's wedding, it appears the family curse is back: Poppy has fallen to her death. Was it suicide or murder? Why was the seemingly faultless Poppy arranging private meetings behind her assistant's scheduling book? Where was her husband, James, when she fell? Could the events of five years ago offer clues? As an FBI investigation advances, rumors, secrets and ex-boyfriends abound. Unfortunately, the romances are predictable and the sex scenes, tame. Perfect for a light beach read, but anyone in search of witty chick lit, hot romance or taut mystery should look elsewhere.
Kate White
“A smart, delicious suspense novel filled with money, murder and well-heeled heiresses up to no good. Warning: You’re going to be up late tonight!”
Jenny McCarthy
“Deliciously dark, full of secrets and insane twists that make it impossible to put down!”
Kimberly McCreight
“A wonderfully escapist thrill all-access pass to a glamorous world of privilege and prestige that will keep you guessing to the very last page.”
Lisa Gardner
“The ultimate guilty pleasure! The Heiresses dishes up opulent settings, high lux lifestyles, and of course, back-stabbing relatives. Combine that with wicked dialogue and a razor sharp plot, and you have a great book indeed.”
Sarah Pekkanen
The Heiresses is absolutely riveting, with more twists than a labyrinth and one of the most vivid cast of characters in contemporary fiction. Sara Shepard’s smart, funny voice—already beloved by legions of fans—shines brighter than ever. I’m recommending this book to everyone I know.”
Adriana Trigiani
“Sara is a brilliant storyteller.”
Bride's Magazine Editors
“If you miss Gossip Girl grab The Heiresses.”
“A Pretty Little Liars for grown-ups, mines the bold-faced misfortunes of sisters plagued by sex-tape scandals and seersucker—and, perhaps, a serial killer.
New York Daily News
“The sexy, silly frolic that is summer reading kicks off with The Heiresses in which four really, really rich cousins skirt murderous mayhem in Manhattan’s priciest zip codes.”
Reader's Digest
“It’s got all the goods: beautiful people, designer clothes, suspicious deaths, fabulous wealth, seething emotion, buried secrets, torrid romance, and crazy twists. The only things missing? A cool drink in your hand, an umbrella to sit under, and a weekend or two to while away.”
Town & Country
“For a true guilty pleasure, lose yourself in the glamorous—and dangerous—world of the Saybrooks, the protagonist family in this engrossing tale of money, beauty, status, and secrets from the author of Pretty Little Liars.”

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Meet the Author

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like a bakery cupcake, sweet and irresistible, although it contains no nutritional value whatsoever. At the beginning, I found it a little hard to keep everyone's relationship straight, especially since there is so much detail given about their appearance and wardrobe each time someone appears, but eventually, the confusion cleared up. It ends on a cliffhanger, which surprised me, as I thought this was a standalone book, and not one of the author's series. However, enough questions were answered in this book, not to make the open ending irritating enough to be an issue. Personally, I think the characters have been through more than enough, but a second book might be appealing anyway. The Heiresses, is an adult novel, but geared toward her older YA readers ready for a terrific beach read. Matriarch Edith is one of the most fascinating characters. She's always cold and wears her fur coat no matter the temperature. She says what she thinks, and is critical of her granddaughters. I wish we had seen more of her. Edith has a great scene at the end of the novel that sets up the sequel, and I have to say bravo to Shepard for hooking us into reading the next book. From the Upper East Side to the West Village, Shepard takes us on a journey that will keep you guessing until the last few pages. The Heiress is the perfect summer read -- a little bit fluff, a little bit scandal and all around delicious fun!        
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book. Just like pretty little liars this book will keep you captivated to the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of characters fraught with flaws; a story of blessings that flawed people can obliterate. Love the beautifully described glamorous background, clothes and lifestyle and the oh so true-to-life back-stabbing and gossip and manipulation. This is great fun and most of all when you are finished you'll let out a sigh of relief that your life is so uneventful!! Great fun!! I recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara Shepard is famously known for her murderous books full of lies and secres. The Heiresses has to be one of my favorites by her, following The Lying Game. It is directed toward more of an older audience as opposed to her usual high school setting. It is a great read and a definate yes to the summer list of books!
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Opening in tragedy, and confined by tragedy, The Heiresses follows the lives of the five—well, four—Saybrook heiresses: their lush, rich world, their deeply personal problems, and fate's cruel affinity for hurdling their family into a string of mysterious, sudden deaths, otherwise known as the Saybrook Curse by the public. Upon the unthinkable loss of one of their own—the perfect Poppy Saybrook—the remaining four cousins set out to solve the dangerous, wildly eery crime, but approach a dilemma when they realize Poppy's murder can only be solved by revealing the scandals and secrets of their past. Each Saybrook cousin has a life-threatening secret—that one personal demon they want to take to the grave—and as each figures out who is a witness, who is an alibi, and who is a backstabber, the dark secrets are slowly revealed. I was so enchanted by this book. Dramatic irony keeps it running, and the suspense is absolutely electrifying—hair-raising—in a creepy "someone's watching you" kind of way. I couldn't stop reading it because I was too scared to put it down! In the vein of the Gossip Girl series, Sara Shepard masters the sinister, omniscient tone that, in the backdrop of high-society New York City, is as extravagant as its characters are. The Heiresses is not your average chick-lit novel; it's not just another happy day at the Hamptons. The calamities and misfortunes of the world-famous diamond empire will stun and frighten you, as well as teach you a thing or two about the dangers of money, misconceptions, and pride. It's a story of the consequences of deceit, greed, and lies from one generation to the next, but beneath it all, it's also an examination of four courageous women who bond and discover the values of fortune, trust, and always: family. Pros: The ending!!!! // Characters aren't deep, but are understandable and lovable // Scintillating suspense // Cinematic, dramatic—I can easily see this being made into a TV show or movie // One of those books you can't put down // Eery, startling tone is so well done Cons: Literally everybody is screwing everybody... this book is centered on infidelity and illicit sexual relations // Not a super deep, meaningful novel, but still a hell of an entertaining one Verdict: With the addictive, crippling voice akin to Gossip Girl, the darkly comical tone found in Desperate Housewives, and allusions to the Kennedy curse we're all so familiar with, Sara Shepard's newest novel reads like Pretty Little Liars all grown up. The Heiresses is a juicy, sinful mystery about a legendary American dynasty so blessed with fortune and beauty, yet cursed in the worst of ways. I admit at times the plot resembles that of an overdone soap opera, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining; this series is bound to become everyone's newest guilty pleasure. Rating: 9 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Summer read. Had a hard time putting this down...has quite a few character introductions in the first couple chapters so make a copy of the family tree and use it as bookmark. S Shepard you are simply amazing. Cannot wait for the second! -Henry
Sparkling_City More than 1 year ago
I received a galley copy in a Goodreads giveaway & was asked to give my thoughts on the book. HHaving read The Lying Game by Sara Shepard & watching the series of the same name & Pretty Little Liars, I was excited to see that she was coming out with a new book. This is not your ordinary Pretty Little Liars/Lying Game Teen novel, this is more for the mature Young Adults without it being too adult. The Heiresses is a mix between Gossip Girl & Pretty Little Liars. It had all of the glamour & scandal of the upper east side's Manhattan elite in Gossip Girl with the murder, mystery & secrets of Pretty Little Liars. I absolutely loved this book, I could not put it down.I loved the characters, their stories & their hidden secrets. I loved the details in this novel, big & small; it really helped me picture everything as if I was there. & seeing as I've never been to New York it really helped a lot. Sara Shepard is a wonderful writer & I can't wait to read the second book to this series, & however many more are published after that. I'm definitely looking forward to the future Heiresses Novels.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Sara Shepard is best known for her YA book series, Pretty Little Liars, which was turned into a successful television series. Her latest novel, The Heiresses, is an adult novel, but geared toward her older YA readers ready for a terrific beach read. The Saybrook family made their fortune in diamonds after WWII. Patriarch Alfred and his partner began their business after returning from the war; they became wealthy and hugely successful, and now most of Alfred's family works in the business. After Alfred's death, his son Mason became president of Saybrook's. He and his wife have two daughters: Corinne, the type-A, hardcharging daughter engaged to a Texas oil heir she fell in love with at Yale, and Aster, the ultimate party-girl, with no job or responsibilities. Mason took his niece Poppy under his wing after her parents died in a plane crash. He was supposed to be on that plane, but at the last minute didn't go. Rowan is Mason's other brother's daughter, and she is also works for the family business. Natasha is the last heiress, who moved away and hasn't spent much time with her cousins. The family is the subject of intense public interest, much like the Kennedy family. Also like the Kennedys, people have said they have a curse- the plane crash, a grandson kidnapped at age four and never found, and the man who was to have been the new CEO mysteriously drowned at a family celebration five years ago. A tabloid website has been set-up that seems to have inside information on the Saybrook family secrets. Who is behind it? One of the heiresses dies, but did she commit suicide or was she murdered? The heiresses are in a car that is hit head-on, and another ends up seriously injured in a coma. The main mystery of the novel is who is trying to kill the heiresses and why. There are plenty of suspects, and a careful mystery reader may pick up on enough clues to figure out who is behind it. I'm not a big mystery reader, and even though the characters and the plot seemed at times formulaic, Shephard kept me turning the pages to see what will happen next. Shepard includes a family tree at the beginning, which is so helpful in keeping the many family members straight until you get a little in to the story. After we find out who is trying to kill the heiresses, Shepard gives us another, even meatier, mystery involving a big secret that goes back many years. I like how she tied that into the murder mystery. Matriarch Edith is one of the most fascinating characters. She's always cold and wears her fur coat no matter the temperature. She says what she thinks, and is critical of her granddaughters. I wish we had seen more of her. Edith has a great scene at the end of the novel that sets up the sequel, and I have to say bravo to Shepard for hooking us into reading the next book. There is no way I'm not putting that one on my TBR list when it publishes.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Easy, enjoyable, and fun.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great read - loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It caught and kept my attention the whole time, I never wanted to put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow boring start but then it picked up in the middle and I couldn't put it down. I'm glad I kept reading and gave it a chance. I was definitely disappointed about the ending. It left me guessing and left a cliffhanger. Now I'm wondering if there's going to be second book. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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It's a little confusing at first because you have to remember a lot of names & they just keep coming, but you get the hang of it. It was a great summer read, but I wonder why Sara Shepard decided to give most of the characters in this book such ugly names. Rowan? Poppy? Michela? She always comes up with such pretty names in Pretty Little Liars & The Lying Game. Oh, maybe that's why...
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anniel More than 1 year ago
Interesting book but it froze on page 197 so I can,t say if I liked it or not since I coudn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The family pictured in this novel was interesting to get to know. So many ins and outs, and lots of intriguing plots to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If You Are Have Read PLL Books, Then You Will Figure Who Is The Killer Faster Than The Saybrooks.This Book Won't Be So Thrilling Because Is Like A Grown Up Version Of PLL And The Secrets Are The Same Of PLL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Others have posted praises for this novel which was my reason for purchasing. I was extremely let down with the ending. I like a satisfying wrap up where the characters you have grown to care about actually triumph,
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