R.I.P. Eliza Hart
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.
Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.
Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel delivers a gripping mystery and a sensitive and moving examination of the secrets that can hold us back—and even destroy us.
You know how every now and again you pick up a book, hoping to like it, and find yourself completely blown away by how good it is? I felt that way about R.I.P. Eliza Hart – I thought I was going to like it, because it sounded like it could be a really deep, emotional book with a bit of a twist, and I found myself really enjoying reading it, and even being a bit bummed out when I ended up reading the very last page.
R.I.P. Eliza Hart has a cast of characters that are fully fleshed out and fun to read about. I love character driven novels that really give the characters in the book plenty of personality, and I felt that there was no shortage of that in this novel. There was something defining about every character in the book, and it really made reading this one feel so much more intimate.
The twists and turns that are uncovered while the characters are trying to figure out the secrets behind the events that occur in the book really keep you guessing and make you want to keep reading. The author of this one really has a grasp on how to capture the reader’s attention and make them keep reading. My interest was certainly piqued throughout the whole time I was reading this, and I found myself constantly trying to figure things out, although I was usually wrong each time I had guessed.
Mysteries an be a lot of fun, especially when there is a hint of a thriller mixed in, as there is here. R.I.P. Eliza Hart takes a popular girl’s murder and turns it into this mystery that is shrouded by secrets and that makes you want to know more constantly – it is a definite sign of awesome writing.
Another thing I really liked about this book was how fast paced it was. There wasn’t a moment of boredom to be found, and, in fact, I thought it ended way too quickly because it was just that good that I didn’t really want it to be over.
I haven’t read anything else by this author, but I know for a fact that I plan to check out other things from her, hands down. I was really swept away by how awesome this book was.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!
I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.
Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.
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