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The Heiresses

by Sara Shepard

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Poppy, Aster, Corrine, Natasha, and Rowan are the heiresses of the Saybrook's jewellery empire, a family business that is known for both its wealth, and a very old curse that leads to family members dying suddenly. When one of the 5 heiresses is killed, and an online gossip site publishes a statement "One Heiress Down, 4 more to go", an investigation is opened.… (more)



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Me giving this a 2-star rating is like going to McDonald's and ordering a Big Mac, and when it comes on 3 buns with 2 patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, I decide I do not like hamburgers with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on 3 buns.

The book is exactly what I ordered, exactly what it promised to be (a shallow, Real Housewivesesque tale of scandal and fortunes and sex) and I didn't like it. The writing delivers, with scenes moving easily between past and present, but there were too many beautiful people, too many stereotypes, too much Northeastern fabulousness, and too much "bleating" of cell phones.

This book was actually on the wall -Staff Recommends- at the local library and I may have to have a few words with Librarian Sally should I ever meet her.

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  gakgakg | May 28, 2020 |
A fun, light read.
It reminds me a bit of Gossip Girl meets Revenge.

The Heiresses are:

When Poppy is killed, a threatening note says that the other heiresses are next.

Each of the girls was raised to act right, basically to be perfect or at least convincingly pretend to be perfect.

Poppy was keeping secrets.
Corinne is having major cold feet about getting married.
Aster is the Paris Hilton party girl of the family.
Rowan is in love with the wrong man.
Natasha has disinherited herself from the family.

Secrets start to slip and many theories are batted about as to who killed Poppy and why.

I enjoyed the store more before the big reveal. It felt a bit elaborate and not super easy to believe.

But I liked the cousins' and sisters' relationships with each other. I think the family dynamic was the most interesting part. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Deleting this at 23% -audiobook
Poor little rich girls, who have to deal with having it all handed to them with some expectations. Aww, how sad. Imagine being expected to act with decorum in public, family, work and socially ?!?! Who has to do such a horrible thing, right ? We should all be drunk, cheating, lying, manipulating, disrespectful spoiled jerks free of judgement. All these expectations make a spoiled rotten little princess upset Oh the horror for these precious sweet trust fund angels when when daddy steals money from the poor and puts their fortune in danger and they have to.... oh it's too ugly, , work. Yes they have to work ! I hope you didn't faint. They don't have to work with the common folk at least. No, they work for their family business, in their tower, with their name on the building.
I'm a princess, she's a princess, you're a princess. Well, now lets gets this on the table because there isn't enough specialness unicorn sprinkle powder already. Somebody or somebodies, I didn't care enough to get their names, is semi royal and oh so precious. I know this because it is mentioned over and over already. Snobbery, brand name dropping, social status lines, selfishness, self centered horrible characters. I couldn't dislike this book more. Good bye oh so precious princesses ( )
  TheYodamom | Oct 13, 2017 |
Definitely nowhere even near the realm of the (seemingly never-ending) [b:Pretty Little Liars|162085|Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)|Sara Shepard|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1377830522s/162085.jpg|2191061] series. Not even as good as [b:The Lying Game|8428069|The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)|Sara Shepard|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316916749s/8428069.jpg|13291270] series. There is nothing in here that we haven't seen in Shepard's other works. One reason PLL is so fun is because everything is so un-apologetically over the top and the books move forward at break-neck speed. But the Heiresses is just the opposite of that. Plodding, dull, unoriginal. The secrets are so tame and uninspired compared to the Liars' secrets. There's no sense of danger to be found anywhere. And the characters ... well, again, I hate to compare this series to PLL, but at least the Liars are as fun and ridiculous as the world they live in. But the characters in the Heiresses are just cardboard cutouts. The first 5 pages of this book intrigued me. 5 chapters later and I just wanted it to be over. Whatever Shepard does to make PLL so entertaining, she doesn't seem to be able to make it happen here. ( )
  majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
My description and thought on The Heiresses is limited, since my reading of this type of "woman's fiction" is at best,sketchy.
Soap opera definitely comes to mind.

I'll go with escapism.....

"the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc."....
I must admit, after reading of their antics, I'm pleased to be heir to a kingdom not of this world.

To be fair, there were elements of suspense and mystery.
Their convolutions were interesting at times.
The heiress escapades, however, were repetitive, tiring and often juvenile.
Perhaps they were meant to appear this way.....
And your guess is......?

For me 3 ★ and it will probably be a while before i try something like this again.

This is a real IMO book.
Don't let me persuade or dissuade you. ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we cut with our own dust - John Webster
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Poppy, Aster, Corrine, Natasha, and Rowan are the heiresses of the Saybrook's jewellery empire, a family business that is known for both its wealth, and a very old curse that leads to family members dying suddenly. When one of the 5 heiresses is killed, and an online gossip site publishes a statement "One Heiress Down, 4 more to go", an investigation is opened.

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