Review: The Heiresses

The Heiresses, Sara Shepard (The Heiresses #1)

Published May 20th 2014 by Harper

320 pages

Source: Edelweiss


From Goodreads…

The series follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds.

Due to a clause the grandfather placed in his will, only his granddaughters are set to inherit his massive fortune…these are the heiresses. After the death of their cousin, the remaining heiresses try to figure out if the family curse is real or not, and if not, who killed their cousin, and more importantly, which one of them is next on the hit list?

Sometimes you just need to escape into a fluff book-what could be better than a book about jewel heiresses living in New York and possibly under a family curse?  I’ve never read or watched Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, but I have a rough idea of what’s going on and I figured this would could as the same kind of mindless reading, perfectly trashy and fluffy.  I feel like The Heiresses was also written as a future tv series – and that’s one I’d plan to watch for some entertaining tv!

We follow basically 3 of the Saybrook heiresses, Rowan, Aster and Corrine, living their glamorous lives in New York.  I was a bit confused in the beginning with keeping track of who each cousin was, who was a sister versus who was a cousin, and who belonged to which philandering partner.  But honestly, I just went with it without over thinking because that’s just the kind of book this was.

An heiress dies! It may be murder! There’s plenty of sex-both inside and outside of marriage vows, questions of theft, and of course the Saybrook curses hanging over everyone! Are the Saybrook’s cursed to die young?

Some of the plot points I clearly saw coming, but I would say the end result was a surprise.  It was frustrating that not every question about the curse was answered-and I felt there were some glaring questions.  I’m not sure if those were just mistakes-but maybe those will happen in book two.  The book ended with such a cliffhanger that I am going to have to read book two to find out what happens!  This was not a book to take seriously and clearly its not high literary fiction.  It was fun for a trashy read which we all need sometimes in my humble opinion.

3 stars!  Read this one on the beach with a fruity drink for sure!

Thank you Harper and Edelweiss for this advanced copy for review in exchange for an honest opinion.

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