ARC Review: Reputation by Sara Shepard

Trigger Warnings: Rape, Sexual Assault

Mild spoilers also ahead!

Let me just say that this was a roller coaster to read. Wow. I wanted something fast paced, murderous, and page turning and well I got it.

From the author of the hit books and TV series Pretty Little Liars, Reputation is a book that’ll have you blinking at the pages and screaming what! as your eyes peruse paragraph by paragraph by paragraph.

There’s been a hack and thousands and thousands of emails from renowned Aldrich University are exposed. Tea is spilled, affairs are exposed, rumors abound. At the heart if this all, renowned surgeon Dr. Greg Strasser’s emails are a hot topic. His emails are beyond inappropriate and he’s cheating on his wife who is the daughter of Aldrich University’s President.. Things get even messier when he is found stabbed to death by his wife, Kit, in the kitchen of their home, the day after the leaks. A killer is on the loose and everyone is a suspect, and I do mean everyone.

I enjoyed this book for the pure absurdity that it was. There were some lines that probably weren’t meant to be funny but I laughed at them all the same because I couldn’t believe they were even included. As I stated in my first sentence, this was a roller coaster to read. The characters were fun and enjoyable, and some of them were completely insane.


Honestly, all of the men in this book were completely and utterly USELESS. But I don’t think I can really say that’s a negative since that mirrors life oh so well?.

Lynn…She’s a woman after my crazy calculating heart. I just adored her. She was crazy but my kind of crazy.

There were also instances where the characters just said completely weird things that you could not ignore?? This for example:

Mind you, she is saying this to her sister…Her sister WHOSE HUSBAND HAS JUST BEEN MURDERED. HER SISTER WHO FOUND HER HUSBAND’S DEAD BODY. LET HER DRINK ALL THE SUGARY COFFEE SHE WANTS WTF.

Spoilers below highlight if you would like to see:

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I do feel as though the rape/sex scandals could have been handled a lot better not have just been tossed in there at the end. It felt cobbled and rushed to me. I do like that Shepard brought up #MeToo but I am tired of having a character’s sexual assault be her tragic backstory. It’s very unsettling.

The reveal of Greg’s true killer was also very…lackluster. It felt like simple AHA, I made you think it wasn’t true but it was.
All in all, this is a simple enjoyable book if you’re looking for a quick, mystery read. There are some issues and the characters seem hollow and caricature like but the twists and turns make it a hell of a thriller.

 💜   💜   💜  3/5

Thanks very much to Netgalley and Penguin Group Dutton for this ARC in exchange for my fair review.

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