Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: May 20, 2014
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "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?"The Saybrook family is a well known wealthy family that owns a diamond empire; however, the media likes to refer to their "bad luck" as the Saybrook Curse. The patriarch of the Saybrook family has written his will so only the granddaughters will inherit. So, the novel focuses on Aster, who loves to party and basically spends all of her free time being a socialite. Her sister, Corinne, who is the opposite of Aster. She works in her family business and is engaged to the seemingly perfect Dixon, heir to an oil company. Their cousin, Poppy, is also "perfect" and is president of the family company. Her husband, James, adores her and they have two young girls. Then there's Rowan, the lawyer for her family; she still can't get over her first love (who happens to be Poppy's husband!). And lastly, there's Natasha, who disinherited herself and is living a "normal" life as a yoga instructor. Everyone in the Saybrook family is preparing for Corinne's upcoming nuptials, but things come to a halt, when Poppy has "committed suicide." Or did she? Is it the family curse or is someone actually out to get the Saybrook heiresses? Sara Shepard, the creator of Pretty Little Liars, gives us a deliciously entertaining adult read with The Heiresses.
When I first opened up The Heiresses, I was immediately turned off by the amount of characters that Shepard introduced readers to within the first few pages. I couldn't keep track of the cast of characters….who is a cousin, who is sister, who is a family friend…it might help if there was some sort of family tree in the beginning of the book. I am not kidding. Once I got the Saybrook family sorted out, I was still unsure. How could I relate to these spoiled women? But then something happened. I was sucked in. I was completely addicted. The Saybrooks sort of reminded me of a family from Gossip Girl meets the Kennedys.
Each heiress brought something interesting and fun to the table. What is so delicious about The Heiresses are the secrets that each character holds within. I shouldn't be surprised since Shepard wrote Pretty Little Liars, which demonstrates her ability to be a master storyteller and expert secret keeper. Slowly secrets about each girl were unveiled and I was definitely invested.
The murder mystery surrounding Poppy also hooked me in. I was dying to know who did it or did she really commit suicide? Everyone thought she had the perfect life, but then there were bits of information coming up that demonstrated otherwise. For example, Poppy was taking private phone calls at work and private meetings that she didn't share with her family, her husband, or her assistant. It doesn't help that her husband, James, was sure that she was having an affair, but what if there was something more going on in The Heiresses?
The Heiresses reminded me a bit of an adult Gossip Girl, which if you know me, you know is a compliment. I loved that the gossip website, "The Blessed and the Cursed" followed the Saybrook women around writing about their every move, both good and bad. The women couldn't figure out who was in charge of the website, but unfortunately whomever was contributing knew a lot about the women and even had one woman's day planner.
The Heiresses took me by surprise. I was completely hooked and I am definitely going to read the next book in the series. This would be a great book to bring along on vacation or to accompany you poolside with a cocktail. It's fluffy, it's all about secrets, and it's perfect summertime fun.