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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1ST edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062259539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062259530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA juggernaut Shepard moves into adult territory with this novel, the first in a planned series. There are five heiresses to the Saybrook family fortune—cousins Poppy, Corrine, Rowan, Aster, and Natasha. The media think that the family’s vast wealth comes with a curse, for sudden death under mysterious circumstances seems always to strike the next heir in line. Mostly, the women laugh off suggestions of a curse. After all, it’s better to die young and leave a pretty corpse, right? But then Poppy, who has a past but seems to have her life under control, commits suicide. The family is even more shocked when the FBI arrives with indications of foul play. The remaining heiresses juggle various sexy men, lies, family secrets ranging from mistresses to Nazis, and assorted rich girl problems while trying to uncover the truth about Poppy’s death and hopefully put an end to the curse rumors. Soapy stuff, to be sure, but Shepard’s got name recognition. --Rebecca Vnuk


“A Pretty Little Liars for grown-ups, mines the bold-faced misfortunes of sisters plagued by sex-tape scandals and seersucker—and, perhaps, a serial killer. (Vogue)

“Deliciously dark, full of secrets and insane twists that make it impossible to put down!” (Jenny McCarthy)

“A wonderfully escapist thrill all-access pass to a glamorous world of privilege and prestige that will keep you guessing to the very last page.” (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia)

“If you miss Gossip Girl grab The Heiresses.” (Brides Magazine)

“For a true guilty pleasure, lose yourself in the glamorous—and dangerous—world of the Saybrooks, the protagonist family in this engrossing tale of money, beauty, status, and secrets from the author of Pretty Little Liars.” (Town & Country)

“The sexy, silly frolic that is summer reading kicks off with The Heiresses in which four really, really rich cousins skirt murderous mayhem in Manhattan’s priciest zip codes.” (New York Daily News)

“The ultimate guilty pleasure! The Heiresses dishes up opulent settings, high lux lifestyles, and of course, back-stabbing relatives. Combine that with wicked dialogue and a razor sharp plot, and you have a great book indeed.” (Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing)

“It’s got all the goods: beautiful people, designer clothes, suspicious deaths, fabulous wealth, seething emotion, buried secrets, torrid romance, and crazy twists. The only things missing? A cool drink in your hand, an umbrella to sit under, and a weekend or two to while away.” (Reader's Digest, 13 of the Best Thrillers to Read Right Now)

“A smart, delicious suspense novel filled with money, murder and well-heeled heiresses up to no good. Warning: You’re going to be up late tonight!” (Kate White, author of The Sixes)

The Heiresses is absolutely riveting, with more twists than a labyrinth and one of the most vivid cast of characters in contemporary fiction. Sara Shepard’s smart, funny voice--already beloved by legions of fans--shines brighter than ever. I’m recommending this book to everyone I know.” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Catching Air)

“Sara Shepard has created a Pretty Little Liars for adults. . . . Perfect for a light beach read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Sara is a brilliant storyteller.” (Adriana Trigiani, author of The Supreme Macaroni Company)

More About the Author

I am originally from outside Philadelphia, and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is based on my experiences there...kind of. Sort of a hyperbolic version of them. Plus some random stuff thrown in.

Well, after many years of avoiding the area, I've moved back to suburban Philadelphia again. I spend most of my time eating chips and cereal straight out of the bag. I am also a proud hypochondriac. I took out my tongue piercing when I was eighteen because I thought it was giving me a sinus infection. And I often think I have a brain tumor when it's really just a headache.

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This book is a fun read.
Nancy Famolari
There was already just too many names being dropped, way too early on-I felt completely bombarded.
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I thought this book was a series because you don't find out what happens in the end.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2014
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I almost stopped reading this book at page 48. I was that bored. Then I read the back of the book again, reminded myself that one of the vapid heiresses in the book was due to be murdered and I picked it up and started to read again. I honestly didn't care which one was going to die - I just hoped that it would be dramatic and exciting.

It wasn't.

The book is not a murder mystery. Oh, there's a murder to be solved, but this is really just a chick lit 'he loves me / he loves me not' story. That would have been okay, except that it wasn't fun. A story like this, featuring Kardashian Klones, should have been a blast. It should have been over the top excess - a bubble gum and Jimmy Choo fantasy gone wild.

Unfortunately, instead of fabulous escapism, there are interchangeable heiresses who really just live like the rest of us (really, I couldn't tell three of the five apart) and a ho hum murder mystery with a humdrum conclusion.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane VINE VOICE on June 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sara Shepard is best known for her YA book series, Pretty Little Liars, which was turned into a successful television series. Her latest novel, The Heiresses, is an adult novel, but geared toward her older YA readers ready for a terrific beach read.

The Saybrook family made their fortune in diamonds after WWII. Patriarch Alfred and his partner began their business after returning from the war; they became wealthy and hugely successful, and now most of Alfred's family works in the business.

After Alfred's death, his son Mason became president of Saybrook's. He and his wife have two daughters: Corinne, the type-A, hardcharging daughter engaged to a Texas oil heir she fell in love with at Yale, and Aster, the ultimate party-girl, with no job or responsibilities.

Mason took his niece Poppy under his wing after her parents died in a plane crash. He was supposed to be on that plane, but at the last minute didn't go. Rowan is Mason's other brother's daughter, and she is also works for the family business. Natasha is the last heiress, who moved away and hasn't spent much time with her cousins.

The family is the subject of intense public interest, much like the Kennedy family. Also like the Kennedys, people have said they have a curse- the plane crash, a grandson kidnapped at age four and never found, and the man who was to have been the new CEO mysteriously drowned at a family celebration five years ago.

A tabloid website has been set-up that seems to have inside information on the Saybrook family secrets. Who is behind it? One of the heiresses dies, but did she commit suicide or was she murdered? The heiresses are in a car that is hit head-on, and another ends up seriously injured in a coma.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book-alicious Mama on June 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you loved Pretty Little Liars and needed something to top the world of juicy Rosewood scandals, then Sara Shepard's latest book The Heiress will fill that void. It's a sophisticated, yet dangerous world. The Heiress is a chilling murder mystery about seemingly perfect people who are far from perfect. They have flaws and secrets that they will stop at nothing to hide.

Shepard created an addictive drama about a prestigious Upper East Side family, the Saybrooks. Their legacy is plagued by premature deaths and tragedies. Like other wealthy families that we "know," America is obsessed the Saybrooks. And while the Saybrooks may own Manhattan, they have suddenly caught the attention of a killer, and the five cousins -- the heiresses -- realize their days are numbered.

Five years earlier during the summer something happens and those secret events are the catalyst for all the subsequent tragedy that befalls the Saybrooks.

As the Saybrooks realize that their days are numbered, they band together to purge their family secrets. If the secrets are out in the open, then they might figure out who wants them dead.

From the Upper East Side to the West Village, Shepard takes us on a journey that will keep you guessing until the last few pages. The Heiress is the perfect summer read -- a little bit fluff, a little bit scandal and all around delicious fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kitkat260 on June 27, 2014
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It was your basic novel about vapid and narcissistic heiresses. Typical. But I swear I saw somewhere that it was a standalone book, not a series. There's a cliffhanger at the end, just wtf, let it end. Clearly set up to continue as a series of characters I stopped caring about. And all the characters are exactly alike, it's really hard to tell them apart. No real depth.
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Format: Hardcover
Opening in tragedy, and confined by tragedy, The Heiresses follows the lives of the five—well, four—Saybrook heiresses: their lush, rich world, their deeply personal problems, and fate's cruel affinity for hurdling their family into a string of mysterious, sudden deaths, otherwise known as the Saybrook Curse by the public.

Upon the unthinkable loss of one of their own—the perfect Poppy Saybrook—the remaining four cousins set out to solve the dangerous, wildly eery crime, but approach a dilemma when they realize Poppy's murder can only be solved by revealing the scandals and secrets of their past. Each Saybrook cousin has a life-threatening secret—that one personal demon they want to take to the grave—and as each figures out who is a witness, who is an alibi, and who is a backstabber, the dark secrets are slowly revealed.

I was so enchanted by this book. Dramatic irony keeps it running, and the suspense is absolutely electrifying—hair-raising—in a creepy "someone's watching you" kind of way. I couldn't stop reading it because I was too scared to put it down! In the vein of the Gossip Girl series, Sara Shepard masters the sinister, omniscient tone that, in the backdrop of high-society New York City, is as extravagant as its characters are.

The Heiresses is not your average chick-lit novel; it's not just another happy day at the Hamptons. The calamities and misfortunes of the world-famous diamond empire will stun and frighten you, as well as teach you a thing or two about the dangers of money, misconceptions, and pride. It's a story of the consequences of deceit, greed, and lies from one generation to the next, but beneath it all, it's also an examination of four courageous women who bond and discover the values of fortune, trust, and always: family.
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