Reputation
In this fast-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, a tight-knit college town scrambles for answers when an e-mail hack reveals life-changing secrets and scandals.Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.Told from multiple points of view, Reputation is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It's a story of intrigue, sabotage, and the secrets we keep—and how far we go to keep them hidden. Number one bestseller Sara Shepard is at the top of her game in this brand-new adult novel.

Reputation Details

TitleReputation
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherDutton
ISBN-139781524742904
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Adult, Adult Fiction, New Adult, Suspense, Womens Fiction

Reputation Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Three, this book bring out the split personalities hidden inside me by dividing my opinions into two different perspectives. One POV of mine enjoyed this book and the other hated it because she wanted to punish all those characters for being so superficial, shallow, unrealistic like they’re running out of a long time soap opera and accidentally jump into this book’s pages, hello guys get out of this book and go hang out with CW series’ characters stars!This is the first for me to hav Three, this book bring out the split personalities hidden inside me by dividing my opinions into two different perspectives. One POV of mine enjoyed this book and the other hated it because she wanted to punish all those characters for being so superficial, shallow, unrealistic like they’re running out of a long time soap opera and accidentally jump into this book’s pages, hello guys get out of this book and go hang out with CW series’ characters stars!This is the first for me to have second thoughts about my decision. I liked and I hated this book. If you ask me “why”, please keep on reading:UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BOOING THESE CHARACTERS:When I read this book, some parts are really entertained me so much, I laughed till my tears overflew (of course they were evil laughs, don’t you expect anything different from me?) But some parts made me wish to be one of the characters on this book so I can use my hands and punches to give an amazing slap show to those caricaturistic characters. And what about those male characters! It hurts my mouth to pronounce them as heroes! They are useless extras of the story, seemed like joined in this book for free meal. Well boys, somebody should fire you! I wish author would have given you more spines so you may have been acting like decent functional human beings.When it comes to the women, most of them (okay all of them) are batshit crazy. I love fierce, passionate, genius evil women characters but those are mostly just pure evil, irritating and annoying ones.SATISFYING BLURB: The story was intriguing which made me dive into as soon as I read the blurb. By hacking of university emails, revealed all those secrets, lies, forbidden affairs, scandals. And one of the surgeon, Dr. Greg Strasser captured the whole attention by becoming the murdered scapegoat (Actually he is real cheater so he is not an innocent, naïve hero you may pity) And his wife Kit is number one suspect of his murder. So her estranged sister comes back to town and save her sister’s reputation.Using Taylor Swift’s Reputation album’s song names for the chapters was interesting choice to attract YA’s attention to this book.BENDING TWISTS GIVES YOU VERTIGO ATTACKS:There are too many twists, never see it coming kind of sucker punches, surprises which made you not to put down the book from your hands and try to make peace with those unrelatable characters. At least pacing is okay and author knows how to keep your curiosity rekindle. But when I learn whodunit at the end I just say: “Hmm! Okay”. It didn’t affect me as I expected and shook me to the core.SUMMARY:It was not one of my worst reading experiences, some parts were so enjoyable and this is my first waltz with this other. I didn’t read “Pretty Little Liars” and watched only a few episodes of TV series adaption but I didn’t root for it. Some clichés, over exaggerated parts and superficial characterization made me cut points. I wish I could give more stars because there is so much potential in this book and thankfully I never got bored when I was reading it. I just got annoyed, that was all.But I plan to read more of her upcoming words because it can be seen that author could write real entertaining thriller stories. I’m sure I could find something fits more of my expectations.Special thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group Dutton to provide me ARC COPY in exchange my honest review.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    A hacker exposes secrets .... the cat is out of the bag for all those who have their private emails exposed for all to see! This book had some Mr. Robot (a T.V. series) vibes. I loved the series and the chaos the hackers would unleash. In the book, a prominent surgeon, Greg Strausser is murdered. Could it be some kind of payback or revenge?  Maybe he pissed someone off?Who has a motive? Greg's wife, Kit was pretty upset over his indiscretion. And who is this Lolita  person?Plenty of secrets in this soap opera of a who-dmurdered. Couldsome Mr. A hacker exposes secrets .... the cat is out of the bag for all those who have their private emails exposed for all to see! This book had some Mr. Robot (a T.V. series) vibes. I loved the series and the chaos the hackers would unleash. In the book, a prominent surgeon, Greg Strausser is murdered. Could it be some kind of payback or revenge?  Maybe he pissed someone off?Who has a motive? Greg's wife, Kit was pretty upset over his indiscretion. And who is this Lolita  person?Plenty of secrets in this soap opera of a who-dunnit. I enjoyed the way the author weaved the story with many suspects that could have done it!Some good cliff-hangers and twists. This one kept me guessing and changing my mind as to who the villain was. Just enough U turns to keep my engaged!Thanks to NG  for my review copy! This one is out on December 3, 2019
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out really strong for me. I loved the description! A huge university getting hacked. All the previous faculty and student emails are out there for the world to see. Ekkkk, can you imagine if the general public had access to every email you wrote?! Dear god, there would be hell to pay. Yet some people were exposed more than others- scandals, affairs, shopping habits, you name it they are out there. I especially enjoyed the catty sarcastic behavior of Lynn right from the start. This book started out really strong for me. I loved the description! A huge university getting hacked. All the previous faculty and student emails are out there for the world to see. Ekkkk, can you imagine if the general public had access to every email you wrote?! Dear god, there would be hell to pay. Yet some people were exposed more than others- scandals, affairs, shopping habits, you name it they are out there. I especially enjoyed the catty sarcastic behavior of Lynn right from the start. She is skimming through Facebook judging all her friends. It actually was quite funny being privy to her inner thoughts that were " not so nice" yet, you know we are all a little guilty of that! As the drama from the emails continue to build one of the main victims of the hack- with the most popular views of his email ( because they were really steamy) is murdered. Now this is a book! The suspects were endless because he has made quite a great deal of enemies with these emails. Like I said this book started out really strong for me.I can't believe as a thriller lover I am going to say this...but this book just had too many twists for me. Literally every single character had a major mouth dropping twist or secret that they were hiding. At first I was gasping at reveal after reveal. Then it lost its shock value for me personally. The twists kept coming all the way until the end and I should have been shocked by them but instead I was just like uhhh meh....I began to feel like I was watching a daytime soap where it just got out of control crazy twists. I think I was "all shocked out" by the end. With that being said many, many people will be sure to love this!I did enjoy the book and I am glad that I read it, it is just a little too dramatic for me to personally rate it higher.Thank you so much to Dutton books for this ARC via Netgalley!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Reading books by Sara Shepard is a pleasure that I do not feel the slightest bit guilty about. *Many thanks to the author for providing my signed review copy. I shall treasure it forever and ever.
  • Cathi - LovesBooksMore
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐Book Review ⭐Reputation by Sara Shepherd 2/5 Stars**I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** I’m a little embarrassed to admit I couldn’t finish this book. But I have a rule with myself “Life is too short to read bad books or drink bad wine”. This fit the bill. There was a big internet scandal at the university. Students, alumni and staff all affected. Coverups ensued leading to murder. Secrets revealed. More secrets attempt ⭐️Book Review ⭐️Reputation by Sara Shepherd 2/5 Stars**I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** I’m a little embarrassed to admit I couldn’t finish this book. But I have a rule with myself “Life is too short to read bad books or drink bad wine”. This fit the bill. There was a big internet scandal at the university. Students, alumni and staff all affected. Coverups ensued leading to murder. Secrets revealed. More secrets attempted to be covered up. It was just too much. Almost like reading a soap opera. I am saving it on my Kindle for my 18yr old daughter to read. Honestly, maybe I’m not the age range for this?? (40-45 yr old)
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Campy, fun & a great whodunnit! Touching on important topics relevant to the #MeToo era while also not taking itself too seriously, Reputation is really the thriller I needed from 2019! Having been a mega fan of Shepard’s since the first Pretty Little Liars Book (and corresponding 10+ after), I was excited to delve into the deliciousness that is Reputation! Opening with a prologue named for a Taylor Swift song (she does have an album named Reputation after all), the plot is soon revealed to Campy, fun & a great whodunnit! Touching on important topics relevant to the #MeToo era while also not taking itself too seriously, Reputation is really the thriller I needed from 2019! Having been a mega fan of Shepard’s since the first Pretty Little Liars Book (and corresponding 10+ after), I was excited to delve into the deliciousness that is Reputation! Opening with a prologue named for a Taylor Swift song (she does have an album named Reputation after all), the plot is soon revealed to us alongside a cast characters who all seem to have a motive for the crime, but who is the one who actually followed through with...murder? I can honestly say until pages before the reveal, I had so many suspects in mind and enjoyed hedging my bets as I continued reading and the reveal was not an out of left field end which can be infuriating. With thrillers a dime a dozen nowadays, this one was really a fun ride, which is quite refreshing. Thank you to Dutton Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    This was quite a ride to be honest. Reputation concentrates around kit and her family. Her father is the president of a ivy university and when the university is hacked everyone’s business is out for everyone to see. Affairs, gossip, everything is there on the website for everyone to look up by name.Kit is married to a highly respected doctor when the hack happens. Her family is now thrust in the spotlight over what is in Greg’s emails. He has been having an affair, but the emails ar This was quite a ride to be honest. Reputation concentrates around kit and her family. Her father is the president of a ivy university and when the university is hacked everyone’s business is out for everyone to see. Affairs, gossip, everything is there on the website for everyone to look up by name.Kit is married to a highly respected doctor when the hack happens. Her family is now thrust in the spotlight over what is in Greg’s emails. He has been having an affair, but the emails are full of vulgar sexual content with someone he is seeing. When Greg is murdered everything starts to spin and you have so many theories and motives for people to have murdered Greg.Now this does center around the #metoo movement as there are several discussions of rape in this book. There are a few scenes that go into detail so be cautious if that’s something you don’t want to read about.I honestly didn’t expect to love this one as much as I did but as you read the first few chapters everything unfolds so fast and the drama jumps out. I loved how Sarah didn’t wait half the book to start the hack and drama, they jumped right out with it.While I appreciate the me too movement discussions in the book and the conversations that were had. The book also talked about reputations and how much we as a society gossip and care what people think of us and our families. We feel we have to have the fancy houses and the nice cars and be this perfect image while we can be suffering from so much behind closed doors. This was a real eye opener for that type of conversation and how perfection isn’t something that needs to be looked up too.The writing in the book is sometimes repetitive as you have multiple point of views and I personally hate that but it was done fairly well.One aspect I hated and this is why it wasn’t five stars for me is it felt somewhat like drama being played out on tv. While I sympathized with some of the characters it just felt scripted and forced. The ending all came together in a neat little bow which felt really unrealistic to me.Overall I give this four point five stars because while it felt like a tv show it was hella entertaining and I was honestly intrigued as to who actually killed Greg and why. I can say I never expected the ending and who did it so I give the book prompts for not being predictable as I somewhat have come to expect with mysteries.Trigger Warning - Body shaming, Murder, Grief, Talk of suicide, Molestation, Rape, Domestic Abuse
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fun from start to finish; a soapy ride. I've only read Sara Shepard's THE ELIZAS, but my guess is to readers/fans of hers this will read more like a grownup Pretty Little Liars than The Elizas; good for those for whom The Elizas was too weird/noir. Shepard's has a gift with ultra-specific yet mainstream/normative characters that she gets you to care about, and interweaving multiple narratives/twists. The main story of the hack is compelling, but then it's the murder that lands like This book is fun from start to finish; a soapy ride. I've only read Sara Shepard's THE ELIZAS, but my guess is to readers/fans of hers this will read more like a grownup Pretty Little Liars than The Elizas; good for those for whom The Elizas was too weird/noir. Shepard's has a gift with ultra-specific yet mainstream/normative characters that she gets you to care about, and interweaving multiple narratives/twists. The main story of the hack is compelling, but then it's the murder that lands like a gut punch and drives the rest of the book. I loved all the layers with each character POV, and the twists. I did feel like there were two potential dropped plots--one I strongly wonder if it was there as the original twist/killer and dropped when a different conclusion was decided on, and the other is minor but feels like a missed opportunity for a final gut punch. But those are quibbles.(view spoiler)[But I'll say it here in case anyone else felt the same: I feel like Paul was the original killer? He had a motive--wanting more money/credit for ghostwriting after his young wife cleaned him out in the divorce. He gets really angry a few times, out of nowhere, with Willa. And literally what purpose does he serve in the story, otherwise? He shows up to help investigate and then... disappears and is no longer important in the last third. I say he was the original killer or one of the strong red herrings, and it was dropped. (that Willa never once suspects him is weird) I also was expecting a final wham-bam punch at the very end, re: finding out who raped Willa. Early on, I speculated it was Martin. Imagine if that had happened? Would have been more chilling. Shrug. (hide spoiler)]I would add some trigger warnings for certain readers. (view spoiler)[The book deals with sexual assault and edges into #MeToo, and some readers may find two particular scenes disturbing. One is a role-play that edges into questionable consent (and sexual assault); the other is a flashback/reference to a past rape. Neither is particularly graphic BUT the mere description of certain aspects may be upsetting for readers who have been in similar situations. Additionally, there is a storyline involving an adult in a position of power taking advantage of a teenage girl. Read with caution. (hide spoiler)]Also I will say that the treatment of the one and only character of color in the book was... a choice. YMMV.Recommended if you want a fun, frothy read with some compelling characters and good twists. I felt wrapped up in the world, and was turning pages to find out what happened.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON DECEMBER 2.An e-mail hack at a prestigious college reeked havoc on the campus of Aldrich University.The hack exposed every single e-mail that administrators, doctors, faculty, and students had written.The e-mails revealed secret affairs, unsavory situations, and other juicy details.  I do need to warn the reader, though, that there are some unsettling, upsetting situations.REPUTATION is a roller coast of a read with a cover t FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON DECEMBER 2.An e-mail hack at a prestigious college reeked havoc on the campus of Aldrich University.The hack exposed every single e-mail that administrators, doctors, faculty, and students had written.The e-mails revealed secret affairs, unsavory situations, and other juicy details.  I do need to warn the reader, though, that there are some unsettling, upsetting situations.REPUTATION is a roller coast of a read with a cover that doesn't seem to fit with the story inside as well as a cover I'm not particularly fond of. 4/5This book was given to be by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. When it comes to reading a Sara Shepard book, I definitely expect some soapy, crazy drama and Reputation did not disappoint on that front. Full review to come.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐Reputation is Sara Shepard's upcoming release, and this one is an adult novel with all the drama and deceit you could hope for. This book is fairly twisty (a little too twisty at times, in my opinion), and it was very fun to figure out who the killer was. I suspected everyone. I did have a pretty good guess, but really enjoyed sorting it out. About being a little too twisty - there was just a bit of overkill on the twists. It took me out of the book at some points because it was 3.5⭐Reputation is Sara Shepard's upcoming release, and this one is an adult novel with all the drama and deceit you could hope for. This book is fairly twisty (a little too twisty at times, in my opinion), and it was very fun to figure out who the killer was. I suspected everyone. I did have a pretty good guess, but really enjoyed sorting it out. About being a little too twisty - there was just a bit of overkill on the twists. It took me out of the book at some points because it was far-fetched. It wasn't bad, I just wish it would have been a little more of a straightforward story. The characters were not very likeable, which was to be expected. Too many characters were given POV chapters, and it was difficult to keep track of who everyone was sometimes. One character in particular drove me crazy because they kept making these fucked up comparisons. For example, a character doing something bad was compared to another character being raped because they both had to "live with it". NO. One is an active choice, one is fucking rape. This was gross. Reputation is an entertaining book, but I had to few too many issues with it that kept me from loving it.
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  • Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS. Thank you so much to Dutton for the gifted ARC of Reputation! Talk about a juicy drama-filled thriller 😳🙌🏼 This was the perfect book to get me out of my reading slump because it was a lighter thriller that was so incredibly entertaining. This book was filled with so many secrets and a ton of gossip, which made it the ultimate guilty-pleasure book. What I liked most about this book was that although there were a ton of characters, you really get to know and understand them by the end of 4 STARS. Thank you so much to Dutton for the gifted ARC of Reputation! Talk about a juicy drama-filled thriller 😳🙌🏼 This was the perfect book to get me out of my reading slump because it was a lighter thriller that was so incredibly entertaining. This book was filled with so many secrets and a ton of gossip, which made it the ultimate guilty-pleasure book. ⁣⁣What I liked most about this book was that although there were a ton of characters, you really get to know and understand them by the end of the book. This worked really well in this book because not getting to know all the characters fully until the very end made it that much harder to figure out the mystery. I also really enjoyed the fundamental aspects of the plot because it definitely had Pretty Little Liars/The Perfectionists vibes, which I loved 👌🏼 I’m always a sucker for thrillers filled with a ton of drama and this one was no exception.⁣⁣The only issue I had with this one was that it was pretty slow in the beginning and I had a hard time getting in to it. This did slightly affect my overall reading experience because I found it pretty slow the first 35% of the book, but after that I was fully immersed in the story. Even though it was slow in the beginning, the ending was epic and definitely made up for it. My jaw actually dropped at one of the plot twists because I truly would have never guessed it 😱⁣⁣Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to you guys! It was such a fun read and I can see a lot of people really enjoying this one. Reputation will be published December 3rd so make sure you go grab a copy! 🤓
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  • Alex findingmontauk1
    January 1, 1970
    This book is SO good! Fans of Sara Sheparad will not be disappointed. I love how it is kind of like Pretty Little Liars for ADULTS. I mean, I am an adult and also enjoyed PLL. But the situations these characters are in are definitely more adult-oriented than what the teens in PLL go through. This book has mystery, adultery, secrets, murder, sex, and all sorts of other fun madness. I will never recommend this one enough to any thriller or domestic suspense fan. I had such a great time with it and This book is SO good! Fans of Sara Sheparad will not be disappointed. I love how it is kind of like Pretty Little Liars for ADULTS. I mean, I am an adult and also enjoyed PLL. But the situations these characters are in are definitely more adult-oriented than what the teens in PLL go through. This book has mystery, adultery, secrets, murder, sex, and all sorts of other fun madness. I will never recommend this one enough to any thriller or domestic suspense fan. I had such a great time with it and could barely put it down. This is definitely the type of book I could see in my head playing like a movie or TV series. But that is one of Shepard's gifts; it seems everything she writes is pure gold for the screen! Reputation is NO exception. From underdogs to unreliable narrators/characters, this book has everything you could want in a suspense thriller. 5 stars - HIGHLY recommended and I hope everyone has a chance to pick this one up!
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In this perfectly-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, the women of a t When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In this perfectly-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, the women of a tight-knit college-town learn through gossip, scandal, betrayal, and even murder, who their neighbours and husbands really are.Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumours and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.Told from multiple points of view, Reputation is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It's a story of intrigue, sabotage, and the secrets we keep—and how far we go to keep them hidden. Number one bestseller Sara Shepard is at the top of her game in this brand-new adult novel.This is a lovely twisty-turny book that screams for a number of sequels - I live in a University City (65-70k w/students, staff at the various campuses and hospitals and faculty out of 390k but it seems like more than that !) as and can imagine that fur that would fly if its emails got out into the public. The University keeps the city alive as it seems like every other business has to do with them (or the Chartered Bank/Life Insurance) and secrets like those getting out are certainly grounds for murder.The book is expertly crafted and the plot twists are amazing - it was one of those books where I had to remember to breathe while reading! Having never read "'Pretty Little Liars" this book makes me want to check out miss Shepard's oeuvre. Fabulous book - that I am foisting on my book clubs as we have university-related people in all nine book clubs that I am running at the moment!As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 📚📚📚📚📚
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  • Nicole Overmoyer
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, when life is crap for one reason or many reasons, I like to relax with books I’d filed under the sub-genre of Rich People Problems. Some people might find these sorts of books boring, and I sometimes do. But sometimes, when my mood is right – and by that I do mean grumpy and grouchy, I do get a pick-me-up from indulging in the lives of Rich People Problems. This works for fiction, especially, because actual rich people often get away with too much in real life.I read Reput Sometimes, when life is crap for one reason or many reasons, I like to relax with books I’d filed under the sub-genre of Rich People Problems. Some people might find these sorts of books boring, and I sometimes do. But sometimes, when my mood is right – and by that I do mean grumpy and grouchy, I do get a pick-me-up from indulging in the lives of Rich People Problems. This works for fiction, especially, because actual rich people often get away with too much in real life.I read Reputation by Sara Shepard in September, three months before it’s release. (Why not get ahead on some NetGalley ARCS, right? Especially when I’m so behind.) I need something different to read, after a heavy memoir, so I picked it. And I picked right. For the most part.Reputation is the story of Aldrich University, a fictional almost-Ivy League college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You know it’s almost-Ivy because Aldrich gets hacked, along with the Ivies, as Shepard points out time and time again. It seems like a very important point and, to be fair, it more or less is. It creates a culture and setting without placing a ridiculous amount of scandal in a non-fictional university. Which probably is important if you don’t want to get sued by ‘Ivies.’Anyway, a hack. Someone hacks the databases connected to the school (and to the hospital associated with it… see? prestigious setting). Everything gets posted online. Who’s dealing cocaine to their students, who’s sleeping with who, who’s got gambling debts up to their eyeballs, who’s been assaulted at drunken frat parties… all of it.The book, to it’s credit, focuses for the most part on the adults and not on the students. Before I started I saw that Sara Shepard wrote/created Pretty Little Liars so it was a nice surprise to have a more adult mystery/thriller. Focusing on the adults also means you jump right into a wild world of romantic shenanigans. I mean, the book starts with Kit Manning-Strasser, daughter of president of Aldrich University, star of the fundraising department (adorably called the Giving Department… Rich People Problems, I tell ya), and wife of the renowned cardiac surgeon at the hospital, drunkenly toying with the idea of a one-night stand with a smooth-talker met in a hotel bar. Kit has all sorts of problems… dead husbands, unfaithful husbands, daughters with secrets, a bad relationship with her sister, and an absolutely awful taste in men.This makes for excellent reading, if you’re in the mood to perk yourself up reading about someone else’s absolute train-wreck of a life. And she’s fictional, so no lives were actually harmed in the making of this fantastically wild ride.The Strasser part of Kit’s name comes from Dr. Greg Strasser – renowned cardiac surgeon and lothario of Aldrich University and the ritzy neighborhoods that house it’s people.Greg winds up dead (as the Goodreads blurb tells you so don’t yell at me about spoilers) and most of the book focuses on the sundry ways he was a creep. Wooing the wife of his dying patient, upping the wooing in the moments after said patient dies on the operating table, being a grouch on a fancy vacation in Barbados when his college student stepdaughter rejects his skeevy advances, sleeping with a nurse (or a few nurses), more or less stalking one of them, paying for a friend of his stepdaughter to attend Aldrich… apparently because he need a charity project and she’s from the wrong side of the tracks… and the list goes on.Really, you walk away with the idea that murder couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.How the story wraps up, though, with the reveal of his murderer falls flat (and literally everyone was a suspect at one point, literally everyone). It’s too… perfect. Too much of a forced happily ever after. So, in the end, Reputation comes so close to being pretty damn good and just doesn’t quite make it.Three Things It Does WrongThe ending. The happily-ever-after for people that seems forced and… too easy. Nobody walks away from all that happened at Aldrich with any lasting damage. It’s not very believable.The overuse of a toxic woman trope, in that most of the book is centered on women being awful to each other. (Somebody gets drugged, somebody sleeps with a friend’s husband, somebody cons people to get rich… it’s all there and it’s not always enjoyable.)Stereotypes. So many stereotypes. (And I realize I’m saying that while admitting to enjoying reading about people suffering but… they’re fictional, they don’t mind.) The wrong-side-of-the-tracks character is stereotyped in every way possible except having an meth or opiod addiction.Three Things It Does RightShepard does a fantastic job at giving everyone (again, literally everyone) a believable motive for wanting Greg Strasser dead. This makes for a compelling mystery.Though not always handling it with the tact and sensitivity it might deserve, Reputation does confront issues like the rape culture on college campuses and the effect that such a culture has on survivors long after they graduation.I don’t think the book takes itself too seriously. In the notes after the book, Shepard says she initially developed the idea for television and that might account both for some of it’s faults as a novel and for some of it’s merits as a quick, fun way to escape into someone else’s problems.⭐⭐⭐I received a copy of Reputation through NetGalley and Dutton in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Chelsea Hofmann
    January 1, 1970
    You know the type of book you can’t put down? The ending of each chapter leads you right into the next, and before you know it you’ve read the entire book and it’s 3 am? As someone who works in higher education the theme of this book caught my eye right away. A scandal where everyone’s email gets hacked and they’re out there for the world to see? That is a nightmare, and in this book, that nightmare leads to a murder.This book has so many different characters and they are all interes You know the type of book you can’t put down? The ending of each chapter leads you right into the next, and before you know it you’ve read the entire book and it’s 3 am? As someone who works in higher education the theme of this book caught my eye right away. A scandal where everyone’s email gets hacked and they’re out there for the world to see? That is a nightmare, and in this book, that nightmare leads to a murder.This book has so many different characters and they are all interesting and leave you wanting more. Unlike Shepard’s other books, Reputation is full of adult protagonists and has more adult themes than the Pretty Little Liars series. It follows Kit Manning-Strasser, a givings manager at Aldrich University. Once the email hack takes place, Kit and others are thrown into chaos and Kit’s husband is found dead. Sara Shepard is a goddess. Ever since her very first book I have been hooked. I love the way she leads you in one direction but in the end, your mouth is hanging open and you’re wondering if you were part of the story the entire time.
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  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
    January 1, 1970
    I am absolutely loving Reputation by author Sara Shepard! So interesting and has yet to disappoint! Will update with full review closer to publication date! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Reputation is a standalone adult mystery/thriller. I don't know why I thought that this book was Young Adult. It is not!I was obsessed with the Pretty Little Liars television series when it aired. And have read a few of the author's previous books. So I was excited when I saw that she had a new mystery novel.The book is centered around Aldrich University (Ivy League school) and involves hacking.The story takes place in 2017 and is set in Pittsburgh. There are Reputation is a standalone adult mystery/thriller. I don't know why I thought that this book was Young Adult. It is not!I was obsessed with the Pretty Little Liars television series when it aired. And have read a few of the author's previous books. So I was excited when I saw that she had a new mystery novel.The book is centered around Aldrich University (Ivy League school) and involves hacking.The story takes place in 2017 and is set in Pittsburgh. There are multiple first person female narrators: Kit, Lynn, Raina, Laura and Willa. Kit is 39 years old. She works at the Aldrich Charitable Giving Department. She is married to Greg and has two teenage girls (Sienna and Aurora). And is the university President's daughter. Lynn is married and works with Kit. Raina is a university student and is friends with Sienna. Laura is a nurse. She is married to policeman Ollie and has a new baby. Willa is Kit's sister.All of these people are connected. And everybody has a lot of secrets. The book is divided into two parts. And part one ends with a shocker.At first I wasn't sure if five narrators was too many. You don't get overly invested in any one narrator. But each person was fascinating. And it was interesting to get each point of view.There was so much happening in this book. I was very curious to see how the author would wrap things up and who the guilty party would be.There were definitely a lot of reveals that I did not see coming. And I was satisfied with the ending. Overall this was an intriguing story with a lot happening.Thanks to edelweiss and Dutton for allowing me to read this book.
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  • amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warnings: Rape, Sexual AssaultMild 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 Trigger Warnings: Rape, Sexual AssaultMild 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??Very important factors to this book felt cobbled and rushed.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.Thanks very much to Netgalley and Penguin Group Dutton for this ARC in exchange for my fair review. Please check out my blog for more awesome reviews such as this! https://aelilyreads.home.blog/
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  • McYang
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, drugging, disturbing sexual encounters I am a fan of shows like Dynasty and Greenleaf, so of course I requested Shepard’s latest book and spent a weekend with a bad cold and this uncomfortable book. I love books with scandal, and anti-heroes, but this book crossed a few lines for me. I’m surprised I finished it and I can’t say it improved anything by doing so. Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, drugging, disturbing sexual encounters I am a fan of shows like Dynasty and Greenleaf, so of course I requested Shepard’s latest book and spent a weekend with a bad cold and this uncomfortable book. I love books with scandal, and anti-heroes, but this book crossed a few lines for me. I’m surprised I finished it and I can’t say it improved anything by doing so.The book follows a group of women, each offering their POV in relation to a number of incidents, these include and grand scale email hack of ivy universities where they work/attend school, a murder, and the ensuing investigation.That’s a lot of stuff right there, but Shepard threw in one shocking twist and reveal after another to the point for my head was spinning - what started out as an intriguing (and very entertaining premise) quickly spiraled into the absurd. Throw in some uncomfortable rape scenes, women drugging one another, and a whole lot of #metoo dialogues and it became a hot mess.But I have some real beef here - spoiler warning - toward the end a teenage girl is brutally assaulted in an attempt to extort someone. While an earlier rape destroys the life of one character and is explored in depth, this particular assault is just brushed off by both the character and the author, in fact it becomes a “haha, I’m going to use it to keep my husband in line you naughty people” kind of thing and I was so deeply upset by this. Later on, you read it’s not affected the rape victim at all, in fact it’s a boon for her bc of what she gets out of it. That’s not how it works!!! And it’s so insanely insulting to them spend all this time on an older woman who is having her own #metoo moment. I seriously hope the editors do something with this before it’s published. Another spoiler - was the daughter sexually active with her stepfather? Or was it just kinky emails? Why isn’t this talked about? Is she in therapy? My gosh, it’s all enough to cause a nervous breakdown - real people can’t handle this!So I give it a two bc it will sell to the new adult crowd, maybe, but the rape stuff is handled in a way that I hope disappoints everyone.
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  • Deborah Marie
    January 1, 1970
    ***an early copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest reviewAn adult version of the Pretty Little Liars series? Um, yes please!I have been indulging in Sara Shepard’s books since I was in high school (so for about 14 years now!), so naturally, I immediately hit the request button as soon as I saw Reputation pop up on Netgalley. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw that I had been approved for an arc of it, and as ***an early copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest reviewAn adult version of the Pretty Little Liars series? Um, yes please!I have been indulging in Sara Shepard’s books since I was in high school (so for about 14 years now!), so naturally, I immediately hit the request button as soon as I saw Reputation pop up on Netgalley. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw that I had been approved for an arc of it, and as soon as I got home from work, I immediately snuggled into bed with a cup of coffee and my kindle and dove right into the book and I was instantly hooked.Sara Shepard has a way of drawing you into her books and making it so that they are nearly impossible to put down until you reach the very end, and Reputation was no exception.Reputation is told from multiple POV’s and is centered around a rich community in a college town filled with mystery, secrets, adultery, deception, betrayals, and the depths to which people will go to to hide who they really are and protect their reputations.This book starts off with a hack that reveals hidden emails filled with secrets, some of them quite dark, which leads to a murder and then the real chaos begins.Following the murder, the remainder of the story is set up to uncover two mysteries: who the murderer was, and who hacked the email system and why. Uncovering the mystery of who did each, and why, and what the motive was, and if it was even the same person for both, made for thrilling ride, and every time you think you have it figured out, another shocking twist will be thrown into the story. The entire time I was reading, I was completely engaged in the story and everything that was going on, as I was desperate to know who dun it and how it would all unravel at the end!This book was a fun, juicy, soapy ride full of twists and turns from start to finish, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Sara Shepard book!Sara Shepard is a master at crafting juicy, scandalous stories that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you’re reading, and I am glad that I made the choice to pick this book up, as she continues to surprise me with how everything unravels in the end in her stories.I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Sara Shepard’s previous books, especially the Pretty Little Liars series. Although I would like to add that readers go into this one with some caution, because although it is very similar in nature to to the Pretty Little Liars series in some ways, it is very much an adult oriented novel, and there are some particularly sexual graphic scenes that may be very disturbing to some readers. I would like to especially add a trigger warning for sexual assault.Overall, another fun read from Sara Shepard and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next!trigger warnings: sexual assault; sexual content
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of Reputation from Goodreads! This is a wonderfully suspenseful murder mystery that starts with a prestigious university getting hacked. When everyone's emails are made public, secrets and scandals are revealed and reputations are ruined. The story is told from several POVs but it was still easy to follow because it's obvious from the start how everyone is connected. Most of these characters are terrible people who do terrible things but a few have some redeeming qualities too. I ca I won an ARC of Reputation from Goodreads! This is a wonderfully suspenseful murder mystery that starts with a prestigious university getting hacked. When everyone's emails are made public, secrets and scandals are revealed and reputations are ruined. The story is told from several POVs but it was still easy to follow because it's obvious from the start how everyone is connected. Most of these characters are terrible people who do terrible things but a few have some redeeming qualities too. I can usually guess where a book like this is going but the author does a great job of making it seem like almost any of the characters could be the killer! There are several disturbing sexual scenes including an assault so this isn't something I would recommend to teens. It's an exciting page-turner that reminds me of an R-rated, grown up version of One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. The ending totally surprised me! I think this will be a big hit when it comes out next month and it's definitely the kind of book I could see being adapted for a TV show or a movie.
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    This twisty book full of secrets kept me constantly guessing and surprised me often. This fast paced, soapy, mystery was told from multiple POV after a prestigious university gets their emails hacked and everyone’s secrets are exposed. These leaked emails lead to a murder but with so many suspects who can you believe?! Some books with multiple POV can be confusing and hard to track but not Sara Shepard, each voice was distinctive and dealing with something different which was set off by the emai This twisty book full of secrets kept me constantly guessing and surprised me often. This fast paced, soapy, mystery was told from multiple POV after a prestigious university gets their emails hacked and everyone’s secrets are exposed. These leaked emails lead to a murder but with so many suspects who can you believe?! Some books with multiple POV can be confusing and hard to track but not Sara Shepard, each voice was distinctive and dealing with something different which was set off by the email leak. The whole second half I was unable to put down, flipping as fast as my eyes could read. If you enjoy books with tons of drama and twists make sure you check this one out Thank you to netgalley and penguin group Dutton for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the Penguin Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review the E-Arc copy of Reputation.Sara Shepard has always been a great writer of campy, mystery filled with drama. The rumors, affair, and murder all make this book a twisty fun thriller that you won't want to stop reading. It is a MPOV book which does add to the different pacing of the mystery. It gives a more who could it be aspect with this plot.#Reputation#NetGalley
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  • Jessica Baillie
    January 1, 1970
    Reputation was a story of a college town rocked by scandal. It begins with a college email system being hacked, secrets, betrayals, cover ups, and affairs all come out of this hack. The author tells the story through multiple points of view and moves through time and the fall out of the scandal through the eyes of each of these characters. Pretty quickly, following the hack a murder occurs. The remainder of the story is set up to discover who the murder was and who hacked the email system. Are t Reputation was a story of a college town rocked by scandal. It begins with a college email system being hacked, secrets, betrayals, cover ups, and affairs all come out of this hack. The author tells the story through multiple points of view and moves through time and the fall out of the scandal through the eyes of each of these characters. Pretty quickly, following the hack a murder occurs. The remainder of the story is set up to discover who the murder was and who hacked the email system. Are they the same person? Was the motive the same? The story moves at a fast pace, you will find yourself feeling every emotion - especially anger and fear! It drew me in immediately and I had a hard time putting it down, I was desperate to know who dun it! Sara Shepard is a master thriller story teller! I will be telling all of my thriller fan friends to get their hands on this one in December! The ending was incredibly satisfying and she wrapped up each character beautifully!
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  • Moira
    January 1, 1970
    This was a slow burn that picks up and leaves your head spinning. It’s a twisty thriller that unfolds through 4 different POVs and leaves you guessing and changing your mind every chapter. It’s got it all: murder, scandal, scammers, relationship drama, lies and revenge. ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
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  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put this one down.
  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Fun & dramatic- RTC
  • Johnna Whetstone
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book, but also love Pretty little liars. This book was just wow, in my opinion. Well written and chilling, with the right amount of thrills. Kept me turning pages well past bedtime. Look forward to more by this author and in hope this is the beginning of a long series! Will definitely buzz it up!
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  • Christina (Bookwormmommyof3)
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down. Every time I thought I figured it out, another twist was thrown & it definitely was quite the ride. December will bring a scandal, murder, secrets & a line of characters that you don’t know who to believe. Fast paced, stories that could be ripped from the headlines & her writing transcends each time she writes. Thank you so much Sara Shepard for sending me a copy. Published by @duttonbooks & released on December 3rd.
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