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 Heiresses revolves around the five main grand-daughters of a jewellery baron, belonging to a family that is said to be cursed. The story begins with a lot of character introduction, which made me want to reach out for a notebook to keep track of all of them. Once you get past and figure out who the key characters are, the book starts to come off a little like Pretty Little Liars. I know, Sara Shepard’s signature style is mystery and intrigue but the whole secrets getting leaked by an anonymous source did give it a PLL vibe. The difference was, there was a murderer on the loose and everyone around them is suspect. In fact, I grudgingly applaud Shepard for the fact that even if the stories might seem repetitive at first, you can get enough of the plot and the writing. She just knows how to weave mystery so well into the plot that you start doubting each character. Though, of course, all speculations are moot, since it is always someone unexpected at the end. I had all these crazy ideas about who the murderer could and I came close enough, but still didn’t guess properly. Full points for the mystery! The writing shifts POV, as is characteristic of the author’s style and while this wasn’t as personal as it felt during PLL, it came out good enough. A distinct lack of character depth was evident, except in the case of Corrine, who was rendered splendidly. The other women, not so much. Aster, Rowan and Poppy were not written well enough and while I liked Rowan’s frequent walks down the memory lane, it was hard to get a feel of the person. Same with Aster – she is written like Hanna Marin from the PLL series, but without sufficient motivation and cursory backstory.
Having said that, I feel the series has plenty of potential – even with that wonderfully wrapped up ending and the subsequent cliffhanger. I have some guesses as to who that body was, but I think I would rather just wait for the next book. Can’t get enough of Shepard’s writing.
Received an ARC from Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.