4 star reads - Courtney

(Arc) Reputation by Sara Shepard

 

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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.
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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 think 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 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.

Courtney 💛

Trigger Warnings – Body Shaming, Murder, Grief, Talk of Suicide, Molestation, Rape, Domestic Abuse.

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