Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Reputation by Sara Shepard


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. 

After the hack, one of the surgeons, Greg Strasser, who had his very compromising e-mails revealed is murdered in his home, and that brings more chaos and scandal for the university.  His wife, Kit, is obviously the one who they most likely think killed him since she found him.

Each chapter was headed with a character’s story, and there were quite a few characters that could have been the person on the other end of the surgeon’s e-mails and also be his murderer.

The investigation continues, but no one is arrested even though a few characters are definitely hiding something about their relationship with Greg.

Kit’s sister, Willa, stays after the funeral to do some investigation of her own, but she also recalls an incident that happened years ago to her that was difficult to forget. 

Along with Willa’s recollection there seem to be a lot of folks in this town with secrets they seem to be hiding.  

Every time one of the characters was telling his or her story, they comment about their guilt about something.

Ms. Shepard definitely knows how to keep up the suspense and keep the story intriguing.  You think you know who the murderer is and then it appears you are incorrect.

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. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. ENJOY if you read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. I love a book with secrets and will have to look for this one.

    1. I hope you enjoy it when you read it.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

  3. This sounds timely. The cover makes it look like a gritty story.

    1. I don't like that cover at all.

      Thanks for commenting, Judy.

  4. I love books that take the reader on a roller coaster. Great review!

    1. And it was a roller coaster read. :)

      Enjoy if you read it, Cheryl, and thanks for commenting.

  5. I'll read this one in due course. Cheers

    1. ENJOY when you read it.

      It's good despite the cover.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole.