Eliza Starts a Rumor, a review by Di

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Eliza Starts a Rumor
Jane L. Rosen

320 pages
Published June 23, 2020 by Berkley Books

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I often defy the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I mean, what can go wrong when a book has a beautiful cover in lovely shades of purple, an aerial shot of a community? But, this time, the cover did not guarantee that I would love this book.

Eliza Starts a Rumor did not knock my socks off. Right from the beginning, there were too many characters. It was hard to keep them straight…..especially when there were four women whose names started with A. Ashley, Amanda (sometimes Mandy), Allison and finally Andie.

I also thought this book tried to cover too many social issues. There was infidelity, social networking, agoraphobia, Me Too, equality of women in the workplace, repressed trauma and of course the required secrets and lies. There was just too much going on.

main storyline, Eliza starting a rumor on a women’s social network site was actually good. It evolved well though it was a bit far fetched. It was all the subplots that became overwhelming. They did intertwine with each other but, to me, it was overboard.

I did enjoy the theme of strong sisterhood among women. There were a lot of problems that the women in this book were experiencing. They always had each other’s backs. The ending did a good job of tying up loose ends but, it was a little bit too tidy.

I didn’t hate the book. I just wish it could have been better. And, I wish I had been able to read it sitting on a warm beach.

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