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Sara Shepard

Biography

Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard is best known for her Pretty Little Liars young adult book series. The series was based roughly on her experiences in Philadelphia's Main Line and was made into a television show on ABC Family in 2010.

Shepard's other book series, The Lying Game, was also made into a show on ABC Family which premiered in August 2011. The series is about identical twins separated at birth that find each other and attempt to find and resolve secrets in their lives and the people around them.

She received her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives with her husband and dogs outside Philadelphia, PA.

Books by Sara Shepard

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 14+
It was the perfect night for a party. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace. When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin's sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can't shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.
by Sara Shepard - Crime, Law, Love & Romance, Youth Fiction

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena's sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

by Sara Shepard - Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn't actually go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned...right?

by Sara Shepard - Fiction

The trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. As the Liars’ lives begin to unravel, the trial approaches an unexpected close, ensuring that nothing in Rosewood will ever be the same.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 12+

Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder. Only, they didn't do it. So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker "A" knows everything. So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A's changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel.

by Sara Shepard - Mystery

 

Sutton Mercer had the perfect life, great friends, and a gorgeous boyfriend…until someone murdered her. Then the killer forced Sutton's long-lost twin sister, Emma, to pretend to be her.Now Sutton can only watch from beyond the grave as Emma frantically tries to figure out who killed her sister, and why. But when Sutton's body is discovered, Emma's time is up—and she becomes the number-one suspect herself.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Relationships, Young Adult 14+

Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead...

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 14+

It's spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we’re both learning just how flawed my family really is.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

After Alison DiLaurentis tried to kill them, Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna tried to get their lives back on track. But these girls just can’t stay out of trouble. First there was their disastrous trip to Jamaica, and their summer breaks were no less eventful. Now a new A is stalking them, taunting them with the very secrets these pretty little liars have been trying to forget. It turns out this A is out for blood.

by Sara Shepard - Young Adult 14+

Sutton Mercer watches from the afterlife as her long-lost twin, Emma Paxton, takes over her identity to solve her murder. But after ruling out her early leads, Emma still hasn’t found Sutton’s killer. A lot of people wanted her dead --- but one name keeps popping up: Thayer Vega.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. Now that Alison’s murderer is in jail and A is dead, Hanna, Emily, Aria and Spencer can finally relax. Little do they know there’s a new A in town.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania --- and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. But nothing compares to what happened last spring break, and now A has found out their darkest secret yet.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction

Sutton Mercer is dead, but only a few people know it. Her long-lost twin, Emma, has stepped into her shoes --- doing her best to flirt with Sutton’s boyfriend, hang with her friends, and live with her family all while tracking down Sutton’s murderer. But the killer wants Emma to keep playing the part of Sutton --- after all, no missing person means no investigation --- and will do anything to make sure Emma toes the line.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped, and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’ disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The pretty little liars have more secrets than ever --- twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Sara Shepard’s new series (following Pretty Little Liars) weaves a mystery of long-lost twins, mistaken identities, a duplicitous circle of friends, and cold-blooded murder.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction

In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie --- and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls. Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily thought that they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Friendship, Mystery
In ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four beautiful girls are hiding very ugly secrets. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily have grown apart since their best friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes, threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. There’s only one person who knows that much about them, but Ali’s gone...isn’t she?