Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
“If only you’d listened to us, none of this would have happened.”
Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.
But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.
Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives—as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries—will change dramatically as a result.
“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one of Chandler Baker’s Whisper Network, “none of this would have happened.”
About: Whisper Network is a mystery thriller written by Chandler Baker. It will be published on 7/2/2019 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This book is the author’s adult debut. According to the publisher’s website, “Flatiron Books is committed to publishing intelligent fiction and nonfiction with commercial appeal by authors with distinctive voices.” It is “named after the historic building in which the company is housed.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Whisper Network on 6/24/2019 and finished it on 6/30/2019. This book was well written though I started to read expecting thrills in a thriller but I’m left with going through the motions of waiting for when the thrills will begin, all the way up to page 209 out of page 392. The second half is a bit better but I wouldn’t say it was thrilling. This story focuses on the #metoo movement where women come together against men for sexual harassment. They whisper to each other what they went through. Of the four views, I like Ardie best. She’s funny. She said she “gave them a look that would shrivel testicles into raisins” and that really make me smile. She’s real and not pretentious. I don’t like Sloane. She’s a bit of a bully, to her friends at work and husband at home. She just makes decisions and expect everyone to go along with it.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Grace, Director of Compliance as she pumps milk for her newborn and receives the news about their company’s CEO’s untimely death. The second view is Sloane, Senior Vice President as she’s running late to an office meeting from her parenting duties at her daughter’s school. The third view is Rosalita, cleaning lady to where Grace, Ardie, and Sloane works. The fourth view is Ardie, lawyer in tax, who now joins the dating apps at 42 even though all she wants is being married to her ex-husband and sharing life with their adopted son. They all chat about people they work with, especially their boss Ames, General Counsel who could be the next CEO. Between chapters, there are employee statements, courtroom battles, news clippings, interviews, chat messages, etc dating in the past and future. This book started out in the present and then going back to 2 months ago with activities leading up to.
Whisper Network is for the most part, a women’s fiction. It leads on with working mothers in the corporate world against their male counterparts. Women having to deal with children at home and remember to answer questions at work without blaming mother duties. Grace feels resentful when anyone would ask her if she will come back to work after giving birth to her daughter because no one would ask her husband that question. Each chapter begins with discussions about women problems as compared to men. One of the women problems is the complain of injecting chemicals into their face like Botox, as if everyone can afford it. So no, I don’t consider that as my problem. The ending was good. I could guess some but not all. If you enjoy a slow-burning story-building then this book is for you!
Pro: working mothers, corporate lawyers, diversity, work friendship
Con: slow paced, thrill factor is low throughout
I rate it 3.5 stars!
About the Author:
Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college in Pennsylvania, and studied law in Texas, where she now lives with her family and an ever-growing pile of books. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe. In addition to the High School Horror series, Chandler is the author of the young adult novel, Alive.Chandler Baker lives in Austin with her husband and toddler where she also works as a corporate attorney. She is the author of five young adult novels. Whisper Network is her adult debut. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.