Author: Chandler Baker
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
Release Date: 2 July 2019
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
‘Ms. Sandberg was right about something. We had to lean in. It was the only way to hear the whispers…’
Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the same legal office for years. The sudden death of the firm’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 latest promotion for Ames differently.
This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.
Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion something catastrophic and unstoppable: lies will be uncovered, secrets will be exposed and not everyone will survive. All their lives – as women, colleagues, mothers, adversaries – will be changed for ever.
I got much more than I bargained for by the time I had finished reading this book. I thought this was going to be another twisty thriller type book with a few turns and shock surprises along the way to make the story interesting. Instead, what I actually landed up reading was a really insightful novel into the struggles of women returning to work after having children, the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and how women for years and years have been afraid to speak up for fear of what may happen to their careers, and that although we like to pretend things have changed, the fact remains that there are still too many double standards for men and women when it comes to the above.
Bubbling alongside these huge issues we follow Sloane, Ardie and Grace as they tackle the minefield of their boss dying and what unfolds after this. These three characters, including Roaslita, an unlikely accomplice to the three successful lawyers, all contain something which I think every reader can relate to in one way or another.
This book, as well as dealing with some really tough issues, also has an incredibly gripping storyline with a real shock factor twist at the end. I throughly recommend this book.
About the Author
Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband and young daughter, where in addition to writing, she practices corporate law. Chandler has ghostwritten a series of YA novels that have sold over 1 million copies and Whisper Network is her first adult novel.
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