Title: Whisper Network
Author: Chandler Baker
Publisher: Sphere, Little Brown UK
Publication Date: 2nd July 2019
‘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 fully expected this book to be good but it was even better than I anticipated. The first thing I loved was the way it is written. Whisper Network is often written in the plural first-person with the sense that the collective ‘we’ means all women. This was so effective and it made me feel like I was part of this fantastic novel. The tone of the prose is also impressive. There is a sort of acerbic feeling to the writing and it is evident from the beginning that this book is not going to hold back in it’s convincing portrayal of women in the workplace.
I found every woman in this book so compelling. None of them felt like stereotypes, they all have so many intriguing layers to their characters. I also feel like sometimes there is an abundance of books about the darker side of friendship, particularly female friendship. I really enjoy these types of books, however it was also really refreshing to read a book where I genuinely felt like there was an atmosphere of women supporting each other and so much of the loyalty that I believe is unique to real female friendship. This type of friendship can be a force of collective good in a world full of sexism, gender pay gaps and the #metoo movement.
Overall I have to say I think Whisper Network is the most accurate and on point representation of the struggles many women are forced to endure in the workplace. The characters are each interesting in their own right but it is the relationships between them that drive the story along with a twisty addictive plot. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which made me feel angry, strong and full of fight and tells an important and much needed story, I would highly recommend it.
I received this e-arc through Netgalley. My review is my own honest opinion.
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
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