The Collective by Alison Gaylin – Blog Tour Review

Title: The Collective

Author: Alison Gaylin

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Orion

Publication Date: 4th November 2021

Rating: 5/5



How far would a mother go to right a wrong?

Camille Gardner is a grieving mother who, five years after her daughter’s death, is obsessed with the man she believes to be responsible.

Because Camille wants revenge.

Enter: the Collective.

A group of women who desire justice above all else.

A group of women who enact revenge on the men who have wronged them.

But as Camille gets more involved in the group she must decide whether these women are the heroes or the villains.

And if she chooses wrong, will she ever get out alive?


I was completely hooked by the premise of The Collective – a secretive group of woman seeking revenge and justice for their dead children. Pleasingly I can confirm that The Collective completely lived up to my high expectations for it. I was gripped by Camille’s story and her desperate desire to avenge her daughter.

This is a dark story that will get under the skin of any reader. There are no easy answers to the issues of morality and the ‘an eye for an eye’ method of justice. The narrative is almost entirely from Camille’s point of view and her head is a pretty chilling place to be. She is driven by a need for violence and I couldn’t help but feel immense sadness and empathy for her. The plot took some fabulously unexpected turns and, without giving anything away, I was particularly impressed with the confidence and bravery of the ending. The Collective is unflinching, dark and propulsive. I would highly recommend to any reader of crime/thrillers!


Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

Buy the book:

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