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Friday, June 28, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ for a title set to release NEXT TUESDAY (July 2, 2019) via Flatiron Books.  It's a work of Fiction with a healthy dose of Mystery Thriller thrown in for a scandalously intriguing time between the pages.  The thing is fictitious as it may be, it COULD happen...which makes it all the more curious.  So, if you're ready, let's get down to business!  Today's title in the spotlight is...

Chandler Baker

About the book...
Four women learn their boss (a man who’s always been surrounded by rumors about how he treats women) is next in line to be CEO—what will happen when they decide enough is enough?

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are four women who 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. Ames is a complicated man, a man they’ve all known for a long time, a man who’s always been surrounded by...whispers. Whispers that have always been ignored by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching Ames’s latest promotion differently. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough. 

Sloane and her colleagues set in motion a catastrophic shift within every floor and department of the Truviv offices. All four women’s 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, “none of this would have happened."


This is a book that certainly holds its secrets until the bitter end...but then again, don't most of us?

It's a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, a story that we've seen played out in various fields in the #metoo movement, a story that should never have to be contemplated as to whether or not it is fact or fiction...and yet, we do.  The women presented here are smart, strong, beautiful, capable, and still fall victim in many ways to the outrageously odious  "charms" of one Ames.  The simple truth is that he was someone with issues that chose to wield his power in the workplace in VERY unethical ways.  He could have chosen the high road.  He could have stopped what he was doing and been happy with the achievements in life he had.  He could have...but he wouldn't.  Sometimes the only way to stop someone like that is to expose them for the degenerate  they are...which leads us to a harder truth.  He may have been able to be stopped several victims ago...if only someone had spoken up.  

Now, it's not their fault that he continued on his twisted path. It's not their fault that other women were subjected to his horrible person in verbal or physical encounters.  Speaking out is never an easy step...but it should be.  There should be a system in place that helps victims like this.  There should be an unbiased response to cases raised of this nature, so as not to single out the victim or the perpetrator, but to get to the truth and stop the violence from whichever direction it is occurring.  I'd love to say that everyone that speaks up is doing so with an honest heart, but in today's world...some are only looking for their five minutes in the spotlight, no matter the cost.  It doesn't mean that EVERY case raised is a false alarm though, and sadly, the majority aren't. 

Here, we have strong female characters that may have fallen prey to unwanted advances, but when things looked like they would become darker still, they were unwilling to be just victims.  They were willing to take on "the man", go against the grain, band together and seek justice, even when things looked to be their worst.  They may fail, true...but they wouldn't do so quietly...and so the ending to their story would be set to a victory song come what may.  Oh, and readers...that song is played loud and clear for many reasons, not least of all the surprising twist near book's end.


About the author...

Copyright Rob Baker; from publisher's site
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.



Special thanks to Amelia at Flatiron Books for the NetGalley invite/access for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release July 2nd, 2019 (as of this post) via Flatiron Books, an imprint of MacMillan Publishers, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Felicity Grace Terry said...

What sounds like a current read with characters I'd really enjoy, I need to investigate this one further. Thanks for a great review Gina.

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