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Whisper Network 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 bywhispers 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. 3.5 starsWritten as a response to the metoo movement and the various sexual harassment scandals that have made headlines over the past few years, author Chandler Baker s propulsive new book Whisper Network is an interesting look into corporate elite culture and a male dominated work environment where whispers and rumors abound The story s powerful opening line sets the trajectory of the narrative into motion If only you d listened to us, none of this would have happened The narration alternates between the perspectives of 4 women Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Roselita all employees of a fictious sports brand corporation in Dallas called Truviv, Inc who are affected to varying degrees by the sudden death of the company s CEO Desmond Bankole As the next in line to take over the CEO role, Ames Garrett is used to having things go his way in both his personal as well as professional life and is looking towards this highly anticipated promotion to cap a decades long illustrious career Things go according to the expected trajectory for Ames that is, until the whispers that have surrounded him finally come to a head amidst accusations of sexual harassment by the women in his workplace who are tired of their complaints being ignored As Ames world comes crashing down, so too does that of the 4 women who decided to speak up against him, as long held secrets come to light that threaten to hinder their efforts This was an interesting read, also a timely and relevant one given what has been happening in society the past few years The author Chandler Baker did a good job depicting the struggles that many women encounter in the workplace, especially in the corporate environment where majority of the highest ranking executive positions are still largely dominated by men In addition to the core narrative surrounding the 4 women at the center of the story, there were also snippets of police interviews interspersed throughout that provided clues as to some of the events that happen as well as some background information on the characters, which I thought was cleverly done Another aspect that made this story so relatable was the way Baker incorporated real life events into the narrative, things that I had read about in the news such as the spreadsheet that had been circulated around a few months back or had either experienced or witnessed personally in the corporate business world that I ve worked in for many years Sexual harassment can manifest itself in different ways in the workplace, especially in an office setting, where sometimes the lines can easily become blurred or situations such as being subject to a hostile work environment are less recognizable as an offense that can also constitute harassment for me, it was refreshing to finally see an author bring these issues to the forefront in the form of a fictional story, which I feel is powerful in terms of raising awareness than a non fiction format With all that said, the aspect of this book that didn t work too well was classifying it under the mystery thriller genre, as I felt the suspense element was truly lacking throughout the story This was not a book that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what happens and to be honest, the plot was actually quite predictable even the ending I already saw coming and had already worked out most of it by the time I reached that part of the story Regardless though, this was still a worthy read in my opinion, one that has a strong message delivered in a way that hit all the key points but didn t come across as overbearing I m glad I read this and would readily recommend it, especially for those who work in a corporate setting currently Received ARC from Flatiron Books via NetGalley Chandler Baker has written an unflinching must read novel for our times, for every generation of women and girls of a family and perhaps, even pertinent, for every man and boy to read In this story, we are immersed into our MeToo contemporary world, set in Dallas, and the Truviv corporation, and its power structures, politics and culture Four women, Ardie, Sloane and Grace, in house lawyers in the department of North American Legal Affairs, and cleaner Rosalita, a single mom with young son, Saloman, have worked for the company for years Their world is rocked when the current CEO, Desmond Bankole dies suddenly, leaving a vacuum at the top, there are whispers that their boss, the General Counsel, Ames Garrett, is the man most likely to succeed as CEO Perturbed by this possibility and the entry of a new woman into the department, Katherine Bell and her experiences, the women embark on a series of actions that is to have their lives begin to catastrophically unravel after a death.Interwoven into the narrative are snippets of depositions, cross examinations, and police interviews Circulating below the radar in Dallas are rumours of a online network list compiled by women for women of men to beware of Having put up with the arrogant Ames, a manipulative and underhand man, the women have finally reached the point where enough is enough They are a close knit group of women, flawed, but supportive of each other, although their relationships with each other do experience the occasional bad patch Sloane s young socially awkward daughter, Abigail, is being bullied at school and on social media, and Abigail s treatment by senior staff at her school outlines just how differently girls are treated in comparison to boys When it comes to protecting her daughter, Sloane is a fierce and formidable force of nature The police entertain and probe the possibility that a death is murder, and the women find themselves facing a nightmare of a public and corporate PR backlash, one which threatens to destroy and impoverish them in a twisted tale that includes secrets, sexism, discrimination, harrassment, and sexual abuse Baker provides a plethora of rich descriptions and commentary of what women face in corporate environments, a chorus of voices based on real life facts, the whole shebang of real life horrors Then there are the details of what happens to a woman s body and mental health after giving birth through the character of Grace There will be recognition of much of what is laid out in the narrative, it is disturbing just how much of it will resonate, mitigated only slightly by the support found in other courageous women Baker does not shy away from the reality of how some women can make an unbearable situation experienced by other women so much worse Perhaps the scariest and most unsettling aspect is laid out in just how early negative experiences can be embedded in women with the portrayal of young Abigail s treatment by her school This is a smart, thought provoking, and uneasy read, celebrating women s supportive friends and networks, the problems they face negotiating the minefield that is corporate culture and the men that would exploit and take advantage of them A brilliant and relevant read, part thriller, that additionally outlines the impossible pressures society, corporations and women put on themselves to be perfect, without a doubt this is a book that I recommend highly Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC. Listen Whisper Network is a timely and powerful read about four women working in corporate America who band together to stop the whispers and speak up about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace This is part mystery part women s fiction, and part social commentary told through the voices of four women They are done covering for their predator of a boss They hear the whispers that surround him they have been subjects of the gossip Some are his victims, while others have been compliant in covering up his crimes Their jobs, reputations, and marriages are at stake so they pretend nothing ever happened They just try and function day to day without focusing on what was done to them or still being done to them They are vulnerable, real, and raw They aren t always the best people, but when it comes time to stand up for one another, they take charge.They decide to stop whispering and speak up While they were prepared to have to defend themselves in the process of speaking up, what they weren t prepared to face was being accused of murder I have to say I didn t love these characters they are not the most likable, but they grew on me By the end, I felt like I knew them and I was surprised by how emotional I was reading the final pages Whisper Network offers an honest look at how women are treated in the workplace Not only by how they are treated by men, but also how women treat one another This is an important and provocative read about the power of speaking up for those who don t have a voice Our legacy would be our words Shouted out loud For all to hear We were done petitioning to be believed We were finished requesting the benefit of the doubt We weren t asking for permission The floor was ours I won a copy of this book in a GR giveaway 4.5 STARS An corporate office full of whispers, tension, and secrets MeTOO BuzzyBook If you are tired of predictable thrillers that seem too formulaic, give this time bomb of secrets, lies, and regrets a go It still has the feel of a thriller, but so much.I was drawn into the whole atmosphere of Truviv, Inc The tension that developed after the CEO s sudden death, what that would mean for the women who had worked there for years, and the anxiety that surrounded his replacement This prompts an increase in the whispers and banding together of the women I felt like I really got to know the women and was happy they supported each other So much to think about When the women decide enough is enough, things get wildly out of control and the consequences to everyone s actions come into question Who will survive Who is telling the truth Who has something to hide I enjoyed the structure of the eye accounts, past present chapters, deposition transcripts, employee statements and interviews It really kept the story moving and interesting.A timely, important topic and a shocker of an ending Highly Recommend Thanks to Flat Iron Books for my advanced copy OUT ON JULY 2, 2019

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