Whisper Network

Whisper Network

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"Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita 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. 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 promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren't willing to let it go. This time, they've decided enough is enough. Sloane and her colleagues' decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives--as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries--will change dramatically as a result."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Flatiron Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250319470
Characteristics: 345 pages ;,25 cm.

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mlenstewart
Feb 12, 2020

For me, this book was hard to follow as it lacked a continuous flow. The POV was constantly changing from character to character and you could feel the awkward switch as you had to change gear at the beginning of each chapter, gathering details to piece together to figure out who was talking. The story itself had potential, but the writing took a lot away from what could have been. Definitely not a page-turner. I found myself having to power through in order to finish it.

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Adw555
Feb 07, 2020

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scandals, lies, secrets, double standards, double crossing - Whisper Network has it all!

PLOT SUMMARY: Sloane, Grace and Ardie are all successful lawyers in the male dominated world of corporations. Double standards are everywhere and sexual harassment is a very real worry for most if not all the women working at Truviv. Enter Ames: boss, co-worker, friend, enemy?? The terrain is difficult to navigate, but having each other’s backs makes it bearable...until the CEO dies, a fourth woman enters the group, and everything they thought they knew is in doubt.

Who is telling the truth? Who is lying? What sins have been committed? Who has something to hide? Who doesn’t?? When someone ends up dead, the truth will come out and it will be painful for everyone involved.

PROS: Wow...a sharp commentary on women in the workplace, the barriers they face, the hurdles they must jump, the comments they must bite back so as not to appear hysterical or emotional in this male dominated world. It’s intense and more than a little depressing/frustrating. Add a murder mystery and you have a seriously great book.

CONS: The writing style was a bit all over the place, but I grew to love it.

YES or NO: Definitely a YES for me - as a woman, this one is a must read. Whisper Network isn’t afraid to tackle anything: mother guilt, business/romantic relationships, friendships, sexual assault, ambition, bullying, workplace inequality...it’s all here and more. It’s an important novel disguised as chick lit and I think many people would benefit from reading it.

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lydasoun
Jan 30, 2020

Storyline was kind of dry. A satisfying ending though.

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MoonBeamz11
Dec 15, 2019

Mehhh not worth the wait/not for everybody. I was really excited for this “meto” book giving a platform for women’s stories. And while I believe every woman’s story is worth telling, the privilege that cushions so much of these women’s lives (which is what the book spends the majority of it’s time detailing) was tiresome to me. I didn’t find the characters’ Preston Hallow/Highland park lifestyle very relatable. I didn’t feel sympathetic or particularly interested in their everyday woes, and it just made the majority of the time spent reading it feel underwhelming.

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midori_hon
Dec 11, 2019

i wouldn't classify 'whisper network' as a 'thriller,' as most of the action occurs in the last third of the book. i suppose this novel is on the vanguard of a #metoo subgenre, thought provoking and timely. what happens to women who work in the fields that are traditionally bastions of male power and privilege, be it legal, banking, insurance, media...? the blow back impacts both accused and accuser when serious allegations are made.

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dirtbag
Dec 07, 2019

I thought she had a knack for portraying the overwhelming conditions under which women work and the confusion that results from trying to meet everyone's demands.

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debcorky
Nov 29, 2019

I found this book choppy and lacked a professional flow. The story and topic had potential but you can tell it was the author’s first book. I felt it was a long read and it had me dozing off, I generously gave it 2 stars.

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laphampeak
Nov 28, 2019

The women's issues Baker writes about have been in existence for decades and more. In this novel she bring's those unsettled matters to our present time. Yes, the equal pay, sexual harassment, breast milk pumping, cost and upkeep of the ideal female image, gender disparity, sexual harassment of young girls were written into each page almost to a fault. However, if you have one book to do it you might as well put it all in. I'd have enjoyed a bit more suspense and mystery for a balance to the one sided position she focused on. Baker created an all-to-real world that we are in the midst of changing for the better.

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patboud
Nov 27, 2019

Really a lady's book, I think.

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PJD
Nov 22, 2019

This is a book for working women (and mothers) in high power positions. Not really my kind of read.

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PineSisken02
Feb 24, 2020

"We wanted to do our jobs -- was that too much to ask?
There were a hundred things small and large that stood between us and our jobs every day, ranging from the incidental to the nefarious. So when we said that we would prefer not to have to be asked to 'smile' on top of working, we meant that: we would like to do our jobs, please. When we said that we would like not to hear a comment about the length of our skirt, we meant that: we would like to do our jobs, please. When we said that we would like not to have someone try to touch us in our office, we meant that: we would like to do our jobs. Please.
We wanted to be treated like men at work for the same reason that people bought smartphones: it made life easier."

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