“We plucked our eyebrows, waxed our upper lips… held blades to the cups of our armpits. Shoes tore holes in the skin of our heels and crippled the balls of our feet. We endured labor and childbirth and C-sections, during which doctors literally set our intestines on a table next to our bodies while we were awake. We got acid facials. We punctured our foreheads with Botox and filled our lips and our breasts. We pierced our ears and wore pants that were too tight. We got too much sun. We punished our bodies in spin class. All these tiny sacrifices to make us appear more lithe and ladylike— the female of the species. The weaker sex. Secretly, they toughened our hides, sharpened our edges. We were tougher than we looked. The only difference was that now we are finally letting on.”
“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.” – Goodreads
Thank you to Flatiron Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Whisper Network by Chandler Baker.
I have gone back and forth on numerous occasions with how to write my review for this novel. There were countless events that unfolded within the pages of this book that caused me to pause and think about how incredibly accurate this story is; honestly, it made me uncomfortable at times. There are women out there who have suffered at the hands of their bosses because they don’t want to seem weaker than their other coworkers because they have children to raise and a family to provide for. It was livid thinking that what the four main characters of this novel went through actually happen to women, all the time.
My only qualm with this novel is that I struggled to relate to a few of the characters. Out of Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita; I think that the character I most related to was Grace. I had a difficult time with Sloane and Ardie because I felt like I needed more from them; I needed them to step up and do something. But, isn’t that one of the best features of a book? Each reader will be able to relate to a character in different ways. You may pick up this book and think that there is no way you could relate to Grace but that the other characters are more your speed. I think every woman who reads this will be able to identify a character they feel the most connected to.
For those of you all who are fans of Big Little Lies, you will definitely want to pick this book up and read it! Speaking of… Whisper Network was recently picked up as Reese Witherspoons Book Club pick for July!
Overall, I was impressed with the representation that the author gave of a woman’s workplace in Whisper Network. Be prepared, this is NOT a light read and it comes equipped with just the right amount of suspense that will keep you guessing all the way until the very end.
Whisper Network will be published on July 2, 2019, but is available for pre-order now! Thank you, again, to Flatiron Books for sending me an advanced copy of this novel.