Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sex, paternity, classism.
Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
When Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club dubbed Whisper Network it’s latest club read, it was all over #bookstagram and receiving a lot of hype, so I decided to give it a shot as an audiobook on my roadtrip.
The book is about four women (Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita) who work for a company called Truviv, Inc. The women are driven, motivated by their husbands, children, and bills. They are trying to get ahead in their careers and defeat the sexism that flows around the office, yet they are often overlooked for promotions or their ideas are scoffed at. Their boss, Ames, is an attractive, arrogant, manipulative man, and he’s about to become CEO. Each of these women have had some sort of connection or run in with him, and when his name appears on a secretive inter-office email about “Men to Avoid in Dallas” that creeps to every female’s inbox, these women decide to band together and take him down… legally, that is. However, when Ames is witnessed falling from a high balcony of Truviv on the same day these women file their lawsuit against him, everyone begins to question whether his death was a suicide, or a murder.
Each of the four women become suspects, and everyone is getting questioned about the list. Chaos ensues, and everyone is wondering- who is to blame for his death?
Overall, Baker kept me intrigued, but I definitely felt that the audiobook wasn’t the best format for this suspense thriller. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, most of which were always suspicious of one another despite being friends, which I found realistic for that company atmosphere, but also frustrating when it came to character development. Who can the reader trust? Alternating points of view didn’t aid well in the audiobook either, but the plot did keep the reader guessing and focusing on any clues for the final reveal of how Ames dies.
Despite the minor issues I had, I still thought Baker’s writing was captivating. I liked how everything came together at the end, and was also really pleased with the overall message of women supporting women. Definitely worth the read- just use a hardcopy or e-reader to avoid any confusion from an audiobook.
Published: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
TL/DR: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker is a suspense thriller novel about four women who are determined to fight a sexist work environment.
Read it? Yes, if you enjoy suspense thrillers with strong female characters, I think you’ll enjoy this one.
Recommend it? Yes, if someone is specifically looking for a book that matches the themes in Whisper Network.
Buy it? Personally, I’d borrow a copy of this novel and determine if you like it before you buy it.
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