WWW Wednesday July 3rd 2019

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Another week!  Another Month!  Hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunny weather.

I’ve been busy this last week and will be for the next few, so haven’t got all that much reading in.  Therefore this WWW Wed isn’t that much different from last week’s so apologise for that and may skip one or two for July and August as there doesn’t seem much point putting the same books down week after week. That would just be nonsense!

Any how, here is today’s WWW Wed!  Hope your all having a good week and have a fab weekend!

What have I recently finished reading?

The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

the whisper network

Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the same legal office for years. The sudden death of the firm’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 latest promotion for Ames differently.

This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion something catastrophic and unstoppable: lies will be uncovered, secrets will be exposed and not everyone will survive. All their lives – as women, colleagues, mothers, adversaries – will be changed for ever.

I quiet enjoyed this one.  The first half of the book I felt was mainly introducing you to the characters and more importantly their day to day lives, both at work and home. This build up then explains why what happens next, happened!  A book very much of for the current times.  The second half is pacier and an interesting read.  I posted my review for this yesterday so here is a link to that:  https://babbageandsweetcorn.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/the-whisper-network-by-chandler-baker

 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

the couple nextdoor

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You’ll have the baby monitor, and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of when pushed past your limit?

This one brings me up to date with all of Shari’s novels now.  I have to say it was probably the least favourite out of them all but still enjoyable.  Felt the twists at the end were all a little short and on top of each other making the ending a little jumbled and quick to finish.

What am I reading now?

I’m reading the second half of The Familiars for my book bloggers buddy read.  Fleetwood is a lovely character and now I am half way through I have really gotten into it and want to know what happens??

I’m also reading Death on the Ocean by Martha Fischer.

What am I reading next?

When I Lost You by Merilyn Davies   Blog tour 15th July

when i lost you

When a young couple are the lead suspects for the murder of their only child, Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are assigned to investigate.

The evidence seems conclusive, but something just doesn’t feel right.

The case is quickly cast into doubt when the lead forensic pathologist starts receiving threatening letters – containing details only the police should know.

Who’s sending them? What do they want? And how did they get hold of the information?

As Carla and Nell dig deeper, it soon becomes clear that this case isn’t the first of its kind.

They must stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it hits close to home.

I’m on the blog tour for this one second week of July so will be reading this very soon.  I also need to catch up on some NetGalley advanced read copies.  The Au Pair by Emma Rous is calling me I think.

 

 

 

The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Thank you to the publisher Little, brown for my gifted ARC.

the whisper network

Book Description

Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the same legal office for years. The sudden death of the firm’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 latest promotion for Ames differently.

This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion something catastrophic and unstoppable: lies will be uncovered, secrets will be exposed and not everyone will survive. All their lives – as women, colleagues, mothers, adversaries – will be changed for ever.

My Thoughts

Based around a group of educated women working as ‘in house’ lawyers for a large sportswear company in Dallas, we meet Sloane, Ardie and Grace.  All three are working mothers, (Grace recently so), in high paid roles living, or at least trying to live, a life of having it all.

All three women enjoy their work and the life style they can afford and are looking at promotion and advancing their careers.

The first half of the book introduces us to the main characters, their lives and the issues and problems they all have as working mothers.  Lack of time, career advancement, guilt at not spending more time with their children, husbands and fellow male colleagues attitudes ….the list goes on.  But also the more central thread of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Their boss Ames Garrett has, for many years, had a reputation for the way he treats female staff. A reputation that all three women are well aware of, either personally or as something they have witnessed.  A previous boss to Sloane indeed gave her a warning before she joined the company.  ‘Watch out for Ames Garrett’ and between them they try to look out for one another and other female staff.  Whispering warnings and advise.

However when the companies CEO suddenly dies it is soon realised that Ames is likely to be next in line and they all start to wonder what this will mean. Then an email appears, the BAD list and they all agree that whispering about it amongst themselves is no longer enough.

This is very much a book for this time with a strong Me Too movement running through it.  It also highlights the general everyday struggles of women in the workplace, ok in this instance inside a corporate setting, but nevertheless it does this in a believable way and often with some dry humour.

I liked the different styles of writing within the book.  Different character view points, flashbacks and transcripts from police interviews and employee statements.  It really added to the worrying part in accusations such as these of who will be ‘believed’ by whom.  In the second part of the book when you are more aware of what has happened it really adds to the thriller style side of the novel.

I liked the characters in so much as to say they were not all perfect and squeaky clean.  They all had different personalities and had all made their own mistakes. I also liked the inclusion of Rosalita not just to have a victim from a different financial and educational background but also to highlight the way in which she was treated by the other women as well as the men.

It left me with some questions though and I would love to be able to get the authors answers on these.  For example it mentions the women’s preoccupation with the way they look. Often mentioning the clothes they are wearing, their high heeled shoes and in one part saying how it doesn’t make it fair that they have to spend more time on their appearance than the men do.  I was wondering why this was done as I felt it made them sound quite stereotypical. Is it perhaps showing that not only do they have to consciously match up to the men but also to the other women?

I think this would make a superb book group read as I think the readers own personal experience or indeed lack of them on this topic and the work place in general would give each reader a different take on the book and make for some great discussions.  Different age groups of reader would be interesting too.

The Whisper Network is published by Little, Brown and is out in Hardback and e book today!