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Title:
Whisper Network

A Novel
Author:
Baker, Chandler
Subject:
Fiction
Literature
Thriller
Description:
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!"Honest, timely, and completely thrilling." —Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)"Part page-turning thriller, part smart examination of the #MeToo movement, part feminist rallying cry...Whisper Network is the satisfying "beach read" we've earned."—The Daily BeastSloane, 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. "If only you had listened to us," they tell us on page one of Chandler Baker's Whisper Network, "none of this would have happened.""Exciting and sprinkled with razor-sharp insights about what it is to be a woman today, Whisper Network is a witty and timely story that will make you cheer for sisterhood."—Liv Constantine, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
Publisher:
Flatiron Books
Date:
2019/07/02
Digital Format:
Adobe EPUB

HTML

Kindle
Language:
English

Summary

Summary

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"Honest, timely, and completely thrilling." -- Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)

"Part page-turning thriller, part smart examination of the #MeToo movement, part feminist rallying cry... Whisper Network is the satisfying "beach read" we've earned."
--The Daily Beast

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.

"If only you had listened to us," they tell us on page one of Chandler Baker's Whisper Network , "none of this would have happened."

"Exciting and sprinkled with razor-sharp insights about what it is to be a woman today, Whisper Network is a witty and timely story that will make you cheer for sisterhood." --Liv Constantine, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


Author Notes

Chandler Baker lives in Austin with her husband and toddler where she also works as a corporate attorney. Whisper Network is her adult debut. Chandler is the author of the young adult thriller, Alive , as well as the High School Horror series.


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

YA author Baker (Alive) makes her adult debut with an engrossing, bracingly funny thriller. For too long, fear of career suicide has kept the women of Truviv, a Dallas-based athletic apparel brand, quiet about Ames Garrett, the company's general counsel, known throughout the company as a sexual predator. With Ames's promotion to CEO imminent, three of Truviv's female attorneys-dynamo Sloane Glover; down-to-earth, recently divorced Ardie Valdez; and overwhelmed new mom Grace Stanton-inch toward finally taking action. Sloane starts by adding Ames's name to a high-visibility, supposedly anonymous online spreadsheet, the Beware of Asshole Dallas Men list. When a shaken Katherine Bell, the legal department's freshest hire, complains to the trio, also members of the department, that their boss has become sexually aggressive with her, Sloane persuades Ardie and Grace to join her in taking legal action. The women get more than they bargained for in the ensuing fireworks, which include a death and a lawsuit. Baker, a corporate lawyer and the mother of a toddler, clearly knows her protagonists' conflicting professional and personal worlds, though she goes a bit overboard with plot twists toward the end. This empowering novel is sure to resonate with many readers in the #MeToo era. Agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Viciously funny and compulsively readable, Baker's first adult novel is a feminist thriller for the #MeToo era.In their years working in-house at Dallas sportswear company Truviv, Sloane, Grace, and Ardie, all three high-powered lawyers, have become not only friends, but a de facto support group, because they are, by their gender, perennial outsiders. Not that anyone would say as much, not explicitly. They are not oppressed; they are achieving. They have good degrees. Their husbands, if they have them, are nice and supportive. They blow-dry their hair. And yet theirs is an uphill battle, because they are perennial outsiders in a corporate culture built for men. They aren't all bad men. "But even the good onesespecially the good ones?pretended not to notice the lines: how much more deference they earned on the phone for having a male voice," explains Baker's Greek workplace chorus. "Or how their height and stature and morning stubble gave an authoritative weight to their ideas that ours never had." The bad onesthe ones who cross linesare discussed only in whispers; the stakes are too high to do anything else. Until the women catch wind of a spreadsheet that's circulating: The BAD Men List, shorthand for "Beware of Asshole Dallas Men," an anonymous document with male names and misdeeds, ranging from the uncomfortable to the predatory. When Truviv's CEO dies and their immediate good ol' boy boss, Ames Garrett, is put up for the job, Sloane can't sit by and do nothing, watching him do to other, younger associates what he once did to her. But when she adds his name to the list, she can't possibly anticipate what will come next. Deliciously campy, the novel is part whodunit and part revenge fantasy, and Baker's (This Is Not the End, 2017, etc.) fondness for over-the-top foreshadowing only serves to enhance the delightfully ominous mood. It's a breezy page-turner of a book, which is the brilliance of it: Under the froth is an unmistakable layer of justified rage.Over-the-top in all the right ways. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In her adult-fiction debut, YA author Baker deftly mixes mystery and the #MeToo movement. When the CEO of Dallas sportswear company Truviv drops dead from a heart attack, the in-house favorite to succeed him is General Counsel Ames Garrett. But at the same time, a spreadsheet called the BAD (Beware of Asshole Dallas Men) is circulating, and, after some thought, Truviv lawyer Sloane Glover, who'd had an affair with Garrett before she was married, adds him to the list, believing that he has designs on new hire Katherine Bell. Soon Glover and her close colleagues, divorced mom Ardie Valdez and new mom Grace Stanton, take action against the company as another unexpected death high in the company's ranks raises the question of murder or suicide. In the midst of a police investigation and meetings involving suits and countersuits, Baker works in succinct statements about the quandaries of modern women: torn between motherhood and work, plagued with guilt about nearly everything, suppressing their femininity while being undervalued because of their sex, and schooled in secrecy. These truths serve to bolster the plot, not distract from it, and the result is a compulsively readable mystery with a strong message. Don't miss it.--Michele Leber Copyright 2019 Booklist


New York Review of Books Review

THE WOMEN slugging it out at the maledominated corporate headquarters of Truviv, an athletic apparel brand in Dallas, have two things in common: They're all mothers and they all move in the dark shadow of their abusive colleague Ames Garrett, who's about to glide into the suddenly vacated C.E.O. position. Fed up with Ames's evil ways, the lawyer Sloane Glover adds his name to a "BAD Men" list, then she and her co-workers Ardie Valdez and Grace Stanton file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ames and Truviv. When a body lands on the sidewalk, all the ingredients for a delicious and timely thriller are on the table. What Chandler Baker serves up in "Whisper Network," her adult debut, is part soapy shocker (one of the characters is keeping a very big secret) and part legal thriller (excerpts from depositions offer a glimpse into the third act). Think "Big Little Lies" meets the famous 2017 list of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment. According to the journalist Moira Donegan, who created that list, "protecting women is a position that comes with few protections itself." Baker, who practices law professionally, protects her protagonists like a pit bull defense attorney. The bond of the wealthy corporate moms is solid. They speak in unison about acid facials, C-sections, spin class and sexism. They're simultaneously pampered (Ardie Valdez loves UberEats) and putupon (the new mom Grace Stanton is fed up with her breast pump). In several monologues, they make their collective case about the woes of privilege: "None of us had time, for anything it seemed. ... Sometimes, we'd see a book hit the New York Times best-seller list with a promising title like T Know How She Does It' or 'Overwhelmed.' For a few weeks, we'd pass it between us, trying to use the advice like a trendy new diet plan. But for all of us, there were - how do the pundits put it? - institutional roadblocks." Although there's "an invisible separation" between the men and the women of Truviv, the women in the workplace are by no means on the same side. Ardie, Grace and Sloane have empathy for their female colleagues on the "unicornlike search" for the perfect man, counting "every missed date, missed chance encounter, missed opportunity to meet someone with whom we might actually want to become a mother." But the mom squad grapples with a childless Boston transplant, Katherine Bell, who's single, pretty and hesitant to fight the Truvivian power. Then there's the New York attorney Cosette Sharpe, who flies into Dallas to represent Truviv in the sexual harassment suit. Once upon a time, Sloane helped Cosette get her lucrative job. Now Cosette is flashing a Rolex and crossexamining Sloane about the affair she had with Ames 12 years ago. We know what Sloane thinks of these women - Cosette's veins are "icy with freezer burn" and Katherine's fingernails are "childishly short." In a feminist novel where multiple women are chipping in to tell the story, it's a little surprising that Baker hit the mute button on Katherine and Cosette. The most compelling voice of all belongs to the insightful and pragmatic Rosalita Guillen, whose nocturnal cleaning schedule gives her a different window into the inner workings of Truviv and all its secrets. Rosalita's life story is emotionally wrenching, and you long to know more about it. Her insights into the men and women of Truviv offer a reprieve from Paleo diets and office cake. You want to get back to the story, maybe even rewind the clock and see Rosalita cope with her nightmarish situation day in, day out. After all, every whisper network relies on people speaking up as individuals, sharing their experiences. The same applies to this "Whisper Network," too. Caroline kepnes'S latest book, "Providence," is now available in paperback. The Netflix series "You" is based on her novels "You" and "Hidden Bodies."


Library Journal Review

Narrator Almarie Guerra does justice to this offering by YA author Baker (This Is Not the End), the story of three professional women who are tired of subtle and not-so-subtle sexual harassment in the workplace and have decided to take a stand. Though Ames has a wife and small twin sons, women in the office have whispered about him for years. What is he really like? The women believe they know. Attorneys Ardie, Sloane, and Grace and cleaning staff member Rosalita, all friendly with one another, have all worked at Truviv, the same company, for years. Each of the women wonders if they should expose their boss, Ames, for the victimizer he is and file a lawsuit. Suddenly, their harasser is dead and their lives become infinitely more complicated. Was he murdered? Their lawsuit garners more attention in Dallas than they would like. And when the company slaps them with a countersuit, they fear loss of income and crippling debt. At the same time, Sloane's young daughter is being bullied at school, Ardie is divorced and uncomfortable sharing her son with his new stepmother, Grace is dealing with a newborn, and Rosalita is a single mother trying to get her son into a good school. VERDICT Listeners will have a hard time pressing pause on this one. In light of current events, this is a timely listen, recommended for just about everyone.--Cheryl Youse, Norman Park, GA