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text 2019-07-01 18:58
Whisper Network
Whisper Network - Chandler Baker

[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

I enjoyed this novel for its theme and its message, along with the format: interspersed with interviews gradually unveiling more of the “present time” plot, while the chapters themselves started some 2 months before and showed what led to this point. I guessed some things, I didn’t guess some others, and all in all, piecing things together was fun.

The topic at hand, of course, wasn’t fun. It balanced between office politics and double-standards—how female employees are (often) viewed vs. the “old boys club” feeling—, between deciding whether to complain about potential harassment or shut up for fear of retaliation, between wondering what does constitute harassment and whether or not one is “overreacting”, and let’s not forget also the usual “these women are lying and destroying lives” (funny enough, the people complaining about this don’t seem to react as often about how rapists are ruining lives as well). All well-made points, including the latter, because it -is- true they come forward right as the guy is poised to become the new CEO, in reaction to feeling suddenly even more threatened, but also one of opportunism… but not everyone would think about it this way, since there’d be lots of money involved as well. All uncomfortable topics, too, yet that need to be pointed at and discussed.

This said, I really had trouble empathising with the characters. I don’t have much in common with them for starters—apart, that is, from encounters with sexist douchebags and other run-ins involving the usual patriarchy-fed bull, although I’m aware I haven’t had it the worst either (fingers crossed). But I’m not a new mother, nor a single one, nor someone who cheated on a partner, etc., so I usually need a bit of extra connection with such characters, a little dose of something else, something more, to relate to their problems, especially their rich people problems, and… that didn’t really happen here. The impression I got out of the main female characters was more that they weren’t very pleasant people, who yet kept trying to justify their behaviours to themselves, a little like “but at least I do this better” and “but -I- am not like that, right?” Kind of weak in my opinion.

The story also dragged in parts, and even though I read it in 3 days, at times I wished it would get to the point faster. And I’m still unsure of who the narrator exactly was. The author? Not one of the characters, or at least, it doesn’t sound like it. (Their voices were quite similar, so I needed to see them named in each chapter anyway in order to quickly get who it was about.)

Conclusion: 3 stars. I did like the story, but never really connected with the characters.

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review 2019-05-27 00:33
Always With Me (Whisper Lake Book 1) by Barbara Freethy
Always With Me (Whisper Lake #1) - Barbara Freethy

 

 

Whisper Lake is where the broken come to heal. Where love could find a second chance. Where secrets lurk within a deceptively, serene landscape. There is no escaping Barbara Freethy. Always with Me merges the best of this talented author. Gianna and Zach find themselves smack dab in the middle what they've been running from for years. Drama, secrets and heartache. If not careful, falling in love could prove to be their undoing. Romance wrapped inside of a gripping mystery. A breathless combination, indeed.
 
 

 

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review 2019-04-04 19:53
A brilliant debut
The Whisper Man - Alex North

First book by Alex North and what a brilliant psychological thriller it has proved to be. The body of a child Neil Spencer is discovered his death bearing an uncanny resemblance to the murder of five children some years ago...but that is impossible as the killer Frank Carter is imprisoned. DI Pete Willis is the policeman in charge but he is haunted by his past failures and his daily struggle with alcoholism...."So drink then. You're worthless . Just do it. The urge was stronger than ever, but he could survive this. After all ,he had resisted the voice in the past"... There is not only a great story line but add to this a touch of the supernatural and characters that jump off the page then we have all the ingredients for a super exciting thriller. Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written. Highly recommended.

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review 2018-05-11 13:23
Whispers from the Woods
Whisper from the Woods - Victoria Wirth

This is such a beautiful book. It is a picture book for children but when I picked it up at the used bookstore I just couldn't put it back down. The artwork is amazing! Whisper from the Woods is short but together with the stunning artwork it tells the story of life in the forest. A small seed drops from a tree and begins to grow. It is nurtured and before long is surrounded by other small trees, it's siblings. They grow as a family, loving and supporting each other until one day there is a storm and the family is changed forever. Life goes on though and the forest continues to grow.

 

I still can't let this book go.  It goes back to my shelf.

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review 2018-04-02 20:31
6 Stars!
Silent Whisper - Andrea Smith

Silent Whisper by Andrea Smith is one of those books you want to tell your friends, "OMG!  You've got to read this book!!"  Ms. Smith has delivered a well-written book that will take you on a ride with twists and turns you'll never expect.  Silent Whisper is a romantic suspense with a paranormal twist.  This story has so many things happening, you'll want to read faster and faster to find out what happens next.  While it's Parrish and Ryan's story, it's also Nick and Karlie's story.  It's happy, it's sad.  There's plenty of suspense, humor, drama, action and spice to keep the pages turning.  I enjoyed every page of Silent Whisper and look forward to reading more from Andrea Smith in the future.  Silent Whisper is book 1 of the Limbo Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I won a copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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