Whisper Network

Whisper Network

Four women learn their boss (a man who’s always been surrounded by rumors about how he treats women) is next in line to be CEO—what will happen when they decide enough is enough?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...

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Title:Whisper Network
Author:Chandler Baker
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Whisper Network Reviews

  • Cindy Burnett

    4.5 stars

    Chandler Baker’s new novel, Whisper Network, is part thriller and part ripped from the headlines commentary on today’s society. She tackles what it means to be a woman, particularly a working woman, in the #MeToo era while creating a whodunit with a clever and surprising resolution. Her characters are authentic, multi-faceted, and human, and readers will be cheering these women on as they attempt to takedown their harassing and manipulative boss. Baker’s prose is witty and dramatic, and

    4.5 stars

    Chandler Baker’s new novel, Whisper Network, is part thriller and part ripped from the headlines commentary on today’s society. She tackles what it means to be a woman, particularly a working woman, in the #MeToo era while creating a whodunit with a clever and surprising resolution. Her characters are authentic, multi-faceted, and human, and readers will be cheering these women on as they attempt to takedown their harassing and manipulative boss. Baker’s prose is witty and dramatic, and her story will encourage working women everywhere to speak up when placed in a toxic environment. Three cheers for Chandler Baker and her timely and smart tale.

  • leslie hamod

    Extraordinary read! Transcends imagination! This combines thriller, general fiction and womens issues. A book I couldn't help but read straight through.

    A novel which hits every nerve. A book of betrayal. A book that made me weep tears of experience.

    Women work jobs which seemed out of reach in my young up and coming years. But as high administration, I signed away my rights to legal action for a two week check and a nondisclosure agreement.

    Ignorance, lies and stories which circulate destroy reput

    Extraordinary read! Transcends imagination! This combines thriller, general fiction and womens issues. A book I couldn't help but read straight through.

    A novel which hits every nerve. A book of betrayal. A book that made me weep tears of experience.

    Women work jobs which seemed out of reach in my young up and coming years. But as high administration, I signed away my rights to legal action for a two week check and a nondisclosure agreement.

    Ignorance, lies and stories which circulate destroy reputations. Ruin future prospects. These issues affect both men and women. Because, although the majority of cases are true, some are not. And the scars are permanent.

    Laws to protect an employee following the termination of a job, especially by the employee, are not observed.

    Whispers destroy careers.

    Lies begin with whispers.

    And whispers stay in your ears forever. Rumbling around as regret, what might have happened,if only....

    This book will have you wondering, about who is guilty, who is lying and who caused a death.

    Read and learn.

    Impeccably written. Incredibly real characters and plot gifted by the gods!

    Highly recommended! A MUST READ!

  • Paromjit

    Chandler Baker has written an unflinching must read novel for our times, for every generation of women and girls of a family and perhaps, even more pertinent, for every man and boy to read. In this story, we are immersed into our #MeToo contemporary world, set in Dallas, and the Truviv corporation, and its power structures, politics and culture. Four women, Ardie, Sloane and Grace, in house lawyers in the department of North American Legal Affairs, and cleaner Rosalita, a single mom with young s

    Chandler Baker has written an unflinching must read novel for our times, for every generation of women and girls of a family and perhaps, even more pertinent, for every man and boy to read. In this story, we are immersed into our #MeToo contemporary world, set in Dallas, and the Truviv corporation, and its power structures, politics and culture. Four women, Ardie, Sloane and Grace, in house lawyers in the department of North American Legal Affairs, and cleaner Rosalita, a single mom with young son, Saloman, have worked for the company for years. Their world is rocked when the current CEO, Desmond Bankole dies suddenly, leaving a vacuum at the top, there are whispers that their boss, the General Counsel, Ames Garrett, is the man most likely to succeed as CEO. Perturbed by this possibility and the entry of a new woman into the department, Katherine Bell and her experiences, the women embark on a series of actions that is to have their lives begin to catastrophically unravel after a death.

    Interwoven into the narrative are snippets of depositions, cross-examinations, and police interviews. Circulating below the radar in Dallas are rumours of a online network list compiled by women for women of men to beware of. Having put up with the arrogant Ames, a manipulative and underhand man, the women have finally reached the point where enough is enough. They are a close knit group of women, flawed, but supportive of each other, although their relationships with each other do experience the occasional bad patch. Sloane's young socially awkward daughter, Abigail, is being bullied at school and on social media, and Abigail's treatment by senior staff at her school outlines just how differently girls are treated in comparison to boys. When it comes to protecting her daughter, Sloane is a fierce and formidable force of nature. The police entertain and probe the possibility that a death is murder, and the women find themselves facing a nightmare of a public and corporate PR backlash, one which threatens to destroy and impoverish them in a twisted tale that includes secrets, sexism, discrimination, harrassment, and sexual abuse.

    Baker provides a plethora of rich descriptions and commentary of what women face in corporate environments, a chorus of voices based on real life facts, the whole shebang of real life horrors. Then there are the details of what happens to a woman's body and mental health after giving birth through the character of Grace. There will be recognition of much of what is laid out in the narrative, it is disturbing just how much of it will resonate, mitigated only slightly by the support found in other courageous women. Baker does not shy away from the reality of how some women can make an unbearable situation experienced by other women so much worse. Perhaps the scariest and most unsettling aspect is laid out in just how early negative experiences can be embedded in women with the portrayal of young Abigail's treatment by her school. This is a smart, thought provoking, and uneasy read, celebrating women's supportive friends and networks, the problems they face negotiating the minefield that is corporate culture and the men that would exploit and take advantage of them. A brilliant and relevant read, part thriller, that additionally outlines the impossible pressures society, corporations and women put on themselves to be perfect, without a doubt this is a book that I recommend highly. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach

    I love reading books about women banding together and looking out for one another... whether men want to believe it or not, the way we are treated, expected to act and look, the struggles we go through in life and in our careers because of our gender color every aspect of our lives. It isn't about "innocent until proven guilty" it's about believing women. This novel is so timely and relevant and TRUE.

    Climbing off my soapbox now, I want to say I really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters wh

    I love reading books about women banding together and looking out for one another... whether men want to believe it or not, the way we are treated, expected to act and look, the struggles we go through in life and in our careers because of our gender color every aspect of our lives. It isn't about "innocent until proven guilty" it's about believing women. This novel is so timely and relevant and TRUE.

    Climbing off my soapbox now, I want to say I really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters while appropriately hating the characters I was supposed to hate. When I first read the blurb, it reminded me of a current day 9-5 (which I adore). It was, just a lot darker (and a dead body thrown in the mix).

    I did feel like the author alluded to a lot of "secrets" throughout the book that weren't explained until the end. There was just so many, I had a hard time keeping track of who was keeping whatever I didn't know from who else. It definitely got confusing, and I didn't really feel that "aha!" moment when the secrets were revealed because I couldn't keep track of them all.

    Anyway, great book, great writing, definitely recommend!

  • Holly  B

    4.5 STARS

    If you are tired of predictable thrillers that seem too formulaic, give this time bomb of secrets, lies, and regrets a go! It still has the feel of a thriller,

    .

    I was drawn into the whole atmosphere of Truviv, Inc. The tension that developed after the CEO's sudden death, what that would mean for the women who had worked there for years, and the anxiety that surrounded his replacement. This pr

    4.5 STARS

    If you are tired of predictable thrillers that seem too formulaic, give this time bomb of secrets, lies, and regrets a go! It still has the feel of a thriller,

    .

    I was drawn into the whole atmosphere of Truviv, Inc. The tension that developed after the CEO's sudden death, what that would mean for the women who had worked there for years, and the anxiety that surrounded his replacement. This prompts an increase in

    I felt like I really got to know the women and was happy they supported each other. So much to think about!

    When the women decide 

     things get wildly out of control and the consequences to everyone's actions come into question.

    I enjoyed the structure of the eye-accounts, past/present chapters, deposition transcripts,  employee statements and interviews. It really kept the story moving and interesting.

    A timely, important topic and a shocker of an ending! Highly Recommend!

    Thanks to Flat Iron Books for my advanced copy! OUT ON JULY 2, 2019

     

  • Nadia

    I've been waiting for a fiction book that would focus on the mistreatment of women in a male dominated workplace for a long time. I found this book very timely in the current decade of sexual abuse scandals and the

    movement.

    The main female protagonists are successful lawyers who all experienced some form of sexual harassment by their male colleagues. What I liked about the book was the strong bond and friendship between the women who stuck together no matter what, risking their careers.

    Wh

    I've been waiting for a fiction book that would focus on the mistreatment of women in a male dominated workplace for a long time. I found this book very timely in the current decade of sexual abuse scandals and the

    movement.

    The main female protagonists are successful lawyers who all experienced some form of sexual harassment by their male colleagues. What I liked about the book was the strong bond and friendship between the women who stuck together no matter what, risking their careers.

    While I did have some problems with believability of some of the plot developments, I would still recommend this book especially to women working in corporate environment. 

  • Meredith

    This is part mystery part women’s fiction, and part social commentary told through the voices of four women. They are done covering for their predator of a boss. They hear the whispers that surround him--they have been subjects of the gossip. Some are his victims, while others have been com

    This is part mystery part women’s fiction, and part social commentary told through the voices of four women. They are done covering for their predator of a boss. They hear the whispers that surround him--they have been subjects of the gossip. Some are his victims, while others have been compliant in covering up his crimes. Their jobs, reputations, and marriages are at stake so they pretend nothing ever happened. They just try and function day to day without focusing on what was done to them or still being done to them. They are vulnerable, real, and raw. They aren’t always the best people, but when it comes time to stand up for one another, they take charge.

    They decide to stop whispering and speak up. While they were prepared to have to defend themselves in the process of speaking up, what they weren’t prepared to face was being accused of murder.

    I have to say I didn’t love these characters; they are not the most likable, but they grew on me. By the end, I felt like I knew them and I was surprised by how emotional I was reading the final pages.

    I won a copy of this book in a GR giveaway!

  • Jill McGill

    A must read... definitely keeps you guessing and turning the pages as fast as you can!

    The Whisper Network is a fascinating, fast-paced, and timely whodunit thriller that is set in the #METOO-Movement. Chandler Baker does an excellent job tackling women's issues of our time. Sisterhood at its best... I believe women from allover will love this book!

    A murder mystery that's gripping, twisty, and very addictive... Highly Recommend!

    “I received a free ARC of Whisper Network by Chandler Baker from Mac

    A must read... definitely keeps you guessing and turning the pages as fast as you can!

    The Whisper Network is a fascinating, fast-paced, and timely whodunit thriller that is set in the #METOO-Movement. Chandler Baker does an excellent job tackling women's issues of our time. Sisterhood at its best... I believe women from allover will love this book!

    A murder mystery that's gripping, twisty, and very addictive... Highly Recommend!

    “I received a free ARC of Whisper Network by Chandler Baker from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.”

  • Dem

    I had seen where many readers have compared this one to

    and I have to agree they are quite silimiar and this is probably why I picked this one up in the first place but I didnt find it as witty or as compelling as

    .

    The book does have “ The me too campaign” at the heart of its story” as Four women Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the sa

    I had seen where many readers have compared this one to

    and I have to agree they are quite silimiar and this is probably why I picked this one up in the first place but I didnt find it as witty or as compelling as

    .

    The book does have “ The me too campaign” at the heart of its story” as Four women Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the same legal office of a large firm for a number of years, but when the CEO dies suddenly, his replacement to be “Ames” has a murky past and all the women have a different relationship with Ames and have reasons to put a stop to this man’s Advances.

    The book is realistic in its identification what some women encounter and have had to put up with in the workplace and I can see this one being a big book club hit this season as plenty to discuss here.

    The book works on many levels, with a suspenseful and entertaining plot. but my problem with the novel was that the characters were indistinguishable from each other for the first half of the story, Sloane, Ardie and Grace just seemed to blend together and I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, I really didn't like or connect with any of them either. I very nearly put this one into the DNF pile as it just didn't hold my attention but a friend encouraged me to stick with it as it would pick up in the second half and she was right it did turn out to be quite readable and I liked the ending.

    Not one for my Favourites list but a book that was worth reading even if I did struggle through it.

  • Michelle

    2.75 stars.

    I tried really hard to like this book, especially since it should have been perfectly designed for me. I work in a male dominated corporate environment and my major in college saw me as 1 of 2 females in a class of 40-50 young men. (All but one of my professors were men as well.) So I was excited to read this and cheer on the characters as they fought against misogyny and chauvinistic attitudes (when they appeared) as they tri

    2.75 stars.

    I tried really hard to like this book, especially since it should have been perfectly designed for me. I work in a male dominated corporate environment and my major in college saw me as 1 of 2 females in a class of 40-50 young men. (All but one of my professors were men as well.) So I was excited to read this and cheer on the characters as they fought against misogyny and chauvinistic attitudes (when they appeared) as they tried to climb the corporate ladder (or at least deem themselves as equals to their male colleagues). Alas, I was left deeply disappointed and am sitting here wondering what all the fuss is about.

    Don't get me wrong, there were some parts of this where I was mentally fist pumping along (that's me! I feel that way too! I experienced that!), but those sentiments were mostly felt in reading the general chapter openings (you'll see what I mean when you read it) and the author's note. Not during the story, which I felt lacked in execution (sorry!). The likeability of the characters didn't bother me. I thought it also served in making me think because there are so many conflicting thoughts in trying to be a woman today. I find myself explaining to myself and other women when this subject comes up, that it's so hard to try and re-program our own thoughts and opinions on things because the way things always were is just so ingrained it even makes it difficult to notice the subtly of wrongs because everything isn't always so blatant.

    I think this was a good first step, but I imagine there will be a slew of other books written about the #metoo movement that will be better. As mentioned in my comments below, I really enjoyed the author's note and it is such a shame because I know exactly how she feels and where she wanted to go with this. I just can't force myself to say that I liked this when I had trouble keeping track of the characters (they all blended together to me for some reason), had no idea where it was going until around 200+ pages in and felt it kind of winked and nodded a little too much to the format of

    .

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