Oh, where to start with why I loved Whisper Network so much? It happened to be the very first book I read in 2019 and it set a very high reading bar for the rest of the year!
My favourite kind of books are those that manage simultaneously to say something about the world we inhabit now, and to spin a darn good yarn along the way. Chandler Baker’s incredible debut does precisely that. It explores the implications of the #MeToo movement (both the good and the bad) in a really nuanced way. It’s all about female empowerment and the wonderful characters at its heart was one of the things I loved most about it. But it also looks at how dangerous idle gossip can be, and how much we are all, rightly or wrongly, at the mercy of our reputations. And yet, despite having so much important to say, it zips along like there’s no tomorrow. My copy is now completely dog-eared because I literally couldn’t put it down at points and therefore it came everywhere with me – the bus, the bath, the breakfast table. Honestly, I really can’t recommend this one enough.
'WOW what a read... A book for the women of today. I loved it!!!!!'
'I am still thinking about Whisper Network weeks after reading the last page'
'I could not put this book down'
'Do yourself a favour ladies and read this well-paced, witty and ballsy homage to working women everywhere'
'Furious and relevant... I loved it so much' CLARE MACKINTOSH
***THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
'Ms. Sandberg was right about something. We had to lean in. It was the only way to hear the whispers...'
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.
'Add another great book to your beach bag! This story has a workplace murder mystery that happens in today's #MeToo era. It's honest, timely and completely thrilling - I was so surprised to find out who the murderer was!'
'It's The Firm meets 9 To 5. This is a juicy air-punch of a novel'
ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY, GRAZIA
'Slick, smart, fierce, it's Big Little Lies set against attorneys and recast in the light of #MeToo. Relevant, resonant and rage inducing'
'A barnstorming modern novel'
EVENING STANDARD MAGAZINE
'Smart, witty and scarily relateable... this is going to get everyone talking'
'Witty and timely will make you cheer for sisterhood'
'A timely and apposite #MeToo novel, but also a clever thriller, which highlights the many ways in which women are discriminated against in the workplace'
SARA MANNING RED MAGAZINE
'A primal roar of a novel. A fantastic read'
'A thriller for the #metoo era'
LUCY MANGAN, STYLIST