The Whisper Network

The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

The Highlights: thrilling novel about systemic abuse at the highest levels of a major corporation and the suspicious death of the main perpetrator.

Drink Pairing: Chardonnay

If you love a good thriller and hate toxic masculinity, then read this book immediately! That might not be the best way to get men interested in this story of systemic abuse at the highest levels of a major corporation and the suspicious death of the main perpetrator, but perhaps men need to read this more than women do for that reason specifically.

Murder mystery aside, Baker hit the nail on the head explaining all of the contradictions women have to put up with on a daily basis, from the struggles of trying to build a career and have a family, down to being told to wear dresses and skirts only to later get the response “you were probably asking for it” when trying to report an assault. The overt feminism in this book, which was inspired by the stories of so many survivors in the wake of the #MeToo movement, was the best part of the plot. Don’t get me wrong, I liked trying to figure out if the dead guy was murdered or if he committed suicide, but I cared a lot more about seeing a group of badass women finally break their silence and stand up to demand change. (Also, the guy definitely got what he deserved because he was a horrible person.) This would be fantastic for book clubs, or even families with young adult or adult children as a way to begin discussions about what consent means and what it looks like, and how men should step up to become better feminists.

Honestly, I could go on and on about this book all day if given the chance. But no one wants that, myself included, because right now the sun is out, the water is beautiful, and the beach is calling my name. So, please, do me a favor and just read this as soon as humanly possible. Thank you so much.

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