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- Publication date : March 24, 2020
- File size : 3276 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (March 24, 2020)
- ASIN : B07TQK7Y6B
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,554 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In New York, Kate meets up again with the charismatic Eleanor, who has become a celebrity with the success of her Gleam range of beauty products and the establishment of the Herd, a place where women can hang out and network. Hana is the Herd’s publicist and their college friend Mikki is the graphic designer. Kate applies to join. A discrimination case has already been brought against the Herd by an online men’s group called the Antiherd. Things ratchet up significantly when Eleanor goes missing just before a major press announcement. Loyalties are tested during a confusing few days when it seems as though Eleanor has absconded to Mexico. To placate her agent, Kate offers to write a book about Eleanor and the Herd, which comes across as a major betrayal of trust. Then Eleanor is discovered dead on the freezing rooftop of the Herd building. Factor in an old relationship Eleanor had in her hometown with a guy who became a drug addict, her open marriage and an incident in 2010 involving Eleanor’s parents that resulted in blackmail.
Bartz is writing about the zingy, zappy world of tech savvy millennials and keeps a lot of balls in the air. As Hana, Kate and the detectives try to figure out exactly what’s going on, who’s doing what and why, the finger of suspicion points convincingly to various people. In the process, the magical Eleanor loses her lustre. Hana, Kate and Mikki are by no means guilt free. The Herd itself seems not so much liberating but yet another exploitative outfit in the somewhat surreal landscape of influencers and strategists, with its own subtle facism. The loss of innocence always comes hard as we come to grips with our own culpability. In the epilogue we find that this also applies to Eleanor’s nurse mother Karen, who knows something none of the others do. It’s excellently done. So why not 5 stars? Only because it’s missing the delight factor. Which yes, I know, is not a requirement for a good book. This is a sober look at a somber world where you have to be very sharp and morally flexible to keep up. I guess you could say the same of a character such as Cromwell as brought to us by Hilary Mantel and countless other horse-trading humans.