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Free read º eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ó Andrea Bartz Ion for a huge announcement from Eleanor one that would change the trajectory of The Herd foreverThen on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference Eleanor vanishes without a trace Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run but when the police suggest foul play everyone is a suspec. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI haven’t been in the mood for mysteries or thrillers lately; I’ve had to wade through a lot of mediocre ones to get to the real gems When I scored an ARC of The Herd and saw its relatively low rating here on Goodreads I was worried I might be in for another disappointment But I’m certainly not one to turn down a free book and at a little over 300 pages I knew this would be a uick read so I ignored my apprehension and dove right inFirst off as you can probably deduce from my four star rating this book was not a disappointment It was fast paced and entertaining and I couldn’t put it down The premise of an elite all female coworking space felt realistic and I thought Andrea Bartz executed it well She took the time to explore it in detail without dragging on too long or distracting from the plot I could easily visualize the Herd and the type of women who would have a membership there The Herd features two protagonists sisters Katie and Hana who I was ambivalent about Katie is a tech journalist who after living in Michigan for a year helping her mother go through cancer treatment moves back to New York and wants to join the Herd Hana is the Herd’s publicist best friends with founder Eleanor Both Katie and Hana have dark secrets in their past that we learn about as the story unfolds two mini reveals before the larger reveal that I thought were very well doneBecause Katie and Hana’s alternating chapters were written in first person and because their perspectives weren’t that different I easily forgot whose chapter I was reading which tells me they both needed character development But the character development that was there was excellent Hana’s complicated relationship with her adoptive parents Katie and Hana’s close relationship with each other Hana’s experience as the only woman of color in her family and in her friend group Katie’s experience as a female journalist and during her year in MichiganThe two supporting characters who stood out the most were Herd founder Eleanor and Hana and Eleanor’s artist friend Mikki I thought Eleanor in particular was fascinating as a woman as a friend as an entrepreneur as a wife This story is about her than it is about Katie or Hana and the fact that we never read her point of view lends her mystery and intrigue I didn’t think the male supporting characters brothers Cameron and Ted and Eleanor’s husband Daniel were all that special but that seemed fitting for a book about womenThe central mystery of The Herd – what happened to Eleanor – had plenty of twists and turns most of which I didn’t see coming I did guess the big reveal at the end but it took me a while to get there Unlike many thrillers I thought the ending struck a good balance surprising but not too far fetched In addition to the plot’s many layers Bartz explored themes of sexism and racism which added even to the story This is an underrated book well worth a read

Summary The Herd

The Herd Free read Õ 107 ¹ The name of the elite women only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check in desk THE HERD the H E R always in purple In the know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley who's just returned fr The name of the elite women only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check in desk THE HERD the H E R always in purple In the know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment Among the hopefuls. ★★✰✰✰ 2 stars Having really enjoyed Andrea Bartz’s debut novel The Lost Night I had rather high hopes for The Herd Sadly not only is The Herd populated by simultaneously unrealistic and detestable characters but it also tells a rather derivative story The summary seemed to promise a tantalising story one that would depict the complicated and shifting dynamics in an all female co working space What we actually get is the usual cliched storyline that focuses on a group of friends one of whom happens to be successfulfamous than the others The plot is predictable and boring most of the suspense is created by our not knowing the narrators’ secrets There was no real tension or atmosphere The HERD centre is never the focal point of the story but a mere prop one that led to scenes in which this group of friends can go on and talk about ‘the male gaze’ and the ‘patriarchy’“The one way to win the one fucking way to be a woman and do well in this world is to stomp on other women’s backs”While originality wasn’t The Lost Night’s strongest point it than made up for it by having a striking sense of place and time In The Herd however New York and the HERD centre fade into the background Eleanor Walsh is the classic female character who appears in this type of so called ‘psychological’ novels We are told that she is the basic embodiment of the perfect modern woman beautiful intelligent charismatic a feminist Being told that she is alluring or interesting doesn’t actually make her those things Her disappearance unfolds in a predictable way her closest friends decide to embark on their own investigation even if there is a detective working the case Katie and Hana are sisters and both were close to Eleanor In alternating chapters we read of their amateurish attempts at finding out what Eleanor was hiding They are also hiding things from one another and they are both trying to forget about a ‘traumatising’ incident from their pastsThey spend most chapters getting scared by their own ringtones wondering whether Eleanor is dead receiving help by their conveniently gifted friends such as a hacker and feeling sorry for themselvesThat’s or less itAdd two or three attractive and possibly guilty of something or other male characters and there ya have it The HerdThe novel tries to critiue a certain brand of feminism by portraying how hypocritical certain female entrepreneurs are in spite of their ‘empowering’ agendas they still encourage their female associates to spend hours on end on their appearances or they are actually profiteering from other women’s insecurities If the HERD centre had actually been the focal point of this novel I think that the story could have been a lot engaging as well as providing us with a cutting commentary on certain facets of contemporary feminism What we have instead is a predictable narrative about two sisters both of whom think that the other one has it better than they doLousy story and characters aside there are a few other things about this novel that really frustrated me✖ This group of friends lacks chemistry Where they even friends to begin with Why should I care about ‘backstabbing’ and ‘lies’ when they seem to sort of dislike each other from the get go✖ The ‘twist’ is almost identical to the one in The Lost Night so I saw it from miles away Isn’t that a bit of a cheap trick The reveal and final face off are incredibly reminiscent of the ones in The Lost Night ✖ The sisters’ ‘secrets’one seemed recycled from similar novels while the other one was laughable view spoilera husband walks in on his wife cheating with him with another woman and he has a heart attack Come on hide spoiler

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The HerdIs Katie Bradley who's just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face Luckily Katie has an in thanks to her sister Hana an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh its charismatic founderAs head of PR Hana is working around the clock in preparat. 35 starsWhat could cause a female entrepreneur to disappear on the biggest night of her career This is one of the mysteries at the core of Andrea Bartz's newest thrillerThe Herd is an innovative coworking space just for women Its founder Eleanor Walsh has tapped into a powerful need for women to have their own business and creative space and women from all over New York and San Francisco are clamoring to become membersEleanor along with her two best friends from college Hana and Mikki have made the Herd into a phenomenon and it’s truly on the verge of greatness Yet on Eleanor’s biggest night the night of a major announcement she disappearsHana and Mikki devastated and angered by Eleanor’s disappearance can’t figure out what might have happened Sure she and the Herd had their detractors but it all doesn’t make sense The two friends along with Hana’s younger sister Katie an investigative journalist start to look into the disappearance and discover Eleanor's life wasn't as pulled together as it appeared But then again the three of them are also hiding major secrets The Herd is an interesting twisty mystery that takes a while to build up steam but keeps moving fast once it does I really like the way Andrea Bartz writes check out her last book The Lost Night and found the interpersonal dynamics among the characters here pretty fascinatingOne thing I don’t love about books is when everyone has a secret but no one will talk about them yet they get referred to constantly We can't say anything about that night I’d almost rather find out about these secrets by myself than have a ton of foreshadowing with little delivery until the story is coming to a closeThis is a solid compelling read and it is a thought provoking look at the barriers women experience when pursuing success I’m definitely a fan of Bartz’s work and look forward to her next bookCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomFollow me on Instagram at