THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.
Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.
Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.
Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.
As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them.
But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes? A pacy suspense fiction novel with its feet firmly in the #MeToo era. 9 to 5 meets Suits with a dash of Black Mirror.
This deliciously devious read is set in Edinburgh and the reader is thrust into a world of gender inequality, the #metoo movement, power & control; manipulation; all the #ism’s; fear; frustration; anger; bullying; trolling & social media’s darker side; payback; truths; secrets; confrontation; accountability; consent; friendships; and a search for justice… but it is oh-so-much more!
Bold and topical, this novel instantly grabs your attention – from the front cover to the back blurb – you just know that you’re in for an intense, gripping and thought-provoking read. The author tackles a sensitive subject, bringing a storyline that evokes all the emotions! a well written narrative has you both cheering and screaming and setting the novel in a work place setting was clever and all-too-real for some. Told in multiple POV so you get to know each of the narrator’s own story and experiences, you also are able to see what draws the women together and the actions/consequences that follow. It is one hell of an addictive and powerful read!
Character-wise – this book had plenty, and rather than go through each, I’ll touch upon the three main characters as it was their story, their actions and their emotions that stayed with me the most. There is a mix of likeable and revolting characters and personalities in the book and I loved this aspect because even those characters I was drawn to, had some flaws that made me cringe!
Laura is super-smart, like… bloody genius smart… as a data scientist but I had mixed feelings about her – She could be a bit naive, maybe even gullible but she had a fire within her, that once stoked, you did not want to be in her path when that baby exploded!
Suki – I actually found her sense of humour quite dry and LOVED that. She was determined and maybe a little bit scary at times – once she got her teeth into something, that was it!
Claire was a PR person. Not sure what I actually thought of her – she too had a mix of qualities that left me on the fence. BUT she joined forces with Suki and Laura to show that she was ready to fight by any means necessary and take back what was rightfully hers.
Do I recommend this read? That’ll be a fast and firm – Hell Yeah! Heleen Kist has created an emotive, insightful, empowering, hard-hitting novel encapsulating the #metoo movement and injecting justice at it’s core. A must read!