Women-power all the way!
Bookxpert Rating: 4/5
A huge thank you to the author Heleen Kist and the BBNYA team for having me on the tour!
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?
Ever since Emily, Laura’s best friend, killed herself to stop the cyberbullying from getting to her, Laura hadn’t been the same. Even though she knew Emily was killed by the cyberbullies, there was no one person that could be convicted for it by a court. So, what could be done to bring Emily to justice?
Suki and Claire, both successful and hardworking women, are regularly shown up by their bosses at the office. Their decisions are either overridden or taken credit of by their male counterparts. The work environment isn’t safe either. It’s only when these three meet each other, that they hit upon a plan to take care of this common evil- misogyny and sexism.
I will start with how much I loved Laura. I wish I could be like her. She’s a data scientist/founder of a unicorn company, and all the work she does in the book sounded extremely interesting. On reading about her work with data science explained in detail, I was pleasantly surprised, since technology as a whole is generally avoided being written about in fiction books, and data science is a very new and emerging one. They way she managed to pinpoint the principal instigator for Emily’s cyberbullying was interesting.
I also liked the way Heleen took women from three completely unrelated fields of work- technology, law and event management, and demonstrated how sexism is everywhere. The way she managed to make them meet was creative. The ending, though romanticized, was super gratifying. I appreciate that the author has taken a very serious and current issue and packaged it in a fun to read, engaging format.
All of us are probably so used to sexist behavior- most of the time we don’t even realize its wrong because it is so normal. Women are traditionally taught to keep quiet when she encountered sexism. So I loved that all the women in this book recognized it and avenged it too.
All in all, this book was a delight to read. Some parts of it felt romanticized, but I’m okay with that as long as the story is engaging. Very current.
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About the Author:
Author of suspense novels ‘In Servitude’ and ‘Stay Mad Sweetheart’.