The Collective By Alison Gaylin

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Book/Novel Author: Alison Gaylin

Book/Novel Title: The Collective

 

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The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of Never Look Back and If I Die Tonight plumbs the dark side of justice and the depths of diabolical revenge in this propulsive novel of psychological suspense that melds the driving narrative of Then She Was Gone with the breathtaking twists of The Chain“Alison Gaylin’s The Collective is an astonishing feat. In the tradition of Ira Levin’s unforgettable social thrillers (Rosemary’s Baby, Stepford Wives), it’s a nerve-shredding, emotionally harrowing ride that also speaks volumes about our current moment, the dangers of our digital world, the potency of female rage. Don’t miss it.” —Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author”Chilling…this terrific novel is…propelled by an iron-tight plot that becomes increasingly tense.” –New York Times Book ReviewJust how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong?Camille Gardener is a grieving—and angry—mother who, five years after her daughter’s death, is still obsessed with the privileged young man she believes to be responsible.When her rash actions draw the attention of a secret group of women—the collective— Camille is drawn into a dark web where these mothers share their wildly different stories of loss as well as their desire for justice in a world where privilege denies accountability. Fueled by mutual rage, the collective members devise and act out retribution fantasies via precise, anonymous, highly coordinated revenge killings.As Camille struggles to comprehend whether this is a role-playing exercise or terrifying reality, she must decide if these women are truly avenging angels or monsters. Becoming more deeply enmeshed in the group, Camille learns truths about the collective—and about herself—that she may not be able to survive
Just… wow! This is Gaylin’s best book yet. I’m usually on point when it comes to predicting plots, but her story takes unexpected roads at every turn. I flew through this book, with each chapter propelling me into the next. Revenge has never been so sweet… or bitter. Or nerve-racking. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, you’re missing out. I fell in love with her storytelling on the Brenna Spector crime-thriller series and haven’t missed a book release of hers yet. Can revenge be karmic? Maybe, but watch out of the swinging pendulum.
I hated and loved this book! I understand the concept and it reminded me of the book, Strangers on a Train, but on a more grand scale and with technology. It was interesting how things tied together and how it ended.
We follow Camille who is still obsessed with the young man who she believes to be responsible for the death of her daughter five years ago. She gets drawn to the dark web towards a group of women who also share their own stories of grief and loss, The Collective. This novel takes you on a journey of vigilante justice and how far people will go to aventurine their family members. * Wow. As a mother, this story was definitely heart wrenching to read at times and it had me questioning my own abilities and what I would do if something were to ever happen to my daughter. I was drawn to this book because of the uniqueness of the story, and it did not disappoint. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fast paced thrillers, entertaining reads, and you can escape in.
A Mom joins a group of mom’s wanting revenge on the person who killed their child but got off. Totally unexpected twists and turns. Definitely a slow burn that you do not want to miss. Page turner
⭐⭐⭐.5/5 • unique take on the revenge/justice trope • well thought out characters • fell a little flat somewhere along the way The first 34% of this book was so interesting and unique. I’m not sure how I feel about the rest of the book though. I definitely didn’t see any of the twists coming (I rarely do… ). If you liked The Other People by C.J. Tudor, give this one a read.
This book challenged my faith and principles like never before. I had to stop reading it for awhile to catch my breath.

 

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