The Herd

The Herd

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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 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 Gleason, its charismatic founder. Eleanor is a queen among The Herd's sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared, even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock in preparation for a huge announcement from Eleanor--one that would change the trajectory of The Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister's crew, she secretly hopes she's found her next book subject in Eleanor, who's brilliant, trailblazing--and extremely private. Then, 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 suspect foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor's husband, other Herders, the men's rights groups that have had it out for The Herd since its launch--even Eleanor's closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face down the secrets they're keeping from each other--and confront just how dangerous it can be when women's perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away all together."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984826367
Branch Call Number: FIC BARTZ, ANDREA
Characteristics: x, 323 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 11, 2020

This book was reviewed as a smart, feminist crime story, but all these "smart" women did was cry, hug each other and have their stomachs churning from fear, revulsion or sadness. Only reason I finished reading was see if my theory about "who done it" was correct.

May 05, 2020

What a super read!

This was one of those books you pick up and then you can't put down until you get to the very end. Part thriller, part mystery, part women's fiction it's a white knuckle ride from beginning to end. With a tight group of characters the story is told from the perspectives of two sisters. Bartz portrays them realistically -- sometimes close and loving, other times fighting and just not in the mood to deal with each other. All of the characters are fully formed and could well be people you know or at least have met. The story takes part between New York (mainly Manhattan) and Beverly, Massachusetts and Bartz gives readers just the right amount of flavor for each location so you feel like you are there. The timelines are clearly laid out and there is just the right amount of up and down emotion of the holiday season.

I'll definitely be picking up her earlier book and she's become the newest addition to my auto buy/read list.

Apr 05, 2020

After all I had read about this book, it failed to come up to my expectations. Yes, it was about the hypocrisy of feminism, but in the end, I felt like it was just jealousy which spilled over into cat fights. I connected with none of the characters. I felt the push on beauty and clothing sort of negated what feminism is about. I just didn’t see this as a plausible story. Entertaining, yes, but I needed more of a connection to the women who didn’t seem to really have to struggle at all to make their mark in New York City.


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