Here’s one that we squeezed in at the end of May!
Thanks to William Morrow for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
HOW FAR SHE’S COME – Holly Brown (out now!)
Here’s what the #allthebookreviews duo thought 🙂
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
Cheyenne, who has already been vilified via social media, receives a job offer of a life time. Based on her previous presence, the head of Independent News Network, INN, wants to make her their new IT girl. An offer, she can’t pass up. Shortly after she begins her stint, she receives the diary of a female journalist icon. Suddenly she sees her own life paralleling this diary and she begins to trust nobody and her paranoia rises to a level of uncomfortable.
Brown does a fantastic job bringing in real life issues of workplace sexual harassment that we see in the news today. Intertwining this fictional story with current issues. From page one to the last page, this story draws you right in. Going back and forth from present day in Cheyenne’s life and the diary of Elyse, we get a look into the gritty side of broadcasting, the perils that come with being a celebrity and the emotional roller coaster that comes from one good broadcast to a bad one.
It’s frustrating to see women using their “assets” even as they’re getting harassed, just to stay in the “game” and try to get back at the men who are condescending and powerful enough to “get away” with it. We see this every day in the media.
The book is quick paced, compulsive and you get fully immersed in where Cheyenne is going to end up in this food chain riddled with sharks.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This was my first time reading anything by Holly Brown, and I will definitely be going back to find more from her! HOW FAR SHE’S COME is a compulsive thriller that will keep you sucked in until the prologue!
Cheyenne Florian has just been offered the job of a life time – she’s being recruited by Independent News Network. This has all been based on her growing social media and vlogging presence. INN wants her as their new IT girl and she jumps at the opportunity.
After starting, Cheyenne is making waves with the female staff at her quick rise, and she is also drawing the attention of her male coworkers. One day, there is a diary left at her desk with a note warning her to learn from the past. The diary belonged to Elyse Rohrbach, a female broadcast journalist from 1991. Cheyenne quickly stars seeing parallels between her life and Elyse’s which causes the paranoia to grow.
I think Brown did a great job building the tension and paranoia throughout this novel! We jump back and forth between present day and 1991 and we get to see firsthand how their lives are mirroring each other’s. The pacing is great and keeps you pulled in until the final pages. Brown did a great job incorporating very relevant topics such as how we view media and celebrities, as well as a look into sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you want a quick thriller, then this needs to be on your summer TBR!
What Holly Brown book should we pick up next?