The Collective – Alison Gaylin

I don’t know about you, but I love this black and red cover.

Thanks to William Morrow Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

THE COLLECTIVE – Alison Gaylin (Released November 2nd, 2021)

Book Description:

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 and the violent fury of Kill Bill.

Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong?

Camille Gardner 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 attract 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 and perpetrators emerge unscathed. Fueled by mutual rage, these women orchestrate their own brand of justice through precise, anonymous, complexly plotted and perfectly executed revenge killings, with individual members completing a specific and integral task in each plan.

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.

My Thoughts: 3/5 stars

I think this one started out very promising and I was really enjoying it! However, there were parts that didn’t entirely work for me but that ending is what completely threw me, and not in the way you want from a thriller. THE COLLECTIVE is my third book by Alison Gaylin and I’ve loved her other two books I’ve read, but not all of them can be a home run for every reader. I think this had a ton of potential and it was an easy and quick read, but the ending almost didn’t feel worth the build up. I’m in the minority here, so don’t let this middle-of-the-road review deter you. It’s still a solid thriller and I plan to pick up more from Gaylin in the future.

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