Whisper Network by lawyer turned author Chandler Baker has been compared to Big Little Lies and I can see why, but it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Set in a Dallas law firm, it follows four female characters through the before, during and aftermath of a life-changing experience. Sloane, Grace and Ardie are all attorneys (and friends) dealing with work and personal issues. Rosalita is a cleaner working at the company who will also be affected by what’s about to happen.
At the heart of their work issues is their boss Ames whose past behaviour has impacted them all. When a new female lawyer joins their team, things are about to go downhill fast.
Whisper Network had all the right ingredients but I didn’t feel it was properly executed. Although the subjects raised by this book, such as sexual harassment and assault against women in the workplace, is timely and important in the #metoo era, the plot of this book fell flat for me. I struggled until about 70% of the way through and then it got interesting. But that’s a long time to wade into a book and I have to confess I almost abandoned this. I can see why this was compared to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, but I loved Big Little Lies so much more.
I found the way this book was written to be a little jarring and confusing at times. The author is also a lawyer so when she was writing about legal things involving tax it was a bit bland. There was too long a build-up to get to the good bits. I also found some of the female characters a little hard to like, but that’s just me. I also thought this would be more of a thriller then it was.
But I enjoyed the Greek chorus style of writing where the start of a chapter was written about “we” from the perspective of all women. Dealing with topics like working mums, women struggling to balance work and home, to do it all and be it all. So a very timely book.
I’d still give this a solid 3 stars, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Please read this and make your own judgement.
Verdict: Give this one a try if you like books with a legal slant.