Delighted to be on the blog tour for this outstanding read
THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.
Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.
Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.
Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.
As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them.
But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?
This review has been lurking and waiting for my turn on the blog tour to post it. I couldn’t wait! Literally because I read this book as soon as I received my review copy.
Only one of two blog tours I’ve accepted this autumn.
This book is in fact an exceptionally outstanding read. I read this book in a day. The story drew me in right from the start. Finally finished it feeling gobsmacked and exhausted.
I didn’t need reminding of the plot to write this review because the tragedy of it all has haunted me.
This book is totally current, and very much of today, topical with much of today’s concerns and including the constant ongoing fight for women’s rights.
The book is a dual narrative of the story of two women, BFFs Emily and Laura. Both are caught up in the often toxic world of social media and internet trolls.
After being outed as the victim of a sexual assault by a famous actor, Emily is bullied by social media trolls. In this case the anonymous, toxic side of the world of Twitter, where anyone can be anyone and take umbrage to absolutely anything and vent uneducated and twisted opinions to whomever they wish to focus on at any given time. In this case a female victim of sexual assault is identified as the complainant in a case against a famous actor who assaulted her in his hotel room. Emily is horrified to be publicly identified but then becomes braver and braver, faces her fears and joins in with the #MeToo movement until she encounters what appears to be a concerted, organised campaign of hatred towards her but what and where is the source?
Emily’s best friend Laura, a gifted scientist who has built a potentially multi million pound software company and is in the middle of a possible takeover of her company which needs her full attention. Normally reticent and introverted she has no choice but to investigate her friend’s harassment, all the while trying to fight off those who want their hands on her company and her knowledge and will stop at nothing it seems to achieve their goals.
Laura’s delving into the murky world of internet trolls would make anyone feel unclean and in need of a good scrub in a bathful of bleach! (Only do not try that at home. Obvs.)
Will Laura’s investigation become a tribute to her friend or would she too be dragged into a horrendous maelstrom.
Helped by colleagues Suki and Claire the women together form an indomitable force to be reckoned with.
I daren’t say any more without giving away some major spoilers.
This time of year, book bloggers start choosing their best books of the year. I know that this book will be right at the top of that list.
Blew me away. Literally. I’m sure I’ve said that already in this review further up the page, but whatever, it’s worth repeating.
I have downloaded Heleen Kist’s In Servitude and I’ve heard so many good things about the book that I can’t wait to read that one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Throughout her life, Heleen Kist has been fondled, patronised and ordered to smile by random men. So she wrote ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’, a feminist tale of revenge, out November 19th 2019.Whilst her professional knowledge of technology start-ups fed the novel’s setting, its theme of insidious harassment and discrimination required no research: it is familiar to all women.
Heleen was chosen as an up and coming new author at Bloody Scotland 2018. Her first novel, ‘In Servitude’ won the silver medal for Best European Fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in the USA and was shortlisted for The Selfies awarded at London Book Fair.
A Dutch strategy consultant living in Glasgow and married to a Scotsman, she’s raising their son to be a good man and their daughter to kick ass.
Heleen hopes you enjoy her writing, and would love to hear from you on twitter (@hkist), Faceboook (@heleenkistauthor) or Goodreads. You can also sign up to her newsletter on www.heleenkist.com.
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