Book Review: The Herd | Andrea Bartz

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The Herd



BOOK: The Herd

AUTHOR: Andrea Bartz


Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Published: March 24, 2020

The Herd is an intriguing little mystery. People are not who they seem, and it really keeps you guessing who is who and what is going on. I felt like this book was deceptively sinister in it’s underlying tone, especially because you never know if a group of women working together can do good or a lot of trouble (in this circumstance… I wanna hope a group of women would be good together). 

I feel like the people in this book should have just gotten together and talked it out. There were a lot of secrets, But that’s what made this book intriguing. 

Small Summary:

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 Walsh, its charismatic founder.

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 suggest 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 the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other. From the author of The Lost Night comes a thrilling novel that shows just how dangerous it can be when women's perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away all together.


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Received from Netgalley.

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