TUESDAY EXCERPTS: “THE COLLECTIVE”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events: First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Socrates Book Reviews; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is a new book I just downloaded:  The Collective, by Alison Gaylin.

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Intro:

The ceremony starts in twenty minutes.  I’m climbing out of the subway tunnel, a thousand unwanted smells in my hair.  I’m not used to being around this many people—the stink of them, the heat, the noise.

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Teaser:

I stare at her.  The pink cashmere gloves.  The pink nose.  The shiny blond hair and the spotless white wool coat, like a giant white rabbit.

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Synopsis:

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

Camille Gardener 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 draw 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. Fueled by mutual rage, the collective members devise and act out retribution fantasies via precise, anonymous, highly coordinated revenge killings.

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

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Would you keep reading?

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