The Herd
Why did the founder of a glamorous coworking space for women disappear? Her best friends will risk everything to uncover the truth.“Fascinating and chilling.” —Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely WifeThe 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.

The Herd Details

TitleThe Herd
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 24th, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139781984826367
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Adult Fiction, Adult, Suspense, Contemporary, Audiobook, Novels

The Herd Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Another nasty, dark, bloody, twisty, mind bending, nail biter, soul crushing, riveting page-turner! Oh boy this author is villanelle. She is the evil queen of ultra-talents kingdom, pushing our buttons and playing mind games with us and youre voluntarily letting her do that because youre having so much fun.This is my Christmas Eve's last reading and I'm already in celebration mood as you may see below:Welcome to the power drunk, vicious, ambitious, competitive business womens world. When you Another nasty, dark, bloody, twisty, mind bending, nail biter, soul crushing, riveting page-turner! Oh boy this author is villanelle. She is the evil queen of ultra-talents kingdom, pushing our buttons and playing mind games with us and you’re voluntarily letting her do that because you’re having so much fun.This is my Christmas Eve's last reading and I'm already in celebration mood as you may see below:Welcome to the power drunk, vicious, ambitious, competitive business women’s world. When you google “perfect” you may see their faces on the screen. They’re impeccable, flawless, extra ordinary: Too perfect to be true. They eat their colleagues’ heads or any other vital organs at their lunch breaks and they spit some parts, cleaning their mouths, turning back to their great schemes of stabbing other people behind their back. They’re the workers of HERD. But what a minute, where the hell is the founder? Her name was Eleanor, right? Where is she? Oh, no. She’s gone! No, not dead. At least nobody found a body but she is missing. And let me to introduce you to two sisters buried some many ugly secrets and kept so many skeletons in their closets reunite in NYC: Katie and Hana. Why were we introduced with them? Oh, I see, they’re good friends with Eleanor. They involved separately to her investigation. They wanted to find her but: as they keep digging about Eleanor’s past to find where she’s hiding or what happened to her, they start to face with their own dirty big secrets. See, sometimes it’s better not to know too much!I’m not gonna give spoilers not to ruin your enjoyable reading. I canceled my appointment with Henry Cavill for reading this book. ( Okay, not real appointment, I’m not delusional, just a happy drunk. I just skipped to binge watch “Witcher” but as far as I can see I made the right choice, this book is more delicious than ex-Superman’s and Tom Cruise movie villain’s looks. I hate his Legolas wig anyways)There are lots of twists make you forget your name and repeat to yourself: “Don’t call me Shirley!” several times! You feel flabbergasted, dump, numb because of too much “I didn’t see it coming” moments. The ending is also fantastic. I’m so happy to announce that I found a real five starred, entertaining read.I already added “Lost Night” novel of the author to my tbr list as high as Mount Kilimanjaro. So happy to read a brilliant writer’s work.Special thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books to share this thrilling ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. Special thanks to Andrea Bartz for her talented writing and this unputdownable journey.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Anna Luce
    January 1, 1970
    ★★✰✰✰ 2 stars Having really enjoyed Andrea Bartzs debut novel, The Lost Night, I had rather high hopes for The Herd. Sadly, not only is The Herd populated by simultaneously unrealistic and detestable characters but it also tells a rather derivative story. The summary seemed to promise a tantalising story, one that would depict the complicated and shifting dynamics in an all-female co-working space. What we actually get is the usual cliched storyline that focuses on a group of friends, one of ★★✰✰✰ 2 stars Having really enjoyed Andrea Bartz’s debut novel, The Lost Night, I had rather high hopes for The Herd. Sadly, not only is The Herd populated by simultaneously unrealistic and detestable characters but it also tells a rather derivative story. The summary seemed to promise a tantalising story, one that would depict the complicated and shifting dynamics in an all-female co-working space. What we actually get is the usual cliched storyline that focuses on a group of friends, one of whom happens to be more successful/famous than the others. The plot is predictable and boring, most of the suspense is created by our not knowing the narrators’ secrets. There was no real tension or atmosphere. The HERD centre is never the focal point of the story but a mere prop, one that led to scenes in which this group of friends can go on and talk about ‘the male gaze’ and the ‘patriarchy’.“The one way to win, the one fucking way to be a woman and do well in this world is to stomp on other women’s backs.”While originality wasn’t The Lost Night’s strongest point, it more than made up for it by having a striking sense of place and time. In The Herd however New York and the HERD centre fade into the background. Eleanor Walsh is the classic female character who appears in this type of so-called ‘psychological’ novels. We are told that she is the basic embodiment of the perfect modern woman: beautiful, intelligent, charismatic, a feminist. Being told that she is alluring or interesting doesn’t actually make her those things. Her disappearance unfolds in a predictable way: her closest friends decide to embark on their own investigation even if there is a detective working the case. Katie and Hana are sisters and both were close to Eleanor. In alternating chapters we read of their amateurish attempts at finding out what Eleanor was hiding. They are also hiding things from one another and they are both trying to forget about a ‘traumatising’ incident from their pasts.They spend most chapters getting scared by their own ringtones, wondering whether Eleanor is dead, receiving help by their conveniently gifted friends (such as a hacker), and feeling sorry for themselves.That’s more or less it.Add two or three attractive and possibly guilty of something or other male characters and there ya have it: The Herd.The novel tries to critique a certain brand of feminism by portraying how hypocritical certain female entrepreneurs are: in spite of their ‘empowering’ agendas they still encourage their female associates to spend hours on end on their appearances or they are actually profiteering from other women’s insecurities. If the HERD centre had actually been the focal point of this novel I think that the story could have been a lot more engaging as well as providing us with a more cutting commentary on certain facets of contemporary feminism. What we have instead is a predictable narrative about two sisters, both of whom think that the other one has it better than they do.Lousy story and characters aside there are a few other things about this novel that really frustrated me:✖ This group of friends lacks chemistry. Where they even friends to begin with? Why should I care about ‘backstabbing’ and ‘lies’ when they seem to sort of dislike each other from the get go?✖ The ‘twist’ is almost identical to the one in The Lost Night so I saw it from miles away. Isn’t that a bit of a cheap trick? The reveal and final face-off are incredibly reminiscent of the ones in The Lost Night. ✖ The sisters’ ‘secrets’...one seemed recycled from similar novels while the other one was laughable (view spoiler)[(a husband walks in on his wife cheating with him with another woman and he has a heart attack?! Come on!) (hide spoiler)].✖ The writing...in The Lost Night there were a few phrases which struck me as very debut-like (examples being “a new thought, opening like an umbrella” and “happiness rushing up through me like froth”). I wasn’t expecting the writing in The Herd to be so much more aggravating. Most pages in this novel have to do with what Katie and Hana feel and think. But they never simply feel or think things. Their feelings and thoughts blossom, billow, plume, or fan out:-“I said it without thinking, the idea booming out of me like a cannonball.”-“Fear was fanning out inside of me, working outward from my gut.”-“The realization that I knew almost nothing about this guy resurfaced like something bobbing up from the bottom of a lake.”-“It rose through me without warning: a plume of anxiety, neon and strong”-“The awkwardness plumed, filling up the room like smoke.”-“Then, pushing through the fug of my worry for Eleanor, a heady sadness that billowed like incense,”-“The idea bloomed in my skull as if someone else had whispered it to me.”-“I watched her cry, feeling my impression of her shifting like tectonic plates inside my skull.”-“A thought like a whisper”-“sadness billowed in me, threatened to burst out from behind my face.”This novel is basically pages and pages of purply phrases accentuating the special way in which the narrators think or feel.✖ Overdramatic. As I’ve mentioned before characters are constantly overacting. They get scared by their phones (“My phone exploded with sound; I jumped so high, I practically bonked my head on the ceiling.”), they think that drums sound like gunfire (“We were looping scarves and tugging on hats when a sudden round of gunfire made us freeze. It started again. Not gunfire—drums, a drum line.”), they gasp at the silliest things in very dramatic fashion (“My mouth gaped open, an oval of shock.”), they are fumbling in their attempts not to let others know that they are actually trying to find Eleanor. A lot of ordinary actions were given a forced sense of urgency: “I was a human whirlwind, somehow whipping out a digital recorder, accepting the call, and putting her on speakerphone all in one scrambling swoop”.✖ The narrators try really hard to come across as SERIOUS feminists so that as soon as a male character talks they think or say stuff like ‘he can’t understand what is like to be a woman’ laughable still are phrases such as: “Samantha was washing silverware with the furious concentration of a frat guy playing flip cup” and “I futzed and fumbled, jabbing at the keyhole like an awkward teen during his first sexual encounter, until finally the door clicked open”.✖ The way these female characters are portrayed promotes a rather one dimensional image of a feminist. While I could get behind the critique of this new wave of feminism, the story never truly delves into the complexities of female friendships or of an all-female workplace. The villain’s final monologue, however cheesy, actually had something interesting to say about the nature of certain female friendships….but that hardly makes up for the novel’s general lack of insight into these ‘female’ dynamics.The 'herd' analogy appeared now and again but for the most part was largely underused. This novel wasn't fascinating or chilling, it just was. If you haven't read Bartz's debut novel and you don't happen to have a low tolerance for cringe-y proses, you might actually find The Herd to be entertaining.Read more reviews on my blog / / / View all my reviews on Goodreads
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  • Christina McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    A smart, feminist thriller with elegant prose and complex, skilfully constructed characters. The Herd (emphasis on her) is set in an all-female work environment, exploring the relationships between women, female ambition, and the price of success for women.Katie and her sister Hana are finally reunited when Katie moves back to New York. When their friend Eleanor, the founder of The Herd, goes missing, they both become entangled in the investigation. And everyone is a suspect.With lots of twists A smart, feminist thriller with elegant prose and complex, skilfully constructed characters. The Herd (emphasis on her) is set in an all-female work environment, exploring the relationships between women, female ambition, and the price of success for women.Katie and her sister Hana are finally reunited when Katie moves back to New York. When their friend Eleanor, the founder of The Herd, goes missing, they both become entangled in the investigation. And everyone is a suspect.With lots of twists and a breathtaking finale, The Herd is a lively thriller showcasing flawed protagonists on a journey into the disappearance of a loved one. The complicated dynamics between the characters makes for enjoyable reading as the masks of perfection slip and dark pasts are exposed.
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  • Jordy’s Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    I was all down for the female empowerment at the center of THE HERD, but I ended up having some issues that kept me from really enjoying this one. I loved the concept of a murder mystery at an all woman's social club, but found myself having issues connecting with any of the characters...I'm all for flawed females, but these women are unlikable and difficult to root for and spend most of the book backstabbing each other. I found myself bored by the murder mystery and ultimately don't think I can I was all down for the female empowerment at the center of THE HERD, but I ended up having some issues that kept me from really enjoying this one. I loved the concept of a murder mystery at an all woman's social club, but found myself having issues connecting with any of the characters...I'm all for flawed females, but these women are unlikable and difficult to root for and spend most of the book backstabbing each other. I found myself bored by the murder mystery and ultimately don't think I can recommend this one. However, I know many people are enjoying this one, so pick it up at your own peril.
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  • Megan Collins
    January 1, 1970
    If I hadnt been away this weekend, I would have ripped through THE HERD in two sittings at most. Just like Andrea Bartzs critically acclaimed, heart-pounding debut THE LOST NIGHT, THE HERD pulses with tension and suspense from beginning to end. The story is told by Katie and Hana, two sisters burdened with secrets who are finally living in New York at the same time. When their close friend Eleanor, the cofounder of the Herd, a glamorous all-female workspace, goes missing, they launch separate If I hadn’t been away this weekend, I would have ripped through THE HERD in two sittings at most. Just like Andrea Bartz’s critically acclaimed, heart-pounding debut THE LOST NIGHT, THE HERD pulses with tension and suspense from beginning to end. The story is told by Katie and Hana, two sisters burdened with secrets who are finally living in New York at the same time. When their close friend Eleanor, the cofounder of the Herd, a glamorous all-female workspace, goes missing, they launch separate investigations that will lead them deeper and deeper into Eleanor’s dark past—as well as their own. I loved this book so much; it’s got Andrea Bartz’s signature snappy writing, with a propulsive plot that I found even more addictive (if that’s even possible!) than her stellar debut. This book also has a prologue and epilogue that bookend the story in a unique, stunning, and immensely chilling way, making it a memorable standout in the thriller market. I was immediately drawn in by the dark and beautiful writing in the opening pages, and the story zoomed on from there, pulling me along on an atmospheric and eerie ride with delicious twists and reveals. The book also deals with themes both timely and timeless—the masks of perfection that women are pressured to wear; female ambition in what is still a man’s world; the price of success for a woman—and I appreciated the opportunity to sit with the ugly but important insights this story brought to light.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    The Wing + Murder is the basic pitch for this book, which surprisingly doesn't have the kind of super-instagrammable millennial pink cover I would have expected. Instead they've gone for more of a disturbing-girl-murder-y vibe which is fine, but I still think it's a lost opportunity to be In This Moment.Because this is a very In This Moment book, which is not the worst thing for a thriller to be. It captures the Young Women Entrepreneurial Chic vibe, the one where you have to be a The Wing + Murder is the basic pitch for this book, which surprisingly doesn't have the kind of super-instagrammable millennial pink cover I would have expected. Instead they've gone for more of a disturbing-girl-murder-y vibe which is fine, but I still think it's a lost opportunity to be In This Moment.Because this is a very In This Moment book, which is not the worst thing for a thriller to be. It captures the Young Women Entrepreneurial Chic vibe, the one where you have to be a hashtag-girlboss who makes her own decisions but also the one where you have to look great doing it. You have to get to yoga regularly because you have to keep that toned body and your skincare routine has at least six steps. You have big goals, you have a side hustle, you cowork, you network. All of those things are The Herd, a women's (and marginalized genders, the characters occasionally remember to recite) coworking space and membership club founded by tv-ready Eleanor. Our protagonists are sisters Katie and Hana. Hana is part of Eleanor's inner circle along with Mikki, the two of them acting as PR and Design consultants for The Herd. Katie has just returned from home in the Midwest where she was caring for her ailing mother and working on a book that she has quietly shelved. The book moves so seamlessly between their points of view that I occasionally forgot which one I was with, but the back and forth is well structured and keeps the plot moving quickly as each sister slowly reveals her own secrets. The book is more focused on being a thriller than it is being a takedown of this picture-perfect culture that Eleanor and The Herd cultivate. I'm the kind of reader who would have liked less thrills and a sharper wit, but I'm probably in the minority. And I certainly read it fast enough that I can't really complain. The mysteries aren't all that mysterious, but it's character-driven enough that you are content keeping the focus on the two sisters. A good readalike for I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    HOT MESS!The concept of The Herd is intriguing and I hoped for its potential as a suspense hit. However, what I got instead was a convoluted hot mess.There's no engagement between the characters. I could not get drawn into their circle, into their story and as such I simply found I did not care about the characters or what happened. Then there's what happened: a lot! On and on! 2 POVs, constant backstabbing and several twists revealed. While this offers plenty attempts of enticement, it also HOT MESS!The concept of The Herd is intriguing and I hoped for its potential as a suspense hit. However, what I got instead was a convoluted hot mess.There's no engagement between the characters. I could not get drawn into their circle, into their story and as such I simply found I did not care about the characters or what happened. Then there's what happened: a lot! On and on! 2 POVs, constant backstabbing and several twists revealed. While this offers plenty attempts of enticement, it also pulls the book in every which way imaginable. Normally I'd be pleased at the action, but with the lack of connection with characters, and twists thrown in just for twists sake, this was yet another road block that stopped me from becoming fully engaged. Whenever a twist occurred, it did little to excite, or meant nothing to me at that point. I'd say I lost interest half way. But honestly, I don't think I was ever fully invested at any point.
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  • JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I liked this one better than The Lost Night!⠀The suspense was there 24-7 with this one and even though it was a slow-burn it still had a crazy twist. For me, this one was like twist, on top of a twist on top of family drama, haha. ⠀⠀The author does a great job of making these characters either super like-able or hate-able. In this case, I kinda liked them all, even though what theyve done. Eleanor was probably my least favorite of the bunch if I had to pick one. ⠀⠀I enjoyed how SO I have to say I liked this one better than The Lost Night!⠀The suspense was there 24-7 with this one and even though it was a slow-burn it still had a crazy twist. For me, this one was like twist, on top of a twist on top of family drama, haha. ⠀⠀The author does a great job of making these characters either super like-able or hate-able. In this case, I kinda liked them all, even though what they’ve done. Eleanor was probably my least favorite of the bunch if I had to pick one. ⠀⠀I enjoyed how SO much was going on at once because when it came to each chapter with their different POV’s it would connect the story for you without you even realizing. I was so into it towards the end that when the last page finally came I was like wait, that’s it? Then there was an epilogue!! SO grateful for epilogues because in books like this you need it.
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  • i.
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike most readers, I found this book unpleasant. It showed the worst aspects of female relationships and the characters seemed to accept that lies, betrayal, abuse and (view spoiler)[murder (hide spoiler)] were part of their friendship.This is not what I needed to read during this tough period of quarantine. P.S. If you know of a feel-good novel, recommend it to me, please.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I am really enjoying this new wave of feminist literature that addresses the pros and cons of social media and influencers! This one was a fascinating look at a "women only" company, founded by elite star Eleanor that encourages women to work collectively at The Herd where fashion and beauty intersect and collective workspaces and Mocktail Mondays are all the rage. Told in alternating chapters by sisters Hana and Katie, the novel focuses on several issues relevant to today: the trolls that I am really enjoying this new wave of feminist literature that addresses the pros and cons of social media and influencers! This one was a fascinating look at a "women only" company, founded by elite star Eleanor that encourages women to work collectively at The Herd where fashion and beauty intersect and collective workspaces and Mocktail Mondays are all the rage. Told in alternating chapters by sisters Hana and Katie, the novel focuses on several issues relevant to today: the trolls that undermine influencers (in this case the "Anti-herd," a group of men who are angry with the "no boys allowed" restriction), the catty, often-backstabbing nature of women who pretend to like each other but are often more jealous than they let on, the secrets of mistakes made in the past, and rivalries that aren't apparent on the surface. There's also a murder mystery as Eleanor goes missing soon after she plans to reveal the takeover of her company. Many suspects, many red herrings, many backstories. And I also loved the analogy of the "herd" concept as we know that predators will often try to separate members of a herd to threaten and provoke weakness before an attack. And yes, almost all the characters are flawed; I just never let that get in the way of a great story!Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • Samantha Downing
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a fascinating, chilling look inside an upscale workspace for women in New York City. Andrea Bartz nails this one, from the twisty plot to what it means to be a professional woman in todays world. This book will make you wonder how well you know your coworkers! This book is a fascinating, chilling look inside an upscale workspace for women in New York City. Andrea Bartz nails this one, from the twisty plot to what it means to be a professional woman in today’s world. This book will make you wonder how well you know your coworkers!
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  • Maureen Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    Is it possible that Andrea Bartzs whip-smart-cant-put-down new novel, THE HERD outshines her debut THE LOST NIGHT? Only by an immeasurable bit and only because this author has a cool voice that she continues to hone with the precision of a knife. This book left me breathless and clinging to every word. Told from the alternating viewpoints of two sisters living in New York, we enter a world rife with dueling love and competing loyalties. Hana, a Harvard graduate and the oldest, is established and Is it possible that Andrea Bartz’s whip-smart-can’t-put-down new novel, THE HERD outshines her debut THE LOST NIGHT? Only by an immeasurable bit and only because this author has a cool voice that she continues to hone with the precision of a knife. This book left me breathless and clinging to every word. Told from the alternating viewpoints of two sisters living in New York, we enter a world rife with dueling love and competing loyalties. Hana, a Harvard graduate and the oldest, is established and working in the high-pressure world of PR, while Kaite searches for steady ground after spending time taking care of their sick mother in Michigan. They are both associated through long term friendship, with Eleanor and her brainchild, The Herd, an exclusive space for innovative and aspiring women associated with Eleanor’s cosmetic company, Gleam. Following the sisters through the aftermath of Eleanor’s murder, we experience the complexity and boundaries of sisterhood and friendship. Bartz’s sophisticated storytelling provides toothsome commentary on the shallowness of social media and bone-biting competitiveness of our ‘hurry-up’ culture. THE HERD comes out March 24, I recommend you grab it fast!
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  • Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Random House and Ballantine Books for my chance to read this ARC. The book is about an all-female workspace called the HERd, it's leader Eleanor, and her three friends. While their lives look glamorous on the outside, there is something sinister lurking underneath. When Eleanor disappears, her friends come together to begin a twisted search full of shocking discoveries.I thought this book was very poignant for women's history month and was full of the bond of sisterhood and Thank you so much to Random House and Ballantine Books for my chance to read this ARC. The book is about an all-female workspace called the HERd, it's leader Eleanor, and her three friends. While their lives look glamorous on the outside, there is something sinister lurking underneath. When Eleanor disappears, her friends come together to begin a twisted search full of shocking discoveries.I thought this book was very poignant for women's history month and was full of the bond of sisterhood and friendship. The story began a bit slow for me and took a while to really find the story. I loved the premise, and each separate character was interesting. Once I got into the story I enjoyed it and found myself wanting to read more and more. There were so many different twists and plot points, and I really did not see the ending coming. I enjoyed this book, and if you like a quick and entertaining mystery, you will too. 4 stars!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    THE HERDBY ANDREA BARTZThis is probably the most disappointing novel I have ever requested and therefore have to give a review. The premise sounded interesting about feminism and was intriguing but reading it was a very unrealistic experience. I welcome books of all genres including fantasy but to get any real enjoyment I have to be enchanted by the storytelling and the warm feeling I get when following the character's arcs. Sadly, this book fell very flat for me and I instantly regretted THE HERDBY ANDREA BARTZThis is probably the most disappointing novel I have ever requested and therefore have to give a review. The premise sounded interesting about feminism and was intriguing but reading it was a very unrealistic experience. I welcome books of all genres including fantasy but to get any real enjoyment I have to be enchanted by the storytelling and the warm feeling I get when following the character's arcs. Sadly, this book fell very flat for me and I instantly regretted requesting it. I also do not have a problem suspending belief but this story and the characters were just too far fetched. This is not to say that other readers will agree with my rating and might find that they like it. It was a learning experience that I have realized that I need to be more careful in the future to discern to how much of a degree do I need to feel like something is totally beyond the realm of even being able to fantasize about. I just felt that this book is just not for me but wish the author Andrea Bartz and the publisher much success with future audiences.Thank you to Net Galley, Andrea Bartz and the Publisher for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    I think that I may be one of the dissenters on this one.I do agree with the editorial reviewer who states that it shows the hypocrisy of feminismI just dont think its a good thing. The book takes some really awesome feminist ideals and them tramples them with petty cat fights and general bad behavior.The mystery at its heart is interesting, but not particularly entertaining. Most of our characters seemed to be playing at being adults, but their underlying lack of maturity gets tiresome to read.I I think that I may be one of the dissenters on this one.I do agree with the editorial reviewer who states that it shows the hypocrisy of feminism…I just don’t think it’s a good thing. The book takes some really awesome feminist ideals and them tramples them with petty cat fights and general bad behavior.The mystery at its heart is interesting, but not particularly entertaining. Most of our characters seemed to be playing at being adults, but their underlying lack of maturity gets tiresome to read.I was intrigued by the idea of The Herd, but ultimately wasn’t particularly satisfied with our story or characters.Your mileage may vary.*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    A much-needed firm is created in order to fill a void in the professional workplace: an organization created, operated and accepting female-only professionals. The concept is very successful; many businesswomen had craved a safe, creative and proactive environment to conduct their business. The organization is the brainchild of four college friends, Eleanor, Hana, Hanas little sister Katie, and Mikki. These four highly successful ladies have recently reunited when Katie moves back from the A much-needed firm is created in order to fill a void in the professional workplace: an organization created, operated and accepting female-only professionals. The concept is very successful; many businesswomen had craved a safe, creative and proactive environment to conduct their business. The organization is the brainchild of four college friends, Eleanor, Hana, Hana’s little sister Katie, and Mikki. These four highly successful ladies have recently reunited when Katie moves back from the Midwest. As tensions rise over a huge merger announcement to be made, Eleanor disappears without a trace. This is not her nature; she’s the force behind the success of the company. As we look back over a variety of events that led up to Eleanor’s absence, each person in the organization has something to hide and something to gain, including the men who challenge the organization and personally attack the leaders, and the husbands and /or boyfriends of the group. Has Eleanor simply left the country, as her tracks seem to show?Constantly twisting with complicated and deeply interlaced friendships, a dark history they all must share, and a strong desire of each person to succeed will keep you turning the page until the very end.(I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine and NetGalley for making it available.)
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    Katie is a young, aspiring author. Shes working on her first novel and is back in NYC after spending some time in Michigan, writing, researching and also helping take care of her ill mother. Now that shes back in the big city, shes excited to learn more about, and hopefully join, The Herd. What is The Herd, you ask? Its a women-only collective workspace. For a monthly fee you can belong to this exclusive group, use the common areas to conduct work, write, just get away from all the noise, take Katie is a young, aspiring author. She’s working on her first novel and is back in NYC after spending some time in Michigan, writing, researching and also helping take care of her ill mother. Now that she’s back in the big city, she’s excited to learn more about, and hopefully join, The Herd. What is The Herd, you ask? It’s a women-only collective workspace. For a monthly fee you can belong to this exclusive group, use the common areas to conduct work, write, just get away from all the noise, take yoga classes, order drinks from the bar, use the free products in the Gleam Room to beautify yourself for a job interview or a date. It sounds amazing! The brains, beauty and style behind The Herd belong to Eleanor, with support from Hana (Katie’s older sister) and Mikki. These three women attended Harvard together, and they are tight knit, but Katie is an honorary member of their squad. Eleanor’s business concept has struck a real chord and she’s in the process of opening other Herd locations. Things are going great for everyone!! Until Eleanor goes missing and they all learn that things are not going quite as great as they thought.This book touches a lot of topical issues while also being a great whodunnit with lots of twists. I really recommend this book!!
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Katie is an aspiring author who has spent the last year in Kalamazoo taking care of her sick mother. She has been writing and researching for her book and when something happens and her book falls through she heads to New York hoping for a fresh start and to join The Herd where her sister works. The Herd is an exclusive all womans workspace and just for a monthly fee you can join and this gives you opportunity to work, just take a break, relax, exercise, drink and use their own beauty products Katie is an aspiring author who has spent the last year in Kalamazoo taking care of her sick mother. She has been writing and researching for her book and when something happens and her book falls through she heads to New York hoping for a fresh start and to join The Herd where her sister works. The Herd is an exclusive all woman’s workspace and just for a monthly fee you can join and this gives you opportunity to work, just take a break, relax, exercise, drink and use their own beauty products in the Gleam Room. This exclusive club is run by none other Eleanor. Hana who is Katie’s older sister runs the PR aspect and also their college friend Mikki helps as well. They all met while attending Harvard. When Katie arrives she’s blown away with what these woman have created. Along the way Eleanor has gained some enemies who feel she excludes them, like men by making her club woman only. The day she’s supposed to make a huge business announcement Eleanor disappears. Katie and Hana begin to investigate and begin to realize that things are not quite what they seem. Eleanor has been keeping secrets from everyone. Soon everyone becomes a suspect and maybe just one of them is hiding the biggest secret of all! I give this five stars! My mind was everywhere trying to figure out what was happening! I finished this book in a day! I loved the authors previous book The Lost Night and I highly recommend grabbing this book when available! Also I’m from Michigan and love that she added Kalamazoo into the book
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  • Nicole Bross
    January 1, 1970
    THE HERD is a strong, compelling follow-up to THE LOST NIGHT, Andrea Bartz's debut novel. Laying bare the complexity of relationships between women--familial, friendship and work-related, THE HERD is a feminist thriller with more than a few twists, turns and surprises for the reader. I was sure--sure!--I had figured it out, only to find out I was completely wrong, a fact which I enjoyed immensely, right down to the sucker punch the final page delivers. This is sure to be one of the most THE HERD is a strong, compelling follow-up to THE LOST NIGHT, Andrea Bartz's debut novel. Laying bare the complexity of relationships between women--familial, friendship and work-related, THE HERD is a feminist thriller with more than a few twists, turns and surprises for the reader. I was sure--sure!--I had figured it out, only to find out I was completely wrong, a fact which I enjoyed immensely, right down to the sucker punch the final page delivers. This is sure to be one of the most talked-about mysteries of the year.
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  • Lora - questsandcrimes
    January 1, 1970
    This story centers on The HERd, a womens only coworking space that focuses on mentoring and networking. Every woman wants to be a part of this coworking space. Katie has an in because her sister, Hana, has been friends with the founder since college and manages The Herds PR. The night of a big press announcement the founder, Eleanor, vanishes. Now, Hana and Katie must try to figure out what happened to Eleanor and face the secrets theyve been hiding from each other.Andrea Bartz writing style is This story centers on The HERd, a women’s only coworking space that focuses on mentoring and networking. Every woman wants to be a part of this coworking space. Katie has an in because her sister, Hana, has been friends with the founder since college and manages The Herd’s PR. The night of a big press announcement the founder, Eleanor, vanishes. Now, Hana and Katie must try to figure out what happened to Eleanor and face the secrets they’ve been hiding from each other.Andrea Bartz writing style is so fresh. She’s quick and sarcastic. Every sentence of this book is delivered with sharp wit. The story is told in two narratives, Katie’s and Hana’s. The two narratives made the book move very quickly for me.I could not put this book down. The plot was addictive and every chapter ended in a way that made you NEED to read...all the rest of the chapters. There were enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing. This book is about the disappearance of a public figure and the fallout afterwards. However, it’s also about the pressure that women face everyday. Near the end of the book there’s a satirical opening piece about if Steve Jobs were a woman that had me rolling. After I finished laughing, I was so angry because everything said was true. We live in a society that pits women against each other constantly and critiques everything they do. This book explores how different women deal with that level of pressure and scrutiny.Finally, this book is full of secrets. You know how I love that. Everyone (almost) in this book has done something they’re ashamed of. Some things that are truly terrible. How far will you go to protect yourself or your family? Discovering those secrets was my favorite part of this story. I loved this book. If you like a juicy drama that will keep you guessing, you’ll love The Herd.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Random House for the advance reader copy. Eleanor is the head of an exclusive women only club in New York. The Herd was designed to allow women to share work space in a community like setting. After a subtle threat to the club, Eleanor goes missing. And it's hours before a big public announcement about the future of The Herd. The book is told in alternating perspectives of Eleanor's friends and colleagues.The first two parts of this book are slow. But once part three shows up, it is Thank you Random House for the advance reader copy. Eleanor is the head of an exclusive women only club in New York. The Herd was designed to allow women to share work space in a community like setting. After a subtle threat to the club, Eleanor goes missing. And it's hours before a big public announcement about the future of The Herd. The book is told in alternating perspectives of Eleanor's friends and colleagues.The first two parts of this book are slow. But once part three shows up, it is game on. Eleanor is a terrible person and I felt no concern over her well being. But, I was very into the drama and twists and turns that came with finding out what happened to her. I liked how everyone involved had solid backstories and autonomy within the plot. I do wish that the two sisters had more distinct voices. I often had to look back at the beginning of the section in their parts to see who was narrating. The little secrets that everyone was keeping were revealed in a way that kept the plot fresh and moving forward. The social commentary was obvious but not overdone. It was clear that there was a message about the dangers of affluenza and the downfall that greed and jealousy can bring. (And that hiding behind a just cause for personal gain is real dirty.)By the time that I got to part four, I was enthralled. And with all good thrillers, the ending was not predictable. I definitely didn't see it coming and that's always fun.The epilogue in this one was both poignant and satisfying. I would definitely recommend this to any thriller reader. Also, any reader who likes female dominant story telling. As well as juicy reveals.
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  • Jamie Canaves
    January 1, 1970
    I needed something that would not only grab my attention quickly but would be able to hold it and Bartz totally delivered. This had a lot of elements work for me: interesting workspace; longtime friendships; family drama; character struggling to get their life together; missing person case; secrets!Katie interviews at her older sister Hanas job at The Herd, a coworking space designed only for women, but she brings baggage shes keeping a secret and really running away from something shes not yet I needed something that would not only grab my attention quickly but would be able to hold it and Bartz totally delivered. This had a lot of elements work for me: interesting workspace; longtime friendships; family drama; character struggling to get their life together; missing person case; secrets!Katie interviews at her older sister Hana’s job at The Herd, a coworking space designed only for women, but she brings baggage she’s keeping a secret and really running away from something she’s not yet ready to reveal. Quickly, her mess begins to spill into her new work environment but, before she’s found out, Eleanor, the founder of The Herd and close friend of Hana’s, goes missing right before a huge announcement. As the group of women, friends since youth, begin to ask questions, they start to realize there are secrets, they may not have known their friend Eleanor as well as they thought, and there’s still the threat from those livid by the idea of a women-only coworking space… It’s told in alternating POV between Katie and her sister Hana, which allows the reader to really see their relationship with each other and other people from different perspectives. The audiobook used two different narrators, which worked really well for this story. (TW stalking, not on page/ mentions past child abuse/ mom with breast cancer discussed/ suicide attempt, detail but not on page)--from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...
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  • Brianas_best_reads
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Review!✨Thank you so much Random House and Andi Bartz for the free ARC of The Herd which releases 3/24/20. After really enjoying The Lost Night, I had such high hopes for this book and all of my hopes were surpassed. I loved the premise of this book and from the start could not wait to see where Bartz was going to take the story. I was proud of myself for being able to figure out parts of the mystery, but then there was such a twist at the very, very end that I was left shocked by! I think that ✨Review!✨Thank you so much Random House and Andi Bartz for the free ARC of “The Herd” which releases 3/24/20. After really enjoying “The Lost Night”, I had such high hopes for this book and all of my hopes were surpassed. I loved the premise of this book and from the start could not wait to see where Bartz was going to take the story. I was proud of myself for being able to figure out parts of the mystery, but then there was such a twist at the very, very end that I was left shocked by! I think that is what really made me take a step back and say WHOA. The characters were all interesting in their own way and there were so many hidden secrets between everyone that you just couldn’t wait to learn more about! The book alternates points of view between Hana and Katie which I thought was a great way to show us both sisters and how different they are. Overall, I would completely recommend this book! It had mystery, and so much family, friendship, and relationship drama. I couldn’t get enough! 4.5/5 ⭐️ rounded up to 5/5 ⭐️
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  • Jessica (BlogEared Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my. Andrea Bartz has a new fan and I will be ordering her first book, The Lost Night right after this review. I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. 3 friends from Harvard all come together in NY City to help their best friend Eleanor, run a successful company and launch a new division- a Women Only club, similar to a WeWork space. Chapters swap back and forth between sisters Hana and Katie and we really get insight into their past secrets and backgrounds. The evening of a huge Oh my. Andrea Bartz has a new fan and I will be ordering her first book, The Lost Night right after this review. I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. 3 friends from Harvard all come together in NY City to help their best friend Eleanor, run a successful company and launch a new division- a Women Only club, similar to a WeWork space. Chapters swap back and forth between sisters Hana and Katie and we really get insight into their past secrets and backgrounds. The evening of a huge announcement for Eleanor's company "The Herd", she goes missing and her best friends start investigating. This book was great. Quick, easy read. Fun and complex characters. Andrea Bartz is an amazing writer and I'm so happy I had the chance to read this book. Thank you to #netgalley #andreabartz and #randomhouse for providing a complimentary copy of #theherd for an honest review.
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    Part feminist, part thriller. I fell in love with the beautiful cover and was immediately inthralled with each of its powerful, stunning characters. Reading this, I practically felt like I was back in New York City with the on point descriptions and mentions of specific places like Delancey Street. The Herd actually reminds me of an all female community space that exists now in NY called The Wing. The Herd is an insanely charged read about dominant women who will do anything to succeed and Part feminist, part thriller. I fell in love with the beautiful cover and was immediately inthralled with each of its powerful, stunning characters. Reading this, I practically felt like I was back in New York City with the on point descriptions and mentions of specific places like Delancey Street. The Herd actually reminds me of an all female community space that exists now in NY called The Wing. The Herd is an insanely charged read about dominant women who will do anything to succeed and anything to protect each other all at the same time. Original. Unputdownable. A must read for 2020!
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    A completely wild ride, intricate, touching, and intense.
  • Kaitlyn Vella
    January 1, 1970
    Andrea Bartz did it again.Reading this book swept me away into the world of the Herd and the lives of four best friends trying to navigate life in NYC. As with her last novel, Bartz had me seriously guessing until the very end in an attempt to find out what really happened to Eleanor.
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  • Fornickels
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this story about an all female working space and the missing owner. Fast paced with twists and turns, The Herd will have suspecting everyone. A definite recommend!
  • Kris Waldherr
    January 1, 1970
    A twisty, feminist, and sometimes satirical thriller set in the media world of hipster Brooklyn and NYC. Had a hard time putting this one downBartz is the mistress of the pageturner! A twisty, feminist, and sometimes satirical thriller set in the media world of hipster Brooklyn and NYC. Had a hard time putting this one down—Bartz is the mistress of the pageturner!
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this Arc courtesy of Ballatine Books. The Lost Night was one of my favorite books of last year. When I saw this one was on it's way out I couldn't contain my excitement. Not only do they both take place in NYC, where I live, the suspense, storyline and characters draw you in immediately.This book hit all the markers of how social media is, what the new in things are to say and how feminism is making a new voice in this third wave. So many social identity aspects are discussed, even I received this Arc courtesy of Ballatine Books. The Lost Night was one of my favorite books of last year. When I saw this one was on it's way out I couldn't contain my excitement. Not only do they both take place in NYC, where I live, the suspense, storyline and characters draw you in immediately.This book hit all the markers of how social media is, what the new in things are to say and how feminism is making a new voice in this third wave. So many social identity aspects are discussed, even how POC are affected by our society. It was a page turner that didn't stop for me. I read this in a four hour stretch and I cannot wait for the release.Herd is a woman owned co-opt style work space run by Eleanor who seems to be the perfect, uprising, on the scene feminist. Her best friends Hana and Mikki help run this awesome company. Katie, Hana's sister shows up after some horrible things she is running away from. She even has her eye on becoming one of the Herd and possibly writing something relating to what it is and who Eleanor really is. But them Eleanor disappears right before a huge event. Did she run away and start a new life or did something happen to her? When the case going towards foul play, everyone is searching out each others secrets. Who really is Eleanor? But really the question is, who really are her friends and family? As we are taken on an in-depth ride from different perspectives, we find out things that we would have never guessed.Grab this book because it is going to be one of your favorites of the year.
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