Book Review for HOW FAR SHE'S COME by Holly Brown
HOW FAR SHE'S COME by Holly Brown
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A timely story about how far women have come and just how much further they need to go in order to make a difference.
HOW FAR SHE'S COME is an exploration of the dynamic between men and women in work. It highlights the transgressions of the past gender issues as well as the fact this is still happening in many professions today. I applaud Holly Brown for tackling such a weighty subject with respect and honesty while still having a feisty, pro-female, and intelligent narrative.
The author does a wonderful job of shining a light on how women are objectified when they are in the spotlight as well as how they are treated when they make their voices heard. Brown shows the brutal reactions and comments that are littering the internet about people who take a stance one way or the other. In many ways, the author lays it all out as she gradually builds the tension until it explodes at the end. Her story is smart, gripping, and timely.
As a side note, I feel that I have to mention one thing. The book is first classified as a Psychological Thriller which I was excited about. I anticipated a lot of mind games and manipulations being pushed to their breaking points. However, this is not exactly what I got. Is there tension? Yes. Is it thriller level? I am not completely sure. The story at its core is Women’s Fiction with a concentration on social and women’s issues. This is not a bad thing though. Once I switched my mindset I really got into the story. I enjoyed the characters’ voices and what the author’s message was.
Bottom line…this is a good book with a story well worth reading. We need more stories like these. We need stories to point out the cultural and social injustices going on. I have no doubt this will be a growing trend in fiction and could not be happier.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
From the highly acclaimed author of Don’t Try to Find Me and This is Not Over comes the unforgettable, harrowing story of a young broadcast journalist who discovers a mysterious diary from a female broadcaster in 1991 featuring startling—and frightening—parallels to her own life.
You might be wondering what a diary from 1991 has to do with you. You're about to find out. Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…
Twenty-four-year-old Cheyenne Florian has just received her dream job offer. On the strength of a few vlogs, she’s recruited to be the new correspondent on the recently hatched Independent News Network, INN.
With the slogan “Because independent thinking is the only way out,” INN has branded itself as innovative. Yet once Cheyenne joins the INN team, she finds age-old dynamics in play. Some of the female staff resent her meteoric rise, while a number of the men are only too happy to welcome her. Then there’s the diary left for her anonymously, written in 1991 by a female broadcaster named Elyse Rohrbach. The mysterious diary is accompanied by a note, urging Cheyenne to learn from the past. She wants to believe it’s intended as inspiration and friendly advice, or at most, a warning. But as disturbing—and increasingly dangerous—parallels begin to emerge, she starts to wonder if something more sinister is at work.
It’s almost as if someone is engineering the similarities in Cheyenne’s life to match those from Elyse’s past, like she’s a pawn in a very twisted game. But Cheyenne is determined to rewrite the rules and play her own game. Though they’re separated by more than twenty-five years, Elyse and Cheyenne are forced to learn the same lesson: Nothing is more threatening than a woman who doesn’t yet know her own power…
About the Author: Holly Brown lives with her husband and toddler daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novel Don’t Try to Find Me, and her blog, “Bonding Time,” is featured on the mental health website PsychCentral.com.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 22, 2018)
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