REVIEW: THE COLLECTIVE, BY ALISON GAYLIN

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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Just when a group of women find a path to justice by joining The Collective, one of them begins to suspect that all is not what they believed to be true.

Is it possible that true justice is not happening? Could there be another layer to the plans they are enacting?

As Camille begins to fear what the group will do to her, she tries to find a way to get help. Can she? As we hold our breath and hope for the best, we are stunned by the malicious twist at the end. 5 stars.

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