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Let’s talk about The Collective by Alison Gaylin. The Collective is a thriller about a group of vigilante women who go after guilty parties who have not paid for their crimes.
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Author: Alison Gaylin
Genre: Thriller, Fiction
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 and 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 a 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 be unable to survive.
I love an easy summer read, and The Collective was just that. It took me a few hours over two days to read, and I didn’t want to put it down. It wasn’t life-changing or anything like that, and I probably wouldn’t seek out the author again, but it was entertaining for a few hours, and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next. All in all, I would say that it’s an interesting premise and if you need a beach read this summer, see if it’s available at your local library!
I give The Collective by Alison Gaylin 3 out of 5 stars.
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I actually read this one recently and I thought it was really good! I found it dark and twisted, and I couldn’t put it down. I’d give it 4 stars for sure!
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