The Collective

The Collective


2021, , netgalley, netgalley, 2021-reading, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Mystery

The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of Never Look Back and If I Die Tonight plumbs the dark side of justice and the depths of diabolical revenge in this propulsive novel of psychological suspense that melds the driving narrative of Then She Was Gone with the breathtaking twists of The Chain and the violent fury of Kill Bill.

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

Camille Gardner 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 attract 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 and perpetrators emerge unscathed. Fueled by mutual rage, these women orchestrate their own brand of justice through precise, anonymous, complexly plotted and perfectly executed revenge killings, with individual members completing a specific and integral task in each plan.

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.

Title:The Collective
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    The Collective Reviews

  • Tracy Bailey

    My advice: Don’t pick this up after working late and think you’ll get away with reading only one chapter. You’ll get sucked in, stay up way too late, and be a complete zombie the next day.Excell...

  • Rachel Deraas

    Great thriller, fast read and hard to put down. Scarily believeable...

  • Beth

    Thank you to William Morrow and Custom House and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book. #TheCollective #AlisonGaylin #NetGalley #CustomHouseTalk about Mama Bear. This is my kind of gi...

  • Faith

    Loved the premise of the book, fast thrilling read that makes you root for the group. However the ending seemed a bit abrupt and missing some pieces. Would have liked to learned more about the group a...

  • Evelyn

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Camille Gardner still blames college student Harris Blanchard for her daughter’s death. At a cer...

  • Melissa

    I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. My first 5 star review of 2021. I can't begin to describe the excellence that is this book!Camille's 15 year old daughter Emily was raped and murdered by...

  • Joe Meyers

    Ultra creepy tale of revenge from one of our best suspense writers.The less you know about the plot the better but in brief Gaylin tells the story of a grieving mother who cannot get past the death of...

  • Jess Depew

    Wow! Once I got started this book was so hard to put down!Just how far will a mother go to avenge her child's murder when she feels the justice system has failed her? Will it be worth it? The Collecti...

  • Sarah

    Early edition book club read.The beginning felt a bit slow for me, but the last two thirds I read straight through, couldn't put it down!What would you do if tragedy strikes you? How far would you go?...

  • Ali

    What an amazing book. I stayed up way too late reading it all in one sitting. Following the main character’s story all the way to the finish. The building distrust and anxiety. And then that twist. ...