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The Collective
The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Awardwinning 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. Alison Gaylins The Collective is an astonishing feat. In the tradition of Ira Levins unforgettable social thrillers (Rosemarys Baby, Stepford Wives), its a nerve-shredding, emotionally harrowing ride that also speaks volumes about our current moment, the dangers of our digital world, the potency of female rage. Dont miss it. Megan Abbott Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong? Camille Gardener is a grievingand angrymother who, five years after her daughters 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 womenthe 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 collectiveand about herselfthat she may not be able to survive
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ItsAnotherJen
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Pretty good psychological thriller! Entertaining on audio. The narrator did a really good job.

The book is about a secret group of mothers that join forces. Each woman has suffered through the agony of the death of their children. They come together to take revenge on the people who are at fault for their deaths. There is some twists as the story progresses and you learn there is more to this group of women than meets the eye.

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Flavius
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I didn't enjoy it much: a "pop corn" book. Entertaining but shallow.

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OriginalCyn620
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This is my favorite book from #November. A secretive group of women who have all lost children, but whose killers have gone unpunished, dispense their own brand of justice in this page-turner. The ending was 😲!

#12Booksin2021

Andrew65 Already have this one stacked. 2w
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MidnightBookGirl
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My November pick for #12BooksOf2021 hosted by @Andrew65

This was crazy good, and I couldn't put it down! I will be picking it for a book club read in the future!

Kappadeemom I just finished it and it was so good! 3w
Andrew65 Looks good. 2w
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832BookReview
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This is a dark thriller that kept me both uneasy and intrigued. The Collective is a group of women who connect anonymously over the dark web seeking justice for people who killed their children but didn‘t receive proper punishment. Camille has been grieving her daughter‘s death for 5 years while consumed with anger over the lack of punishment for her killer. She finds a new sense of purpose with The Collective.

The ending was good.

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Kappadeemom
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Kappadeemom
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Reading this while the hubby fishes 🐟🎣🥰

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rather_be_reading
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Night reading vibes

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rather_be_reading
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Book 273

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Rissa1
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I am so sad it ended this way. It wasn't a bad ending, in fact, I think it is the ending the book needed, just not the one I wanted. #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers #TBR @StayCurious #WrapItUpReadathon #Wintercosy #AVeryMerryReadathon @keys_on_fire @PuddleJumper @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
keys_on_fire Those types of endings are the toughest, I think… 1mo
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Rissa1
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This week's #WinterGames2021 total is 2102 points for #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Wow great job! 1mo
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Rissa1
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Gave my Daughter my #WinterGames2021 TBR stack and let her choose my next book (she was having a rough time) she chose this.

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Twainy
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🎧 📚#BOTM another book in one sitting. Edge of your seat. Easy, quick, thrilling read.

What would you do if you thought someone killed your teenage daughter?

REVENGE! VENGEANCE! JUSTICE!

Cam is a bit nuts. Follow her story as she digs her way out of depression following her daughter‘s death and enjoy the ending!

TWs typical of this sort of book. (Cover buy)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4

britt_brooke Loved this one! 1mo
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jackilynn
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My favorite thing about this time of year....reading under the glow of Christmas lights. 😍🎄

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Aubgurl
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I decided I should read a few Christmas books to officially kick off the Christmas season, but now I‘m back to my favorite genre, thriller! So far, this book has me hooked! It‘s quick and easy to ready. Also, I‘m not sure the Angel on my tree is going to survive my cats😂🎄

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akfreeborn
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This was much more nuanced than I thought it would be. This is a revenge thriller but it actually is more thoughtful. It has a surprise but is a bit of a cautionary tale. Very hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A mother, driven by grief, is sought out by, and subsequently joins, a group of like women. It‘s precisely the support and vigilante outlet she needs, until it‘s goes WAY too far. I can‘t say anything else, but damn, this was mesmerizing! I‘d somehow never read Alison Gaylin, but I‘ve already jumped into her backlist. There‘s nothing better than discovering a new-to-you author. Thank you, #allthebooks podcast for the rec!

Cinfhen I‘ve heard about this one…not sure if it‘s for me ??!!? 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I think you might like it! Worth a borrow. 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks, I‘ll l👀k for it 💚 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Just doing a little reading by the Christmas tree. So ready for December and Winter Games!

kimmypete1 Hurry up and finish!😆 2mo
guinsgirlreads I need to read this one soon! Nice! 👍🏻 2mo
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swishandflick
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This was a perfect travel day page-turner! Flew back home after spending time in NC with family for Thanksgiving, started it on the plane, and finished before bed. I thought the premise was unique and the twist was effective. A solid psych suspense that held my interest! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

EvieBee Yaaas! It was great! 2mo
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ICantImReading
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An original and chilling thriller steeped in the powerful collective rage of grieving women. At one point, the leader says that monsters aren‘t evil; they unapologetically fight back against evil inflicted upon them. But what is the line between justice and revenge, and who has the right to decide? It‘s a twisty white-knuckle ride that also gives you a lot to think about! #BOTM

EvieBee I really liked it too; would make for a great book club discussion. 2mo
ICantImReading @EvieBee ooh you‘re right!! 2mo
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kimmypete1
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Great ending! Really enjoyed this.

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NikkiCureton
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Just an ok story for me. Kinda interesting and thought provoking…

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OriginalCyn620
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Holy crap on a cracker! This was so good - a twist at the end that I didn‘t see coming. I started this yesterday and read the last 75% of this book today because I just could not put it down!

#bookspinbingo - got a bingo!

EvieBee Wasn‘t it so good?! I‘m still thinking about it. Also yay for bingo! (edited) 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @EvieBee It really was! It was very well done! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!! And I LOVE it when a book just sucks you in and you are powerless to do anything but read it!!! 2mo
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EvieBee
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This was an insane trip! The ending blew me away. Wow.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OriginalCyn620 I hope I can make a really good dent in this tomorrow. And now I can‘t wait to see how it ends! 2mo
EvieBee @OriginalCyn620 I‘m so excited for you! Also, I have no nails left to bite lol! 2mo
Ms_Ashley Interested! 2mo
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EvieBee @Ms_Ashley So good! 2mo
Ms_Ashley I think I‘ll pick it up today…it will be my vacation read 🤔 2mo
EvieBee @Ms_Ashley I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 2mo
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⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5
What a fast-paced, suspenseful thrilling book this was with a great twist! #botm #thecollective #thriller

EvieBee Yaaas! 2mo
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EvieBee
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Is anyone else listening to or reading this?!? Fifty percent into it, and I can‘t even. Edge of my seat. #currentlisten

OriginalCyn620 Oooh, this one is next up for me after I finish my current read. It does sound really good! 2mo
EvieBee @OriginalCyn620 I am so excited for you. I think I‘ll finish it by tomorrow so if you need to talk it out, I‘m your gal! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @EvieBee Okay, I started this one today and am only 90 pages in, but holy crap! This is going to be a wild ride, I can tell! 2mo
EvieBee @OriginalCyn620 It is! I‘ve got an hour left in the audio version and I can‘t move. 2mo
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guinsgirlreads
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Got my other BOTM box the other day! 🥳

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ReadingisMyPassion
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“The Collective” reminded me of the book “The Chain.” How far would you go to get revenge against the murderer of your child? Accessed on the dark web, The Collective, mothers share their stories of grief over losing their children and vent their anger. They all want justice. The Collective makes it happen.

But when does justice become revenge? Is revenge killing ever justified? Is collateral damage acceptable? A lot to think about here.

Well-ReadNeck Oooh! Stacked! 2mo
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Twainy
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W00T! #BOTM delivery!! 🎉 Hope these are all good! 😁

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MaleficentBookDragon
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My #BOTM picks are unintentionally color coordinated.
Muffins really are just cupcakes without icing. 🧁 🙂

vivastory 🤣 It's true 🧁 3mo
MommyOfTwo Muffins are cupcakes, very true. My muffin recipes have more sugar than some of my cupcake recipes. 3mo
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TheBookStacker
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Can‘t wait to read this!!! Heard crazy things!

EvieBee Yaaaass! 3mo
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TheRomantiCate
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Always nice to end the day with some #bookmail 😍😍 #BOTM

MidnightBookGirl The Collective was AMAZING
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TheRomantiCate @MidnightBookGirl I really liked it too!! 3w
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Woo hoo! Selected my #BOTM. Can‘t wait. 🎉😁❤️ #BFF

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Kappadeemom
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Picked my box! #BOTM

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rather_be_reading
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Got my picks! I didnt even know Will Smith had a book coming out!

MaleficentBookDragon I got the tagged one too, plus 3mo
LauraBrook Oooh, looks like I need to pick my books! Yay! 3mo
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DeeLew
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My BOTM picks for November. #botm

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Nessavamusic
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My #BOTM pick! Looks good, anyone else planning on picking this one?

vivastory I *almost* chose this one. I'll be interested to see what you think 3mo
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LeslieO
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At first nothing sounded interesting. Then two sounded good. Then I wanted to add on Apples Never Fall. Then I picked this one and checked out quick before doing any more damage. #BOTM #MountTBR

rather_be_reading haha sounds like me too 3mo
LeslieO @rather_be_reading The struggle is real! 3mo
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ICantImReading
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My November #BOTM pick - this sounds intriguing! I‘m reading my October pick now (The Ex Hex) and am LOVING it!! 🧙‍♀️🪄🎃 🐈‍⬛ ✨

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nitalibrarian
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My November picks for #botm. I've listened to a little of Project Hail Mary and decided I would rather read it than listen to it so added it on.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I almost skipped this month‘s #BOTM selections. I‘m glad I took the time to read all the descriptions because this thriller sounds good and I really wanted the new Liane Moriarty.
What did you all get?

PathfinderNicole I got How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days mostly because of the title but it also sounds really good! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I skipped 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Mpcacher
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This is a fun psychological thriller featuring a grieving mother who ends up in a online group that fantasizes about seeking revenge on those they blame for the death of their loved ones...except maybe it is not all fantasy. I gave it 4/5 stars.