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The Collective - Alison Gaylin

Author: The Collective

Started: November 14, 2023

Finished: November 15, 2023

Format: Digital

Genre: Thriller


Camille Gardner lost her only child when she was raped and left for dead - her rapist was allowed to walk free. Camille is obsessed with the fact that he is allowed to live his privileged life while her daughter can't. After a very public outburst, she is given entry to a very private group on the Dark Web. This group allows grieving mothers to vocalize their violent wishes for their children's killers. Camille quickly learns that this group is not just talk - they are all action. The Collective takes retribution into their own hands and those who kill a mother's child will pay - all of them.


I don't know why I didn't read this sooner. This is a thriller where the story becomes more tense as it builds. Camile feels what all mothers feel when their child's murderer is not justly punished - angry and unsure of what to do with their grief. I love that this story touts the lore of the Dark Web and all that that entails. Where else would you find a community of grieving mothers who detail the way unpunished murderers should die? The Collective is a book that will keep your attention from beginning to end.

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