Wow this book. I think I read it in three days, and that’s just reading at night before I went to bed. I know I stayed up until midnight a few nights because I couldn’t stop reading this. My best friend recommended it to me a while ago, and I just recently borrowed the ebook from the library.
It’s a pretty satisfying premise. The main character Camille is still grieving her daughter five years after she died. A local college student was tried and acquitted for her murder. He allegedly (but totally) raped her, and then let her wander away into the freezing night where she died of exposure. Camille can’t get over the kid (I can’t remember his name – let’s go with Trevor) not being punished. Trevor just won a humanitarian award at his college, and his uber rich parents think he poops roses. After Camille makes a fool of herself at Trevor’s award ceremony, she’s invited to this “collective”. It starts out as a Facebook group, but then wiggles its way over to the dark web.
Here’s where things get interesting. The collective is basically a group of mothers whose children were killed and the killer was never brought to justice. These mothers at first talk about how they want to kill their child’s murderers, and then eventually start performing tasks to make it happen. Camille participates in some little chores where she’ll buy a knife, mail it at a store 200 miles away, give someone a ride, etc. They all call each other “sister”, which is kinda cool and totally dystopian, because they’re everywhere. I won’t give away the ending, but I DID NOT see it coming. This book was definitely a little bit of a suspension of disbelief, because Camille is frequently a dumbass. I loved it though!