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The Herd

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Why did the founder of a glamorous coworking space for women disappear? Her best friends will risk everything to uncover the truth.

Fascinating and chilling.
Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

The name of the elite, women-only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another nasty, dark, bloody, twisty, mind bending, nail biter, soul crushing, riveting page-turner! Oh boy this author is villanelle. She is the evil queen of ultra-talents kingdom, pushing our buttons and playing mind games with us and youre voluntarily letting her do that because youre having so much fun.

This is my Christmas Eve's last reading and I'm already in celebration mood as you may see below:

Welcome to the power drunk, vicious, ambitious, competitive business womens world. When you
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

Having really enjoyed Andrea Bartzs debut novel, The Lost Night, I had rather high hopes for The Herd. Sadly, not only is The Herd populated by simultaneously unrealistic and detestable characters but it also tells a rather derivative story.

The summary seemed to promise a tantalising story, one that would depict the complicated and shifting dynamics in an all-female co-working space. What we actually get is the usual cliched storyline that focuses on a group of friends, one of
Christina McDonald
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A smart, feminist thriller with elegant prose and complex, skilfully constructed characters. The Herd (emphasis on her) is set in an all-female work environment, exploring the relationships between women, female ambition, and the price of success for women.

Katie and her sister Hana are finally reunited when Katie moves back to New York. When their friend Eleanor, the founder of The Herd, goes missing, they both become entangled in the investigation. And everyone is a suspect.

With lots of twists
Megan Collins
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I hadnt been away this weekend, I would have ripped through THE HERD in two sittings at most. Just like Andrea Bartzs critically acclaimed, heart-pounding debut THE LOST NIGHT, THE HERD pulses with tension and suspense from beginning to end. The story is told by Katie and Hana, two sisters burdened with secrets who are finally living in New York at the same time. When their close friend Eleanor, the cofounder of the Herd, a glamorous all-female workspace, goes missing, they launch separate ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this new wave of feminist literature that addresses the pros and cons of social media and influencers! This one was a fascinating look at a "women only" company, founded by elite star Eleanor that encourages women to work collectively at The Herd where fashion and beauty intersect and collective workspaces and Mocktail Mondays are all the rage. Told in alternating chapters by sisters Hana and Katie, the novel focuses on several issues relevant to today: the trolls that ...more
Jordy’s Book Club
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I was all down for the female empowerment at the center of THE HERD, but I ended up having some issues that kept me from really enjoying this one. I loved the concept of a murder mystery at an all woman's social club, but found myself having issues connecting with any of the characters...I'm all for flawed females, but these women are unlikable and difficult to root for and spend most of the book backstabbing each other. I found myself bored by the murder mystery and ultimately don't think I can ...more
Maureen Connolly
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible that Andrea Bartzs whip-smart-cant-put-down new novel, THE HERD outshines her debut THE LOST NIGHT? Only by an immeasurable bit and only because this author has a cool voice that she continues to hone with the precision of a knife. This book left me breathless and clinging to every word. Told from the alternating viewpoints of two sisters living in New York, we enter a world rife with dueling love and competing loyalties. Hana, a Harvard graduate and the oldest, is established and ...more
Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎
Thank you so much to Random House and Ballantine Books for my chance to read this ARC. The book is about an all-female workspace called the HERd, it's leader Eleanor, and her three friends. While their lives look glamorous on the outside, there is something sinister lurking underneath. When Eleanor disappears, her friends come together to begin a twisted search full of shocking discoveries.

I thought this book was very poignant for women's history month and was full of the bond of sisterhood and
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it

This is probably the most disappointing novel I have ever requested and therefore have to give a review. The premise sounded interesting about feminism and was intriguing but reading it was a very unrealistic experience. I welcome books of all genres including fantasy but to get any real enjoyment I have to be enchanted by the storytelling and the warm feeling I get when following the character's arcs. Sadly, this book fell very flat for me and I instantly regretted
Samantha Downing
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fascinating, chilling look inside an upscale workspace for women in New York City. Andrea Bartz nails this one, from the twisty plot to what it means to be a professional woman in todays world. This book will make you wonder how well you know your coworkers! ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A much-needed firm is created in order to fill a void in the professional workplace: an organization created, operated and accepting female-only professionals. The concept is very successful; many businesswomen had craved a safe, creative and proactive environment to conduct their business. The organization is the brainchild of four college friends, Eleanor, Hana, Hanas little sister Katie, and Mikki. These four highly successful ladies have recently reunited when Katie moves back from the ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it

I think that I may be one of the dissenters on this one.

I do agree with the editorial reviewer who states that it shows the hypocrisy of feminismI just dont think its a good thing. The book takes some really awesome feminist ideals and them tramples them with petty cat fights and general bad behavior.

The mystery at its heart is interesting, but not particularly entertaining. Most of our characters seemed to be playing at being adults, but their underlying lack of maturity gets tiresome to read.

Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, kindle
Katie is a young, aspiring author. Shes working on her first novel and is back in NYC after spending some time in Michigan, writing, researching and also helping take care of her ill mother. Now that shes back in the big city, shes excited to learn more about, and hopefully join, The Herd. What is The Herd, you ask? Its a women-only collective workspace. For a monthly fee you can belong to this exclusive group, use the common areas to conduct work, write, just get away from all the noise, take ...more
Nicole Bross
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE HERD is a strong, compelling follow-up to THE LOST NIGHT, Andrea Bartz's debut novel. Laying bare the complexity of relationships between women--familial, friendship and work-related, THE HERD is a feminist thriller with more than a few twists, turns and surprises for the reader. I was sure--sure!--I had figured it out, only to find out I was completely wrong, a fact which I enjoyed immensely, right down to the sucker punch the final page delivers. This is sure to be one of the most ...more
Lora - questsandcrimes
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This story centers on The HERd, a womens only coworking space that focuses on mentoring and networking. Every woman wants to be a part of this coworking space. Katie has an in because her sister, Hana, has been friends with the founder since college and manages The Herds PR. The night of a big press announcement the founder, Eleanor, vanishes. Now, Hana and Katie must try to figure out what happened to Eleanor and face the secrets theyve been hiding from each other.

Andrea Bartz writing style is
Jessica (BlogEared Books)
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Oh my. Andrea Bartz has a new fan and I will be ordering her first book, The Lost Night right after this review. I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it.

3 friends from Harvard all come together in NY City to help their best friend Eleanor, run a successful company and launch a new division- a Women Only club, similar to a WeWork space. Chapters swap back and forth between sisters Hana and Katie and we really get insight into their past secrets and backgrounds. The evening of a huge
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part feminist, part thriller. I fell in love with the beautiful cover and was immediately inthralled with each of its powerful, stunning characters. Reading this, I practically felt like I was back in New York City with the on point descriptions and mentions of specific places like Delancey Street. The Herd actually reminds me of an all female community space that exists now in NY called The Wing. The Herd is an insanely charged read about dominant women who will do anything to succeed and ...more
Kaitlyn Vella
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Andrea Bartz did it again.

Reading this book swept me away into the world of the Herd and the lives of four best friends trying to navigate life in NYC. As with her last novel, Bartz had me seriously guessing until the very end in an attempt to find out what really happened to Eleanor.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story about an all female working space and the missing owner. Fast paced with twists and turns, The Herd will have suspecting everyone. A definite recommend!
Kris Waldherr
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A twisty, feminist, and sometimes satirical thriller set in the media world of hipster Brooklyn and NYC. Had a hard time putting this one downBartz is the mistress of the pageturner! ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this Arc courtesy of Ballatine Books.
The Lost Night was one of my favorite books of last year. When I saw this one was on it's way out I couldn't contain my excitement. Not only do they both take place in NYC, where I live, the suspense, storyline and characters draw you in immediately.
This book hit all the markers of how social media is, what the new in things are to say and how feminism is making a new voice in this third wave. So many social identity aspects are discussed, even
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. Ill post a review upon publication.

Updated 3/26/20:

Lately, I've found myself really disappointed in the predictability of the mysteries and thrillers I've been reading. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the twists and turns this one took. Not everything is shocking, but there is some great red herring action and an interesting premise, and there are so many questionable characters.

I really enjoyed the way privilege impacts every part of
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of Andrea Bartz's THE LOST NIGHT, so I was elated to get an advanced reading copy in a shipment from the publisher. While that book was more of an individual story, this one is more focused on a group. The Herd is a co-working space, but the title can also be seen as a name for them - sisters Hana and Katie, hippie Mikki, and beautiful rising-star entrepreneur Eleanor, founder of The Herd. Hana and Katie narrate in alternating chapters. When Eleanor does not show up for a big ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Bartz shows no sign of a sophomore slump in this smart, exquisitely-crafted story. The characters are fully realized and complex, the prose is masterful, and the pieces of the mystery snap together with elegant precision. This is a devastating and beautifully written story, balancing page-turning pace with thoughtful character reveals.

THE HERD begins with a mysterious act of vandalism in a high-profile women's co-working space, with a special emphasis on The Herd's founder and her small
Christine Lowe
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What started out as a straightforward novel, turned into a complicated story of four women who wanted to belong to something greater than themselves. The characters are complex. They have a shared history of secrets that will gradually be uncovered.

It's impossible for me to tell enough of the story for a good review without giving information that might spoil the read for others. I was interested from the beginning and never expected the final outcome. This is definitely a solid story worth the
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Bartz has done it again and blown me away! I love her writing style, she throws in bits from the past that always make me feel nostalgic or that I can connect to and those details make me fully invested in the story. The book sets up a bunch of different mysteries that could tie into the murder of Elenor. Everyone seems to have a secret and it's all about figuring out which secret is deadly. The book really picks up in part 4 and I absolutely loved the ending, a twist I didn't see coming! ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this all female thrill ride in the heart of NYC! Women are cut throat and I loved it. There were a lot of characters and stories to keep straight but I enjoyed the concept and the twists in this book. Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy. Add this to your TBR for 2020!!!
First, off thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read and review The Herd. What a great suspense filled read. I don't usually enjoy multiple POV's but I did this one. I think that the characters are well-flushed out and it has a cut throat back drop that keeps you turning the page. It is a definite hit!
Liv Arnold
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story so much! Wasnt your typical thriller.
I loved both POV of the sisters, Hana and Katie, where each had their own secrets.
Not many books makes me stop and marvel at some of the words and sentences used.
The story kept me guessing until the end.
Christina Marie Reads
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Andrea's THE LOST NIGHT, so I was super excited to start THE HERD and it completely blew me away! The characters were especially likeable and the ending was a complete surprise! I could barely put this book down and it kept me guessing until the very end! What a great ride of a read!
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Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the forthcoming thriller THE HERD. Her debut thriller, THE LOST NIGHT (Crown, 2019), is being developed for TV by Mila Kunis. It was named a best book of the year by Real Simple, Glamour, Marie Claire, Library Journal, Crime Reads, Popsugar, She Reads, and other publications. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, ...more

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