Women's Fiction

The Herd by Emily Edwards @TransworldBooks

Book Description:

Two best friends

Elizabeth and Bryony are polar opposites but their unexpected friendship has always worked. They’re the best of friends, and godmothers to each other’s daughters – because they both trust that the safety of their children is their top priority.

One little secret

Little do they know that they differ radically over one very important issue. And when Bryony, afraid of being judged, tells what is supposed to be a harmless white lie before a child’s birthday party, the consequences are more catastrophic than either of them could ever have imagined.

Every parent’s worst nightmare . . .

My Thoughts:

We meet best friends Elizabeth and Bry of which the chapters alternate between them both. The women are very different when it comes to personalities so you wouldn’t think they would get on well together but they do. It was nice to see how close both families are as well as Alba and Clemmie, the daughters, who get on also even though there is a few years between them.

The novel raises the topic of vaccines for children. There has been a lot in the news as to whether vaccines are the cause of varying health issues and as a parent, it can be a tough decision to make with so much more information than there has ever been before. The author has done her research and it makes for some riveting and scary reading.

The story flicks between present day and the months in the run up to events which leads back to the present. These two friends worlds are both turned upside down and it leaves the reader questioning themselves as to what they would do in either of the characters shoes. It really is a moral dilemma and leaves the reader with food for thought.

The Herd has a storyline that is unique to me as it’s something I haven’t come across so was really refreshing. The title couldn’t be anymore of a perfect fit for the story and I binge read it in one day. Whilst it is more of a drama it holds some surprises in store, one in particular which left me reeling in shock. What happens between the two families in this book makes for a gripping and at times emotional read. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. A thought provoking page turner!

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