The Herd: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Andrea Bartz returns to Boswell! She'll be in conversation at Boswell with Mike Howard of El Dorado Games for The Herd on Friday, April 3, 2020, 7 pm.

— Boswell Book Company


An exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, leavingtwo sisters to uncover the haunting truth

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED THRILLERS OF 2020 BY Marie Claire · Newsweek · The Boston Globe · HelloGiggles · Book Riot · Popsugar · CrimeReads · Bustle · Goodreads · She Reads

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 one another to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who’s just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister, Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh, the Herd’s charismatic founder.      
Eleanor is a queen among the Herd’s sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock to prepare for a huge announcement from Eleanor—one that will change the trajectory of the Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister’s crew, she secretly hopes that she’s found her next book subject in Eleanor, who’s brilliant, trailblazing—and extremely private.
Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suggest foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor’s husband, other Herders, the men’s rights groups that have had it out for the Herd since its launch—even Eleanor’s closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other—and confront just how dangerous it can be when women’s perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away altogether.

About the Author

Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of The Lost Night. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Elle, and many other outlets, and she's held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other titles.

Praise For…

“A uniquely timely whodunit set in an exclusive, women’s only co-working space.”The Boston Globe

“Andrea Bartz nails this one, from the twisty plot to what it means to be a professional woman in today’s world.”—Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

“A smart, twisty thriller . . . Bartz is especially astute at highlighting the hypocrisy of glamorous careerist feminism. Readers won’t want to put this down.”Publishers Weekly

“Pulsing with suspense.”Book Riot

“A soapy and fun woman-centric thriller.”Kirkus Reviews

“A complex cast of female characters who will make ‘feminist thriller’ your new favorite genre.”HelloGiggles

“So much more than a page-turner.”—Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek

“A dazzling nail-biter.”—Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984826367
ISBN-10: 1984826360
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020
Pages: 336