A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Three women. A whole world of judgement.
Tara, Cam and Stella are very different women. Yet in a society that sets the agenda, there’s something about being a woman that ties invisible bonds between us.
When one extraordinary event rockets Tara to online infamy, their three worlds collide in ways, they could never imagine – and they discover that one woman’s catastrophe might just be another’s inspiration.
Through friendship and conflict, difference and likeness, they’ll learn to find their own voices.
I often shy away from books that everyone loves, not that I’m afraid to offer a dissenting opinion. It’s just that some high profile books are successful because of celebrity rather than skill. Thankfully, this isn’t the case here. ‘The Cows’ ‘Don’t Follow the Herd’ is a sizeable read, but it maintains its momentum to the end, with a stunning twist and a satisfying, hopeful ending. Told through the exploits and daily lives of three women.
Cam is the cuckoo in her family’s nest. She goes her own way successfully and is happy with who she is. Her family love her but don’t understand her, and this makes for some humorous and poignant episodes in her life as a lifestyle blogger.
Tara works successfully in TV and continually battles against sexist remarks at work. A single mum, she wants to be a positive role model for her daughter, but her life goes awry after a freak chain of events with dire consequences for Tara and her family.
Stella is a ticking time bomb, and this threatens her mental health, it hard to imagine how you would deal with what she faces and even though her story is extreme, it is feasible, given her circumstances.
The women’s stories showcase elements of life in contemporary society. The power of the internet, the fallout of being brave enough to voice your opinion in the public forum and the importance of having someone in your corner no matter what happens.
Although the three women are of a similar age, other age groups opinions and experiences feature in their lives. Powerful, vividly drawn characters, complement a decent plot, they are ‘larger than life’, but they aren’t cliched.
The story is addictive, easy reading, it has points to make, but they don’t detract from the story’s fluency. I empathised with the three women and their families and wanted to know what happened to them. I put myself in the women’s lives and wondered how I would react.
The Cows is an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins via NetGalley in return for an honest review.