Not my usual NetGalley read but this one attracted me and I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s what you can expect.
It’s the dawn of social media; Facebook is unknown and World of Warcraft is the world’s biggest online game. An unhinged Hungarian-American Internet magnate is trying to take over it all, using soon-to-IPO web sensation Clamor.us. But nefarious content is coming to light on the Clamor social networking site, pointing to sex trafficking.
Enter Natalie Chevalier, glamorous ex-Head of Security at a large Seattle software company… with a father she never knew, a disastrous track record with men and a scandal that forced her from her old job.
Part digital thriller, part dark fairy tale, The Woman Who Stopped Traffic will keep you on the edge of your seat – while revealing deeper truths of our times
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is a clever, contemporary, fast-paced thriller with a realistic edge. This first chapter is pivotal to the events that unfold. Read it carefully to fully appreciate what follows.
After a work place affair led to a scandal Natalie Chevalier ditched her role as a corporate technology security expert in favour of the good life in the Bahamas meditating and teaching yoga.
Clamor.us a hugely popular social media site is about to float on the stock exchange. Natalie Chevalier accepts an invitation from Tom Nguyen geek scientist and former colleague and attends a presentation for potential investors. A serious security breach occurs during the presentation. Tom needs her help. Natalie agrees but will keen observational skills be enough to find the culprit?
The story is fast paced and complex moving through the world of high finance and technology in great detail. The characters in each of these worlds are well written and easy to visualise. A fantasy on-line role-playing game proves integral to the story and increases the suspense and impact of the plot. The detail of this story is amazing although I found the description of financial trading too detailed at times but I ‘m sure it will appeal to some.
The Woman Who Stopped Traffic is an inspired title. I found it an interesting and absorbing read. Natalie and Ben seem to have unfinished business. I can see them having further adventures together.
I received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars