The Hive by Gregg Olsen

Published: June 8, 2021

Thomas & Mercer

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Gregg Olsen is the #1 New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author of more than thirty books, including If You Tell, Lying Next to Me, The Last Thing She Ever Did, and The Sound of Rain and The Weight of Silence in the Nicole Foster series. He’s appeared on multiple television and radio shows and news networks, such as Good Morning America, Dateline, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC.

“And even at the end.”

Lindsay is devastated when she learns her partner committed suicide. As she struggles to tackle her first case without him, she can’t help but feel his presence and everything he taught her to resonate. As she digs deeper and the truth gets closer to being discovered- everyone is in danger. The truth is deadly.

Holy hell. This was like Mean Girls for adults. Wowza. When female empowerment goes incredibly awry, what can you do?

The start is this book was slightly confusing, as things bounced back and forth, but as the pieces started falling into place, there is no way I could have guessed how the twists would land.

The characters in this book each represent something, and the way they are written is pretty genius. There is so much depth, deception, raw humanity, and pure ugliness throughout.

Gregg Olsen has such a talent for bringing characters to life in a way that captivates you from chapter one. Lindsay is such a beautiful character, and she represents what is truly beautiful in people.

Marnie and her ego represent everything that is wrong with people. Selfish and manipulative, Marnie is the classic “mean girl” in adult form. She is rotten to the very core, a skilled liar, and a brilliant pretender. She is everything you wish you could be. And she uses her charisma to prove that.

Dina is lost and desperate. She is willing to cling to anything that might give her a boost in the public’s eye. An aging actress, she has bitter feelings towards how her life has played out. It isn’t fair. Love wasn’t enough.

Patty is grieving. Her husband killed himself, and all she has now is their son, Paul. Paul and the secrets of her past.

Greta and Heather agreed when the hive went their separate ways that they truly cut all ties. Only now, secrets that were long ago laid to rest and forgotten and being discovered.

This is a deliciously twisted and darkly demented story that is told in a very creative way. The story indeed overlaps in an almost nonsensical way until the shuffle is complete and you are left staring at the last word utterly speechless.

Gregg Olsen has done it again- written something so genuinely terrifying, brutally dark, and insanely twisted that you will not be able to stop reading, nor will you handle the sinister truth. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beware.

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