Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O’Porter is the book that everybody needs to read right now.
COW [n.]/kaʊ/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.
Because sometimes it’s OK not to follow the herd.
I chose to listen to this book as an audiobook before I fully realised what the main story line was going to be about. Lets just say, I think listening to this on audio gives it a completely different feel than if you were to read silently in your head!
As some of the other reviews that I have read have said, there are moments of sheer cringe where I felt like climbing into a box and hiding on behalf of the character. I really felt sorry for her even though I don’t fully understand why she did what she did – but you’ll have to read the book to find out what this was!
I loved the dynamics between the three main characters and felt they worked really well both separately, and when together on the page. The author does well to write unforgettable characters and create realism when portraying their relationships.
I think the plot was enjoyable and I did find it easy to follow which is great as sometimes when there is multiple narrative it can be hard to know who is on the page. But I felt the author gave each main character a unique voice so that it was clear whose story we were hearing about.
The book was generally easy to listen to – apart from THOSE moments – and it kept my interest throughout. I could see elements of the author’s own voice (from what she shows on social media) shine through at times and I felt each of the characters had elements of herself in them which was nice.
The writing was nice and I would definitely read more from her. But a little tip: if you’re going to listen on audio, don’t do it whilst children are around! 🙂