Author: Catherine McKenzie
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: August 23, 2022
Please Join Us is an intelligently written book about a group of women ostensibly gathered together to collaborate in an attempt to usurp the “old boy’s network”.
When litigator Nicole is invited to join Panthera Leo at an expensive retreat where women come together to do bonding exercises, I totally got “The Hunt” vibes. Not being a person who could be thrown into the wilderness and survive, I really felt for the characters. I’m pretty sure my jaw was tense as I read about the trials they went through.
As the book progresses, Nicole sees what the group has been trying to teach her – connections and powerful networks are the key to success. As one of the characters remarks, you like to think you get ahead on your own merits, but really how far can you go before needing connections before being passed over for someone who does? But what is the price for their loyalty?
I love how McKenzie takes us through Nicole’s thought process as she begins to unravel the secrets of Panthera Leo. Although all of the characters were flawed, I was rooting for Nicole one hundred percent!
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for another great Catherine McKenzie thriller!