A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.
Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.
When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all.
Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.
The Cows is a powerful novel about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice.
This book was a little different, in that main characters didn't directly know one another, unlike most books of this type, where they are all friends. It took me a moment to realise that, but once I had each of them fixed in my mind it was easy to distinguish each character and their voice from the writing.
I did enjoy the book but was a little shocked and surprised by the incident on the train - which I won't reveal so as not to spoil the book. Maybe at 50+ I'm getting too old for this type of book, however apart from that one aspect I was able to relate to the rest of the book.
What I really liked about the book were the strong women characters. The social media aspect and blogging was current and demonstrated the very different world that has been created online, even if we chose not to partake in it ourselves. The judgement that occurred on all levels was a little unsettling and gave me food for thought, and I'm sure some of it will stay with me. I certainly went through several different emotions reading this book and probably did a little judging of my own!
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.