Book Review: The Woman Who Stopped Traffic by Daniel Pembrey


Book to Review: The Woman Who Stopped Traffic by Daniel Pembrey
Stars: ★★★ (real rating: 3.5/5)
Source: c/o NetGalley

Synopsis: “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 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.

Review: I was intrigued by the subject of this book both because I work in technology myself and I also live in Seattle. Interestingly enough, the main character is a female, not something you see so often in tech, even these days. It promised to be a “thriller” and of course my interest was piqued.

Natalie Chevalier is paid the big bucks to help, a new social network that is at the center of controversy after discovering sex traffickers using their network. She’s called in immediately to help discover the root of the issue, and we’re taken through a complex web of murders, secrets, and through an online role playing game.

Overall, the subject and plot didn’t disappoint – this is definitely a technological thriller. I did feel at times that there was too much explanation around a situation that didn’t need to be there. And although Natalie was written as a strong female lead, I couldn’t relate to her or her actions at all. She just didn’t come off as exceptionally “real” to me.

Really though, if you have an interest in technology and enjoying a good mystery or thriller, this is an excellent pick and a quick read at only 256 pages.

Do you enjoy thrillers? What’s the best book you’ve read lately?


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