My first book review post! The honor goes to The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron, someone who has supported me throughout this crazy writing journey. This is her debut, published back in July by The Wild Rose Press. It’s women’s fiction and I loved it! Scroll down for my full review.
Silicon Valley investor Ryn Brennan is on the verge of achieving everything she dreamed. She’s succeeded in the male-dominated venture capital world, has a supportive husband, and is about to close the deal of her career. Everything is going exactly as planned, until she meets Carly, her husband’s mistress, across the negotiating table.
Carly clawed her way back from being a teenage runaway to become an accomplished scientist, caring single mom, and co-founder of her startup. Once she marries her loving fiancé, she’ll secure the complete family she craves. But she’s blindsided to discover her not so perfect fiancé is already married—to Ryn, her company’s biggest investor.
In an industry full of not-so-subtle sexism, can the two women rise above, and work together to overcome heartbreak, and ensure their success?
Lainey Cameron is a digital nomad and author of women’s fiction. A recovering tech industry executive, her award-winning novel, The Exit Strategy, was inspired by a decade of being the only woman in the corporate boardroom.
A digital nomad—meaning she picks locations around the world to live (and write) for months at a time—Lainey is an avid instagrammer, and loves to share her travel tips and insights with readers.
Originally from Scotland, Lainey has a soft spot for men in kilts and good malt whisky.
Find her online at www.laineycameron.com
I was lucky enough to be an early reader of this book, back when it was still in development. As I read it again last month, it was even better than I remembered! The story is an ode to the power of female friendship. Both Carly and Ryn become stronger thanks to their unlikely bond.
The book also deals with sexism in the tech world of Silicon Valley and the #MeToo movement. I loved learning about the world of venture capitalists since it was something previously unknown to me. Having worked previously in this field, Lainey brings a lot of realism to it.
I also loved the mini-mystery surrounding Ryn’s husband, Todd, which kept me hooked until the final reveal at the end. And I LOVED that Carly had not one, but two, male platonic friends. One is the married business partner she met in graduate school (and never had sex with) and the other is her single next-door neighbor (who’s not gay). So refreshing!
This is a great debut full of heart and Nutella, both relatable and aspirational. Please check it out if it sounds like a story that might be for you.
Also, be sure to check out Lainey’s inspiration behind the book and some reader extras, including Nutella recipes and her Spotify playlist – STD: Songs Todd Despises – full of female empowerment songs.
I want to leave you with this video from The Take, a YouTube channel that examines pop culture, movies, and TV shows. It discusses the female friendship revolution onscreen and the importance of depicting this relationship. Modern womances, like the one depicted in The Exit Strategy, are gaining popularity and should be celebrated!