The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m an avid audiobook “reader” rather than having book in hand for several reasons: I can do hou
sework, laundry, go for a walk and a million other things while I am being read to. So, I listened to the audiobook of this release and was very pleased with the narrator. She did an excellent job of pacing and using her voice to not get in the way of the words or the story.
Two women, one empowered but blind to the goings on around her business in Silicon Valley and personal life, the other shy, but with a passionate project she wants to push forward, come together as enemies. Enemies evolved into a a deep friendship. They come together to fight against Todd, a manipulating con-man, whose behavior is not unlike the challenges of the good ol’ boys club in Silicon Valley.
Cameron does an excellent job of digging deep into the characters and exposing the paradigm that women are seen as less in the corporate world and exploited, no matter how empowered they become. She highlights that this behavior is so subtle, it is seen as a normal way of treating colleagues and employees.
It doesn’t matter if you work as a waitress or as a CEO of an influential company, women, and men too, become victims of a certain line of belief put together with behaviors that hold them back. Cameron reminds us that this is totally unacceptable and must change.
In 2013, I sat down to write my story. I had no idea whether I would publish or not, it was more important for me to put the words on paper to release the demons that he left behind. I started it as a memoir, but the words that fell onto the paper went against every writing class I ever had. It was dry, it was boring, it was just words. What I wanted to write was my story in a way that, while heartbreaking, would leave the reader hopeful. I wanted the words to convey the emotions that others like me felt, and that they were not alone. And I wanted to end the story with hope, for me, to realize I did have hope, and for others to gain courage and hope in their situation.
So, a muse named Sara came along, and once I gave what happened to me to Sara, she took the story and ran with it. The pain of writing did not provide a deep cut to my soul, and I remembered incidents that I had pushed out of my mind. Sara helped me purge the pain, the heartbreak, the helplessness, the hopelessness and replaced them with hope, confidence, and joy. Four years later I finished the story, and knew I had to publish it, and I knew I had to continue the story in the sequel, which I am working on now. I hope to release it early 2022.
Whether you are a victim, or a survivor, I hope you get the opportunity to read Success Is The Best Revenge. Please leave a comment, tell me your story, or tell me your thoughts below.