For a book that is set in December this made for a surprisingly good summer read. I went into The Herd blindly, I had no idea what this book was about - I just couldn't pass up the cover - it called out to me, bright and bold! Just like one of the characters in it - Eleanor.
The book is told from two points of view, none of them Eleanor's - her two friends who admire and love her very much, which makes for a very intriguing dynamic. There are secrets and family drama and past mistakes, and of course, a dead body - all of the components that make the reader keep flipping the pages faster and faster. Addicting.
The ending itself, while felt a little mellowed out (in my opinion) had a very quiet, and very welcomed eeriness to it. and then came the epilogue - which made the reader realize just how messed up things really were.
My only gripe with this book is its two points of view - I could not tell them apart. I'd be in the middle of chapter and I would stop and think, wait "who is this?". They sounded and acted and talked absolutely the same, which was kind of a big bummer, as it took a lot of personality out of it.
Book acquired through NetGalley and publisher, Random House Publishing - Ballantine via "wish for it" option. All opinions are my own.