Book Title: The Operator
Author: Gretchen Berg
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Headline Books
From the inside of the cover…
“In a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business . . .
Nobody knows the people of Wooster, Ohio, better than switchboard operator Vivian Dalton, and she’d be the first to tell you that. She calls it intuition. Her teenage daughter, Charlotte, calls it eavesdropping.
Vivian and the other women who work at Bell on East Liberty Street connect lines and lives. They aren’t supposed to listen in on conversations, but they do, and they all have opinions on what they hear—especially Vivian. She knows that Mrs. Butler’s ungrateful daughter, Maxine, still hasn’t thanked her mother for the quilt she made, and that Ginny Frazier turned down yet another invitation to go to the A&W with Clyde Walsh.
Then, one cold December night, Vivian listens in on a call between that snob Betty Miller and someone whose voice she can’t quite place and hears something shocking. Betty Miller’s mystery friend has news that, if true, will shatter Vivian’s tidy life in Wooster, humiliating her and making her the laughingstock of the town.
Vivian may be mortified, but she isn’t going to take this lying down. She’s going to get to the bottom of that rumor—get into it, get under it, poke around in the corners. Find every last bit. Vivian wants the truth, no matter how painful it may be.
But as Vivian is about to be reminded, in a small town like Wooster, one secret usually leads to another. . . “
When I first saw this book being promoted a few months ago, I was instantly intrigued about it. I loved the plot, I mean who isn’t drawn in by a theme of gossip and mystery?!
So, when I was sent an email to ask if I would like to participate in the blog tour for The Operator, I jumped at the chance.
The story starts off strong, getting to know Vivian and her family, how she likes to listen into the phone calls, and pretty much how she believes that she knows everything that there is to now about everyone else’s life and business. However, this all changes when she finds herself litening into a phone call about her private life. I can’t say much more on that without giving everything away!
I did find it a little bit difficult to keep up with all of the different characters at first however, I did get used to this as the story went on. I especially enjoyed Flora’s storyline, after finding about her involvement in the scanda, and the twists that unfold after!
I have to say I also really liked Vivian’s character development, I found that throughout the book she really did grow and start to realise her own potential and started to care a little bit less about what people thought about her in the small town of Wooster.
The writing style did take a little bit of getting used to but, it did not take too long to get into the flow of the story. The pace was fast start with, and then it slowed up a little until the last 100 or so pages, when all of the twists and turns came out, which I loved!
The Operator is a fantastic debut and I highly recommend reading this if you love the 1950’s era, gossipy tales with a little bit of comedy and a little bit of mystery with a few twists and turns that you may not see coming.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater, Gretchen Berg and Headline Books for gifting me a copy of The Operator in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Operator by Gretchen Berg is available to buy now!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel.”
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