Book Review – Terminal Ambition

Terminal Ambition – A Shocking tale of Discrimination and Harassment

Author: Kate McGuinness
Rating: 4 of 5
Format: Kindle, Paperback

After the tragic death of her husband, Maggie Mahoney learns that her once firm position as partner at the law firm her and her late husband practiced at, is now much more tenuous.  Manipulated into participating on the firms new “gender equity committee”, Maggie learns the shocking truth of the firm’s true intentions – to rid the staff of female trouble makers.  But why?  It all becomes clear as she learns of the egregious hostile and frequent harassment work environment the women are enduring.  And given the firm’s head partner is up for the attorney general nomination, nothing will hold him back from reaching his life long goal.  Nothing.  Not even Maggie Mahoney.

Kate McGuiness’ “Terminal Ambition” is a shocking tale.   After reading this I sincerely hope that no women would ever have to work in an environment as destructive as this. The arrogance, selfishness, and indifference displayed by many of the male characters is appalling.  McGuiness’ writing is crisp and the plot believable even in such extreme circumstances though it was hard for me to fathom there could be so much of this behavior going on by so many in one place.  If you have a low opinion of lawyers before you start reading this, it won’t get any better I assure you.

Overall, this was a very engaging though troubling read and achieves its goal of sensitizing readers to this very troubling issue from its  subtlest to most severe forms.  This is one in a series of Maggie Mahoney novels.  I look forward to McGuiness’ next work.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.


Posted on June 24, 2012, in Book Review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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