A brutal struggle in the cutthroat computer industry; a shattering psychological game of cat and mouse; an accusation of sexual harassment that threatens to derail a brilliant career…this is the electrifying core of Michael Crichton’s new novel, the first since Rising Sun.
At the centre: Tom Sanders, an up-and-coming executive with DigiCom in Seattle, a man whose corporate future is certain. Until: after a closed-door meeting with his new boss — a woman who was his lover ten years before, a woman who has been promoted to the position he expected to have — he is accused of sexually harassing her. Now he finds himself trapped between what he knows to be true and what he knows others will assume to be the truth. And, as he uncovers an electronic trail into the company’s secrets, he begins to grasp just how cynical and manipulative an abuse of truth has actually occurred…
Tackling one of the most divisive issues of our time, Disclosure compels us to see beyond our traditional responses. It is Michael Crichton at his best.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date: January 13th 1994
I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf for sometime now but until just recently I didn’t feel I wanted to read it. It wasn’t until after I picked this book up that I found out that Crichton wrote the famous Jurassic Park series. I had only ever watched Jurassic Park on TV so I was interested to see what I thought of Crichton’s writing style. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I absolutely loved his writing. He had my interest piqued when he spoke about CD-ROMs and CD-ROM players etc. It was so fascinating to read about the problems associated with developing these products with 2017 eyes. It was like stepping back in time and guided through what the early development of these products involve to get where we are today some 23 years later. It was also interesting to find that, like today, many of the tech people were young (in their 20s) indicating that some things stay the same regardless of the number of years that have elapsed in the meantime.
Throughout this book (and this is a good indication of how well written it was) I found myself being pulled so much into the book that I lost all sense of where I was, at least whilst reading. I was very much in the book and couldn’t wait to read it every chance I got. As a result of this I managed to finish it in 3 days! I loved the book’s whole premise and the way it was dealt with allowed the reader to see how notoriously fraught with difficulty sexual harassment cases are.
There are many characters throughout but it never felt like it was overdone. We meet Meredith Johnson who is the woman who harassed the male protagonist, Tom Sanders. Tom’s lawyer proved to be a force to be a reckoned with and she didn’t hold any prisoners. She certainly knew her stuff and rarely allowed herself to be ruffled by people who should have known better. This book also showed how nasty office politics can get especially when there’s a company merger on the table. I’m sure that this sort of thing can also happen outside of a merger as well. The characters in this book were well described and developed and they came across as very real and believable.
I absolutely loved this book and now I want to get, and read, many more of Crichton’s books. I have added him to my list of favourite authors. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Recommend for: Adults