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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou is a captivating and gripping nonfiction story about the rise and fall of Theranos, a healthcare company that promised to revolutionize the medical industry.

It follows the journey of CEO Elizabeth Holmes as she built her multi-billion dollar empire, only to have it come crashing down when her lies were exposed. This review will provide an in-depth look at this explosive exposé and its insights into the world of corporate fraud.

Plot Summary

Bad Blood is a riveting account of how Elizabeth Holmes’s tenacious ambition pushed her to create Theranos, a revolutionary medical testing technology. It soon became one of Silicon Valley’s most heavily funded startups, valued at $9 billion despite never bringing its product to market.

As secrets began to unravel regarding fraudulent claims and data manipulation, the truth behind Theranos was exposed and subsequently led to an FBI investigation.

The book follows Carreyrou’s journey as he investigated this scandal and reveals how Theranos misled investors and patients with false promises of revolutionary technology while grossly overestimating its capabilities.


John Carreyrou’s impeccable investigative journalism brings to life an intriguing story that sheds light on Silicon Valley’s culture of start-up ambition gone wrong.

Throughout his thorough research, Carreyrou highlights how the board members were enthralled by the idea of a revolutionary product yet failed to ask any questions about financial matters or verify any evidence for themselves.

His sharp writing reveals both Holmes’s cunning charisma as well as her ruthless determination to deceive stakeholders for her own financial gain.

Much like Netflix’s documentary ‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’, Bad Blood provides insight into why these elaborate schemes are allowed to succeed in such a competitive environment.


Bad Blood is an absolutely essential read that exposes corporate fraud at the highest levels with striking precision. John Carreyrou has crafted an engaging narrative that delves deep into Elizabeth Holmes’s quest for fame and fortune while delivering vital lessons on business ethics in Silicon Valley.

Its gripping story will keep readers on the edge of their seat until they reach its shocking climax.

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