I loved the premise of the book
A lost memory of the rape + transformation from pretty girl + the video of rape resurfacing + stress seizures = THE REVENGE
This book resonated with me because of the concept of the plot, the lone vigilante. Dahlia as the tattooed paralegal just seems to be surviving life till the video resurfaced. Her need for wanting the men to pay is justifiable. The author Sandra Block has shown her helplessness and anger in words which caused my angst and ire to resurface.
I WANTED REVENGE TOO!!
A book is successful if an author can incite extreme passion in the reader. Since this book is based on a topic which is a trigger, I liked knowing what I am getting into from the blurb, and I took an informed decision of reading it on a Sunday morning.
I WANTED REVENGE TOO!!
The story does leave me with some unanswered questions as to who uploaded the video on the net and what happened to the rest of the rapists. The book also has some hard hitting memories. It does follow a bit of suspended reality as most of the fiction books do.
The rapists are well settled now, seemingly in good intelligent jobs, yet their private chat sessions showed not a touch of repentance but of anger when the main character dares to take her vengeance.
I WANTED REVENGE TOO!!
The book also highlights what happens in the frat parties and clubs when men roofie the victim and shoot her in depraved acts. This book does trigger nightmares, and I would advice survivors of abuse to read it only on the day they feel strong.
P. S. A few hours later: I thought I was strong till I woke up with catatonic dreams and migraine. It triggered at the subconscious level.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Sandra Block is an International Thriller Award finalist and the author of Little Black Lies, The Girl Without a Name, and The Secret Room. She lives in Buffalo, New York, with her husband, two children, and her cute but untrainable yellow lab, Delilah.
She doesn’t remember that night. But she will never be the same.
One moment, Dahlia is a successful Harvard student; the next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. Her life veers into a tailspin, and what’s worse — her memory of the attack has been ripped away, leaving a cold rage in its wayke.
Now, years later, Dahlia is a tattooed paralegal suffering from PTSD and still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surfaces online, and Dahlia sees her attack for the first time.
Now she knows what happened to her. And she knows who is to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot.
And she is about to make everyone pay.
Publication date : 5th June, 2018
Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark
I wanted revenge too!!
Sounds so intense.
It is very, especially the memories written…
Great review, Shalini. Sounds like a tough but great book to get into. I’ll add this to my TBR and read it on a day I’m emotionally stable enough. 😊
I did that too… The book is fun, the vengeance is great though a little unbelievable that it is so easy, but the emotions and memories are a bit tough.
I ended up with a migraine. 😭
Not good! Migraines are no fun. I’ll stress myself into a migraine sometimes, so I’m so glad I read your review! At least I will be prepared ahead of time.
Amazing Review 👌👌
It sounds interesting 😊
It is extremely hard hitting
Thank you Hardip. I had sent you a mail long long ago. No idea if you deleted/not interested/it went to spam. If possible mail back with your answer
It should be in spam 😫 I will check & response back😊👍
Hehehe I am often found in spam 😭😭
It’s not your fault though 😔 actually I found some of comments also in spam 😫 I have to reset my settings 😔
Check spam folder on mail too it was about a month back when I sent it
I will reply your email soon👍
I have re-sent the mail
😊👍 thank you
This does sound really intense!! Excellent review!!
What is this? Please don’t send a link without bothering to read my blog. Because then I am not interested in reading yours. Respect has to be mutual. If your writing material is good, you will get followers, you wont need to publicize this way. This is blogging world, not Facebook. Get to know the etiquettes of blogging first
Thank you… Very hard hitting. I didn’t realize I would be affected
No idea why you were found in spam. What is wrong with WP??!!
Great review again Shalini! 🙂
Thanks Carrie… Right back at ya for all your reviews… You are awesome
Haha thanks Shalini, although I’m doing my normal procrastinating yet again. 🙂
Another great review, Shalini. I will have to add this one to my TBR list. Hope your Monday is going well. 🙂
Hey Leslie it is going fine. This book was hard hitting yesterday. Have a fab week honey💕
Thank you Shalini. Though 3.5 I like the story as readable
I’m sorry this wound up giving you a migraine Shalini. Wonderful review though.
Feels intense wow! Awesone review Shalini.
Hey Justine… It was intense. Thank you 💕
Wow. Sounds really intense. But also good in the sense that it was written well enough to grab the reader into the story. Hope the migraine has lessened.
Oh yes it did… Yesterday evening was bad. I am okay now… Whatcha reading cozy babe?
A romantic suspense. Author request. It’s okay… not bad but not holding my attention so it’s taking a while. Slowing down my June reading list! Lol.
Glad you are okay now.
Wow… That’s great.. Enjoy
Hop skip and jump? Think about jumping in or over puddles… It is raining here
Does the rain help with cooling down the temperature? Or does it just kinda make it more muggy?
It’s pouring cats and dogs babes… It’s cool and romantic (with water logging and vial fever) but it is that kinda weather to read books with tea and cookies. I have tea, I have books.. My hips say no to cookies so it is diet biscuits and tea and books but no lover in sight….
Books are my love now… Finished 6 in 2 days I have scheduled posts…. Hehehe
Stay dry and cozy. 6 in 2 Days?? Wow. I’ve been stuck in one the last 4 Days. Lol. Need to get out of it!
And yet you have a post everyday… But for once cozy babe… I have a post scheduled for the next 5 days… Yayyy. I spent weekend reading
Wow. Check you out. Lol.
I’ve been doing a lot of book spotlights recently. Author’s have sent requests but many of them I can’t fit in to review. I chose a handful to read and offered spotlights for the others.
Yayyy… That’s cool.. You have a 2 year old.. I have heartbreak so gotta read to forget hehehe
Hahaha. He should be home from day camp soon. Hmmm… let me go make sure there’s a meal ready 🙈😄
It is 2 30 here so I sleep. Au revoir till we meet again
I feel your pain, Nina! I don’t feel like I’m reading as fast as I used to… Too many blog tours and requests… I need to read something for me, I think… 😕
Excuse me… My tours too 😉😉😘😘😂😂
Ha ha!! Yup. You’re definitely one of those people loading me up! 😉😘💖
Hehehe… I don’t have anything new… Now I need a blog post to remind the authors to message me
Do it!! 💖💖
How many authors are bloggers. I have been putting up a post on twitter… Hopefully soon
TONS of authors are bloggers as well, so I’m sure you’ll find some more looking to do tours soon!!
Oh I don’t have authors who are bloggers who are my followers. I have only crazy ladies… Present company included rest excluded
Ha ha ha!!!! 😂😂😂😂 Well, crazy just means important… 😘
Hahaha think that baby to make you feel right about it all..
Oh yeah. The next ‘light’ reading month you have. Leave it that way. Don’t accept any more requests. Leave it open for you to pick anything that suits your fancy.
And my blog tours only 😘😘😂😂
Hahahaha. Of course. 😘
I’m trying!! 😂 August is still look G fairly light, so I’m hoping (being my birthday month) I can treat myself a little!! I’ve got a couple rough weeks in the meantime, though! (and here I am, yet again, saying this while I’m not reading and instead am chatting and commenting! 😂😂)
Haha. Yeah. Last night I spend reading time chatting with two crazy ladies online 🤭😮😉😄
Those crazy ladies… They never shut up, do they?? 😂😂
Hahaha the crazy ones didn’t… I did
Not me… I was emailing you two… You guys kept mailing yourselves for two rounds
Hahahaha. Sadly we did manage to email ourselves a couple of times 🙈😄
I saw and I cackled
That is because you can’t resist us. My reviews are scheduled for 6 days yayyy
I kind of hate you right how… I’m going out and I don’t even have a post ready for tomorrow… Sorry, I have one PARTIALLY ready. 😕
I am heartbroken so I spent weekend reading…
Awwwww…. No more heartbreak!! 💔😢😢 Well, I’m here for you! And books are a good healing for Heartbreak!!
Thank ya darlin….
Hey, What about me??? 😫😉😘
Do you need milk and cookies and a kiss to tuck you in bed?
I meant more becauee you said you didn’t have love. But, if you’re offering milk and cookies…….
Oh yes… You can milk cookies, alcohol whatever your heart wishes
Already on it! Just getting ready to go for my Tuesday drinks with my parentals! 🍻👍
Yayyy you… Have fun with them… Go easy on ’em cigars
Ha ha!! Probably no cigars this time since my aunts, uncles and nana will be there as well. 😁
Wow… That’s a big do!! What’s the occasion
My father has extended our bingo Tuesdays. 😕 It used to be just me, my man and my parentals…. Now he’s got the whole family involved… Which sucks a little for me because it used to be at my house, now it’s at my uncle’s and I have to travel… 😕
And you love traveling and driving and spending time with your extended family all the relatives…
I love the spending time with family part… The travel… Not so much. 😜
Hahaha I know!! Well you got to do what you got to do…
I bid you guys adieu… See you after a couple of hours… I drank a litre of water… 😉😉
Ha ha!! Hear from you at pee o’clock then!! 😂😂
You are my darlin
I really enjoyed reading your review. I probably add this one to my ever growing tbr. 🙂
Thank you so much. That is so sweet of you…
I am intrigued, I think this is one that would turn me inside out. Excellent review, but regret the aftermath it triggered for you 🙁
Such hard hitting books often do. Did you find my comments on your post or are they lost?
I find them in spam, not sure why they still go there, it baffles me!
Because I respond to all posts. Wp thinks I am spamming all of you.
Bloggers think I only like and not comment.
I comment on all posts which interest me.
Sighhhh I am stuck!!
Wow. That is definitely an intense book!! I do love a book that drives a passion in me, whether it makes me into a romantic puddle or makes me want to rampage and kill things, that’s how I find my 5 star reads, I have to feel a real connection to it somehow… This would definitely be a book I’d have to be in a special sort of mood for. A little too much for me maybe (and that’s saying a lot!!) but, I’m always down for a good ole revenge run for you, if you need it darling! 😉🍻
That’s so sweet of you… But those child molesters are long gone and dead… So I don’t need revenge but sometimes I am angry and the why me comes into play.. Sighhh most days I am okay. Took years darlin, but I am okay mostly
Now I have you too to keep me sane!! 😘😘
… I never thought I would love to see the day when someone told me I kept THEM SANE!! 😂😂😂💖
Well you live and you learn and then you discover some untruths about yourself… Hehehe
It sounds very intense but I think I would love to give it a read definitely! I’m a very emotional person so don’t know how it’d work for me 🤷
I understand. I seem to be reading quite a few intense reads…
Well this has its scary moments
Debating whether I should read this… probably not good for me but also necessary at the same time.
It is a difficult book to read in some scenes… A good read 💕