I was very fortunate to get this book from Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for my honest review.
From “a promising new thriller writer” (Booklist) comes a dark, addictive story about a woman’s hunt for revenge and the awful truths she never saw coming.
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 wake.
Now, years later, Dahlia is a tattooed paralegal suffering from PTSD, 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 to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot.
And she is about to make everyone pay.
Holy Mother! This book was above and beyond. It was INTENSE!
As a mom of two teenage daughters who are both about to start college in the fall, I was worried about reading this book that it would put thoughts in my head. But I am so glad that I read it.
This is an important book. I am so happy to find so many authors tackling really difficult topics and using their voice to discuss politics through fiction.
There is nothing EVER that a woman does that makes her deserve to be raped. EVER. Not her clothing. Not how much she drinks. Not if she has done drugs. Not flirting. Not going to parties. Not going out alone. NOTHING. There is never justification for violating any person EVER.
Dahlia was raped at a party when she was in college and it changed this once promising student’s life. She went to the authorities when she was raped but they questioned how much she had to drink and if she had taken drugs. They asked her where she was when she got raped and she did not know because the trauma of the rape and the drugs the frat boys had put in her drink had made it hard for her to think. The authorities used this against her. So she has no faith in the police and when the video of her rape goes online, she vows to get revenge on her multiple rapists with the help of her friend from work.
The video has been posted on a pro-male, anti-female website that believes rape is ok and that women should not have any power and that men should dominate women and can treat them however they want. Don’t believe there are such websites? Check out this monster who is running for Congress in Virginia.
I have been watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu with my daughters. My 18 year old doesn’t like it, it scares her and makes her uncomfortable. My husband asked why I felt it was so important that the girls watch it and I told him because Margaret Atwood did not put anything in the Handmaid’s Tale that has not already been tried somewhere in the world. We, as women, can not be complacent. We need to be informed and aware so that people like that monster in Virginia don’t get into power. There are men that feel as the men in this book do (not all men and not even most men, but there are men who feel that way) and as women we need to stick together and stay informed and not ever accept that it is ever okay for another person to be treated this way.
If you like thrillers, read this book. If you are a woman, read this book. It’s powerful. It’s unforgettable. It’s intense. It’s unique. And it’s very well written with a dynamic plot and well-developed characters.