Former New York City model Nickie Callahan is looking forward to the easy life when she moves to the sleepy college town of Knolls, Tennessee. But the women of Knolls are not safe. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands.
©1984 Charlaine Harris Schulz (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
The Janeite geek
There is something about the way Charlaine Harris develops the character, and Johanna Parker's delivery, that quickly endears the character to the reader. No wonder, then, that when the drama and the tragedy unfold, you cannot help but empathize with the heroine. It pierced my soul.
My only complaint is that this was never made into a series. Oh, and the references to Jane Austen were a welcome touch!
If you want to read everything written by Charlaine Harris then go for it. But it is not as charming and engrossing as her Sookie Stackhouse or Harper Connelly series, which are the only other books by her I have read. I couldn't put those down while I had to push to finish listening to this one.
Not at all.
She was fine, the material was not.
I'll keep reading Ms. Harris, but not her earlier works.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
Charlaine Harris wrote " A Secret Rage" back in the mid-80's, long before she became famous for her mysteries and her vampire series.
It can be read as a short, well-constructed mystery that keeps the reader guessing while giving an insight into life in a small college town in the South, but it is much more than that.
At its core, " A Secret Rage" is a hard hitting, unflinching look at what rape is, what it does to the people it is inflicted on and to the people around them.
The rape scene is brutal and vivid without being exploitative. The descriptions of the impact of the rape, of the rage it produces, of the scars it leaves, of the bravery needed to face it and the love needed to respond to it are emotionally hard hitting because they feel authentic and unfiltered.
This is a novel with an agenda: no woman deserves to be raped and no rapist should be allowed to go unpunished.
It is also a story about how women can help and support each other or how they can inflict more pain through shame and blame.
Recorded Books produced "A Secret Rage" as part of the "Southern Voices" series. Johanna Parker's performance brings these voices to life and anchors the story in an authentic setting that makes it harder for the reader to distance themselves from the story.
This is not a light read. If you aren't in tears, if your rage isn't stirred, if your revulsion is not awakened, then you weren't listening to the same book I was.
Much as I love the Sookie Stackhous books (so much better than the TV series) and the Harper Connelly books, I think this is the book of hers that I will remember the longest.
I know alot of people are critical of some of her works - no one can hit it out of the park everytime. But in every instance, I have loved her books. She is a very versatile writer.
Love Lily B and Sookie for sure.
The narrative was well-done: expressive & engaging
No extreme reaction
Thought the plot was "draggy" compared to other books by this author. I've especially enjoyed reading the Lily Bard books. In comparison, this book was less intriguing.
I LOVE Audible
The content is a little too real for me. It is difficult for me to listen to this since it is a rather touchy subject (rape and stalking). I was listening while home alone and could not sleep... I had to stop listening.So if you like being scared sh*tless... then listen away!
I enjoyed the book and do not think Charlaine Harris could write a book that I did not enjoy. However, it is not as strong a story as Sookie Series or Harper Connelly Series.
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