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A Secret Rage

Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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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

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Trademark Charlaine Harris

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!

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Brave, unflinching, confrontation of rape

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.

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  • Kristi
  • Elkhorn, NE, United States
  • 12-13-11

Not up to her other work

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Has A Secret Rage turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

She was fine, the material was not.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I'll keep reading Ms. Harris, but not her earlier works.

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I love Charlaine Harris, Narrator not so much!!

I love Charlaine Harris and this boom probably was good but I didn't finish it because the narrator ruined it for me. The southern accent was so over-the-top it was like fingernails on a chalkboard!! I often wonder if authors pick their own narrators, because I've come across books that seem good by an author I like and then the narrator ruins the audio book.

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gripping and raw

An excellent narrator and one of my favorite authors deliver a chilling story of crime in a small town.

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Unexpected

The story was not what I expected of Ms Harris, but I am so glad to have experienced it. She deals with rape using realistic characters and a very good story.

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Maybe a little juvenile fiction-y

The narrator was great with feeling and different voices. She was pleasant to listen to. I really enjoy Charlaine Harris's work. The Sookie Stackhouse series was a delight. Shakespeare etc... so, I thought I would enjoy this. Ummm not so much. It fell a bit flat with filler and characters that you just couldn't like. I did listen to the whole thing and it kept me company to and from work. I was just not drawn in as I have been by her other works.

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This couldn’t have been an easy one to write it I felt the heroine’s struggle

No woman wants to think that this could happen to them. We aren’t always as careful as we should be and even then the threat could be closer than we imagine. I felt Nikki’s pain and rage and the certainty that her life would never be the same again.

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Just ok

What disappointed you about A Secret Rage?

I found there was no depth to the characters, no development of their personalities.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More time developing the characters and the relationships to one another. Didn't feel cohesive.

Any additional comments?

Was my first time listening to a book written by this author. Don't think I will be purchasing another.

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A SECRET RAGE

THIS BOOK MUST BE AN EARLY DRAFT FOR CHARLAINE HARRIS -
IT DRAGGED AND WAS SLOW IN KEY AREAS IN THE BOOK WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE POPPED OUT WITH EXCITMENT. IT LACKED WOW.
Q KOSMIDES

3 of 8 people found this review helpful