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Publisher's Summary

“[One of the] buzziest new books arriving this season...[a] rollercoaster of terror, marked by whip-fast twists and turns.” (New York Times)

“Pulled me in from the first page...put this one high on your summer list.” (Stephen King)

When a small-town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own? An edgy, propulsive story about what we will do in the name of love and blood.

Tony has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when he's called to a hospital bed where Nick is lying battered and bruised after a violent sexual assault, his protective instincts flare, and a white-hot rage begins to build.

As a small-town New England lawyer, Tony's wife, Julia, has cases involving kids all the time. When Detective Rice gets assigned to this one, Julia feels they're in good hands. Especially because she senses that Rice, too, understands how things can quickly get complicated. Very complicated.

After all, one moment Nick was having a drink with a handsome stranger; the next, he was at the center of an investigation threatening to tear not only him, but his entire family, apart. And now his attacker, out on bail, is disputing Nick's version of what happened.

As Julia tries to help her brother-in-law, she sees Tony's desire for revenge, to fix things for Nick, getting out of control. Tony is starting to scare her. And before long, she finds herself asking: Does she really know what her husband is capable of? Or of what she herself is?

Exploring elements of doubt, tragedy, suspense, and justice, The Damage is an all-consuming listen that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

©2021 Caitlin Wahrer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Compelling...a taut drama.” (Bustle)

“Compelling, relatable conflict and well-crafted twists create depth in this thoughtful blend of family drama and mystery.” (Booklist

“Throughout, the author deftly employs alternating points of view to expose the psychological and emotional consequences of violence while sustaining a chilling atmosphere of suspense.... A deeply humane and affecting psychological thriller by a debut author.” (Kirkus Reviews

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Wow.

I am a mild critic as I passively listen to audiobooks while I do my work but when I say wow, I mean it. This captured my attention and made me even play on 1.5 speed just to absorb the story more quickly. Fantastic book, talented author. 100% the next book you need to read.

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Hard to Put Down

I thought the author’s build up to the climax of her plot was very smooth but to me the ending seemed a little too contrived. The story is original and very well written. However, I cringed at her misuse of the verb LAY — ouch!

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Fantastic!

The Damage is a very clever, creative and socially relevant novel. It’s also a great mystery and an all around wonderful listen on so many levels. I highly recommend this book.

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This will be a movie

Fresh and timely. believable, substantive characters, and fast paced plot. ill look forward to more books by Wahrer.

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Almost took a personal day to listen

I didn’t want to stop listening to this story. It’s incredibly written. Glad to have the option to listen to from my earbuds while putting my kids to bed. Wahrer’s ability to make you feel like you’re in the room is next level.

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Uneventful & predictable

Did not enjoy this very boring story or the monotonous narrator. Thought many times about stopping it, but I followed thru to the predictable ending. Wish I hadn’t wasted my time.

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