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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 wake.

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.

©2018 Sandra Block (P)2018 Tantor

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My favourite so far this year!

Wow! I did not want this book to end. I loved the different perspectives and the way the story went back & forth in time. Sometimes graphic but very realistic. Narration was excellent! And who doesn't love a great story about revenge!

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What the heck happened?

This book started off okay. Okay enough to draw me in. It didn’t take too long to figure things out but it was still pretty good.

Then, it seemed like the author was just done with the book and wrapped it up. To me, there just seemed to be so much left undone, unsaid, and unfinished. I did not like the ending at all.

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Relevant subject matter but story just missed the mark...

The subject matter of this book - rape and its handling by police and society in general - is very relevant today and the author is very accurate in her depiction of these scenarios, in my opinion. But, she chose to go back and forth between the past and the present and I think that took away from the revenge story as well as it made the punchline in the end much more obvious - I am trying to write this without giving out spoilers - so I wish she would have chosen a different route on this. But, even though I figured some things out early on, I still wanted to hear the whole story so I absolutely finished the book. The narrators did great, especially the female narrator who had some difficult material to get through at times. Overall I would give this audiobook 3 1/2 stars.

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  • David
  • Dunedin, FL, United States
  • 08-31-18

Decent Idea...But Poorly Executed

This was my first book by this author, and I doubt I'll read any more from her after this. I was able to get through the book, but it wasn't due to the story itself nudging me forward. The further I got into the book was like sludging through mud to the inevitable ending I had predicted before I even got to the halfway point in the story.

First, the good. I found the idea behind the story was pretty interesting. There are all sorts of revenge type stories, but this has a bit smarter and more (seamingly) modern take on the idea. It was intriguing enough that it kept me going once the pace fell off and got sluggish. Secondly the narration was above average, just not exceptional. I found the concept of first person storytelling from different points of view to be creative and different, and the changes between different narrators didn't really bother me. The weakness in the narration was the female narrator's Boston accent for the character specified to have a heavy Boston accent was really weak. Other than that, narration was well done.

Unfortunately, now you have the bad and there's plenty of it. The author uses flashback sequences throughout the book to fill in details about the core conflict that happened 5 years prior to the telling of this story. The intermittent breaks in the storyline were fine in the beginning, but she carries these flashback chapters on for far too long in the book until they're no longer adding anything to the story and are just slowing down the pace...and creating more sludge to wade through for little payback. This results in these extra chapters taking away from the main process in the revenge story leaving very little left for the details involved in the execution of and response to the different revenge plans, so it becomes more fantasy requiring the reader to suspend belief in how the real world actually works in order to just accept things and move forward with the story. It's more like a deep idea with very naive and shallow storytelling.

My major complaint with this author was the overall shallowness of her story telling. I thought Harvard educated people with A-type competitive personalities were supposed to be intelligent people with a broad understanding of how things in the world work, but you couldn't prove that by the characters she created in this book. She totally missed the opportunity to have very smart and inventive protagonists and antagonists squaring off with each other in surprising and creative ways reflective of their intelligence and cunning. Believe me...none of that was happening here.

The most pitiful aspect of the book was her inclusion of adequately politically correct characters...I'm supposing to add to the "coolness" factor in today's media world. I could have accepted the idea of a gay best friend. That could happen even though it's a totally overused gimmick in much of the schlock stories you see used in cable TV series, but then to add another character with gender identity problems was just taking it a bit too far for no substantial reason especially given the focus of what the main story was supposed to be about. She would have been better off focusing on the execution of the plot by intelligent people than these sort of gimmicks that added nothing of real substance. You don't have to have a degree in mathematics to understand the very low probability of both of those type of characters playing a substantial part in one person's life given the rather tiny ratio of those people in society as a whole.

I will freely admit that I may have had too high an expectation for this book given that most of my reading comes from much more well developed authors of thrillers and mysteries...but believe me when I say this author is no Nelson DeMille or Michael Connelly, so don't go in with that kind of expectation and you might be okay.

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Wow this is a terrific story!

It’s one of those stores that gets better and better as it goes on. The main character is so believable and so are the other characters. I wanted to finish the storyline but didn’t want the book to end. Excellent mystery. I hope she writes a follow up book. I want to know more about these people.

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captivating story

I didn't want to stop listening! I was sad to have it end. highly recommend it.

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Decent book over all

I thought the story line was pretty good in this book. Characters were believable & interesting. narration good too, but I did get confused sometimes with the back & forth method of writing which I wish authors would use less & the tendency to write in text short language I find annoying. Otherwise not bad, Liked the ending.

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Good story, stupid girl..

Story line was good and I liked the interaction between characters.
I found myself shaking my head at the stupidity of our main character not too smart in lots of scenes.

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  • Jolene
  • 07-31-18

Loved it

Excellent narrator using different accents making it easy to define characters. The storyline kept me intrigued, I didn’t want to stop listening. It was well written & there wasn’t too much graphic detail. Looking forward to other Sandra Block novels.