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Book Review

·  Author: Caitlin Wahrer

·  ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WC1DFP7

·  Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (8 July 2021)

·  Language ‏ : ‎ English



Sometimes, the true story is the hardest to believe.

TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when Nick is badly hurt and it looks like he was the victim of sexual assault, Tony's anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony's obsession with Nick's case. She's always known Tony has a temper. But does she really know what he's capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything's a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain, and the man who hurt him doesn't deny doing it. But he says the whole thing was consensual.

Three ordinary people; one life-shattering event. When the police get involved with this family in crisis, all the cracks will start to show . . .




The Review:

This is the second book in a week that I’ve read that tackles male sexual assault, and while I hate this happens, as mentioned before, it absolutely does, and I’m here for authors showing that this does not just happen to women.

This is a slow burn mystery/thriller that still had me finishing in less than a day. Let me say this is one HEAVY book, so just be aware there are all the triggers.

If you know me, you know I scrutinize books that depict the criminal justice system, and with a sex crime, I had to speak to my sex crimes detective husband throughout this one. Let me say that Wahrer did a superb job in showing how sexual assault cases are handled and the devastating impact these crimes have on the victim and their families. This novel is going to make you mad and you’re going to want to do all you can to wish this didn’t happen to Nick and make him better. I love how the author not only showed the psychological impact of the crime, but how it stretches into devastating effects for all relationships surrounding the victim as well.

This book ended on a conclusion that I didn’t see coming but can say I was 100% happy with.


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