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What Happened That Night – Review

The best revenge is success, right? Wrong! Not in this book, the best revenge is destroy them all revenge! What an insane read. I chose to read this book while we were on holiday, not exactly light-hearted entertainment, but this book grabbed me from the opening lines and kept me, uncomfortably on the edge of my seat all the way to the end!  

About

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, 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 to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot.

And she is about to make everyone pay.

My thoughts:

This was such a powerful yet uncomfortable read, dealing with so many relevant and uncomfortable topics. 

A young, pretty, smart and happy girl goes to a party one evening and after that night, everything changes. She can’t remember the details of the night but she knows what happened. Through it all, she fights to take back her life from those who stole it from her. Such a strong, emotional story of something that has happened to real women.

This book has a million trigger warnings, I felt that the scenes where the author described the actual *attack, where necessarily graphic, but at the same time, she held back, so you were simultaneously repulsed and yet desperate to know how the story ends. 

It is gripping and cleverly written, I love how the main protagonists worked out their issues, not following anyone path but rather working through things as they went. The author manages to portray the realities of justice and the many layers of recovery really well and it was a bit of a page-turner.

I also loved that the story was multi-faceted, not just focusing on Dahlia’s ordeal, but on the intricacies and developments of her complicated relationship with James. I loved that the story had more than just a singular focus. One of the huge strengths of this was the growing relationship between Dahlia and James, I loved them both in different ways and What Happened That Night doesn’t follow a usual path,

An absolute must read! 

*I won’t go into too much detail, don’t want to spoil the plot

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