Damage (Hardback)Caitlin Wahrer (author)
DON'T MISS THE MOST GRIPPING AND SHOCKING DEBUT OF THE SUMMER
'Pulled me in from the first page' STEPHEN KING
'Utterly authentic and full of twists. A remarkable debut' SUNDAY TIMES
'One of the best books you'll read this year' SHARI LAPENA
'Keeps you guessing until the end' 5***** Reader Review
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. And when the police get involved, this family in crisis might be capable of anything . . .
Set to ignite debate and as gripping as your favourite box-set, Damage is a compulsive drama from an extraordinary new writer.
'As though Michael Connelly and Tana French had joined forces. A spectacularly plotted and powerful family drama' A.J. FINN
'A suspenseful family drama. It draws you right in and constantly leaves you guessing and questioning - sometimes even shouting at the page . . . An explosive ending' COSMOPOLITAN
'Gritty and suspenseful . . . Splices small-town family drama with nervy psychological noir. An explosively slow-burn guessing game' METRO
'Sets the standard for psychological suspense ... the characters are breathtakingly real' JEFFERY DEAVER
'Caitlin digs into our perceptions around masculinity, consent and what it means when violation becomes public knowledge. Twisty' GRAZIA
'A brilliantly-observed novel about how a terrible crime can ignite the first match in a whole row. Twist after twist . . . To say I loved it is a wild understatement' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'Smart, suspenseful and timely' GILLY MACMILLAN
Join the readers discovering DAMAGE . . .
'I really can't recommend this book enough' 5***** Reader Review
'The characters had depth . . . I felt for them all' 5***** Reader Review
'The kind of book one doesn't forget' 5***** Reader Review
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
A complex, suspenseful story about the shocking and unexpected consequences of a sexual assault . . . a brilliant debut. One of the best books you'll read this year -- Shari Lapena, Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author
A magnificent debut to rival the very best of Dennis Lehane, The Damage scores knockout thriller punches chapter after chapter. It's dense and exciting, as though Michael Connelly and Tana French had joined forces. A spectacularly plotted and powerful family drama -- A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
A brilliantly-observed novel about how a terrible crime can ignite the first match in a whole row. Twist after twist - but also a damning and humane exploration of family, brotherhood and upbringing. To say I loved it is a wild understatement -- Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author
The whodunnit tipped to be this summer's must-read * Daily Mail *
Sensational. This is 'catch in the throat' storytelling that Wahrer makes look disarmingly easy and it leads to not one but two startling final twists. Unputdownable * Daily Mail *
A tense psychological thriller, full of twists yet acutely attuned to the mental and physical effects of violence. It feels utterly authentic. A remarkable debut * Sunday Times *
A suspenseful family drama. It draws you right in from the get-go and constantly leaves you guessing and questioning - sometimes even shouting at the page. An explosive ending that you will not see coming. If you're reading it around family and friends, expect to need to ignore them for a few hours while you finish it * Cosmopolitan *
Damage sets the standard for psychological suspense! With a consummate authorial hand, Wahrer weaves a brilliantly layered story of a horrific crime and how it forces each member of a loving family to confront the harrowing question of what kind of person they truly are. The style of this novel is as elegant as the characters are breathtakingly real and the plot undeniably compelling -- Jeffrey Deaver, Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author
Gritty and suspenseful . . . Splices small-town family drama with nervy psychological noir. An explosively slow-burn guessing game * Metro *
Smart, suspenseful and timely, this accomplished debut takes us on a journey through the emotional fall-out from one ugly night in a small town -- Gilly Macmillan, author of The Nanny
Caitlin digs into our perceptions around masculinity, consent and what it means when violation becomes public knowledge. Twisty family drama . . . Skilful -- Grazia
Delightfully unpredictable, The Damage is a relatable tale about the desire to protect your family. I ripped through it one sitting -- Brian Moylan, author of The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives
A devastating, life affirming, heart thumping exploration of family, brotherhood and what people will do to protect the ones we love. Highly recommended -- Holly Seddon, author of The Hit List and Try Not to Breathe
A blisteringly smart and evocative novel, with a compelling premise, richly developed characters, and enough suspense to keep you up all night. A powerful debut -- Bruce Holsinger, national bestselling author of The Gifted School
A smartly written, deft thriller in which the fallout from the crime, rather than the crime itself, is the important thing. In asking us to consider how far we would go for those we love and what it means to part of a family, Caitlin Wahrer has written a compelling and thought-provoking book, which is also hard to put down -- Araminta Hall, author of Imperfect Women * - *
A riveting exploration of the devastating effects male sexual assault has on an ordinary family & asks the question how far would you go for family? Highly recommended -- Laure Van Rensburg
Damage is the very best kind of thriller, exploring how numerous lives are blown apart by a single crime. With a cast of characters whose nuanced back-stories are brilliantly-drawn but never laboured, this is a magnificent novel which plays out like the most addictive of tv series. The storytelling is masterful and I was hooked from page one until that exquisitely satisfying final chapter... * Charlotte Philby, author of Part of the Family *
Disturbing and challenging, this whip-smart novel explores loyalty and justice, and makes you consider whether you'd be the upright person you like to think you are, when pushed to the limits of your morality. It'll keep you guessing and changing your mind until the sucker-punch of an ending * WI Life *
Nail-biting * Sunday Express *
A simmering and shocking tale, sensitively told * Crime Monthly *
A nail-biting read * OK! *
Compelling * Bustle *
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