A brilliant, thought provoking story about justice and protecting your family!
Thanks to Michael Joseph publishers for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and kindly gifting me a copy of the book.
Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
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 . . .
I can’t say I’ve read many, if any, books that focus on male rape so I applaud the author for going down that route and shining a light on this.
Whilst this book is about what happens to Nick that night, it isn’t really a police procedural, this book focuses more on the aftermath of this event and how it affects everyone’s lives, not just Nick’s as they deal with the lengthy process of waiting to see whether it will go to court and whether Nick will have to testify.
It’s definitely a slow burn as chapters flip from back when it happened to years later – this is where we discover not everything may be as it seems and we are then taken on this journey from Nick reporting the assault to everything that happens after.
I think the author did a fantastic job of really portraying just how a crime like this can affect everyone, especially family members and the turmoil / anger they go through at just wanting to help or do something to make it all better.
Overall I wouldn’t say this was a thriller but more of a domestic drama. The book is slow paced but really builds on these characters, their lives, their decisions and just how far they are willing to go for the ones they love.