What Happened That Night by Sandra Block
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected Publication: June 5th!
Whoa! This book was packed with a ton of content, and the story had layers upon layers. I loved it!
Disclaimer: There are some (graphic) depictions of sexual assault, and some topics that may be hard for people to read. But, it was done in a way that enhanced the story, made it heartbreakingly real, and captured the reader.
The issues raised by Sandra Block ranged from sexual assault, suicide, mental illness, and Asperger’s to relationship struggles between friends, family, and lovers. I could not believe how she delivered this much heavy content, and somehow the story wasn’t incredibly depressing. If anything, it provided a message of hope.
Five years ago, Dahlia was the victim of a brutal assault, waking up bruised, battered, and bleeding. As a result, she finds herself utterly broken. But making matters worse is the fact that she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Fast forward to present day and a horrifying video of the assault is uploaded to the internet, graphically detailing the attack as well as photographically identifying her attackers. Filled with rage, Dahlia finds herself planning the ultimate revenge.
Meanwhile Dahlia’s coworker, James, finds it hard to connect with others. His Asperger’s always makes it difficult. But when he runs into Dahlia at a Survivors of Suicide support group, they quickly find themselves developing a friendship, one that ultimately leads to James assisting in the plot for revenge.
Sandra Block nailed this storyline. I read all 352 pages in 2 days. I couldn’t put it down. It gave me a slightly “Revenge” feel at times (i.e. the TV show we all binge watched on Netflix a few years ago) which I loved.
I don’t know how much more I can say without giving away pieces of the plot, so I’ll just say that if you are looking for a page turner, I would highly recommend What Happened That Night! There are surprises around every corner, and you won’t be able to stop turning until the very end.
-I received this advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Sandra Block, and Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to review.-