What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

What Happened That Night

Summary: 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed Sandra’s previous books about Zoe (Little Black Lies, The Girl Without A Name & The Secret Room) and I have been so eager to meet Dahlia, her new character.

Dahlia is a character that you won’t soon forget.


What I liked:

How real Dahlia was. She could have been one dimensional in the lesser  hands of an author- but with Sandra- you see her rage, how that one night changed her and you see her struggles- how she tries to live, to laugh, to love. Dahlia has many layers which I loved.

How the story was set up. You have three voices: Dahlia currently, Dahlia 5 years ago and James. After the end of the book, I almost would have liked to hear from one more voice- but that may have been overkill.

The cover. It’s a dark cover, but it’s a dark book.


Bottom line: In our current culture- this book shines a massive spotlight on what can  happen in college between students at frat houses or special clubs. It is not as graphic in it’s description as it could be- but it def does not shy away from some graphic language during parts of the book.  The plot of this book is not light nor easy reading- but Sandra Block shows much skill in taking a book with violence against a woman plot and creating a story that I could not turn the pages fast enough about. In the end, recommended reading- and book clubs and buddy reads will  have much to discuss.


*What Happened That Night was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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