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The Damage

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The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
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Jun 15, 2021 | ISBN 9780593296134

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Praise for The Damage:

“A startling twist makes this taut debut a must-read.”
People

“Compelling. . . a taut drama.”
Bustle

“This is a raw, sharp crime drama that puts a family at the center of seeking justice.”
—BuzzFeed

“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 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

The Damage pulled me in from the first page with smart narration, characters I cared about, a hold-your-breath plot, and a terrific final twist. Put this one high on your summer list.”
—Stephen King

“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…. Breathtakingly real…compelling.”
—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Final Twist

“Smart, suspenseful and timely, this accomplished debut takes us on a journey through the investigation, the legal process and the emotional fall-out from one ugly night in a small town in New England.”
—Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of To Tell You The Truth

“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, bestselling author of The Gifted School

“A brilliantly-observed novel. . . a damning and humane exploration of family, brotherhood and upbringing. To say I loved it is a wild understatement.”
Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Choice

“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 smartly written, deft thriller. . . Wahrer has written a compelling and thought-provoking book, which is also hard to put down.”
—Araminta Hall, author of Imperfect Women

“The 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

“Compelling, relatable conflict and well-crafted twists create depth in this thoughtful
blend of family drama and mystery.”
Booklist

“Throughout, the author deftly employs alternating points of view to expose the psychological and emotional consequences of violence while sustaining a chilling atmosphere of suspense. . . A deeply humane and affecting psychological thriller by a debut author.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers can expect thought-provoking, well-plotted psychological suspense from a bracingly fresh voice.”
—Publishers Weekly

“With twists worthy of a season finale of Law & Order: SVU. . . This study of a family in crisis is empathetic and never gratuitous. . .  The Damage carefully and expertly captures the collective trauma of a close-knit family when one of its members is victimized, and the lengths to which they’ll go to find justice and healing.”
—BookPage

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