A Close-Knit Family. A Violent Assault. The Aftermath.
Though they are brothers, Tony has been like a father to Nick. Seventeen years apart, Tony has taken care of Nick for most of his life, having basically raised him with his wife, Julia.
The night Nick is assaulted by another man in a hotel room everything changes. A police report is filed and an investigation ensues.
Torn apart by it all, yet having to go on, day by day, Nick has to face “The Damage” that has been done.
Tony is distraught. His baby brother is hurting and he wants revenge. Julia’s family has been destroyed. A former defense attorney, she must figure out how to fix “The Damage” before it’s too late.
This is thought-provoking, brilliantly written, character-driven fiction that made me think about actions and consequences, “The Damage” is a stellar debut by Caitlin Wahrer. The fact that this is a debut novel blows my mind. If only all books were this good, I’d be a very happy camper.
“The Damage” is a mix of genres. It’s both general fiction and mystery / suspense. It’s also got one of the best character-driven plots I’ve read all year long and will be on my Goodreads best-of-list for 2021. If it’s not on your tbr, you’re missing out!
A buddy read with Kaceey that left us both reeling.
Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada – Doubleday Canada and Caitlin Wahrer for the arc.
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Five shiny debut stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nick has had a difficult upbringing. He was raised by parents who were let’s just say less than stellar. His support and love comes from his much older brother (17 years) Tony and Tony’s wife Julia.
Now in University, Nick is finally settling into life. He has a great group of friends he lives with and is comfortable in his sexuality.
A night of drinking and a hookup with a very sexy man leaves Nick in the hospital…battered physically and emotionally.
Tony and Julia step up.
They will do whatever is necessary to get Nick back on his feet and able to move forward in life. But the damage has been done. Can this family move forward? Or will this event define them for life?
This was a very powerful book and the subject matter was handled so delicately and with such finesse. This read will stay with me for a very long time.
The story unfolds from multiple perspectives and timelines. The characters were all real and flawed. You could feel the pain as they each tried to heal in their own way.
I highly recommend this book.
Thank you to Carolyn for her amazing review that put this book on my must-read list!
A buddy read with Susanne that when we finished we both just sat there and said “wow”.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada 🇨🇦