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The Damage

(2021)
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ONE NIGHT. ONE CRIME. ONE FAMILY TORN APART . . .

'Pulled me in from the first page'
STEPHEN KING
'Utterly authentic and full of twists. A remarkable debut'
SUNDAY TIMES
'Powerful and thought-provoking. Palpably suspenseful' 5***** READER REVIEW
'One of the best books you'll read this year'
SHARI LAPENA
'The final relevation left me speechless' 5***** READER REVIEW
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There are good men, and there are bad men . . . But which one is her husband?

All Julia wants is to hold her family together.

Her brother in law, Nick, just wants to forget his brutal assault.

But Julia's husband Tony can't let go of his anger about the attack . . .

So when Tony decides to take matters into his own hands, Julia fears for the attacker's family.

Even more than that: she fears where saving her husband will take her . . .
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'As though Michael Connelly and Tana French had joined forces. A spectacularly plotted and powerful family drama'
A.J. FINN

'A suspenseful family drama. It draws you right in and constantly leaves you guessing and questioning - sometimes even shouting at the page . . . An explosive ending'
COSMOPOLITAN

'Gritty and suspenseful . . . Splices small-town family drama with nervy psychological noir. An explosively slow-burn guessing game'
METRO

'Sets the standard for psychological suspense ... the characters are breathtakingly real'
JEFFERY DEAVER

'Caitlin digs into our perceptions around masculinity, consent and what it means when violation becomes public knowledge. Twisty'
GRAZIA

'A brilliantly-observed novel about how a terrible crime can ignite the first match in a whole row. Twist after twist . . . To say I loved it is a wild understatement'
GILLIAN MCALLISTER

'Smart, suspenseful and timely'
GILLY MACMILLAN

Readers are utterly gripped by DAMAGE . . .

'I really can't recommend this book enough'
5***** Reader Review
'The characters had depth . . . I felt for them all'
5***** Reader Review
'The kind of book one doesn't forget'
5***** Reader Review
'Keeps you guessing until the end' 5***** READER review



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Damage sets the standard for psychological suspense! With a consummate authorial hand, 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. The style of this novel is as elegant as the characters are breathtakingly real and the plot undeniably compelling." - Jeffery Deaver

"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

"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

"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

"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 Lapeña

"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

"Smart, suspenseful and timely, this accomplished debut takes us on a journey through the emotional fall-out from one ugly night in a small town." - Gilly MacMillan


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