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What Happened That Night: A Novel

What Happened That Night: A Novel


What Happened That Night: A Novel

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Jun 30, 2018
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She doesn't remember that night. But she will never be the same.

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 and 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 is to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot.

And she is about to make everyone pay.

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Sandra Block is an International Thriller Award finalist and the author of Little Black Lies, The Girl Without a Name, and The Secret Room. She graduated from Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan, and lives at home with her husband, two children, and her cute but untrainable yellow lab, Delilah.


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  • (4/5)
    What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a quick, fast, and suspenseful character driven novel. It is also the story of revenge, hate, second chances, and finding oneself.

    Five years ago Dahlia was attending Harvard University fast tracking her way to become a lawyer. One night Dahlia's roommate convinces her to attend a party. She is brutally gang raped yet with very little memory of the assault the next morning. The police do nothing for her when she reports and her life changes forever. Suffering from PTSD, she moves back home, tries to commit suicide and is taking drugs and drinking. After a period of time, her best friend, whom she met in therapy at a suicide survivor group, convinces her to come back to Boston and take a job as a paralegal. Life is pretty much at a standstill, until the day she finds a group of co-workers watching a video in the break room. What she never expected was that it would be a video of her assault. Flashbacks and memories come flooding to the surface and she wants revenge. It is right around this time that Dahlia meets James. He is an IT specialist and has been admiring her from afar. He seems to be struggling with some issues of his own, it is revealed that he has Aspergers. James and Dahlia form a friendship and he tries to help Dahlia seek revenge on her attackers.

    If you are not able to read about assault or rape, you might want to pass on this book. The flashbacks of the assault were descriptive enough that it was hard to read. The short chapters had me flying through this novel! The story is told from James and Dahlia's POV and it was very well done. I really liked James' character. It was well-written and very believable. There were several times that I though the story was going to end and bam, there was another twist. I always feel uncomfortable saying I enjoyed a story about other's suffering, but this novel kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next and if Dahlia was going to be able to pay back the men who destroyed her life. When the ending came, I was not ready for it, but overall, this was a very good book and I did enjoy it.
  • (3/5)
    In Sandra Block's "What Happened that Night," three undergraduates assault Dahlia Edelman, a senior at Harvard who was planning to become a lawyer. She quit school after the attack left her badly bruised and emotionally devastated. She does not remember who brutalized her (her assailants spiked her drink with drugs that left her helpless and vulnerable), and it takes time, therapy, and the support of loved ones to get her life back.

    Five years later, she is a paralegal at a law firm in Boston; has a gay best friend, Eli Sawyer, who is fiercely protective of her; and she is attracted to IT guy James Gardner, a socially awkward colleague who fears that if he asks her out, she will reject him. The author uses flashbacks to describe Dahlia's meltdown and slow road to recovery. In addition, Block devotes a number of chapters to James's painful memories of a tragedy that tore his family apart. The past comes back to haunt Dahlia when a video of her being beaten and raped surfaces on the Internet. Although she is mortified to be the object of curiosity and pity, she finally has an opportunity to learn who the perpetrators were and, if she plays her cards right, retaliate. This revenge fantasy requires a substantial suspension of disbelief. The villains, who communicate via a private chat room, are professionally successful and presumably intelligent enough to make a good living. Yet Block depicts them as one-dimensional louts who, in addition to being sexist, are astonishingly dim-witted.

    "What Happened that Night" is a "ripped from the headlines" novel, since so many journalists are reporting acts of violence against women and describing the legal action taken against the alleged wrongdoers. Sandra Block poignantly depicts Dahlia's angst and determination to take charge of her destiny. We come to admire the heroine's spunk, tenacity, and willingness to risk her safety in order to prevent others from suffering as she did. On the other hand, the romance between Dahlia and James generates few sparks, and the unlikely twists at the end are more contrived than surprising. Although it deals with timely themes, "What Happened that Night" lacks the subtlety and suspense that make the best psychological thrillers so powerful.
  • (4/5)
    Wow!!A woman was drugged and gets raped on campus and doesn't remember a thing, except birds chirping, men in line, laughing, and, of course, the pain. Now, she suffers from PTSD, imagine that.The last part of this book was killing me. I feared for Dahlia. She was crazy with her revenge. I wanted to holler "you go girl!" so many times but I just couldn't. My fear was so strong for her. That kept me going for like over half of this book.I'm not going to spoil it for you and tell you what happened. Just know if you have a heart problem, you may want to use caution before picking this book. Because mine was beating like crazy and it kept on until the very end. However, if you like really good suspenseful books, pick this one!A really good book that would not let me put it down or go to sleep for a while after I finished.Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (5/5)
    This is a very good, suspenseful book. I had a hard time turning it off when I had to. Sandra Block is a new favorite author of mine.
  • (5/5)
    Outstanding! Enjoyed the unexpected events! So very glad James came back into her life .
  • (5/5)
    Just wow!!! This story was every emotion possible. I loved it
  • (4/5)
    What Happened That Night by Sandra BlockMixed feelings on this book…I can see it appealing to New Adult readers wanting a young woman who has been raped to achieve revenge against the group of men that attacked her BUT I am not sure how I feel about what she chose to do to the men to extract that revenge. The way Dahlia and James went about achieving her revenge seemed hard to believe and their relationship was difficult for me to understand. It was an unsettling book and I am still sitting on the fence as to how I feel about it right now.Did I like it? Not sureWas it well written? First person point of view of James and Dahlia with flashbacks – Style fine –Was it believable? Not to meWould I read another book by this author? PerhapsThank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC – This is my honest review.3 Stars
  • (4/5)
    Sandra Block wrote a book that grabbed me from the very first time I looked at the gorgeous cover and held me until I read the very last word. When I first saw the book I knew that this was a story that I had to read. I knew that the suspense would keep me on the edge of my seat, the characters would make me want to be part of their friend circle, and that there would be so many twists and turns that I wouldn’t know which way I should go next. The storyline was not an easy one to read. There were subjects, especially the rapes, that had to be tough to write about but Sandra Block did an amazing job. She gave enough detail for the reader to have no doubt what was happening but not too much. I had no doubt how much pain and fear Dahlia felt while being raped and the intense feelings that she was trying to figure out how to deal with. I love that Dahlia was strong enough to continue her life, she fought to find a way out of the black hole, and she found a way to move on. I was concerned when Dahlia met James, was he leading her down the right path or would he hurt her more than she already was hurting. By the end of the story, I enjoyed seeing the friendship grow and loved that Dahlia had someone she could trust.The setup of the book with short chapters and multiple points of views had me flying through the story. I was anxious and excited to get to the end to find out what happens. The ending… oh, the ending… PERFECT. I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t even dream it but it was amazing.