February 09, 2022

#BookReview: The Violence by @DelilahSDawson

Synopsis: A mysterious plague that causes random bouts of violence is sweeping the nation. Now three generations of women must navigate their chilling new reality in this moving exploration of identity, cycles of abuse, and hope. 

Chelsea Martin appears to be the perfect housewife: married to her high school sweetheart, the mother of two daughters, keeper of an immaculate home.

But Chelsea's husband has turned their house into a prison; he has been abusing her for years, cutting off her independence, autonomy, and support. She has nowhere to turn, not even to her narcissistic mother, Patricia, who is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of an ideal family than she is with her daughter's actual well-being. And Chelsea is worried that her daughters will be trapped just as she is--then a mysterious illness sweeps the nation.

Known as The Violence, this illness causes the infected to experience sudden, explosive bouts of animalistic rage and attack anyone in their path. But for Chelsea, the chaos and confusion the virus causes is an opportunity--and inspires a plan to liberate herself from her abuser.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: The Violence was so good. It reminded me of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris with the pandemic twist.  I DNFed this one to start out with but decided to give it another go with a print copy.  And luckily I ended up with one so score.  I have to say that this was one thrilling story that I couldn't put down and I will totally need to read again soon. 


“A paean to the resilience of women . . . As the characters in this novel fight for their lives in a pandemic-cursed hellscape, The Violence could not be more of-the-moment.”—Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger and The Deep

“Delilah S. Dawson has crafted a pandemic thriller that’s so much more—a piercing examination of survival, courage, and self, terrifying and hopeful in equal measure.”—Peng Shepherd, award-winning author of The Book of M

“The Violence in The Violence might be contagious, but what you really catch here is the anger—so righteous and so right here, right now—in a novel that defines this era.”—Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians

“An inspiring story of self-discovery, resilience, and hope, and a page-turning thrill ride that will leave you breathless.”—Sylvain Neuvel, author of The Themis Files and A History of What Comes Next

“Horrifying and inspiring in equal measure, The Violence shines a light on the epidemic of abuse women have always endured, folded into a stellar thriller full of danger, courage, and characters who feel alive.”—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and Ararat

The Violence is Dawson at her best: unflinching yet empathetic, the brutal and the gentle side by side, rage and despair tempered with joy and hope.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Timesbestselling author of the Ink & Sigil series

The Violence isn’t just a timely, ripping thriller—it’s an intimate, thoughtful, heart-wrenching portrait of abuse and power, and how those things ripple through generations.”—Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse

“With The Violence, Dawson takes no damn prisoners: a powerful, fascinating, and courageous gut punch of a book.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Relentless and V-Wars
“A compulsively readable fusion of domestic thriller and modern horror that shocks and surprises at every turn. A must-read!”—Kameron Hurley, author of The Light Brigade

“A staggering, masterful tale of survival and redemption during a literal epidemic of violence. Dawson is a storyteller working at the top of her class.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Timesbestselling author of Wanderers

“Visceral, thrilling . . . A novel paced like a fistfight, aching like a just-gone tooth—but there’s hope in the harrowing.”—Max Gladstone, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author

The Violence is a stunning story with a cast of fully developed characters and an utterly convincing plot. It's a dark, exciting, and often charming tale of three amazing people who discover just how strong women can be.”—Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

“Dawson pulls no punches in The Violence, an edge-of-your-seat thriller packed with horror and hope. You won’t put this one down until the wee hours of the morning.”—Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox

“With three-dimensional female characters and a timely subject, Delilah Dawson’s The Violence reads like Stephen King at his best. A powerful, moving story with broad appeal.”—Sara Donati, bestselling author of the Wilderness series

About the Author

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Phasma, as well as Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Black SpireMine, the Hit series, the Blud series, the creator-owned comics LadycastleSparrowhawk, and Star Pig, and the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen). With Kevin Hearne, she co-writes The Tales of Pell. She lives in Georgia with her family.

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