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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, still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surf 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, 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 to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot. And she is about to make everyone pay.


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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, still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surf 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, 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 to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot. And she is about to make everyone pay.

30 review for What Happened That Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a quick, fast, and entertaining character driven novel. 5 years ago Dahlia was on her way to becoming a successful lawyer at Harvard University. One night Dahlia decides to attend a party with her friend and is brutally raped. Dahlia wakes up the next day and has no memory of the horrible assault. Years later, Dahlia is currently working as a paralegal and is suffering from PTSD from that horrible night. One day, Dahlia walks into her office and sees s What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a quick, fast, and entertaining character driven novel. 5 years ago Dahlia was on her way to becoming a successful lawyer at Harvard University. One night Dahlia decides to attend a party with her friend and is brutally raped. Dahlia wakes up the next day and has no memory of the horrible assault. Years later, Dahlia is currently working as a paralegal and is suffering from PTSD from that horrible night. One day, Dahlia walks into her office and sees some of her male coworkers watching a video of a girl being brutally assaulted. Although, it's not just some girl... it's Dahlia herself on this video. All the horrible flashbacks and memories begin to surface for Dahlia. I feel like some of the scenes involving the brutal assault were hard to picture and hear about in the novel. But, the author was good about not going into too much detail involving the rape history. Dahlia meets James one of her coworkers along the way. He seems to be struggling with some issues of his own. James and Dahlia form a friendship and he tries to help Dahlia seek revenge on her attackers. I really liked James' character! He is such a sweetie :). The short chapters had me flying through this novel! I loved multiple POV and short chapters :). I felt like some of the parts were a little predictable which caused my rating to be a little lower. Additionally, I felt like it was missing something. I can't quite put my finger on it. Overall, it was an entertaining read :). 3.75 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the arc! Published to GR: 5/9/18 Publication date: 6/5/18

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    One moment Dahlia is a successful Havard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. When a young, happy, carefree girl goes to a party, she is brutally attacked. When she wakes up she can't remember who it was that attacked her. Five years later, she still struggles with panic attacks and nightmares. She dropped out of Havard and now works as a paralegal. Dahlia two friends, Daisy and Eli, have always supported her. Eli even goes to the support groups with her. One moment Dahlia is a successful Havard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. When a young, happy, carefree girl goes to a party, she is brutally attacked. When she wakes up she can't remember who it was that attacked her. Five years later, she still struggles with panic attacks and nightmares. She dropped out of Havard and now works as a paralegal. Dahlia two friends, Daisy and Eli, have always supported her. Eli even goes to the support groups with her. She met and has formed a strong friendship with James who also attends the support group. Then, a video surfaces online, and Dahlia sees her attack for the first time. She now knows exactly what happened to her. I really liked the characters James and Dahlia, and the strong friendship they formed. The story is also told from their point of view. The chapters are short. The sexual assault part in this story is quite graphic and therefore might not be suitable or might upset some readers. This is a well written book but I did feel the ending was a bit rushed. I would like to thank NetGalley, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and the author Sandra Block for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-book of What Happened That Night by Sandra Block from NetGalley for my honest review. Absolutely astonishing, gut wrenching, yet amazing. I was absolutely blown away by this book. I have never read anything by Sandra Block before but I will be reading some of her other books after reading this one. This is such a powerful book and written with so much thought and depth. A young, pretty, smart and happy girl goes to a party one evening and after that night, everything changes. I received a free e-book of What Happened That Night by Sandra Block from NetGalley for my honest review. Absolutely astonishing, gut wrenching, yet amazing. I was absolutely blown away by this book. I have never read anything by Sandra Block before but I will be reading some of her other books after reading this one. This is such a powerful book and written with so much thought and depth. A young, pretty, smart and happy girl goes to a party one evening and after that night, everything changes. She can't remember the details of the night but she know what happened. Through it all she fights to take back her life from those who stole it from her. Such a strong, emotional story of something that has happened to real women.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandie

    This book was great. It was gripping and emotional. It touched on so many realistic topics, that could happen to anyone! I would recommend. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Sourcebooks #partner for sending me What Happened That Night by Sandra Block. I enjoyed this one! Short chapters with multiple POVs = happy Shannon. Pub date June 5th! Five years ago, Dahlia was viciously attacked by multiple boys while she was a student at Harvard. She still struggles with nightmares and panic attacks but the worst part about it is that she can’t remember everything that happened that night. Now, after dropping out of Harvard, she works as paralegal. Dahlia has two g Thank you to Sourcebooks #partner for sending me What Happened That Night by Sandra Block. I enjoyed this one! Short chapters with multiple POVs = happy Shannon. Pub date June 5th! Five years ago, Dahlia was viciously attacked by multiple boys while she was a student at Harvard. She still struggles with nightmares and panic attacks but the worst part about it is that she can’t remember everything that happened that night. Now, after dropping out of Harvard, she works as paralegal. Dahlia has two great friends, Daisy and Eli, who support her through everything. Eli even goes to support groups with Dahlia. During one of her support groups she meets James who also deals with his own struggles. Come to find out they actually work at the same place! One day at work, as Dahlia walks into the lunch room she finds a bunch of guys surrounding a phone. She’s curious enough to ask what they are watching. To Dahlia’s horror, it’s a video of her attack. James ends up coming to Dahlia with a plan. She is so angry with her attackers she agrees! Muahaha I really loved James and Dahlia. Their friendship slowly turns into something *more*. The short chapters had me flying through this one! Betrayal, revenge, lies and secrets oooo juicy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    A timely and relevant psychological thriller/character drama centred around two very different and quirky characters, one of whom is recovering from a suicide attempt following trauma and one who has suffered a horrible loss. It is gripping and cleverly written, I love how the main protagonists worked out their issues, not following any one path but rather working through things as they went. The author manages to portray the realities of justice and the many layers of recovery really well and i A timely and relevant psychological thriller/character drama centred around two very different and quirky characters, one of whom is recovering from a suicide attempt following trauma and one who has suffered a horrible loss. It is gripping and cleverly written, I love how the main protagonists worked out their issues, not following any one path but rather working through things as they went. The author manages to portray the realities of justice and the many layers of recovery really well and it was a bit of a page turner. One of the huge strengths of this was the growing relationship between Dahlia and James, I loved them both in different ways and What Happened That Night doesn't follow a usual path, it has a resoundingly satisfactory ending and whilst if I had one bug bear it was that a certain twist was very obvious early on and not really required to my mind, overall this is a book that I will happily recommend. I'll be reviewing it on Liz Loves Books nearer the time of publication.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    I could not, in a million years, imagine what it's like to go through the trauma that Dahlia did, have PTSD of the event (that she cannot remember) and then see the attack come online years later. UFF. What I LOVE about this book is that the revenge factor is clear - but it's executed with the code of not killing anyone. The characters - how do you NOT fall in love with James?! Absolutely LOVE his character. The build up of friendship with Dahlia to something more was so much better than any ins I could not, in a million years, imagine what it's like to go through the trauma that Dahlia did, have PTSD of the event (that she cannot remember) and then see the attack come online years later. UFF. What I LOVE about this book is that the revenge factor is clear - but it's executed with the code of not killing anyone. The characters - how do you NOT fall in love with James?! Absolutely LOVE his character. The build up of friendship with Dahlia to something more was so much better than any instalove I've had to endure through. This felt so real and sincere between two people who have dealt with tragedy and can understand and accept the other's quirks. What's not to love?! Dahlia is also such a strong character. The ups and downs she goes through, the backlash after the attack of blaming the victim (her) from even her own family and how she deals with the consequences of her emotional roller coaster - really heart wrenching and I felt so MUCH for her throughout this read. My favorite secondary character? Has to be Natasha - I think if you read this book you'll totally understand why. Told from the point of view of Dahlia and James with a few chat room chats between the demons of the story, the short chapters keep your attention from page one to the very end. I felt my eyes drooping at one point but could NOT stop so fought my way through, stayed awake and finished the book. The author does a great job in putting you right inside the mind of and portraying Dahlia's heartache, James's Asberger Syndrome and even the pathetic and entitled minds of the Hawk Club. There are some graphic parts regarding the attack that may be hard for some readers. I think the author did it tastefully though and it was necessary to really get you inside Dahlia's head. If I had to be picky in any way about this, the ending did feel a teeny bit rushed after all the detail given throughout the rest of the book. I was so engaged in the characters that I didn't quite see the little twist! I knew there was one heading in that direction but my mind, weirdly, wasn't trying to figure it out and was enjoying the read outside of the twisty part. I am completely satisfied and could NOT put this book down. It gave me a little bit of "The Accused" movie with Jody Foster throughout. Oh sweet, sweet revenge - sometimes it is just SO satisfying! Thank you to the publisher for this copy <3

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡ Kim ♡

    Sandra Block knows how to hook you into reading her books in one sitting! Grabbed my full attention from the first page and kept it throughout. I really didn't want it to end. Great read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley #55 Many thanks go to Sandra Block, Sourcebooks, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. You know at first this book was only so-so, but now I can’t put it down! I love the James Dahlia dynamic, and the Ramona/Robert mini plot is heartbreaking If it weren’t for the author seeming to blatantly ruin her own twists. I’d have rated it higher There is one conversation that could be rewritten or the story in someway edit the book so that a HUGE plot twist Netgalley #55 Many thanks go to Sandra Block, Sourcebooks, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. You know at first this book was only so-so, but now I can’t put it down! I love the James Dahlia dynamic, and the Ramona/Robert mini plot is heartbreaking If it weren’t for the author seeming to blatantly ruin her own twists. I’d have rated it higher There is one conversation that could be rewritten or the story in someway edit the book so that a HUGE plot twist is not spoiled. That was really disappointing. There has to be a way to do that. Otherwise I highly support the revenge angle. I love strong female characters who take no crap. All in all I'd say I'd recommend this book to other readers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Review to come!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The thing about My Book Box, a subscription book service, is that whoever chooses books has a tendency to chose books I would bypass in a book store but actually love once I read them. It’s true that this has been more the rule for the non-fiction selections. The mystery selection is a bit more hit and miss. Not that the books are bad – they are more I could easily be just as happy as not reading them. But every so often the mystery book is something like Block’s work. Honesty, this is something The thing about My Book Box, a subscription book service, is that whoever chooses books has a tendency to chose books I would bypass in a book store but actually love once I read them. It’s true that this has been more the rule for the non-fiction selections. The mystery selection is a bit more hit and miss. Not that the books are bad – they are more I could easily be just as happy as not reading them. But every so often the mystery book is something like Block’s work. Honesty, this is something that if I saw in a bookstore, I might have picked it up, read the back, and walked off without it buying it. I would have written it off as a Lifetime movie, you know the one, where the woman discovers that her bestest girlfriend set her up to be raped. I hate Lifetime movies, so why would I want to read one? But this book is not a Lifetime movie. To be fair, it does play with the idea of that trope, but it does something a bit different with it. Dahlia was gang raped during college, she dropped out and now works as a paralegal. She has cut herself off from many things. The really good part of this book, and what Block does extremely well, is show us how Dahlia realizes that she is not as cut off as she thinks she is, how she has friends that she didn’t quite realize she had. This book has more than one positive woman/woman friendship and that is absolutely wonderful. The book is also told from the perspective of James, a co-worker and romantic interest for Dahlia. He has his own set of issues, and to be honest, one of his reveals isn’t quite as hidden as the questions at the end of the book imply. But it to is an important and timely reason. The book is about rape as well as the toxic masculinity that in some situations drives it. Block also deals with the question of mental illness, in particular depression, and she does it extremely well. The mental changes that both James and Dahlia go thorough are powerful, and I cannot describe the pleasure in reading a book that doesn’t treat the idea of going to therapy as something to be ashamed of or to be laughed at. She also illustrates how the process of determining to go to therapy works for some people. In dealing with rape, Block also confronts the reaction of those to rape in a public setting, in particular with the use of social media accounts. It actually is a real examination of a variety of things that occur because of toxic masculinity. It’s a really good book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Five years ago Dahlia was on the road to become a successful lawyer but all that changed in one night when she was drugged and brutally raped. Now years later she works as a paralegal in a firm and lives a quiet life.One day though her peaceful existence is threatened when the video of her rape surfaces online and is watched by some people in her office.Seeing the video brings back memories and Dahlia vows to take revenge on all her attackers with the help of her friend James. What Happened That Five years ago Dahlia was on the road to become a successful lawyer but all that changed in one night when she was drugged and brutally raped. Now years later she works as a paralegal in a firm and lives a quiet life.One day though her peaceful existence is threatened when the video of her rape surfaces online and is watched by some people in her office.Seeing the video brings back memories and Dahlia vows to take revenge on all her attackers with the help of her friend James. What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a fast quick character driven read. Some of the scenes were quite graphic so this book might not be for everyone.The revenge tactics though were a little unrealistic and the suspense was a little predictable which lowered my rating to 3 ½ stars but still an entertaining read. I would like to thank Sourcebooks Landmark & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review. This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tandie

    Excellent revenge thriller. Both narrators were good. Checking out other books by this author. RTC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Elizabeth

    This book was trying to hit all the notes to be a topical book, dealing with sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, LGBTQ identity and autism but it ended up being messy and offensive and pretty poorly written.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was my introduction to Sandra Block, and I can't believe I haven't picked up more from her in the past! WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is, at it's core, a great thriller about revenge. As a warning, it does deal with an assault that the main character endures at the beginning of the book. Dahlia is attending Harvard and excelling in her classes, but one day she wakes up after a party and discovers that she is a victim of a horrific assault. The part that haunts her the most is that she has absolut This was my introduction to Sandra Block, and I can't believe I haven't picked up more from her in the past! WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is, at it's core, a great thriller about revenge. As a warning, it does deal with an assault that the main character endures at the beginning of the book. Dahlia is attending Harvard and excelling in her classes, but one day she wakes up after a party and discovers that she is a victim of a horrific assault. The part that haunts her the most is that she has absolutely no memory of the event, which leaves her in a deep-seeded rage. Years later, Dahlia suffers from PTSD but is making it day by day as a paralegal. A video surfaces online and for the first time, Dahlia gets to witness her own attack as well as who is to blame. While Dahlia is an incredible character, the real standout is James. Her best friend James is such a lovable character and Block captures him perfectly. I loved hearing her talk about him at the book tour and how he even became a favorite of hers. The readers are sucked into the minds of Dahlia and James and their emotions and struggles are so real. It's so easy to connect with them. Who doesn't love a great revenge story? I thought it was cleaver having the strict guidelines set that there would be no killing. This had me wondering how she would exact her revenge for the brutal attack she endured. Well, you'll just have to read to find out. Careful, once you start, you won't want to stop! i give this 5/5 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    #FirstLine ~ It sucks me in. Holy Man! This book is rock solid. Block has managed to tackle some very tough topics with such a genuine and authentic voice. She is not afraid to let the characters lead the story and share their own truths. Her brilliantly thrilling book left me memorized. It was paced perfectly and the characters were those that you could not help but be moved by. This book literally knocked my socks off. It will make a PERFECT book club pick!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Yoerg

    A fast-paced suspense read with memorable characters and rock-solid writing. I was utterly captivated by Dahlia’s quest for healing through revenge and totally charmed by her relationship with James. Rape, suicide, and autism are tough subjects for any author to handle but Block’s intelligence and compassionate approach allow her to succeed. What Happened That Night is a timely story with plenty of controversy for book club discussion. Highly recommended!

  18. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    ---- Possible spoilers! ---- This is a pretty good thriller. You have two unconventional main characters and I really liked them. It was nice not reading about conventionally handsome man and ordinary Mary Jane Investigates! Instead, we have two people who don’t conform to social norms and who have each experienced true tragedy in their lives. Unfortunately, I figured out the main secret of the book at about 30%. Regardless, I still enjoyed the read. Readers should be aware that there are rather gr ---- Possible spoilers! ---- This is a pretty good thriller. You have two unconventional main characters and I really liked them. It was nice not reading about conventionally handsome man and ordinary Mary Jane Investigates! Instead, we have two people who don’t conform to social norms and who have each experienced true tragedy in their lives. Unfortunately, I figured out the main secret of the book at about 30%. Regardless, I still enjoyed the read. Readers should be aware that there are rather graphic descriptions of sexual assault. Some of this definitely isn’t the easiest thing to read, but the author handles it well. It never felt gratuitous. It did feel sickening, but that was the point. I admit that I thought things would spiral out of control for our main character a bit quicker and a bit more intensely. However, the tension and suspense were still there. A good, fast read! *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    I loved the premise of the book A lost memory of the rape + transformation from pretty girl + the video of rape resurfacing + stress seizures = THE REVENGE This book resonated with me because of the concept of the plot, the lone vigilante. Dahlia as the tattooed paralegal just seems to be surviving life till the video resurfaced. Her need for wanting the men to pay is justifiable. The author Sandra Block has shown her helplessness and anger in words which caused my angst and ire to resurface. I WAN I loved the premise of the book A lost memory of the rape + transformation from pretty girl + the video of rape resurfacing + stress seizures = THE REVENGE This book resonated with me because of the concept of the plot, the lone vigilante. Dahlia as the tattooed paralegal just seems to be surviving life till the video resurfaced. Her need for wanting the men to pay is justifiable. The author Sandra Block has shown her helplessness and anger in words which caused my angst and ire to resurface. I WANTED REVENGE TOO!! A book is successful if an author can incite extreme passion in the reader. Since this book is based on a topic which is a trigger, I liked knowing what I am getting into from the blurb, and I took an informed decision of reading it on a Sunday morning. I WANTED REVENGE TOO!! The story does leave me with some unanswered questions as to who uploaded the video on the net and what happened to the rest of the rapists. The book also has some hard hitting memories. It does follow a bit of suspended reality as most of the fiction books do. The rapists are well settled now, seemingly in good intelligent jobs, yet their private chat sessions showed not a touch of repentance but of anger when the main character dares to take her vengeance. I WANTED REVENGE TOO!! The book also highlights what happens in the frat parties and clubs when men roofie the victim and shoot her in depraved acts. This book does trigger nightmares, and I would advice survivors of abuse to read it only on the day they feel strong. P. S. A few hours later: I thought I was strong till I woke up with catatonic dreams and migraine. It triggered at the subconscious level.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Be forewarned: What Happened That Night is a book that is very hard to put down once you start it. It is a compelling, character-driven read. Five years ago, Dahlia was a student at Harvard ready to go on to law school. All that changed, when she went to a party and was brutally sexually assaulted. While she has no memory of the assault, her physical and emotional trauma was so great that she dropped out of school, losing herself to PTSD. Stronger now through therapy, Dahlia works as a paralegal. Be forewarned: What Happened That Night is a book that is very hard to put down once you start it. It is a compelling, character-driven read. Five years ago, Dahlia was a student at Harvard ready to go on to law school. All that changed, when she went to a party and was brutally sexually assaulted. While she has no memory of the assault, her physical and emotional trauma was so great that she dropped out of school, losing herself to PTSD. Stronger now through therapy, Dahlia works as a paralegal. She still struggles with the past, but she is moving on as best she can. Until she finds a group of co-workers in the break-room gathered around a terminal watching her assault online!! Now that she knows what happened to her, she is determined to bring those in the video to justice, and they are just as determined to stop her from doing so. Each ups the ante bit by bit until you want to scream because you can't turn the pages fast enough!! Block does an excellent job of building the main characters and building suspense. She also is skilled at handling difficult topics such as sexual assault, suicide, Asperger's well. I loved the relationship between Dahlia and Frank! Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    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 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Christner

    This book was utter nonesense and juevenile for such a serious topic of gang rape/rape on college campus. 1 in 5 women will experience this at their school. And along comes this author who makes the serious subject matter a joke. Getting revenge on her accusers because law enforcement doesn’t take these allegations seriously? I hope this does not set back future victims, as there will unfortunately victims. The best advice is to work with the police. Immature and bad advice. Also, the writing, w This book was utter nonesense and juevenile for such a serious topic of gang rape/rape on college campus. 1 in 5 women will experience this at their school. And along comes this author who makes the serious subject matter a joke. Getting revenge on her accusers because law enforcement doesn’t take these allegations seriously? I hope this does not set back future victims, as there will unfortunately victims. The best advice is to work with the police. Immature and bad advice. Also, the writing, was mediocre at best. If you’re going to tackle a serious subject fiction or not, be responsible.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    This book is completely gripping all the way through. Fantastically written. Great characters and a great read. Throughly enjoyed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Powerful and Thought-Provoking! This is one of those novels where the book summary reads like a suspenseful thriller when it is in fact not. Crime, yes, since it deals with rape, but apart from that I would class it as a contemporary drama/romance, that is heavily character driven. I predicted where it was going early on, and I think most readers will as well. Even the revenge, which I thought was going to be a major plotline, wasn’t. That aside, I thought it was a very good book, and I am please Powerful and Thought-Provoking! This is one of those novels where the book summary reads like a suspenseful thriller when it is in fact not. Crime, yes, since it deals with rape, but apart from that I would class it as a contemporary drama/romance, that is heavily character driven. I predicted where it was going early on, and I think most readers will as well. Even the revenge, which I thought was going to be a major plotline, wasn’t. That aside, I thought it was a very good book, and I am pleased it was advertised wrong, as I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. The writing was exceptional, and easily hooked me into the story. The two main character’s, Dahlia and James, were wonderfully drawn, and their friendship, and blossoming romance, was definitely the highlight. Those parts were also a welcome relief as there were some pretty brutal scenes (especially the dialogue) that I found hard to read, and stomach, so consider yourself warned. I think it was a good idea to use alternating chapters between Dahlia and James, rather than just Dahlia, as James was a sweet, lovable, honest guy, who respected women, and without him I feel the novel would’ve been in danger of painting all men as rapists. There were other good, decent male characters as well, but James was the standout. To summarise, definitely worth a read, but not the fast-paced psychological suspense I was expecting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I adored this book! Block is one of my favorite authors and this one has become my favorite. It's such a timely book as well as it deals with a long-ago gang rape at a party that surfaces in the present as a video, both humiliating Dahlia and spurring her on to revenge for this vile crime. Dealing with other pertinent issues such as Aspergers, gender identity, bullying, cyberstalking, and suicide, none of it feels forced or sappy. I literally had to stop "adulting" for the day so I could read it I adored this book! Block is one of my favorite authors and this one has become my favorite. It's such a timely book as well as it deals with a long-ago gang rape at a party that surfaces in the present as a video, both humiliating Dahlia and spurring her on to revenge for this vile crime. Dealing with other pertinent issues such as Aspergers, gender identity, bullying, cyberstalking, and suicide, none of it feels forced or sappy. I literally had to stop "adulting" for the day so I could read it in one sitting. This one will stay with me a long time after I've read other novels. Highly recommended! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is a suspenseful, sad, romantic and sometimes violent thriller. I really loved the character of Dahlia. Once she decides to get revenge on the people who brutally attacked her years earlier, the book really kicks into gear! I also loved her growing friendship/relationship with James, and how he supports her. Author Sandra Block does an excellent job building the tension and also making us truly care about the characters. There were some nice twists and turns that I didn' WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is a suspenseful, sad, romantic and sometimes violent thriller. I really loved the character of Dahlia. Once she decides to get revenge on the people who brutally attacked her years earlier, the book really kicks into gear! I also loved her growing friendship/relationship with James, and how he supports her. Author Sandra Block does an excellent job building the tension and also making us truly care about the characters. There were some nice twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I am eagerly anticipating reading more from Sandra Block, and this book is highly recommended! Thanks to author Sandra Block, publisher Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Always With a Book)

    Full review posted on blog. *Big fan of Sandra Block's Zoe Goldman series, and loved that she was able to create just as gripping & addicting a read with a stand-alone book. *Loved the way this story is told - 3 POV's: Dahlia in the present, Dahlia from 5 years ago, & James. *Loved the characters - Dahlia & James are the most quirky main characters I've met in a while, yet they are without a doubt the most memorable! *Book is full of suspense & the tension builds throughout - once D Full review posted on blog. *Big fan of Sandra Block's Zoe Goldman series, and loved that she was able to create just as gripping & addicting a read with a stand-alone book. *Loved the way this story is told - 3 POV's: Dahlia in the present, Dahlia from 5 years ago, & James. *Loved the characters - Dahlia & James are the most quirky main characters I've met in a while, yet they are without a doubt the most memorable! *Book is full of suspense & the tension builds throughout - once Dahlia has decided on her revenge plan it really takes off! She starts working fiendishly to figure out who the guys are behind her attack. There is also another layer - James has this big secret he needs to share with Dahlia that he can't quite work up the courage to share. *Be forewarned - once you pick this book up, it will be hard to put down!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A psychological thriller that will leave the reader turning the pages long into the night, What Happened That Night is the story of Dahlia. Dahlia is a Harvard student who was brutally attacked one night by a group of men and eventually had to leave school. She is now a paralegal suffering from PTSD and has no recollection of the night she was attacked. One day, she walks into the staff lounge to get a cup of coffee and finds lawyers from her firm watching a video. She looks at the screen and th A psychological thriller that will leave the reader turning the pages long into the night, What Happened That Night is the story of Dahlia. Dahlia is a Harvard student who was brutally attacked one night by a group of men and eventually had to leave school. She is now a paralegal suffering from PTSD and has no recollection of the night she was attacked. One day, she walks into the staff lounge to get a cup of coffee and finds lawyers from her firm watching a video. She looks at the screen and there it is- the brutal attack she endured, all caught on film. Now she knows who, and what, they did to her that night that changed her life forever. She begins to exact revenge on the men who hurt her most. This is a fast paced, compelling read but it is hard to read at times as it deals with very hard topics. I quite enjoyed watching Dahlia overcome what happened to her and take control over the situation. The revenge tactics were a bit far fetched for me, yet I couldn't put the book down. With excellent character development and just the right amount of suspense, What Happened That Night was a great story of redemption. For me, this was ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. Thank you @sourcebooks for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    What Happened That Night by Sandra Block Mixed 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 t What Happened That Night by Sandra Block Mixed 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 sure Was it well written? First person point of view of James and Dahlia with flashbacks – Style fine – Was it believable? Not to me Would I read another book by this author? Perhaps Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 Stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suz Jay

    I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley. “It’s like an itch that I need to scratch, even if it draws blood, even if I tear the scab off. Because now it’s out there, that night. Part of my life that I could never account for was finally given back to me. Like a gift, spiked with poison.” During her time as an undergraduate at Harvard, Dahlia was gang raped. Unable to rebound from the brutal attack that she barely remembers, she attem I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley. “It’s like an itch that I need to scratch, even if it draws blood, even if I tear the scab off. Because now it’s out there, that night. Part of my life that I could never account for was finally given back to me. Like a gift, spiked with poison.” During her time as an undergraduate at Harvard, Dahlia was gang raped. Unable to rebound from the brutal attack that she barely remembers, she attempted suicide, but survived. Years later, when she has a steady job as a paralegal and a solid support system in her friends Eli and Daisy, Dahlia discovers a recording of her rape posted online. She follows clues to discover the identity of her rapists and extract revenge on each of them. But the men work to destroy her before she can take them all down. Block uses the points of view of Dahlia and James, her hot IT guy love interest and co-conspirator to tell the tale. The villain POV is provided in the form of chatroom conversation between the rapists. WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is a well-plotted thriller with solid characterization. Dahlia, from her “survivor” tattoo to her endless supply of moxie, is a protagonist that readers will cheer for. Like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes of despair, and takes charge. In James, she finds the perfect sidekick. He possesses the computer mojo Dahlia needs and, unable to deliver his own revenge, he’s ready to give her the tools to punish her rapists. Dahlia and James’s relationship makes for a great subplot and an opportunity to showcase their personalities. WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is a thriller with heart and soul.

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