Sandra Block's What Happened That Night is an intense examination of a brutal crime. Justice or revenge?
After Harvard senior Dahlia is the victim of a callous rape, she drops out of school suffering from loss of memory and PTSD. Eventually, she becomes a paralegal, and although the events of that night continue to haunt her, she remains unable to recall who was responsible.
Fortunately, Dahlia does have a good support system with her friends and makes an effort to endure the anger she continues to feel toward her unknown attackers.
Then a video of her rape appears online. Dahlia is again humiliated, but her rage is fierce. Now she knows where to begin to make payback for what she has suffered. James, a co-worker, comes up with a plan....
If not entirely believable, you can't help but sympathize with Dahlia's determination to expose the young men who have gone on to live their lives without any repercussions. And Dahlia was not the only victim. Of course, when the perpetrators realize that she knows who they are and is intent on unmasking them, they are not going to take it lying down.
Short chapters told from both Dahlia's and Jame's pov keep this novel moving rapidly.
Crime/Suspense. June 5, 2018. Print length: 352 pages.