Damaged by Dan Scottow

Damaged Released: Jan 20, 2020
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Kiwi Rated It:
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Nothing is what it seems…

Journalist Emily Blake is sent back to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of a young girl called Becky Clarke. Emily takes the assignment willingly as the case echoes the disappearance of her childhood friend, Alice Abbott, twenty-five years earlier.

Returning to the village, Emily renews old acquaintances and rivalries. She reconnects with her estranged brother Adam, who has never quite recovered from tragic events form their past.

While she looks into the disappearance of Becky Clarke, Emily revisits Alice’s case but not everyone welcomes her investigation.

As lies that have been told for twenty-five years surrounding Alice’s disappearance begin to unravel, Emily is drawn deeper into the mystery.

What happened to Alice?

Will Becky ever be found?

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

Please Note: While it goes without saying that many of the books I review contain content that may be disturbing to some, Damaged contains themes that may be especially triggering, specifically rape and/or sexual abuse. Please read at your own discretion.

Twenty-five years after Emily Blake's best friend Alice disappeared from her home across the street, another missing child case draws Emily back to her childhood neighborhood. Now a journalist for a tabloid rag, Emily is tasked with drawing parallels between the old case, and the new.

Back in Pear Tree Close and reunited with her estranged brother, it's obvious that Alice's disappearance affected not only her friends and family but the community as a whole. Emily soon discovers that things aren't always what they seem and as Emily's investigation progresses, it's clear that not everyone is happy about her being there.

It's not often I read a book in one or two sittings, but that's exactly what happened with Dan Scottow's debut novel, Damaged. He has created a fleshed-out cast of wounded and raw characters and supplies enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning. As the book progresses, so does the pace until you're finally provided one of the rawest conclusions I've ever read. Be warned though - some of the writing is descriptive and could be disturbing.

TL;DR: Kiwi's Quick Take

What I Loved: Flawed characters, plenty of misdirection and serious twists. You never quite know who to root for.

What I Didn't Love: I honestly can't think of a single thing right now, other than the aforementioned graphic nature of some of the scenes. Seriously - can't anyone just get hit once with the hammer?

Conclusion: Breakneck pacing and well-drawn characters make Damaged one of the best debut novels I've read in a very long time. I am very much looking forward to seeing more from Dan Scottow.

  Dan Scottow

  Damaged was provided free by Bloodhound Books (via Publisher) in return for my honest opinion.

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