Book Review : Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
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The featured book is “Nothing Can Hurt You” by Nicola Maye Goldberg.
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my review and star rating.
Inspired by a true story, this haunting debut novel pieces together a chorus of voices to explore the aftermath of a college student’s death.
On a cold day in 1997, student Sara Morgan was killed in the woods surrounding her liberal arts college in upstate New York. Her boyfriend, Blake Campbell, confessed, his plea of temporary insanity raising more questions than it answered.
In the wake of his acquittal, the case comes to haunt a strange and surprising network of community members, from the young woman who discovers Sara’s body to the junior reporter who senses its connection to convicted local serial killer John Logan. Others are looking for retribution or explanation: Sara’s half sister, stifled by her family’s bereft silence about Blake, poses as a babysitter and seeks out her own form of justice, while the teenager Sara used to babysit starts writing to Logan in prison.
A propulsive, taut tale of voyeurism and obsession, Nothing Can Hurt You dares to examine gendered violence not as an anomaly, but as the very core of everyday life. Tracing the concentric circles of violence rippling out from Sara’s murder, Nicola Maye Goldberg masterfully conducts an unforgettable chorus of disparate voices.
My Review :
The fact that this book is inspired by true events should make it all the more chilling. I didn’t know what to expect at first, but the way the story weaves itself together is kind of confusing.
I enjoyed the story being told, because I think it’s a unique view to read a book written by those affected by the crime. However, figuring out who was speaking when was where the disconnect comes in for me.
Each “chapter” is devoted to a new voice as narrator, but we aren’t advised who that person is right away. This caused me to have to go back and re-read the beginning of the section sometimes which just makes for a choppy reading experience.
As I stated, I did somewhat enjoy the book, but feel the Mystery & Thriller tag is overrated here because this book is neither.
There’s no mystery of the killer because we’re given that straight away, and although sometimes I felt, as a reader, that something thrilling was going to happen following the character…nothing materialized.
The idea of this book is good, but the execution was lacking for me.