Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Del Rey and netgalley for this arc. It was really different and more cruel I read lately but was crazy and make you think what if. This epidemic situation make feels the worse to everyone
A fascinating, but sadly bloated, horror novel. I enjoyed the premise and some of the characters, but I had to drag myself through this novel. Had it been trimmed down by 100 pages or so, I think it would have been better off.
This was a thrilling horror story. Highly recommend looking up trigger warnings as this is full of them. I enjoyed this one.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. This is my honest review.
I think this was my favorite horror novel of the year for 2022. Extremely timely, but not in a trite or predictable way.
I went into the book a bit anxious about how the domestic violence was going to be handled, but it was done really well IMO. Recommended.
Thank you to Netgalley and Del Ray for sending me a copy of this book! All opinions are my own!
This was such a complex and breathtaking read, and I have so many feelings about it swirling around in my brain! It delivered on the violence and creepiness and so much more! I loved that there was a depth to it and a story of triumph over generational trauma, and I loved the way each of the main women found themselves and took control of their own story.
My main complaint was that it was so long. And also this was the first book I've read that actually talks about COVID, and I wondered if I would have liked it more without that context behind it as well, but I do see the need for a pandemic setup before the Violence.
This is such a beautiful story of 3 women who are fighting to survive, but more than that, fighting to find themselves and take control of their lives. I loved that we followed 3 generations and that we got such a powerful look at generational trauma and how hard that cycle is to break. I loved that each of their stories focused on them saving themselves. They didn't need someone else to do it, but they had to find the confidence to understand that fact.
If you're looking for a deep read, this might just be the book for you!
The book begins with a poignant author's note where she reveals that she and her mother were abuse victims that were able to escape their abuser and begin life anew. Coming on the heels of the Covid19 pandemic, a new virus, spread by mosquitoes, is infecting people. This virus causes the carrier to have bouts of rage wherein
they become ultra violent towards others. Once the episode passes they have no recollection of what has happened. The book is predictable filled with violence, some of it extra hard to read and reconcile. Not for the faint of heart.
I had hoped to like this book. I have been enjoying suspense books a lot as of late. Sadly, The Violence didn't keep my attention. It was all a little too slow for me. I had to add this book to my DNF list. I do hope that others will enjoy and love this book. It just was not for me.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-arc of The Violence by Delilah Dawson
The Violence follows women from three generations of the same family as they grapple with a pandemic that turns people violent and murderous. This pandemic takes place after the Covid pandemic, and has some good social commentary regarding pandemics and the public's response.
Patricia, the oldest- and the mother and grandmother of the two other main characters lives a posh life. She's on track to relocate with her husband and receive the vaccine to protect her from The Violence.
Her daughter Chelsea on the other hand is not so lucky, and we follow her and she attempts to escape not only The Violence, but the violence she suffers from the hands of her abusive husband.
Lastly is Ella, Chelsea's daughter and Patricia's granddaughter. We follow her as she gets stuck navigating The Violence on her own and trying to find her way back to her family.
Overall, I loved this story and the dystopian-Covid reminiscent vibes it gave off. It's a long book, and I found the last 100 pages or so a struggle to get through. I think that Ella's story line was the most interesting and the strongest of the three.
If you like stories that follow badass women, with some dystopian feel to it, this is your book.
Love me a good horror novel. Was the torture a bit much? Yes, but i kept pushing through. Dawson did a wonderful job creating a creepy setting
A really intriguing premise, and interesting, well-sketched characters - I was invested in the character and the plot, which was really propulsive. The body horror is definitely a key element but it’s all in service of a well-told story, not gratuitous.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Loved the concept, hated the execution.
This story was awesome! Crazy, violent and unpredictable. What a ride!! It was a tad bit outlandish and unrealistic at times, but I loved that about it. At other times, it was so real it was scary - it might hit close to home for those who survived domestic abuse. But what a way to get payback - Brilliant!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Overall 3.5 stars. Deep, thought provoking, hard hitting read. The writing is tight, the words have a comfortable flow. It hard to go into detail for fear of giving something away. If anything, if you can afford to read going in knowing as little as possible, it will enhance your overall reading experience.
There was too much abuse and violence for me. I’m not opposed to violence, but domestic abuse is not my favorite thing. The premise was interesting, but it wasn’t for me.
5 stars not because it’s perfect but because it’s awesome. A great summer read. I've been recommending it to all my friends in real live. Just the kind of feminist fantasy that I needed! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-galley.
What a powerful, disturbing, exhilarating novel! In the beginning, three generations of women are struggling with domestic violence and oppression in different ways, with Chelsea in the middle generation. Her husband terrorizes her, sometimes choking her into unconsciousness and keeping her isolated and financially dependent on him. Her mother, once a destitute teen mother, has sought security in a loveless but wealthy marriage and become obsessed with conformity and her own survival. Now her teenage daughter is about to fall into the same trap when her once adoring boyfriend shows a dark, possessive side. Chelsea knows her chances of making a successful break for freedom are slim to none with her husband’s law enforcement and lawyer buddies to corroborate his side of the story. Her life seems hopeless until The Violence strikes, a viral epidemic that causes bursts of unprovoked, deadly rage that leave no memory of their deeds. In a scenario eerily reminiscent of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rich wall themselves into enclaves while lawlessness takes hold. Soon Chelsea finds herself separated from her family, on the run in a landscape of senseless carnage. Then she stumbles on the Violence Fight circuit, successor to pro wrestling with its vivid persona, costumes, and choreographed moves, and she begins reclaiming her life.
Part revenge-wish-fulfillment, part allegory of what happens when the downtrodden revolt, part examination of society-wide misogyny, The Violence delivers a breath-taking page-turner.
The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson 4 start
I have put off The Violence, honestly, because of the cover. It just didn’t appeal to me. And the title didn’t do a lot either. But since I requested the ARC, I decided to get it read.
Boy—Am I surprised at how much I liked this book!!! Definitely taught me not to judge a book by it’s cover!
The Violence is a mosquito borne illness affecting people right as the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to end. People afflicted with “The Violence” black out and when they awaken, they find that they have killed something, or someone.
This story revolves around Chelsea Martin, her daughters Ella and Brooklyn, and her mom, Patricia. Chelsea is a victim of domestic abuse who goads her husband into an attack so that she can call the special Violence hotline and have him put into quarantine long enough for her and her daughters to go to her mom’s mansion. But before they can leave, they discover that one of them has “The Violence.”
Before the end of the book, more of the characters are afflicted. Patricia, who is not the most maternal mother (think Mommie Dearest), turns Chelsea and Ella out, but keeps Brooklyn. With mom and daughters separated and lost from each other, they all begin a journey in which they ultimately discover their strengths, and rediscover themselves as a family.
I really liked this story, but it is gory! There are all types of trigger warnings-animal death, domestic violence, psychological abuse.
Thank you to #netgalley and #delraybooks for the advanced e-copy of #theviolence.
Deliciously fresh and unique, this book was a welcome distraction with a new twist. Highly recommend for all readers!
A horror book different than the rest. A strange virus takes over and causes people to go crazy and attack others. An abused wife uses this to her advantage and pretends that her husband has the virus in order to have him quarantined. However, things do not go as planned. It is a horror story with a strong woman at the center of it and adapting to the changes around her.
Thank you Netgalley for a copy. All thoughts are my own.
How are more people not talking about this one? I know I am about a year behind on this one, but dang! At first I was not sure I was into it. I started it on my kindle, then put it down. I just finished it on audio and I think I loved it. There was some small thing missing that I can't put my finger on that makes me rate it a four instead of a five.
First though, major trigger warnings of assault, pet death, and domestic violence. These are all pretty integral to the story and exploring the themes of the patriarchy, womanhood, racism, sexism and classicism. The way in which the author weaves all of these together through the chapters alternating between Chelsea, Patricia and Ella's viewpoints is masterful.
I am so glad I read this one. and I am so grateful to Netgalley and Random House / Del Ray Publishing for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.