Review: The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Abuse, sexual assault

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Delilah S. Dawson has quickly become one of my favorite authors (please don’t ask me to list them all, we’ll be here all day). So naturally, I knew I would read her latest book, The Violence.

There’s a strange plague sweeping across the land. Only, instead of making people sick – it’s making them violent. We’re not talking slightly beyond normal realms of violence either. We’re talking cannibalistic levels of rage and destruction.

Chelsea Martin has been watching the spreading plague with rising anxiety. She worries for her daughters and her mother. None of whom seem adequately equipped to deal with this new threat. Then again, who would be?

The Violence is a heavy-hitting novel – and I mean that in nearly every way possible. For obvious reasons, any novel surrounding a virus or plague will hit hard right now. But The Violence takes it even further.

There were times when this book was honestly tough to read. I think if it wasn’t by an author I trust so much, I might have considered putting it down. In some ways, it was like a darker version of Bird Box. Or perhaps I should say that the violence is similar but more outwardly directed. Hopefully, that gives readers an idea of what I’m trying to say here.

This book did more than give me chills. It scared me. As such, I don’t think that The Violence is suitable for all audiences, and that’s okay. It is still a brilliant book, one that is unafraid of what it is.

Thanks to Del Rey Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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3 Responses to Review: The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

  1. Sheri Dye says:

    What a.. cautionary review.
    This was already a TBR for me but, strangely, I’m way more intrigued with it now.

    Liked by 1 person

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