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Book Review: Sweet Damage

…by Rebecca James.

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Twenty-something Tim Ellison is crashing at his ex-girlfriend Lilla and her boyfriend Patrick’s place. Except Patrick is not too happy about the situation and needs Tim to move out. Tim finds a room to rent in a house in Fairlight for $100 a week. It seems almost too good to be true to find something of that sort in Sydney. Especially when the house is a mansion with only one other occupant — the landlord Anna London. The only apparent catch is that Anna has agoraphobia and is therefore unable to leave the house. However soon, strange things start to happen. And Anna’s behaviour doesn’t help matters. Tim has no idea why she is so sad and depressed or why she spends so much time in the attic by herself. Anna’s friends Marcus and Fiona are not much help in shedding light on some of Anna’s past.  As he slowly gets to know Anna better, it also seems like something sinister is happening.

Why does Anna keep going to the attic?

Who is Benjamin?

And why is someone trying to scare Tim?

To know this and more, you have to read the book.

This was a light book and a reasonably enjoyable albeit predictable read. Half-way through I figured out the ending. Yes there was enough suspense but at the same time, something was missing. I don’t know if some bits were a bit too cliched for me but basically I found myself only holding my breath rarely. One of the things that really annoyed me was the manner in which the two women — Lilla and Anna — were portrayed. I get annoyed when an outgoing and assertive woman is portrayed as a bitch and the quiet timid ones are the likeable and loveable and ‘pure’ ones. It irks the feminist in me. And that’s how Lilla and Anna were portrayed. As chalk and cheese. As a bitch and an angel. I always find myself thinking why can’t a woman who dresses the way she wants, is able to seduce men etc ever be portrayed as still being ‘good’?

Anyway, all in all, my rating for the book is based on the mystery and the quick light read more than anything else.

My rating: 

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Where to buy the book:

Booktopia | Dymocks | Fishpond | Kindle

***This has been reviewed as part of the 2013 Aussie Author Challenge and the Australian Women Writers Challenge***

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Elizabeth Lhuede
    July 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Interesting review, thanks. I’ve been sitting on my reaction to Sweet Damage, trying to figure out why it didn’t grab me as much as James’ first one. Have you read Beautiful Malice? It’s a great read.
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      Psych Babbler
      July 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Elizabeth, I did read Beautiful Malice and really enjoyed it…if I remember correctly, I finished it in one sitting in a day! But yeah, there was just something off in this one. Too clichéd, perhaps?

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        Elizabeth Lhuede
        July 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

        For me, it was much more obviously YA, too. Beautiful Malice worked as an adult novel, and the maliciousness of the character posing the threat seemed far more believable. (Makes me wonder about the pressure on the author of producing a second novel when the first was so incredibly well received worldwide!) I’ll still be interested to read what she comes up with for book 3.
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          Psych Babbler
          July 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

          I totally agree with you about Beautiful malice…and you know, it could be that there was a lot of pressure placed by the publishers as well to churn out a second novel a year after. You do end up seeing some authors come up with books every year and you have to wonder whether it’s because of publishing companies or whether they really wanted to write that!

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    Elizabeth Lhuede
    July 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Interesting review, thanks. I’ve been sitting on my reaction to Sweet Damage, trying to figure out why it didn’t grab me as much as James’ first one. Have you read Beautiful Malice? It’s a great read.
    Elizabeth Lhuede recently posted…Whatever happened to Nicci French? Review of Waiting for WednesdayMy Profile

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      Psych Babbler
      July 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Elizabeth, I did read Beautiful Malice and really enjoyed it…if I remember correctly, I finished it in one sitting in a day! But yeah, there was just something off in this one. Too clichéd, perhaps?

      • Reply
        Elizabeth Lhuede
        July 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

        For me, it was much more obviously YA, too. Beautiful Malice worked as an adult novel, and the maliciousness of the character posing the threat seemed far more believable. (Makes me wonder about the pressure on the author of producing a second novel when the first was so incredibly well received worldwide!) I’ll still be interested to read what she comes up with for book 3.
        Elizabeth Lhuede recently posted…Honey Brown’s Dark HorseMy Profile

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          Psych Babbler
          July 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

          I totally agree with you about Beautiful malice…and you know, it could be that there was a lot of pressure placed by the publishers as well to churn out a second novel a year after. You do end up seeing some authors come up with books every year and you have to wonder whether it’s because of publishing companies or whether they really wanted to write that!

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