What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

What Happened That Night

One moment Dahlia is a successful Harvard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. Her life veers into a tailspin, and what’s worse, her memory of the attack has been ripped away, leaving a cold rage in its wake.Now, years later, Dahlia is a tattooed paralegal suffering from PTSD, still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surfaces online, and Dahlia sees her attack for the first time. Now she knows...

Details What Happened That Night

TitleWhat Happened That Night
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
GenreThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews What Happened That Night

  • Kendall
    What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a quick, fast, and entertaining character driven novel. 5 years ago Dahlia was on her way to becoming a successful lawyer at Harvard University. One night Dahlia decides to attend a party with her friend and is brutally raped. Dahlia wakes up the next day and has no memory of the horrible assault. Years later, Dahlia is currently working as a paralegal and is suffering from PTSD from that horrible night...
  • Louise Wilson
    One moment Dahlia is a successful Havard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault.When a young, happy, carefree girl goes to a party, she is brutally attacked. When she wakes up she can't remember who it was that attacked her. Five years later, she still struggles with panic attacks and nightmares. She dropped out of Havard and now works as a paralegal. Dahlia two friends, Daisy and Eli, have always supported h...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-book of What Happened That Night by Sandra Block from NetGalley for my honest review. Absolutely astonishing, gut wrenching, yet amazing. I was absolutely blown away by this book. I have never read anything by Sandra Block before but I will be reading some of her other books after reading this one. This is such a powerful book and written with so much thought and depth. A young, pretty, smart and happy girl goes to a party one...
  • Mandie
    This book was great. It was gripping and emotional. It touched on so many realistic topics, that could happen to anyone! I would recommend.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  • Shannon
    Thank you to Sourcebooks #partner for sending me What Happened That Night by Sandra Block. I enjoyed this one! Short chapters with multiple POVs = happy Shannon. Pub date June 5th!Five years ago, Dahlia was viciously attacked by multiple boys while she was a student at Harvard. She still struggles with nightmares and panic attacks but the worst part about it is that she can’t remember everything that happened that night. Now, after dropping out...
  • Liz Barnsley
    A timely and relevant psychological thriller/character drama centred around two very different and quirky characters, one of whom is recovering from a suicide attempt following trauma and one who has suffered a horrible loss. It is gripping and cleverly written, I love how the main protagonists worked out their issues, not following any one path but rather working through things as they went. The author manages to portray the realities of justice...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I could not, in a million years, imagine what it's like to go through the trauma that Dahlia did, have PTSD of the event (that she cannot remember) and then see the attack come online years later. UFF. What I LOVE about this book is that the revenge factor is clear - but it's executed with the code of not killing anyone. The characters - how do you NOT fall in love with James?! Absolutely LOVE his character. The build up of friendship with Dahlia...
  • ♡ Kim ♡
    Sandra Block knows how to hook you into reading her books in one sitting! Grabbed my full attention from the first page and kept it throughout. I really didn't want it to end. Great read!
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #55Many thanks go to Sandra Block, Sourcebooks, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.You know at first this book was only so-so, but now I can’t put it down! I love the James Dahlia dynamic, and the Ramona/Robert mini plot is heartbreakingIf it weren’t for the author seeming to blatantly ruin her own twists. I’d have rated it higherThere is one conversation that could be rewritten or the ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Review to come!
  • Chris
    The thing about My Book Box, a subscription book service, is that whoever chooses books has a tendency to chose books I would bypass in a book store but actually love once I read them. It’s true that this has been more the rule for the non-fiction selections. The mystery selection is a bit more hit and miss. Not that the books are bad – they are more I could easily be just as happy as not reading them. But every so often the mystery book is s...
  • Chloe
    Five years ago Dahlia was on the road to become a successful lawyer but all that changed in one night when she was drugged and brutally raped. Now years later she works as a paralegal in a firm and lives a quiet life.One day though her peaceful existence is threatened when the video of her rape surfaces online and is watched by some people in her office.Seeing the video brings back memories and Dahlia vows to take revenge on all her attackers wit...
  • Tandie
    Excellent revenge thriller. Both narrators were good. Checking out other books by this author.RTC
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    This book was trying to hit all the notes to be a topical book, dealing with sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, LGBTQ identity and autism but it ended up being messy and offensive and pretty poorly written.
  • Jessica
    This was my introduction to Sandra Block, and I can't believe I haven't picked up more from her in the past! WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is, at it's core, a great thriller about revenge. As a warning, it does deal with an assault that the main character endures at the beginning of the book.Dahlia is attending Harvard and excelling in her classes, but one day she wakes up after a party and discovers that she is a victim of a horrific assault. The par...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    #FirstLine ~ It sucks me in.Holy Man! This book is rock solid. Block has managed to tackle some very tough topics with such a genuine and authentic voice. She is not afraid to let the characters lead the story and share their own truths. Her brilliantly thrilling book left me memorized. It was paced perfectly and the characters were those that you could not help but be moved by. This book literally knocked my socks off. It will make a PERFECT boo...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    A fast-paced suspense read with memorable characters and rock-solid writing. I was utterly captivated by Dahlia’s quest for healing through revenge and totally charmed by her relationship with James. Rape, suicide, and autism are tough subjects for any author to handle but Block’s intelligence and compassionate approach allow her to succeed. What Happened That Night is a timely story with plenty of controversy for book club discussion. Highly...
  • OutlawPoet
    ---- Possible spoilers! ----This is a pretty good thriller.You have two unconventional main characters and I really liked them. It was nice not reading about conventionally handsome man and ordinary Mary Jane Investigates! Instead, we have two people who don’t conform to social norms and who have each experienced true tragedy in their lives.Unfortunately, I figured out the main secret of the book at about 30%. Regardless, I still enjoyed the re...
  • Shalini
    I loved the premise of the bookA lost memory of the rape + transformation from pretty girl + the video of rape resurfacing + stress seizures = THE REVENGEThis book resonated with me because of the concept of the plot, the lone vigilante. Dahlia as the tattooed paralegal just seems to be surviving life till the video resurfaced. Her need for wanting the men to pay is justifiable. The author Sandra Block has shown her helplessness and anger in word...
  • Kathy
    Be forewarned: What Happened That Night is a book that is very hard to put down once you start it. It is a compelling, character-driven read.Five years ago, Dahlia was a student at Harvard ready to go on to law school. All that changed, when she went to a party and was brutally sexually assaulted. While she has no memory of the assault, her physical and emotional trauma was so great that she dropped out of school, losing herself to PTSD. Stronger...
  • Debbie
    Wow!!A woman was drugged and gets raped on campus and doesn't remember a thing, except birds chirping, men in line, laughing, and, of course, the pain. Now, she suffers from PTSD, imagine that.The last part of this book was killing me. I feared for Dahlia. She was crazy with her revenge. I wanted to holler "you go girl!" so many times but I just couldn't. My fear was so strong for her. That kept me going for like over half of this book.I'm not go...
  • Shannon Christner
    This book was utter nonesense and juevenile for such a serious topic of gang rape/rape on college campus. 1 in 5 women will experience this at their school. And along comes this author who makes the serious subject matter a joke. Getting revenge on her accusers because law enforcement doesn’t take these allegations seriously? I hope this does not set back future victims, as there will unfortunately victims. The best advice is to work with the p...
  • Karen Whittard
    This book is completely gripping all the way through. Fantastically written. Great characters and a great read. Throughly enjoyed.
  • NZLisaM
    Powerful and Thought-Provoking!This is one of those novels where the book summary reads like a suspenseful thriller when it is in fact not. Crime, yes, since it deals with rape, but apart from that I would class it as a contemporary drama/romance, that is heavily character driven. I predicted where it was going early on, and I think most readers will as well. Even the revenge, which I thought was going to be a major plotline, wasn’t. That aside...
  • Anne
    I adored this book! Block is one of my favorite authors and this one has become my favorite. It's such a timely book as well as it deals with a long-ago gang rape at a party that surfaces in the present as a video, both humiliating Dahlia and spurring her on to revenge for this vile crime. Dealing with other pertinent issues such as Aspergers, gender identity, bullying, cyberstalking, and suicide, none of it feels forced or sappy. I literally had...
  • Michael David
    WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT is a suspenseful, sad, romantic and sometimes violent thriller. I really loved the character of Dahlia. Once she decides to get revenge on the people who brutally attacked her years earlier, the book really kicks into gear! I also loved her growing friendship/relationship with James, and how he supports her. Author Sandra Block does an excellent job building the tension and also making us truly care about the characters. ...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    Full review posted on blog.*Big fan of Sandra Block's Zoe Goldman series, and loved that she was able to create just as gripping & addicting a read with a stand-alone book.*Loved the way this story is told - 3 POV's: Dahlia in the present, Dahlia from 5 years ago, & James. *Loved the characters - Dahlia & James are the most quirky main characters I've met in a while, yet they are without a doubt the most memorable!*Book is full of suspense & the ...
  • Jen
    A psychological thriller that will leave the reader turning the pages long into the night, What Happened That Night is the story of Dahlia. Dahlia is a Harvard student who was brutally attacked one night by a group of men and eventually had to leave school. She is now a paralegal suffering from PTSD and has no recollection of the night she was attacked. One day, she walks into the staff lounge to get a cup of coffee and finds lawyers from her fir...
  • Cathy Geha
    What Happened That Night by Sandra BlockMixed feelings on this book…I can see it appealing to New Adult readers wanting a young woman who has been raped to achieve revenge against the group of men that attacked her BUT I am not sure how I feel about what she chose to do to the men to extract that revenge. The way Dahlia and James went about achieving her revenge seemed hard to believe and their relationship was difficult for me to understand. I...
  • Suz Jay
    I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley.“It’s like an itch that I need to scratch, even if it draws blood, even if I tear the scab off. Because now it’s out there, that night. Part of my life that I could never account for was finally given back to me. Like a gift, spiked with poison.”During her time as an undergraduate at Harvard, Dahlia was gang raped. Unable to rebound f...