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Secret Rage
Secret Rage
Author: Charlaine Harris
Back by popular demand -- an early, critically-acclaimed novel from the author of the Southern Vampire series - Nickie Callahan is full of optimism when she moves to the sleepy town of Knolls, Tennessee. Her career as a New York City model may be over, but she plans to go back to college and become a writer. But the women of Knolls are not safe....  more »
ISBN-13: 9780727880260
ISBN-10: 0727880268
Publication Date: 7/1/2011
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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crawford avatar reviewed Secret Rage on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
This was Charlaine Harris's second novel and was originally published in the early 80's. I'm a huge fan of Harris's (Southern Vampire, Aurora Teagarden series and more) but if you're used to her humor you may find this book lacking. It is a very dry book about a former model returning to her small Southern hometown to attend college and move in with her best friend. A serial rapist starts attacking women connected to the college, including main characters. I don't want to spoil anything but I was shocked at what the main characters went through, and as I have a hard time with fiction that deal in rape this short book took me a little longer to get through than it normally would. There is no humor in this book, and while there is a mystery the plot basically revolves around how the attacks emotionally impact the main character and those around her.

I later read in an interview with Harris in a mystery magazine that she was raped and writing this book helped her deal with that- and she still gets letters from other sexual abuse victims telling her how this book helped them- so I am very glad she wrote this novel. This is a well-written book, but do NOT expect the usual Charlaine Harris from this novel.
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Helpful Score: 10
I'm a great fan of Charlaine Harris and thought this was a very strong story line. Just wanted to caution that the book deals with a serial rapist and contains much content on the experience of the women caught up in the nightmare. Not suggested for anyone who has a sensitivity to this type of might be too disturbing. But, if you are like me, and thankfully have not had any personal experience in these topics, I found the book actually very compelling and really liked the ending (which was rather unusual for someone who writes rather lighter story lines). Recommended.
azcontessa avatar reviewed Secret Rage on
Helpful Score: 6
This is my first book by this author. I have (of course) heard about the whole HBO thing & her Sookie books, however I am pleased that I picked this one up first. It deals with sensitive subjects with a tender, Southern grace. It isnt' overly graphic or violent.
Since reading this I did read her first Sookie book and while it was quite different, I appreciate the authors writing and enjoy spending time with her books.
momof3boysandagirl avatar reviewed Secret Rage on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book. It was much darker. Reminded me of her Shakespeare series some. She handled the subject matter very well. I didnt love the ending, I was left wanting I think. Almost all of the characters had such depth, I thought the mean guy ended up shallow for lack of a better word.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was pretty difficult to read. The writing was excellent in my opinion, just the topic matter was hard to read, I felt like I was going thru what the rape victims were at the time. I think Harris did write the book tastefully.
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Skeeterbug avatar reviewed Secret Rage on + 4 more book reviews
Early Charlaine Harris, well worth reading. If you like her current works or want to read her non-fantasy you will enjoy this book.
kevinsbebe avatar reviewed Secret Rage on + 165 more book reviews
This was written before Charlaine Harris became "popular" and I have to say it is a great read. It's quick and easy and I read it in one sitting. If you like mysteries and/or cozies then I recommend this book. I have to say I love Harris's popular series but after reading some of her earlier works I love her writing even more. Great book!
Bookwork-Missy avatar reviewed Secret Rage on + 16 more book reviews
Enjoyed this book, kept guessing until the end.