Sweet Damage

Sweet Damage I still dream about Anna London s house In my dreams it s as if the house itself has sinister intentions But in real life it wasn t the house that was responsible for what happened It was the people w

I still dream about Anna London s house In my dreams it s as if the house itself has sinister intentions But in real life it wasn t the house that was responsible for what happened It was the people who did the damage When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck In fact the room comes with a con I still dream about Anna London s house In my dreams it s as if the house itself has sinister intentions But in real life it wasn t the house that was responsible for what happened It was the people who did the damage When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.A thrilling rollercoaster of a story read it with the lights on

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Sweet Damage

  1. Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE, SWEET DAMAGE and the forthcoming COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD She has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and most memorably a mini cab telephone operator in London Rebecca lives in Canberra, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.

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  1. Tim Ellison has been staying at his ex girlfriends house where he s been sleeping on the couch, but clearly it s time for him to move on Tim has a casual job as a cook at his father s restaurant and when he s not working he s enjoys surfing at Sydney s beaches So when Tim is told about a cheap room to rent he decides to check it out although he s not expecting it to be much.Tim is blown away once he arrives at Fairview and can t believe his luck Fairview is a huge two storey sandstone and brick [...]

  2. Tim Ellison is stuck, and has been for a long time He was stuck right after high school, aimless and unmotivated He s happily stuck working at his dad s restaurant in Manly, with no particular ambition to get a real job or go to university And he s really stuck in his constant spiral with ex girlfriend, Lilla they broke up months ago because he lacked ambition, and now he s sleeping on her couch in the apartment she shares with new boyfriend, Patrick.Something has to shift, so when Lilla shows h [...]

  3. This post also appears on Happy Indulgence Check it out for reviews Sweet Damage is the first book I ve read that explores agoraphobia, a debilitating, traumatising and downright scary anxiety disorder that prevents the sufferer from being in public Rebecca James captures the sheer horror and immense anxiety that comes with the condition perfectly.Tim Ellison finds the perfect opportunity to rent a cheap room in a beautiful, old house Unfortunately, his house mate, Anna London, is stand offish, [...]

  4. The casual laid back lifestyle that Tim Ellison had adopted since returning from Indonesia to Sydney made him happy he was only young at not much past twenty years old, so the morning surf at Manly Beach and working for his father in their very popular restaurant were all he needed He d been crashed on the couch in his old girlfriend Lilla s small unit and she was forever at him to get a real job and make something of himself Finally she found him a room to rent, urging him to apply Fairview was [...]

  5. Tim s ex girlfriend Lilla has a strong hold on Tim, he can t seem to completely want her out of his life Things start to change for Tim when he takes a room in the big old house of Fairview and meets Anna, a young girl who owns the house but has a whole range of mental problems and a terrible grief stemming from a horrible incident in her past.Many unlikable characters in this one, Lila especially Tom seems rather blah until the end Plenty of secrets are revealed,and some are life changing A goo [...]

  6. Estava com imensa expectativa com este livro e n o me desiludiu Uma hist ria bem contada, escrita de tal forma que me agarrou desde o inicio Adorei o Tim, mesmo gente boa Quanto Anna, apesar de me ter irritado boa parte do tempo, estava supee curiosa com os motivos dela ser estranha A Lilla irritou me desde o in cio, detesto gente assim.Gostei mesmo mto, aconselho

  7. Aqui est um livro que me surpreendeu pela positiva Nunca havia lido Rebecca James e por isso fui sem qualquer tipo de expectativas para esta leitura, sendo que conseguiu prender me logo desde o in cio As p ginas eram lidas umas atr s das outras, o tempo passava sem dar conta e quando um livro tem este efeito no leitor raramente menos do que intrigante A escritora conseguiu criar um enredo muito interessante, com doses de mist rio, suspense e at algum terror, nas doses certas Este g nero, apelida [...]

  8. Sweet Damage is the second novel by Rebecca James Her first, Beautiful Malice, gained international success for it s chilling story of twisted friendship In Sweet Damage, Tim, an easy going, twenty something kitchen hand who has been staying on his ex girlfriends couch since his return from an overseas trip When she insists he finds his own space he is thrilled to find an inexpensive room in a large house in the leafy Australian suburb of Fairlight The only catch is his young, agoraphobic enigma [...]

  9. Mini review Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me this copy No compensation was given or taken to alter this review I guess this just goes to show how much of a wimp I am I nearly ran to my parent s room because I could hear tiny creaking noises in the floorboard after reading a clearly not so scary scene for everyone else I Scare Easily.Tim thinks it s a huge stroke of luck when he finds a not only dirt cheap, but also huge expensive house up for sale However here s the catch, he has to live [...]

  10. De leitura f cil e sempre com bastante suspense criado ao longo da narrativa, o que torna o livro bastante flu do, Doce Tortura acaba por revelar sempre surpresas ao virar da p gina certo que queremos desvendar a vida sombria de Anna, e o que guarda t o misteriosamente no s t o, mas h medida que o livro avan a, outros mist rios se avizinham e outras personagens ocultam segredos que s come am a ser revelados mais para o fim do livro Confesso que apenas alguns n o consegui descortinar Gostei muito [...]

  11. Nunca tinha lido nada da australiana Rebecca James, nem t o pouco tinha ouvido falar dela at Doce Tortura me ter chegado a casa, cortesia da editora Suma de Letras Li algumas opini es positivas e fiquei bastante interessada, pelo que n o dei a pegar lhe.Doce Tortura uma hist ria contada sob dois pontos de vista Tim, na primeira pessoa, conta nos como a ex namorada, com quem ainda vivia, lhe sugeriu um quarto para alugar numa maravilhosa mans o, propriedade de uma jovem de 18 anos, Anna e dela o [...]

  12. I haven t read the author s first book This is a bit different to what I normally read That said I found the book extremely readable and an interesting read What I didn t find it was, chillingly and nail bitingly suspenseful storytelling or one to read with the lights on as the front and back cover promisedTim can t believe his luck when he ends up with cheap room for rent in a huge sandstone mansion at Fairlight, only occupied by one other person, the mysterious Anna who does not set foot outsi [...]

  13. I picked up Sweet Damage and was hooked by the second page gorgeous, evocative writing in parts reminding me of Kirsty Eagar , an effortlessly likeable Aussie male protag, gothick y and twisty plot I did not guess the reveal , above all this book does what it s genre should do best sucks you in and keeps you up all night James knows how to plot and how to keep those pages turning 4am finish for me 3

  14. Real rating 4.5.First off, this is being pushed as a YA but I think it would be better classed as new adult I read a lot of YA and I just felt like the characters, who were around 20, were too mature To me it had that NA vibe.Anyway, I loved this book and devoured it in two days Rebecca James is a fantastic author, she takes you on a suspenseful, spine tingling ride that will leave you gasping and guessing the whole way through.I was wondering if this book would live up to Beautiful Malice, Rebe [...]

  15. This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books There s a lot to her than she wants to let on Her bland, robotic persona is some kind of disguise A protective armour The real Anna is hiding.Chilling, thrilling,and undeniably addictive, Sweet Damage is a thriller that I will not be forgetting anytime soon With a plot expertly woven to reveal the innermost and darkest secrets of the main characters, this story demonstrates that there is often to an old empty house and its inhabitants than fi [...]

  16. While not exactly the thriller this is touted as sure a few creepy things happen, but it didn t scare my pants off Probably a good thing, literally, for you and I , but true to it s namesake, this desirable tome is both sweet and deliciously damaged Rebecca James writes characters and the delicate relationships they have with each other so deftly, it s like watching her balance peas on the edge of a knife with one hand while she effortlessly stirs the plot with the other Her pacing is one of my [...]

  17. Mais um exelente thriller Adorei especialmente poder acompanhar e sentir todo o sofrimento que Anna passa nesta hist ria Todos os seus ataques p nico, todas as suas ansiedades, todos os seus medos Leva nos a acreditar que tudo tem um destino tra ado e que mesmo no meio de uma situa o 99% desfavor vel e triste, existe sempre uma r stia de esperan a Fiquei bastante ligado a Anna e isso agradou me imenso Como ponto negativo, destaco apenas alguns acontecimentos ao longo do livro que para mim acabar [...]

  18. A minha opini o em v deo youtu cXTbh7jpIqsComo estive muito tempo para matar entre aeroporto e v os, consegui devor lo num s dia Este livro foi uma surpresa muito agrad vel, gostei bastante.N o sendo uma obra prima, l se bem, torna se viciante e a hist ria original.N o um thriller muito elaborado mas fiquei contente por ter apostado neste livro.

  19. Muito bom Um tipo de leitura diferente daquele a que estou habituada, mas que, ainda assim, me prendeu da primeira ltima pagina Posso dizer que me viciou Mist rio, loucura, romance, ci me, doen a e paran ia Tudo isto fez do livro um must read

  20. Sweet Damage is a compelling New Adult mystery with a distinctly gothic feel I was new to Rebecca James work so the quality of her storytelling took me completely by surprise She is a master at building suspense to almost unbearable levels and leaving her readers terrified of their own shadows.In other words, this woman scared the living daylights out of me In addition, good male narrators are hard to find, and Tim is far better than most His voice isn t particularly strong or particularly memor [...]

  21. The product description for this book says 400 pages but it reads like 200, with a story that just races along The story is set in Manly, and I loved the main character, Tim He is a bit of a drifter, a surf dude who is quite happy working in the family restaurant and camping out in his ex girlfriend Lilla s apartment That is, until she asks him to leave because he is cramping her style with new boyfriend Patrick.He moves into a house share with timid, mouse like, and very mysterious Anna who is [...]

  22. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.Sweet Damage was a dark thriller built upon lies and malice I didn t become nearly as invested in this story as I did in Beautiful Malice, but I was reminded what a great author Rebecca James is The author is so good at creating messed up, complex, and surprising characters The thrill of the book came from these characters and their secrets and ulterior motives it got intense when it all came crashing down Don t expect a lot of action It was [...]

  23. If there is one thing I have come to except from one of Rebecca s reads it is that it will completely mess with my mind and my emotions.I never know what to think, who to trust, or even what in the world is really going on until the very end Her reads are filled with the unexpected, the strange, and it makes you leery, distrustful, and down right anxious to know what will happen next, eagerly turning the pages wanting and dreading what will be next.I love that they keep me guessing, keep me on [...]

  24. This is pretty bad The pacing is poor too little happens for 200 pages and then a bunch of plot points happen too quickly , said plot points are really stupid, and the characters are cardboard and or deeply obnoxious Also, the prose is totally artless The vocabulary and sentence structure seem pitched at around a 4th grade reading level There is not one well written phrase in this book It is just as lame stylistically as it is substantively This isn t the type of book I usually read but I think [...]

  25. really enjoyed review soon This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.4.5 stars I read this book in one sitting I couldn t help but turn each page and wonder what was happening and whether or not Tim was going to be able to draw Anna out of her shell It seemed like an impossibility at times, but then she would soften and let him in which drew me in and I couldn t put this down.I love characters with baggage, and oh boy, does this heroine have baggage Written in alternating 1st and 3rd [...]

  26. I didn t want to compare Sweet Damage so much to Beautiful Malice so much but I really can t help it when they re of the same genre, same sort of setting and then there s such a vast difference in delivery This book is fantastic, no lie, and I am about to reiterate a very well used opinion on my half love Aussie lit, and this was exactly what I look for in my Aussie stuff The breakdown Character wise, we had Mr main character, Tim, who was your average laid back, surfer, Aussie bloke from Sydney [...]

  27. Tim Ellison is an amiable and unambitious young man at a loose end, whose gentle paced days consist of surfing and helping out his father in the family restaurant in Manly He s been avoiding the question of what to do with his life when his volatile ex girlfriend Lilla, with whom he s been uncomfortably sharing quarters, turfs him out, and he s offered what looks like an amazing opportunity a cheap room in a strange, rambling old mansion called Fairview The mansion s strange but then so is its y [...]

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