Author: Jamie Fessenden
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 42 minutes
At a Glance: Violated was a tough read and listen, but was also a well written story.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.
One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.
Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.
Review: Violated is the fourth book I’ve read by Jamie Fessenden, a first time listening to one of his stories in audio, and he just keeps getting better and better at storytelling. I would also like to add, that Taz did a rather wonderful and in-depth review of the ebook version of this novel, so mine is focused more on the audio version of the book.
As for the storyline in Violated, what happened to Derek was heartwrenching. I could tell that Mr. Fessenden did some serious research on the subject of rape and its effect on the psyche of the victim. And as for Derek’s fiancé, Tim, Derek dodged a bullet there when Tim dumped him after finding out about what happened. You definitely get the impression that their relationship was all about Tim—your loved ones should not be the enemy when you need them the most.
When I find out K.C. Kelly is narrating a story that I’m interesting in, it’s an auto-buy for me. I don’t even need to listen to the audio sample to know that he’ll put on a great performance. He’s that good. Kelly did such an excellent job narrating this book that I became emotionally invested while listening to it. The story gave me some good points to ponder, and the title itself, along with the blurb, should be a warning that the subject matter may cause triggering events.
Violated was a tough read and listen, but was also a well written story.
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