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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg, read by Kate Handford, Lance C Fuller, Jennifer Woodward, Laurence Bouvard, Pat Rodrigues, Deborah McBride, Lexie McDougall, Madeleine Rose. 

Inspired by a true story, this haunting debut novel pieces together a chorus of voices to explore the aftermath of a college student’s death. 

On a cold day in 1997, student Sara Morgan was killed in the woods surrounding her liberal-arts college in Upstate New York. Her boyfriend, Blake Campbell, confessed, his plea of temporary insanity raising more questions than it answered. 

In the wake of his acquittal, the case comes to haunt a strange and surprising network of community members, from the young woman who discovers Sara’s body to the junior reporter who senses its connection to convicted local serial killer John Logan. Others are looking for retribution or explanation: Sara’s half sister, stifled by her family’s bereft silence about Blake, poses as a babysitter and seeks out her own form of justice, while the teenager Sara used to babysit starts writing to Logan in prison.  

A propulsive, taut tale of voyeurism and obsession, Nothing Can Hurt You dares to examine gendered violence not as an anomaly, but as the very core of everyday life. Tracing the concentric circles of violence rippling out from Sara’s murder, Nicola Maye Goldberg masterfully conducts an unforgettable chorus of disparate voices.

©2020 Nicola Maye Goldberg (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Captivating, serpentine, and affecting." (Megan Abbott)

"A gothic Olive Kitteridge mixed with Gillian Flynn.... Masterful." (Vogue)

"A gripping and tremendously searing book." (Leslie Jamiso) 

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  • Beth
  • 24-06-20

Really good!

I usually shy away from books under 6 hours. I’m glad I didn’t. This was a really neat collection of snippets about the people connected to a murder victim. I don’t know how to describe it except short character studies about people—some even tangentially connected to the victim.

Different and really well done.

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  • Laura
  • 05-01-21

Different Perspectives

To whomever thought the characters didn't have any relation to each other you weren't paying attention. The separate stories of how a single person's affects others was clever.

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  • Adrianne
  • 14-10-20

Not recommended

Terrible book. The story did not flow together. I cannot understand what the point of this book is.

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  • John
  • 14-08-20

What on earth?

Kept waiting for the story to have some meaning, but nope, it just left me empty. No emotion, no intrigue, no insights. Just empty. Interesting storytelling style, just not much of a story to tell.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-20

None of the chapters flow

The book doesn’t make sense and is all over the place. Was hard to pay attention all the way through.

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  • claudia anglelone
  • 11-07-20

Huh?

Listened to the whole thing and have no idea why. No clue what the story was and had to keep track of the characters.