Title: Nothing Can Hurt You
Author: Nicola Maye Goldberg
Pages: 240 Pages
The Virgin Suicides meets Little Fires Everywhere: inspired by a true story, this haunting 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, only to be acquitted following a plea of temporary insanity.
In the wake of this senseless act of violence, 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. As the years pass, others search for retribution or explanation: including Sara’s half-sister who, 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, Nicole Maye Goldberg masterfully conducts an unforgettable chorus of disparate voices.
Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Male Goldberg is a circular story featuring several characters that are all connected through the death of Sara Morgan. They may be her friends, parents, family members etc but their stories are intrinsically linked with hers some way or another.
The telling of the story flip-flops through time from past to present day and it makes us look at the theme of murder with a new lens. Should we ever empathise with the murderer? How do we learn to forgive?
Nothing Can Hurt You Is a twisting tale that spirals seamlessly and pulls you along with its narrative. It was a one sitting read because I could not put the damn book down. Nicola Male Goldberg draws you in straight away. I wish you luck trying to get away from this spiderweb of a book.
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