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Secret Rage is definitely a page turner, as evidenced by my reading time of less than a day. Unfortunately, I was distracted from the plot by the sad treatment of women throughout the novel. Although there are several opportunities for Pilkey to introduce a strong female character, most notably in Jack's new partner, Jenny, the author entirely fails to do so. Jenny and her fellow female cop, Kris, are reduced to sexual objects for the entertainment of the their male colleagues and any other men Secret Rage is definitely a page turner, as evidenced by my reading time of less than a day.
Jenny and her fellow female cop, Kris, are reduced to sexual objects for the entertainment of the their male colleagues and any other men they meet on the job. They are constantly the subjects of sexual harassment, a sad statement on the equality of women in law enforcement, especially since they accept this treatment without question. During almost every fight scene in the book and there are many , Jenny is immediately incapacitated, leaving Jack, with all his machismo, to save her.
Jack's wife, Karen, is spared the damsel-in-distress caricature, but instead is portrayed as a jealous and manipulative ice-queen, who conspires with her mother to secretly get pregnant and force Jack to leave the police force. With characters like these, could it get any worse?
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It can! The novel begins with a scene following a young sex worker, Star, as she is attacked by a brutal john. The scene allows Star to be more than her occupation; she is a young woman who is being victimized and the reader is naturally sympathetic. Unfortunately, this scene is possibly the only one in which sex workers are given this sympathy. Throughout the rest of the novel they are nameless "crack whores," which greatly reduces the impact of their victimization throughout the novel. The misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia throughout the novel create a disturbing portrayal of Toronto.
Although the plot was interesting, I just couldn't get past the unsettling treatment of women.
The raging sexism is no secret in Secret Rage. Oct 09, Arushi rated it liked it.
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I don't think it's much of a mystery but it is fast paced and interesting. Doesn't have a big twist at the end, but still was a nice, light-hearted read. Dec 21, Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it Shelves: canadian. Jack is a cop working in 51 Division in Toronto. It's a rough area to work in because of the drugs and the prostitutes but he loves it.
Someone is brutally beating prostitutes and Jack, Jenny his partner and the rest of 51 Division are trying to find out who that is. Plus to clean up the area and send out a message, Jenny poses as a prostitute so they can arrest the johns. In the meantime, tension at home is increasing as Karen, Jack's wife, and her parents are pressuring Jack to quit 51 Divisio Jack is a cop working in 51 Division in Toronto. In the meantime, tension at home is increasing as Karen, Jack's wife, and her parents are pressuring Jack to quit 51 Division and the police force. The only thing welcoming for Jack at home is his newly adopted dog, Justice.
This is the third book I've read by this author it's the third in a series and I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style As a head's up, there is violence, adult activity and a lot of swearing. The author is a cop and had spent many years in 51 Division so writes from experience.
Even though the story is fiction, it was interesting to get the insight into the life of a cop, both on the job and at home. Jack could take the easy way out and quit his job to make his wife and in-laws happy but he doesn't because he's good at what he does and he wants to make the city a better place. Karen seems totally unreasonable but I can see it from her perspective. Yes, Jack was a cop when she married him but she doesn't want to get a call that he's been killed in the line of action. Too bad she hadn't thought of that before she married him Jack met Jenny when he transferred to 51 Division last year.
There has always been a spark between them but they've never acted on it because he's married, though unhappily. It was nice to to know the supporting characters more in this book which made them more human I'd recommend this book and look forward to reading others by this author. Great read but a slight element that I thought could have had a much better resolution.
First I think this book is the best of the three in the series from the point of view of the plot, characterization, location, action and resolution of the main storyline. The element that prevents me from rating this as a 5 star read is the non-resolution of the Karen vs Jack storyline. The rape does occur in the book and you get to read about it as it is happening to the victim.
I thought everything was done well except one part the part where the H screws the Hero after a couple of weeks to feel alive. The rape never plays a role in this until one time he puts his hand over her mouth and then she freaks. Other than that she is aroused A Lot by him. I just don't get it. I would think something that traumatic would maybe prevent you from wanting to but hey thank God I have never been in that situation so I don't know.
A Secret Rage
Needless to say not my favorite book. The parts I did like was the victims getting together to figure out who did this to them that was a nice therapy for them I really enjoyed this book, one of Charlaine Harris' earlier works originally published in - pre-Sookie, I believe. It was a quick read or "listen", in my case - it felt almost like a short story, though there was decent character development for a full-length book. I liked how Harris had the characters work together to narrow down the list of subjects; it helped heighten the sense of suspense.
And in the end I was surprised at the identity of the attacker, so Harris did a good job maint I really enjoyed this book, one of Charlaine Harris' earlier works originally published in - pre-Sookie, I believe. And in the end I was surprised at the identity of the attacker, so Harris did a good job maintaining the suspense throughout.
I also appreciated Harris' handling of the subject matter, and telling the story from the victims' point of view. The writing is at times intense, emotional, and violent. Even in those scenes, however, I could appreciate Harris' skill, and literary turns-of-phrase. Mar 10, Sara rated it it was ok. This had. While I found the basic plot okay, I felt like the story was barely fleshed out: too long for a short story, not long enough for a novel. Ms Harris keeps things moving along so this is a light read: I felt like I'd had a light snack and realized I craved a heartier meal.
Apr 06, Dlora rated it really liked it Shelves: murder-mystery , suspense-thriller. Great writing and well-constructed suspenseful murder mystery by Charlaine Harris. In the small college town of Knolls, Tennesse, with all its southern manners and prejudices, a rapist has gone on the ramage. Instead of a frighteningly gory slasher story, A Secret Rage explores how rape changes a woman's feelings about herself and her position in her community.
There is still building tension and horrible violence in the story but the details are described without sensationalism. The secret rage Great writing and well-constructed suspenseful murder mystery by Charlaine Harris. The secret rage of the title is perhaps the rage that drives the rapist to attack or the rage of his victims who try to discover who their rapist is, at first as a device to help them deal with the personal effects of the rape and then as a duty to protect other women who might be his next target.
I really like the insights that Charlaine Harris has into her characters and life. Her writing makes me think. Take for instance this quote: "The dreams fed you as a child are almost impossible to dislodge. Those dreams can be very comforting when just being an adult is a burden. Jan 16, Jonna rated it liked it. I'm a big fan of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, and have enjoyed the Harper Connelly mysteries as well, so I had high hopes for this little novel.
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