The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson #bookreview #horror #thriller

Title: The Violence

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Publisher:   Del Rey

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

Page Count: 495

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

About the book:

Three generations of abused women must navigate their chilling new reality as a mysterious epidemic of violence sweeps the nation in this compelling novel of self-discovery, legacy, and hope.

When Chelsea Martin kisses her husband hello at the door of their perfect home, a chilled bottle of beer in hand and dinner on the table, she may look like the ideal wife, mother, and homemaker—but in fact she’s following an unwritten rulebook, carefully navigating David’s stormy moods in a desperate nightly bid to avoid catastrophe. If family time doesn’t go exactly the way David wants, bad things happen—to Chelsea, and to the couple’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Ella. Cut off from all support, controlled and manipulated for years, Chelsea has no resources and no one to turn to. Her wealthy, narcissistic mother, Patricia, would rather focus on the dust on her chandelier than acknowledge Chelsea’s bruises. After all, Patricia’s life looks perfect on the surface, too.

But the façade crumbles when a mysterious condition overtakes the nation. Known as the Violence, it causes the infected to experience sudden, explosive bursts of animalistic rage and attack anyone in their path. The ensuing chaos brings opportunity for Chelsea—and inspires a plan to liberate herself and her family once and for all.

Just what the world needs after ending a pandemic, another pandemic! That’s what the author gives us in The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson. The Violence is a thrilling horror story that changes the point of view along the way to give different character views. It also is one that needs a trigger warning for violence and abuse of both humans and animals.

On the outside Chelsea Martin is one that seems to have the perfect life, a stay at home mother of two beautiful girls and a “loving” husband. Of course appearances can be deceiving. Chelsea learned quickly that money can’t buy happiness when her husband began to quietly control her.

Chelsea also doesn’t have that great a relationship with her mother so when Patricia stops by Chelsea only counts the seconds until she leaves barely hearing the news of the violent event that took place nearby. However, when more and more violence happens seeming to come from a new pandemic Chelsea wonders if this is her way out to find safety for her and her daughters.

So again I found myself intrigued by another shiny cover and wondering if the story would be anything I would actually like. Well it’s safe to say I did enjoy this one with my rating of four and a half stars. The story is definitely not for everyone as you see with the trigger warning and it did get gruesome and cringeworthy in some parts but I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what would happen next. It’s a bit over the top and I could have done without the political jabs but it was also extremely entertaining so if this sounds up your alley give it a try!

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /   Amazon*

About the author:

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of:

Star Wars: PHASMA, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched

The Hit series

The Blud series

Servants of the Storm

Shadowman: Follow Me Boy

Short stories in: Hellboy, An Assortment of Horror; Carniepunk; Unbound; Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life, Three Slices, and more.

Comics: Ladycastle

As Lila Bowen: The Shadow series, beginning with Wake of Vultures

She also teaches writing classes online at

Learn more at

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