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Book Review | Sweet Damage

Title: Sweet Damage

Author: Rebecca James

Genre: YA Thriller

Source: Allen & Unwin

Page Count: 336 pages


I still dream about Anna London’s house. In my dreams it’s as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn’t the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage …’

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!



This was majorly a plot driven book. I like how the author manages to keep you interested ALL the way throughout the book. In the beginning there is this intrigue about who Anna is and what happened to her, but even by the very end there are still elements of interest that make you want to keep reading. Oh and don’t even get me started about the plot twists. Some of them are a bit far fetched but they work well in the context of the book


Anna is a very well constructed character. The book does a very good job of portraying mental illness and really explaining what it’s like for people going through those things. And I like Anna’s character development of how she is determined to get better by the end.

A majority of the book is told by Tim’s perspective but I feel like Tim was mostly the observer, it’s hard to explain but it just felt like he was a plot device to basically just introduce readers to Anna’s story. But he does play a major role in Anna’s character development and driving the plot so…(awkward contradiction much)

The rest of the characters in the books are also developed well in the sense that the book explains their actions and how their past has made them into the person they are today


The book is told in dual perspective by Anna and Tim (mostly Tim though). Anna’s pov is in italics and Tim is just normal font but if it weren’t for the font difference I don’t believe I would be able to distinguish their voices.Writing isn’t the forte of this book as it is quite simplistic but the plot more than makes up for it