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Publisher's Summary

The storm of '87 had been the greatest, most ferocious storm to have hit Britain in centuries. The suffering that ensued was plentiful, but none more so than that of little Matthew Mason, whose parents were brutally murdered in the midst of the storm by a homeless man desperate to find shelter.
After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm. As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents' killer and put his demons to rest once and for all. The Damaged is a disturbing psychological thriller, delving deep into the darkest depths of the human psyche.
©2015 Simon Law (P)2016 Simon Law
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5 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 07-06-16

The Damaged

This was a book I could hardly put down,even through the gorey bits.Rob Goll does a fine job with character voices.When Matthew was a child he saw his parents murdered by a tramp.He is released 25 years later from a mental institution with instructions for home care personnel to make sure he takes his pills.Through his masterful deceit he forgoes them causing a lengthy breakdown that takes its toll on his care workers,vagrants and anyone that gets in his way.
I was given this book for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy Lovetiggi on 06-23-16

A Fascinating and Disturbingly Dark Read

Where does The Damaged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow! It is fairly high!

What did you like best about this story?

The deep look into the human psyche. Overall? It is really good.

Have you listened to any of Rob Goll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I have heard him. He did an Awesome Job!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Unfortunately, life does not agree at times.

Any additional comments?

5 out of 5 Hearts

A Fascinating and Disturbingly Dark Read!!

Simon Law is a New to me author.I found this book to be both Fascinating and Disturbingly Dark. Fascinating because it does look pretty deep into the human psyche and how events in our lives can affect us, even years down the road.

Well written, multi layered, and packed with characters that are very well developed and believable, I had to walk away a time or two, set my tablet down, and process what was happening. This story has some serious triggers in it and may not be for everyone.The world is dark, consistent, and well developed, downright even scary at times. 25 years in a mental institution is not an easy pill to swallow.

Both Matthew and Tammy have some deep seated issues they are dealing with too. I don't use spoilers in my reviews, as they may ruin a read for someone.

The narrator did an amazing job of presenting each of the chararafters, there is no way I could not keep them consistent. Great Job!

I was gifted an audio book version of this story by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. No renumeration was involved.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jayne P on 06-26-16

The Damaged

I liked the downward spiral of Matthew's sanity throughout the story, how his mind got more and more distorted from reality. I found the story set up both Matthew and Tammy's back story and why they bonded how they did.
The narrator did a good job throughout with the delivery.
I found when the thoughts of each character were read seemed a little basic and not always necessary.
The setting of the storm of 1987 was a good back ground event to the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kanundra on 06-19-16

Wow! Fantastically thrilling.

There is so much I really enjoyed about this book. So, so much. From the storm itself, being reminded of all the things I love back in 87 I was 10 years of age then and Thundercats, and plugging in and shooting aliens was totally my life! I love this kid.

But, it soon turns really nasty and his parents are murdered. The storm itself is horriffic. The descriptions and emotions evoked through this are very real, and disturbing. This then does throw Matthew into the next years of his life as the damaged soul he is.

The writing and research that the author has done to get so deep into the psychological problems of such trauma is sheer amazing. From experience and my own pain, there was nothing here that struck out to me as being 'wrong' I could clearly identify with both Matthew and Tammy.

Tammy is as much as Matthew a very disturbed woman with a past almost as worrying. Almost killing her daughter, and drinking far too much for her own health. She's supposed to be Matthews carer, but she's hurt and suffers with illness as well. Not too sure that's a combination that would be allowed. With my mental illness I was refused to go into the caring community job wise. A blessing in disguise I'm sure, for what they actually see.

So, yes, this book/narration is very real, very deep and hauntingly disturbing. And actually quite triggering, but don't worry. It was good and good to see someone put so much effort both into the narration and the story.

This is the first British narrator I've actually listened to, and I did find that although Rob had a lovely tone for his characters, his actual narration could bring me out of the story just a few times. But, enough that I needed to mention. I do think that together both the author and narrator make a great team, the husky voice of Rob and the smooth flow... to the upward climb of tension towards the novel's climax. Excellent working AudioBook.

If you regularly love horror, thriller and disturbing stories, then this is right up your street.

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