Guilt By Association Paperback – Nov 16 1995
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Karen Kern, a lovely coed with a bright future, attends a friend's holiday party one evening in December, 1962. Later that evening another party guest offers to walk her home. Unable to get a taxi, she accepts the offer. Bob, a wealthy Harvard student from a good family, was properly introduced to her and her friends knew him. She felt comfortable accepting his company on the long walk across Central Park. Bob brutally rapes and beats Karen in the park, abandoning her in the frigid winter air where she is found unconscious the following morning. Karen almost died that night. Since there are no witnesses to the crime, the police convince her family that they could never win the case if they press charges. The young man's family is influential. He is a good student at a top school and has no prior history of violence. Karen's parent's are too ashamed to pursue justice and tell their friends that Karen was the victim of a hit and run accident. It takes her over a year, and many surgeries, to recover - although she is left with a limp, no spleen, a badly damaged psyche and no self confidence. She will never have the children she has always longed for. Her life is ruined. She does not return to school. Her fiance, whom she finally tells the truth to, is unable to deal with the horrific situation and leaves her. Karen is brutalized once again by social and legal biases.
Ms. Sloan writes two parallel storylines.Read more ›
When I rented this book from the library I expected nothing of it.But boy was I wrong.This is one of the most amazing books Ive ever read and is definitely my all time favourite book. I had to purchase it for my collection. Susan R Sloan deals with the topic of rape with such sensitivity .Also the book is not written in your typical best seller style.Being from India you can totally identify with the kind of society potrayed in the 60s cos that's how the society in India is now.The way Karen s family blames her and ostracizes her for bringing shame to the family is how a lot of people would react.
Anyway the book is not only about her suffering but its also one of the best revenge thrillers .The ending is really gonna shock you.This is one book which all my college pals and even our mothers swear by it.Once you ve purchased this book you ll keep on passing it on cos you want to the whole world to read itI also recommend An Isolated Incident by the same author.The best thing about Susan R Sloan books are that you can read them again and again and they get better each time.
The worst part about this story (there were many to choose from)is that the author relates nothing in the dialogue to allow the reader to know when events are taking place. had the beginning not been prefaced with "dec. 1962", there is no way of knowing that's where this begins. And this flaw does no justice whatsoever to teh conversations amongst the characters.
Should I finish this book (doubtful), I may write a sequel to this review. But with so many books out there, I don't know...
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I picked this book up in paperback at an airport after reading the back of it and thinking it sounded like a good read but the author was unknown. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002
I received a dog-eared, tattered copy of this paperback book from a co-worker. Pages were falling out. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Michelle M.
A stunning first novel. After finishing this book my biggest surprise (besides the ending itself) is why this book and its author are not better known. Read morePublished on May 10 2002
This compelling novel was difficult to put down once I started it. The characters seemed so real. I felt as if I was actually drawn into the personal events of their lives. Read morePublished on April 12 2002
For the debt novel,I loved it. It has been along time sence I got into a book on the frist chapter, this one did it for me. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by msnkeper
This is an AMAZING read! You won't be able to put it down and will be passing it on to all of your friends...Published on July 6 2001
This was a book that I could not put down!! Susan Sloan is very clever and this book takes many different turns.Published on June 18 2001
Karen Kern learned a lesson the hard way........The strangershe met at a party asked to walk her home, late at night..... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2000 by Karen Boml
This was,truly,one of the best books,I have ever read. From beginning to end. It held you and kept you reading. Although, it wasn't suspensful it held your attention. Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by cheryl ann stewart