When a terrible accident-not accident-stole my parents' lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I've been locked away for my own protection...until I prove my sanity, until I lie. There was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.
I am Cassidy Lockheart...20-year-old orphan.
Determined to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life before, but now it's like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes everything. But I'm not alone. These other 'lucky' trip winners may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker...I see him everywhere.
Is this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?
Either way, I'm being watched. I can sense it. I can feel it. Someone is after me; maybe they're after us all. The avalanche was no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past...a past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won't let up...it won't let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they're buried so deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is real? I don't have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking and if I don't figure this all out soon it will be too late.
The past is coming for us all...and it wants blood.
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Man this book was extremely disturbing in the best of ways and no of course I was not ready. All functions outside of finishing this book ceased. This story is captivating I mean it starts and you are stuck until it ends. Nothing is what it seems as we go back and forth from the current scene to memories to the killer's description of events as they play out. It is wonderful. The author did a marvelous job of providing just enough detail to make you stay invested as your heart breaks for the little girl and the horror she experienced. They left her so they must pay. But who is making them pay? The drama is high and my bottle is about empty so there's nothing more to say. A simply marvelous read that will have you heart breaking and your mind reeling and in the end breaking for the little girl who is all grown up or is it another twist from this author. Nothing is what it seems. The damage is done. Now they must pay.
This is not a happy story. There is no sunshine or rainbows in these pages. Nerve Damage is dark and disturbing to the extreme and there are scenes of abuse, both physical and sexual, that may be triggers to some. That being said, I was completely consumed by this psychological thriller and could not put it down. I had an idea of where this story was going, but the author threw enough twists at me to keep me second guessing myself. Myers is quite the master at dangling carrots as she builds a tension filled tale of a nightmarish look inside a mind broken by terrors that no one should ever have to suffer. The story does jump between past and present and in and out of the killer's mind, sometimes rather abruptly, but as the book progresses, there is a purpose for those jumps and what may seem confusing at first, all comes together to create a chilling tale to rival the early works of King or Koontz. For me, the evils that men do is always so much scarier than any of the things that go bump in the night. Nerve Damage shows just how terrifying and manipulative an intelligent mind can be when it's completely shattered by unspeakable horrors. From the opening chapter to the mind-blowing ending, I was riveted. This is one that I won't soon forget and will serve to set a high bar for future reads in the genre.
In Nerve Damage, we meet Cassidy Lockheart, a troubled young woman who is haunted not only by her parents' murder, but also by a hooded figure that seems to stalk her wherever she goes. After receiving a free, too convenient trip to a ski resort, she and several other people find themselves stranded in an abandoned orphanage. There Cassidy finds a diary and begins having flashbacks of abuse suffered by another person. After all hell breaks loose, Cassidy finds herself face to face with a murderer. This was a good read but for the moments of violence that I think were meant to come across as terrible and oh so brutal, but seemed like just another act of violence.