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Where Fault Lies: A Survivor's Story of Game, Shame & Blame

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
When divorced single-mom Carrie Lucas moved to Seattle she knew it was time to start living life on her own terms, and stop playing by the rules of everyone else. While exploring her new city she falls for Sayid, a charismatic lawyer who has life figured out. But one traumatic night, Carrie discovers evil doesn’t come in the package she expected. Afterwards, she struggles ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by Lucky Publishing, Seattle
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May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Where Fault Lies is an unforgettable story. It's based on true events that happened to the author, Carrie May Lucas, and it's heartbreaking. Some pages were hard to read, but I admire the Carrie's strength and courage, that she wasn't afraid of telling her story. I'm really glad that I read this book.

Thanks for Carrie May Lucas for sending me a copy!
Rebecca Bryant
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is the memoirs of Carrie's rape and the struggles she faced emotionally, physically and legally following it. It is a soul gripping and heartbreaking story of tragedy and survival. I admit it took me awhile to get through it as my heart broke for her as I read it. It is an inspiring story as she survived this awful crime against her but very emotional and heartbreaking as well. I would definitely recommend reading it just be warned that you will find yourself alternating between sadnes ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where Fault Lies is an absolutely unforgettable true story, a memoir written by Carrie May Lucas. The author shares the horrendous and heartbreaking details of what happened when she fell for Sayid, a charming man who turns out to be a real monster.

An emotional read, a painful one at times, but one that makes the reader feel honored that Carrie May bravely opened up her heart and told her story, and grateful and humble to have read it. Time richly spent for this reader.

*FTC Disclosure: I receive
Deb Wilson
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advance copy from the author in exchange for a review, and I am glad I agreed to read it. This memoir deals with the author's rape, and the emotional, mental, and legal battles she faced following it. It took me a few chapters to warm up to her style of writing- I'm not used to reading books written in first person & present tense, but aside from that, I was pulled deeply in very quickly. Carrie's story is moving, raw, and honest. There were parts where I wanted to ...more
Julie Powell
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written account of a horrifying experience, which is bravely honest, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the protagonist.

Although I am not fond of explicit sex scenes, I can see it is validated due to the nature of the account. However, it is a no-holds-barred 'story' of good versus evil in a very real way - this is no fantasy yet in parts you will wonder how someone can be such a calculating villain in the 'real world'.

I don't know the law per se, but the account appears
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the authors story of how she dealt with her rape . Her story begins when she and her daughter move from from Spokine to Settle and Carrie meets Sayid a charming and enigmatic lawyer . Fast forward Carrie is left dealing with a horrifying end to their relationship when he rapes her. Carrie's story is full of strength and survival and how she deals with the rape was equally heart breaking and brave.There were t ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC; and Carrie's story is going to stay with me for a long time. Carrie's story starts when she and her daughter move from Spokane to Seattle; and Carrie meets the charming and enigmatic Sayid. Fast forward, and Carrie is left dealing with the horrifying end of their relationship when Sayid rapes her.
Carrie's story is one of strength and survival; the way she deals with the rape is equally heartbreaking and brave. I read this book quickly, and while there were a few loose ends, it w
Sue  Pilski
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC of WHERE FAULT LIES from the author in exchange for my honest review.
It's really not fair to call this a review. When a memoir is written, it's the story of one's life. So this more of a review of my thoughts on this poignant narrative.
One word can sum it up....Gripping!
Carrie May Lucas opens her heart and soul to share her emotional ordeal. As a woman, I easily related to some experiences. At certain moments in this unforgettable memoir, I cried for Carrie May Lucas, wante
Heather Truett
I am struggling to review this book. From about page three, I started struggling with how to review this book. I should have thought of this before agreeing to review a rape memoir. I'm nervous about giving it a fair review because of the subject matter.

So I will review this in two parts. First, the handling of the subject matter itself and then the writing/book.

Miss Lucas is so open and transparent. Her willingness to speak out will help many women do the same. She is sharing about a style of
Lara Girdler
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They say you find out who you were friends really are when crisis, trauma, or some other outside stressor finds its way into your life and completely alters it, literally turning things on their head alters. It’s a well-known fact that not everyone responds to trauma in the same way, some use it to find ways of changing the very face of the trauma and their lives, and others sink into themselves. The worst trauma I personally have had to face was either having my car repossessed just moments bef ...more
Michael Morris
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I did not enjoy reading Where Fault Lies. I am not supposed to. This story is not just about rape, but the relationship the victim had with her attacker and the very painful and real struggle for justice as she begins to heal.
This memoir could easily have been titled Red Flags, especially considering the first third of the book, where the reader sees a headstrong woman getting duped by a man who is clearly not just a jerk, but a psychopath. Aspects of Sayed's personality which show his damaged
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A copy of this book should be given to every female who has experienced sexual trauma of any kind. Carrie’s bravery in telling her story should aid their recovery from such a traumatic event and make them realize that they are not to blame.

Rape happens all the time. Unfortunately, in many cases the victims are treated as the guilty party, as though they are the ones who committed a crime. Maybe there was some casual flirting involved, maybe provocative clothing was worn, maybe suggestive glances
Amelia Elizabeth
When Carrie got in touch with me about reading her memoir, I debated on whether or not it was something I wanted to read. I don't like reading about difficult situations, but I felt that I couldn't ignore this story. It was a hard read, it took me almost a month to finish the book but I'm glad I accepted the request and that I pushed myself to finish reading Carrie's story.

Carrie is a single mom who decided to move with her young daughter across Washington State to Seattle. She had gone through
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
An issue I often have when reviewing memoirs and trying to give them some sort of rating is that while many stories are important and worth being told, it is hard at times to separate the story from the actual writing, which can be distracting and detract from the overall book. Thankfully, this was not an issue with this book, as Carrie May Lucas is clearly meant to write. Where other memoirs sometimes meander, drag on, or lose focus at times, she does a fantastic job of unfolding the story at a ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read autobiographies but the author contacted me and asked if I would make an exception, so I did. I knew going in that it wasn't going to be an easy read, and that it quite possibly would trigger memories in me that I've tried hard to put behind me, but that was ok. The author had put a painful period of her life in writing and asked me to review it, so I was darn well going to do it.

Right from the beginning, I became uncertain about what I was going to read. The reason being,
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I don't normally read autobiographies but the author contacted me and asked if I would make an exception, so I did. I knew going in that it wasn't going to be an easy read, and that it quite possibly would trigger memories in me that I've tried hard to put behind me, but that was ok. The author had put a painful period of her life in writing and asked me to review it, so I was darn well going to do it.

Right from the beginning, I became uncertain about what I was going to read. The reason being,
Carrie White
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy for an honest review!! Thank you:)!!

This is the ONLY true story I've read that'll stick with me for a very long while.
It took me more time than usual to finish a novel, however it was because I was SO emotionally devastated!
I think cried more than half of the book, NO JOKE.
Many emotions flowed consistently, gut wrenching in my core, felt such HATRED for SAYID!!!, more anger, then more sadness as my tears increased!!
Carrie, a divorced now single mom wanted no needed a change,
Melissa O'connell timmer
First of all, I want to thank the author for sharing such intimate details about herself & a horrible trauma that happened to her. As a memoir, the author has a great way of describing situations and showing us the raw emotions through her words. It is VERY important for survivors of rape & other kinds of abuse to speak out & give a voice to those who can't or are unable to.

With that said, I just couldn't give the book itself anything higher than a 3. It was a struggle to read. I fou
Carrie Lucas
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Review from the editor: "My favorite thing about this book is it keeps it real. Sexual assault isn't exactly an easy subject to discuss, to hear about, to read about, but once you open this book you realize, you know this girl. You know her, or someone like her, or you yourself are her. That is what makes this memoir so real, so beautiful, so important, and also so sad. Carrie lets you in her head and her heart in a moment of already intense vulnerability. Yet, she finds a way to be funny, to be ...more
I was given this book for an honest review. I wasn't sure about
reading a book that would hit so close to home so I just took
my time in reading this. I felt so close to Carrie on her journey.
I truly felt compassion, sympathy, empathy, anger, and such sadness
because just reading this made me realize that no matter how much pain
she was feeling or was enduring, I couldn't help her, the people around her
couldn't turn back time and I was realizing that another rapist was not going to be charged just
Pat Moore
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a single day. It is an amazing story about something that can happen to every single woman at some point in their lives. This is a story of putting herself out there in the world, the courage to go after what she wants in life and the guts to give all of herself to make things right for herself and her daughter. I found myself actually cheering her on and metaphorically patting her on the back through this amazing journey at this difficult time in her life. Three cheers to Cs ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very poignant story. Got a good idea into how complex rape is, how confusing the feelings and emotions that accompany it are. Had quite a few grammatical 'mistakes', but so what? Am sure writing this had to be very cathartic for the author in lots of ways.
Joanna Arevalo
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good read

captivating book. a story that needs to be read. it exposed me to rape culture and the severity of it in our society. I got a mal glimpse of the. victims point of view.
Linda Mcritchie
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one should have to go through what Carrie endured. She was manipulated by a sociopath. I just wish she could have spent the time after her divorce being there for her daughter.
dianna taylor
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

A story that will pull your heartstrings and make you wonder about our society and legal system. It will make you think.

Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

eye opener! Amazing how we blame our selves for others actions. Very good reading! I recommend this to all women and girls.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes you think

Makes you think

I can't believe how much shit this poor woman had to endure because she was raped. I'm disappointed in the legal system.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and five-star read, minus one star for the little things that a good editor could catch and fix.

Thank you for courageously sharing your story, Ms. Lucas!
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