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He Did What Now??? Review of Credence by Penelope Douglas

Hi guys, I have been putting off my review on this book for a minute as I needed to get my head on straight after reading it, but I think I am finally ready to share my thoughts. So, let’s have a little chat about Credence by Penelope Douglas. As usual, we start with a brief disclaimer. The views presented in this post are 100% my own and are not intended to sway you in any way against or towards any particular direction. This is simply my honest thoughts of the book. Now let’s dive into the actual review.

Book Blurb


Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue...  Tiernan de Haas doesn't care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she's grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents' fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She's always been alone, hasn't she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father's stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her  place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he...

He's going to keep her.


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My Opinion


Rating - 2 Stars



Sigh. This one was hard for me to review, and for a good couple of hours, I contemplated not rating this book at all. It was hard because I LOVED Birthday Girl, which happened to be my introduction to Penelope Douglas, so when I came across Credence, I was immediately excited. To be clear, this novel was written exceptionally well. If I was rating her on writing technique, development of the protagonist, or other technicalities only, then it would have been a full five stars. However, taking in the book as a whole, it had too many DANGER lights going off throughout the novel for me. I honestly tried hard to like this book, but I found that I had to push myself not to DNF it and that is rare for me.


I’m going to explain why in a bit. However, before I do, if you have not yet read the book for yourself and would prefer not to have the book spoiled for you, stop reading here and click the link up above to grab yourself a copy before reading on.


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Okay, let’s have a little chat about Sexual Consent vs. Rape. There were A LOT of blurred lines throughout this novel that had me screaming at Tiernan when it came to her sexual encounters with her two step-cousins Noah and Kaleb (Oh, especially Kaleb). There were so many times where Tiernan outright said no, and the boys would continue sexually pursuing her. What would happen then is that we would see Tiernan convincing herself or the readers that she didn’t really want them to stop as she was enjoying it, bearing in mind the only thing voiced to the men pursuing her is No or Stop.


This really really rubbed me the wrong way as many rape victims convince themselves that because their bodies reacted to the sensations experienced during rape that it must not have been rape. And a lot of scenes in this book, mostly with Kaleb, made me feel like this was what she was doing. Newsflash guys No still means No, regardless of how our body responds. Any sexual contact that happens after I distinctly say No or Stop is rape, Point blank.


Another major turn off for me while pushing through the end was the fact that Kaleb punched Tiernan in her face twice in an attempt to distract her from pain so he could stitch up a wound. You read that right, he flat out soccer punched her, and get this she begged him to do it a second time and admitted she somehow liked it. I kid you not. Like what in the actual hell ever makes domestic abuse okay???? NOTHING! THERE IS NEVER AN EXCUSE FOR A MAN TO HIT A WOMAN... NEVER!!


After hitting her, both brothers proceeded to kiss her. Which guess what? The kiss was an even better distraction than the whiplash that he attempted to give her before. Why did we not just lead with this instead of making it seem as if there are specific scenarios were rearranging a woman’s face is okay??


The book started with a guessing game to figure out whom she would end up with. I had secretly hoped she would have somehow stuck to her step-uncle, who sometimes treated her with a semblance of respect and was the only one that didn’t willingly verbally abuse her. Take one guess who she ended up ‘loving’? If you guess the abusive psychopath who practically would have raped her when she first met him, verbally abused her without even uttering a word (he wrote the word SLUT on her forehead after she slept with their father), physically assaulted her (punched her twice in the face and spat in her hair), you would have been right.


Smh ... sigh ... this book ... sigh. I don't know what else to say but yeah, it definitely wasn't my cup of tea.


Do you agree with my review?


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