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Title: This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Date of Publication: January 5th, 2015
I initially found the description intriguing so jumped at the chance to read this, wondering how such dramatic events could be portrayed in a story without glorifying the perpetrator or being too traumatic to be a ‘good’ read. This is an explosive story from the very start, grabbing the reader’s attention and dragging them into this life threatening situation. Superbly written, it proved to be a fast paced, enthralling read, a riveting page turner. I had to stay up to finish it and, when I did, I had tears streaming down my face, it was so moving a portrayal of a very difficult scenario.
Whilst the story is told from the points of view of four participants, it explores actions, reactions, relationships and feelings in an emotive, easy to relate to, manner. The perpetrator isn’t demonised or glorified, his actions aren’t excused, either. There are many victims and for most of these we don’t get to know their stories, most are literally unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, victims of circumstance rather than deliberate targets.
This is not a story to read when you want a relaxing read, an intriguing mystery or a happy ever after ending . . . it is full of suspense, threats and danger mixed with some individuals going above and beyond their own expectations in their determination to help others. The ending is very emotional, bringing a sense of community and continuity after such a tragic event whilst acknowledging that the impact will live on in the lives of all involved either directly or indirectly.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.
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