Saturday, July 4, 2015

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

by:  Bryan Reardon
published by:  William Morrow
publish date:  February 15, 2015

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school. 

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

I recently did a research paper on We Need to Talk About Kevin for school.  When I started Finding Jake, I felt like it was a rip off of Kevin, but I stuck with it because I was curious to see how far the similarities would go.  I'm glad I stuck with it because in the end the stories were nothing alike other than the fact they were told in a similar fashion.

There's been a school shooting and all the children have been accounted for except for Simon's son Jake.   Many children are dead including the shooter. Initial evidence points to Jake being an accomplice to the shooting.  However, Jake is missing.  It's days before he is found and an explanation for his actions leading up to to shooting is given.

It was interesting to read Jake after reading Kevin.  I would recommend both for a comparison between the good and evil in people.

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