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Review: Finding Jake

August 27, 2015

Finding Jake

Simon Connolly is the stay at home dad of two high school kids, Jake and Laney.  He’s always been a little uncomfortable in this nontraditional role but has stuck with it for the sake of his family.  Jake’s a lot like Simon, a little socially awkward who enjoys being alone while Laney is more like her social butterfly mother.

When there’s a shooting at the high school, Simon rushes to the designated spot with all the other parents.  After the other parents are reunited with their children or given horrible news, Simon is told that his son Jake is missing and a suspect in this horrific crime.  At first, Simon is angry and indignant but, as time passes, he starts to question his parenting and wonder if he really knows his son.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon is thought-provoking, disturbing, and hard to put down.  Simon finds himself in the middle of a parent’s worse nightmare and, at first, he’s sure of Jake’s innocence and demands the police find him.  As evidence starts to mount, Simon begins to have doubts and questions everything he knows.

This is one fast paced book rife with tension.  It started out with a bang for me and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  It did fizzle out just a little before the end but I still liked this book a great deal.  Elements of the book were disturbing so I was a little uncomfortable at times as I read it but it also made me think so I think this book would be great for book club discussions.   Pick this one up if you enjoy thought provoking suspense.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2015 6:06 am

    Sounds really good. Does it veer more to thriller side, or more emotional family side?

  2. Beth F permalink
    August 27, 2015 6:55 am

    I’m not sure if this is for me — I’ve been avoiding the school shooting books. On the other hand, your enthusiasm has me wondering if I should give it a try.

  3. August 27, 2015 7:50 am

    I’m with Candace about this one!

  4. August 27, 2015 8:10 am

    I’m with Candace and rhapsodyinbooks. I’ve been avoiding the “pulled from the headlines” books. That said, I bet book clubs would find a lot to discuss.

  5. August 27, 2015 8:24 am

    I think I’d enjoy this book. I’ll see the library has it.

  6. August 27, 2015 8:36 am

    I’m with most everyone – it sounds like a good book but I’m not sure it’s one I could stomach.

  7. August 27, 2015 8:54 am

    I have this on hold at the library in the audio version. I love “thought provoking suspense.” 🙂

  8. August 27, 2015 11:00 am

    This sounds like something I would like to read.

  9. August 27, 2015 11:27 am

    For some reason, I didn’t like the characters in this book very much. Really disliked Rachel, the mother (cold, distant), and I didn’t connect to Simon, either. Thanks for sharing; I liked your review.

  10. August 27, 2015 11:43 am

    I feel as if I’ve read this one but I haven’t. It sounds great.

  11. August 27, 2015 2:24 pm

    I think I read this one, but I can’t remember much about it. Probably need to reread it. School shooting stories are difficult. Timely, but difficult.

  12. Patty permalink
    August 27, 2015 3:09 pm

    I felt the exact same way.

  13. August 27, 2015 4:01 pm

    This sounds intense

  14. August 27, 2015 5:28 pm

    Wow, this is definitely intense.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    August 27, 2015 6:54 pm

    I have been wanting to read this one for some time now. It reminds me a little of Defending Jacob. I can’t remember if you’ve read that one.

  16. Diane permalink
    August 27, 2015 8:18 pm

    I shout about We Need to Talk About Kevin when I read the description and decided to pass —too much violence these days.

  17. August 27, 2015 11:44 pm

    This sounds like a disturbing and thought-provoking book. Great review, Kathy!

  18. August 28, 2015 9:44 am

    This reminds me of Defending Jacob. Since I work at a high school and am a parent of 2 teenagers, I have a hard time reading these types of books. I am curious though, how the storyline is handled. I may have to look for it.

  19. August 28, 2015 6:01 pm

    Oh my, this would be terrible if it’s your kid. It sounds like a pretty page-turning book — and a bit like the novel Defending Jacob. Remember that one? Creepy for sure.

  20. August 30, 2015 10:32 am

    I think I would really like this one. It’s ripped from the headlines, yes, but sadly these situations are becoming all too common. I’d be interested in reading a novel that deals with this horrifying subject.

  21. August 30, 2015 4:12 pm

    I agree- this was a page-turner and perfect for a book club.

  22. August 31, 2015 2:08 pm

    I enjoyed this book. As a parents I have felt defensive at times as other’s judged or tried to label my kids. It’s almost odd to say I enjoyed such a book, but it did make me think.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    September 1, 2015 8:29 am

    I had a similar reaction although I’m not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as you did. It did sizzle after a great start and it was soooo depressing.

  24. September 1, 2015 11:01 am

    You make it sound so good, but like a few of the others, I don’t know if I could read about a school shooting. Too many emotions and none of them good.

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