Book Title: Finding Jake
Author: Bryan Reardon
Published: February 24th, 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.
As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?
I literally went into this book without knowing anything about it. The only thing that I knew was it was about a school shooting. I thought the synopsis was interesting when I found it on Overdrive, and that is pretty much it, however, the novel was okay to me.
The story is told in first person, like every other novel out there, but instead of Jake’s perspective, you get his father’s and that was a big surprise for me, although, thinking about it now, that was a good direction to go.
Nevertheless, I found this book enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to people who are looking for a heart wrenching novel.