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Title:
Finding Jake : [a novel]
Author:
Reardon, Bryan, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Harper Audio, [2015]

℗2015
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (7.75 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
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 does he know him better than he thought?
General Note:
Compact disc.

"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781481533409

9781481533416
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does--and does not--know about his teenage sonWhile 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 does he know him better than he thought?Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, it is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

When you write a first-person narrative that takes place in the wake of a school shooting, comparisons to Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin (2003) are unavoidable. From the opening pages, we know that Simon Connolly's son, Jake, was involved in a shooting at his Delaware high school. What his stay-at-home dad recounts are the memories of raising his kind, quiet son layered between the minutes, hours, and days following the shooting. Reardon, a freelance writer specializing in medical communications, beautifully captures the parental second-guessing that is magnified in times of crisis. In the early stages of the investigation, the speculations about Jake affect his father, sister, and mother all in different but perfectly believable ways. Reardon also does an excellent job maintaining suspense throughout the book. The reader is afraid to know what she thinks she knows. Ultimately, what is revealed about Jake is unavoidable and unpredictably heartbreaking.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Early in Reardon's moving, if at times maudlin first novel, Simon Connolly receives word of a shooting at the suburban Delaware high school attended by his two children. But worse news awaits: the police suspect his missing 17-year-old son, Jake, of being one of the gunmen. As Simon and wife Rachel, a workaholic corporate attorney, try to push aside the strains in their marriage to confront the unimaginable as a family, he can't help revisiting key moments in his son's life. Simon obsesses over what role his social awkwardness and his decision to be a stay-at-home dad might have played in the tragedy. Could he really have been so grievously wrong about what kind of boy he was raising? Although some of Simon's memories turn teary, Reardon (Ready, Set, Play!, a sports book with retired NFL player Mark Schlereth) deftly builds suspense by setting his dual story lines on a collision course toward a shattering-and surprising-conclusion. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Simon Connolly has always taken pride in the close relationship he enjoys with son Jake and daughter Laney. As a stay-at-home dad, he often feels uncomfortable in the role, but he believes he has raised children who speak to him with honesty and treat others with kindness. The kids couldn't be more different-Laney is outgoing, a social butterfly, while the more reserved Jake is happy to sit on the sidelines. But a shooting at the high school turns Simon's world upside down. Quickly realizing that Jake is the only student unaccounted for, police zero in on him as a suspect. As law enforcement start to build their case and the community form their opinions of this quiet boy, the Connolly family tries not to crumble under the mounting pressures. Simon races to find his missing son while struggling to reconcile his understanding of who he believes Jake to be with the killer who shot so many innocent students. Verdict Reardon's prose style is compelling and makes this school shooting plot fresh. Well written and fast-paced, this debut thriller will definitely satisfy those looking for Defending Jacob read-alikes. [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/14.]-Madeline Dahlman, Deerfield P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Simon is a stay-at-home dad whose life changes when he gets an emergency text from his children's high school: there has been a shooting, and all parents are requested to assemble at the church near the school. Simon watches tensely as the teens arrive and are reunited with their parents. His daughter shows up, but not his son, Jake. Soon word emerges that there were two shooters, one a boy named Doug. He has always been strange, but Jake, following Simon's advice, has treated Doug kindly. The police believe that Jake was Doug's accomplice. Over the next few days, he and his wife Rachel must cope with angry neighbors, predatory media, and suspicious police as they attempt to find out where Jake is and what really happened. The protagonist thinks back over his son's life, trying to see if his memories of Jake's relationships with his sister, friends, and parents carry any clues to the current tragedy. Alternating between these flashbacks and Simon's actions following the shooting, this is a look at one family's response to a harrowing experiences. VERDICT Pulse-pounding, gut-wrenching, and heartbreaking, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to teens who enjoyed Tim Johnston's Descent (Algonquin, 2015).-Sarah Flowers, formerly of Santa Clara County Public Library, CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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