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 son, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
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?
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 listeners questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.
©2015 Bryan Reardon (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Audio books are growing. I have listened to books for months now, But I prefer my books in paperback/hardback format.
This story was well written. I really connected with this story. I liked this story, its funny hoew someone can judge you because your situations may be different from theirs. I liked the Jake character even Simon. This a story that parents worry over every day. A shooting at a school, death of a child. This book will have you with different emotions
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Bryan Reardon’s FINDING JAKE is the kind of book that immediately grabbed my attention when I read the preview. It made me think of NINETEEN MINUTES, one of my favorites from the amazing Jodi Picoult, and by the time I finished FINDING JAKE, I wasn’t disappointed. I loved that the story was told from the father’s point of view as it gave it a much different feel and emotional background. Through the well-written flashbacks, readers learn about Simon and Rachel. From how they fell in love, were married, and joyfully gave birth to Jake and younger sister Laney, to how Simon came to be the house husband; a stay-at-home dad. Because Simon describes his inner thoughts, it helped me to better understand how it effected his occasionally peculiar actions and, at other times, his achingly despondent personality and unpredictable emotions.
Simon seems adjusted to his role although he does explain how hard it is for him to be a male in with all the mothers who seem to have such different parenting styles than Simon. It is only when there is a shooting at his children’s school that Simon faces much different emotions. With Laney safe, Simon is left to find Jake who is unaccounted for. As things progress, Jake also becomes a suspect in the shootings and Simon begins a frantic search for the son he is devoted to but now begins to question just how well he knew his boy. Could Jake have been part of this horror? Where had Simon gone wrong? Just where is Jake? Unlike most mothers in this situation, Simon has no support system and even Rachel grows farther away from Simon when she feels that he might think Jake is guilty.
The action escalates as the family is forced to leave their home while police search it, and on top of that, the family must now also deal with the media. I LOVED this book and could not stop listening to it. I think that Simon’s different viewpoint is what made the narrative so compelling. I was totally engrossed in Reardon’s exceptionally talented work. I also think that because I really did not like Rachel, that it added to my enjoyment of the story as I found myself applauding Simon even more! With twists and turns that had me thinking one thing and then another, the conclusion was quite unexpected. If you like a thriller with heart, FINDING JAKE is an audio book you will want to pick up.
I liked the imagery and the details. I genuinely liked all the characters and the writing is very skilled. I thought the narration was a bit robotic at times which was a little distracting. The ending dragged a bit, but I loved this perspective of a father dealing with a tragedy. Very interesting read/listen!
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Although predictable, this story still is able to get you to keep listening. A rather heartbreaking tale from the onset, it gives you a perspective of real world headlining tragedies that is very unique. Author doesn't drag the story along. Also, well narrated.
Finding Jakes takes you on a journey into the lives of a family of 4 that is not quite the norm in today's society. The mother is a lawyer who frequently works late and the father is a stay at home father with two sweet, completely opposite children, Jake and Lainey. Jake is introverted while Lainey is a social butterfly.
One fateful day, a parent's worst nightmare, their whole world is crushed around them when they find out there has been a school shooting at their children's school.
This story is utterly engrossing. You will not be able to put it down. There should be a warning on the cover because of the intense emotions this book will envoke.
I don't want to write too much, in hopes that I won't give the story away, but just take my word, this is a book you NEED to pick up.
If you enjoyed Defending Jacob, you will certainly enjoy this as well.
There's enough 'out there' to read. I don't need to read the same book again.
Well written, Exiting, Diffferent and unexpected
The Father, but he's the voice, the one you get to know, and the thoughts you learn.
When you realize the truth.
The only negative- it could be a litte slow at times.The flashbacks could be too long .But maybee nessesary for the Whole story?!
tough topic, very well written. reads along quickly. couldn't put it down. highly recommend it.
very lacking emotion.. very little character development.. no suspense.. long drawn out story.. I didn't root for anyone.. characters are all unlikeable.. even Jake.. I usually enjoy every book.. this one not at all
This story has been told much better by other people. The father is whiny and ineffectual both in story AND performance. Characters were flat and undeveloped. Storylines were never completely fleshed out so that the way the father felt about things was never explained. This was the "buddy" system of parenting at it's worst.
If you want to read a great example of this story, try "We Need To Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver. It is truly horrifying, but much better crafted.
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