A Novel of Suspense

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"Using a premise pulled from the headlines--the very real vulnerability of students and teachers--the bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries delivers a contemporary novel of psychological suspense. The various presenters at a local school career day prepare for a day in class, not knowing that someone with a thirst for revenge is in their midst"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Bantam Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780804177931
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm.


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Oct 11, 2017

New principal of a middle school does a great job turning around the attitude and the performance of the student, armed attack occurs on Career Day. Odd flashbacks and interludes are mingled with the main narrative so it’s hard to really know what kind of novel this is. Felt jerky, fragmented but the end was unexpected and satisfactory. The Afterward explained this was a pastiche of some early short stories.

Sep 25, 2017

Laurie King moves in a completely different direction from her Mary Russell books, and does so with astonishing drive and narrative flair. There is a lot going on in this novel - is it a story of coming of age and aggression and school violence, or a thriller about a man with a past, or a teen romance, or a ghost story, a murder mystery, a gang courtroom procedural?
Each of a dozen well-crafted and intensely believable characters, originally conceived as short story subjects, gets equal share of the omniscient point of view, down to eight tellingly different reflections on the opening words of a speech. It is the task of the author to "show how things tie together," in the school principal's words, into a tapestry ... or a mosaic of jagged-edged fragments.

Sep 05, 2017

I found this a t\very good thriller and a telling comment on many high schools today. While I did get a bit confused about the characters in the first few chapters, the overview presented before the story started helped keep everything clear. The characters were well developed, the plot advanced quickly and the outcome was not at all predictable.

Aug 02, 2017

One of my favorite authors, so I hate to say that this really let me down. Other than a brief appearance by a character from another book, this was tedious. Every chapter has a new narrator--and many of the chapters are less than a page. It was a scattered story line and hard to follow, and the twist was, at best, lame. It felt as if she had merely collected her old short stories and tried to fit them together into a novel because she had no new ideas. It seems it felt obvious to her as she made a great point of that NOT being the case in her acknowledgements. This might be okay for young teens (middle school) with short attention spans but I would recommend it not be read without parental supervision and input. As usual, however, the characters were well developed, interesting and unusual.

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