Jake has always been a little quieter than the other children. He has always preferred to stay at home as a young child, and now at seventeen, Jake has only a few select friends. On the other hand Laney, his younger sister by two years has always been a social butterfly being able to fit in any situation.
Jake’s father Simon who stayed at home with the children writing medical papers while their mother Rachel worked out of the home as a lawyer, has often wondered what he could have done to help Jake fit in more with other children as he grew up. Had he hung on too tight? Too protective?
Now, the unthinkable has happened. There has been a school shooting and Jake along with another boy are the suspected shooters. But where is Jake? While his blood is found on school property, Jake is nowhere to be found. Simon and Rachel can not believe their son would do such a thing and as the press and the parents of the victims press in wanting answers about Jake, Simon wonders again… what could he have done differently – and more importantly, were was their son now?
Finding Jake was a hard but important read. I read this book in two days, devouring the pages and experiencing this tragedy through Jake’s parents eyes. It is always hard to know what to say about books like this. It is well written. Author Bryan Reardon puts you right there and my heart stayed in my throat most of this book wondering who would find Jake – his parents, the police… and when they did, then what?