Monday, January 5, 2015

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon...Review & Giveaway!

I have an upcoming book release to tell you about today that was, without a doubt, one of the best books I read in 2014.  Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon is a book that sucked me in from the very first page and held me captive until the final word.  Truth be told...I am still thinking about it a couple of weeks after reading it.  It is that good!  Here is the scoop on Finding Jake from the publisher...

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
For sixteen years, Simon Connelly's successful wife has gone to her law office each day, while he has stayed home to raise their children. Though Simon has loved taking care of Jake and Laney, it has cost him a part of himself, and has made him an anomaly in his pretty, suburban neighborhood—the only stay-at-home dad among a tight circle of mothers.
Shepherding them through childhood, the angst-ridden father has tried to do the best for the kids, even if he often second-guesses his choices. For sunny, outgoing Laney, it's been easy. But quiet Jake has always preferred the company of his books or his sister to playdates and organized sports. Now that they are in high school, Simon should feel more relaxed, but he doesn't. He's seen the statistics, read the headlines.
Then, on a warm November day, he receives a text: There has been a shooting at the high school.
Racing to the rendezvous point, Simon is forced to wait with scores of other anxious fathers and tearful mothers, overwhelmed by the disturbing questions running through his head. How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are reunited with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone. Laney has gone home with her mom. Jake is the only child missing.
As his worst nightmare unfolds, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for the 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? Jake could not have done this—or could he?
As rumors begin to ricochet, amplified by an invasive media, Simon must find answers. But there is only one way to understand what has happened . . . he must find Jake.
A story of faith and conviction, strength and courage, love and doubt that is harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, Finding Jake asks us to consider how well we know ourselves . . . and those we love.

Bryan Reardon has managed to completely capture the self doubt that accompanies being a parent.  That nagging voice in the back of our heads that questions us "are you doing it right?".  When the main character, Simon, hears of the tragedy at the school, it spirals him into a frenzy of second guessing and what if's from the birth of his son until the present day.  As a parent, I found it hard to read at times because the characters seemed so real...so everyday.  I simply can't imagine living through this type of tragedy at all.

The main focus of the book is the school shooting and the aftermath but the real heart of the book lies in the side stories of raising children, relationships and raw love we have for those close to us.  Finding Jake was superbly written with a cast of believable and endearing characters and a plot line that kept me guessing and wanting more.  Put this book right on top of your "Must Read" list for 2015.  It won't disappoint....I promise!  Pre- Order your copy today on Amazon HERE.

I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Finding Jake!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck, readers!  To enter,  use the Rafflecopter form here.... a Rafflecopter giveaway

29 comments:

SueBE said...

I'll probably read about 100. As a writer, I read everything from picture books to adult novels. Picture books don't take long to read!

Maureen said...

My goal is 2-3 books per month personally. I am a teacher who is home educating my three children so we read at least 3-4 books daily in class together.

Soo said...

My goal is 24 books this year.

Audra said...

I would like to read 30

Soo said...

I commented on Facebook as Soo Tan.

Jackie said...

I would love to read 52 books. I almost have my second book of the year read.
Thank you!

Carl Scott said...

That's a pretty good number, nice going. I don't like to read very fast so I'll be happy to read half that many. Maybe 25 0r so. Thanks

Jessica Sage said...

I'd like to read about 20
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Jennifer Cervantes said...

I'd like to read about 2 books a month,with 5 kids it seems like I never finish a book.

Alita said...

Twelve would be great.

Anita Yancey said...

I read 52 last year, so my goal for this year is 100.

Elicia P said...

I plan on reading about 1 a month, that is a small goal. Thinking maybe more will come.

Anne Klotz said...

I really hope to read at 24. More would be great!! Of course I'm not counting the countless books I read with my kids before bed!

Susan Said What?! said...

I usually read 3 a month. It's about all I can fit in!

Jessica Medina said...

50 this year!

TriciaD said...

My goal is 50

pmj said...

I would like to read about 50 or so.

Nancy said...

I'll probably read 200 or more books this year.

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Diana said...

I'd like to read about 30
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Lynne said...

I'm hoping to read at least 25 this year (figured about 2 per month was doable).

kathy dalton said...

my goal this year is twelve

Danielle jones said...

I would like to read a book every week. I do this most of the time now but sometimes get busy. Reading is my relaxation.

Angela snoozy said...

I plan to read at least 12 books this year!

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Lisa Vanhook said...

With my failing eyesight I hope to read 3..

Laurie said...

I hope to read at least 40 I have so many I want to read

kelley roach said...

I would like to read 30

DoriIsRad said...

52 books is my goal too! i listen to audiobooks though because I have to drive A LOT for my job!

vegancatlady said...

If I can read one a month I'll consider that a success!

Sue Hull said...

I'd like to read at least 50.Thank you for the chance :)
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