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....
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