Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Books I've Read: Aftermath
Taking place three years after a school shooting, this book is part mystery, part romance and part social commentary.
After three years away, Skye returns to her hometown. She expects things to be bad because she left in the aftermath of a horrific school shooting in which her brother, Luka, died. Not that Skye expects sympathy. Luka was one of the shooters after all.
Almost as soon as she gets to school, the harassment starts. Not just hurtful words and hateful glances, but dangerous stuff that put Skye's life at risk. And somehow, Jesse is always there at the time.
Jesse, Skye's best friend from before she left, the boy she thinks she was falling in love with as a thirteen-year-old, the boy whose brother was killed in the shooting.
As Jesse and Skye begin exploring what their relationship could be now, things become darker and more dangerous, the attacks on Skye more vicious. Soon Jesse and Skye find themselves in the midst of a mystery they will have to solve if Skye is going to survive. They have to dig deep into the trauma that tore them apart to find the truth.
I enjoyed this one, even though I did figure out what was going on in the mystery a while before the big reveal. I liked the characters, especially Jesse's mother who is is the perfect mix of nurturing and kick-ass. We should all have moms like her.
If you enjoy mysteries with a touch of romance thrown in, and complex sibling relationships, this might be the one for you...
But don't just listen to me. Here's the blurb:
Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.
Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.
Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.