Friday, September 7, 2012
One Breath Away
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Published: June 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads
In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Timesbestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.
Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.
As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.
I can't believe it!
Heather Gudenkauf has done it again!!
With a story that could be ripped straight from the headlines this book revolves around a gunman and a school.
Told in 5 points of view we get to hear straight from a child, a teacher, a grandfather, a mother/police officer, and another mother.
This story is intense. How would you feel if your child was trapped in a school in a hostage situation? What about your grandchild? What if you were the teacher who was being held hostage? What if there was nothing you could do but watch? What if you had a badge but still couldn't get access to the school?
Set in a sleepy town of Iowa on a cold winter's day this story takes you through it all. From the time the bell rings to the last gunshot. You won't be able to look away!