Finding Jake

Finding Jake

by Bryan Reardon

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Overview

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

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, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for 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?

Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, it is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062339485
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,144,414
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bryan Reardon is a freelance writer specializing in medical communications. He co-wrote Ready, Set, Play! with retired NFL player and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, and Cruel Harvest with Fran Elizabeth Grubb. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the state of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the office of the governor. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, kids, and rescue dog, Simon.

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Finding Jake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I truly believe that this is a book that every person should read! Without giving any spoilers... This book will have you losing sleep just to keep reading, will have you on edge needing more. And will have you thinking of who you are, how you cope. An amazing read! *Received for an honest review*
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5  We've all read the horrendous stories and watched the news footage - shootings at schools.... Bryan Reardon's new novel, Finding Jake uses a school shooting as a starting point for his book. Simon is a stay at home dad to Laney and Jake, while his wife heads out to her job as a lawyer each day. One fateful day, there is a shooting at the children's high school. Simon rushes to the school and anxiously waits to be reunited with his kids. Laney is fine, but Simon is the last parent waiting - and Jake is the only child missing. The suspected shooter was a loner, with Jake being his only friend. Simon has had many doubts about his parenting skills over the years. He found it hard to mix in with the stay at home moms in the neighbourhood. He projected many of his own fears and insecurities on his children. Laney seemed to be unaffected, but Jake is a quiet child, preferring his own company. As he waits for new, Simon relives Jake's life - from a baby to the young man he is today. And Simon's doubts, questions, self-recriminations, fears and anxieties about himself, his role as a parent, his childrearing abilities and his son are laid bare on the page. How well does he know his child? Where is Jake? His body was not inside the school - where could he be? Is he alive? Could he possibly be involved? What more could he have to protect his child? What did he do wrong? Everything we learn is from Simon's point of view. It is as much a search for who is son his as it is a self exploration of himself as a father, husband and person. Despite his self realization, I found it hard to like Simon. As Simon's memories progress through the years, the picture we have of Jake changes. The ending was not at all predictable, though unsettling. I found the back and forth between the past and present quite addictive. Reardon's prose have such a ring of authenticity to them - he eloquently articulates the fears we all harbour as parents. Reardon himself left an office job to stay home with his twin newborns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me look at the shy a little differently, thank you for that. Jake is a boy we all know. One we feel is unapproachable and non social. However, after reading this book my eyes have opened as well as my heart. Jake is a hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best written books I have read, I actually felt like I needed to turn on the evening news to see the outcome of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drew me in immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book I couldn't put it down . it really made me think about how I am raising my own children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those book,you can't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written from a father's point of view concerning his son and a high school shooting. Jodie Picoult's "Nineteen Minutes" has basically the same plot,, but a totally different prospective. Worth checking out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! Was hesitant at first but it is really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stoty,we'll written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finding Jake is a great book! I couldn't put it down. Bryan Reardon's thrilling tale of a community in crisis provides a very timely commentary with well written dialogue and an easy flow that immediately brings you into the story. I highly recommend this book. It is told in a thoughtful, caring way that will surprise and entice with a full range of emotions. One of my top 10. Read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping and real!! Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have raised 4 grown children and this book reinforced how very grateful I am to have escaped such tradgedy. There are so many different influences pulling on our kids. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on things that have and haven't happened to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished finding jake. I'm a stay at home mom . It is a hard job . That my working friends and family never understood . I have 2 children son jake daughter katie 6 years apart . Sons very outgoing daughter shy. Hard story to read and upseting with the outcome . But shy kids are great too. Thank you for the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Honest. Raw. Relatable. Heart wrenching. Beautiful. Family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't put this book down. I was involved from the beginning. I could feel myself in this family .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a mother of 4 sons, and a worrier, much of this book speaks directly to my heart. Wondering if each choice I make is the right one for my family and children. This book was intense for me, a parents worst nightmare but, written so lovingly from a father's point of view. I loved Simon's social awkwardness and felt his imperfections made him an endearing character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simon is a man that speaks my language. I too am a worrier, so much so that I forget to enjoy life. Several passages in this book speak directly to my soul, to who I am. I like this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews but this was an excellent book. The writing was fantastic and brought out emotions as a parent that I thought were only in my head. I highly recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me guessing until the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super good read. Sometimes the flashbacks were a little drawn out and boring, but the actual story line was amazing. It made me want to fly through the flashbacks just to figure out what happened next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line seemed appealing. Author took on a serious problem. The writing was sappy and trite! Not well done