Rupture

Rupture

by Simon Lelic

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ISBN-13: 9782070442607
Publisher: Gallimard Education
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Series: Folio Policier
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Rupture 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dudara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rupture is Simon Lelic's debut novel and it is, in my opinion, a tour de force. It opens following a shooting at an English school where a young teacher shot pupils and other teachers before finally turning the gun on himself. As the investigating detective Lucia May starts to dig, a whole world of institutionalised bullying is revealed. Shockingly, her investigation starts to mirror her own experiences in the police force, leaving her sympathetic to Szajkowski, the gunman teacher and his actions.Lelic has employed an unusual structure for this novel. When not speaking as Lucia May, he alternates between the voices of the various supporting characters. This reveals Lelic to be a deft and captivating writer, easily able to change voice at the turn of a page.This novel is something of the zeitgeist. On one hand we have a headmaster who ignored activities in the school in order to maintain a high profile while on the other hand we have stories of young children cruelly bullying others. It somehow captures the societal breakdown that many feel is endemic in our modern world.Rupture is a shocking and riveting story which is exceptionally well written. Not only is it a police novel but it pushes and investigates society and bullying. An amazing read.
gaskella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a normal whodunnit crime novel, it's a 'whydunnit'. We know from the start that a mild-mannered school teacher shot three pupils and a teacher before turning his gun on himself. It's D.I. Lucia May's case and although it appears to be an open and shut case, she doesn't believe it's as simple as that. What triggered his outburst? She has to know. As she talks to more of those involved the full story behind what made Samuel Szajkowski open fire gradually reveals itself. Needless to say, May is under pressure from her boss to close the case; he gives her another day. Being the only female detective at the station also causes problems. She's being bullied by one of the other detectives who is very old school. She's also recently split up with her boyfriend too, so she has a lot on her plate.I can't tell you more without ruining the suspense for despite knowing the outcome, the journey is eventful. The novel is structured so that interleaved with Lucia's investigation are the statements from witnesses, pupils, staff and parents. These are presented as dictated monologues, and you gradually hear all the facets of the story through them. Although many stereotypes are present, from the class bully to the psychopath PE teacher, the ineffectual deskbound DCI and the men's world of station banter, they are handled well. Lucia is a likeable lead who can usually stand up for herself, but has a vulnerable side too. An enjoyable debut. (Book supplied by Amazon Vine).
nicx27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A teacher has gone into an assembly at the school at which he works and shot three pupils and another teacher, before turning the gun on himself. Detective Lucia May is investigating the shooting, which seems to be an open and shut case. However, Lucia is troubled by the case and, whilst she is taking witness testimonies, she discovers that the school has a history of tolerating bullying on a large scale. Cleverly linked in with this storyline is Lucia's own position in the police department in which she works. As the only female on the team, she finds herself able to empathise with the teacher who has committed the terrible act.I was hooked on this book from the very first page, and found it a compelling read throughout. I got through it really quickly, and felt that I wanted to be reading it all the time and finding out more about the case and what drove the teacher to do what he did. The story is written in alternating chapters, being first a tape recorded testimony and then a chapter about Lucia and the investigation. I thought this was a clever device to enable the reader to discover more about the teacher's motives as the story unfolded, and a bit of a change from the norm.The author also managed somehow to get across the horror of the bullying without being sentimental. I was shocked at the lengths some of the characters went to to persecute other people and could really appreciate how awful that level of bullying must be.I found this an excellent read and will be looking out for more from Simon Lelic. His writing flows very well, and certainly drew this reader into what is an interesting and engrossing story.