Gone Boy: A Walkabout: A Father's Search for the Truth in His Son's Murder
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Gone Boy: A Walkabout: A Father's Search for the Truth in His Son's Murder

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With a New Afterword

When Greg Gibson's oldest son, Galen--eighteen, bright, unique, full of promise--was shot and killed by a fellow student at his school, Gibson found himself undertaking an unusual, highly personal investigation to discover the truth about his son's murder. He felt he owed it to his son, and he knew the process would help save his own sanity.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Anchor
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Sallie
I have to give it five stars because I read all 270 pages in a 24 hour period(amidst doing a ton of other stuff, I might add). I simply could not put it down. Rarely has a voice spoken so clearly to me through the written page.

I borrowed the book from the library after reading an Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes by Gregory Gibson just hours after the Sandy Hook Massacre. After reading the short opinion piece by Gibson, I wanted to read his book written in the 1990s (published in 2000)about his father...more
Nathaniel
I'm an alumnus of Simon's Rock, and the unequivocal praise for this book on Goodreads is really starting to get to me. In particular, contrary to one review, Gibson is not in any way being fair and balanced in his assessment of the situation. To the contrary, and as might be expected of a grieving parent, this book is neither objective nor rational. Many of the conclusions Gibson comes to (or should I say jumps to) are correct to some degree, but more are just plain wrong, and many of these have...more
Laura
Heartbreaking and thought-provoking -- a father's story about losing his son in a senseless college shooting and the aftermath. His journey takes him from the school's administrator's lack of accountablilty or even apology to the gun store where the shooter bought the gun, and even to the parents of the boy who shot his son.

Unflinching and completely un-martyr-like in tone, the author manages to touch on all the complicated emotions he and his family goes through -- it's a book about healing and...more
Kimberlie
A father loses his son when a fellow student randomly shoots him and wounds others on a college campus in the Northeast. Fueled by a consuming sense of loss and a desire to hold the college accountable for his son's death, the father pursues his own investigation of the shooter, his family and the owner of the gun shop that sold the gun. The father's investigation leads him down a path of understanding, forgiveness and healing he could not have imagined when he started his pursuit. A true and po...more
Amy
Outstanding book. The grieving father parts sometimes reminded me of John Gunther's "Death Be Not Proud". But the most striking and memorable part was the visit to the gun collector.
Caroline
fascinating, honest...so raw, the author brings us with him as he deals with the anger and sadness after the murder of his son by a rampage killer.
Shawn
Really a terrific book. Poignant without being smarmy, and full of wry observations. Not a single false note throughout.
Kim
Fascinating journey this book will take you on. How do you move on after your child is taken from you? Compelling read.
Grant Garcia
It was good, moving. I feel sorry for the father.
J
A story of discovery and healing.
Lauri
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I can't get into this book. I tried.
Maeve
Not sure why this ended up on my bookshelves at home--largely self-reflective journey of a father trying to figure out how his son was killed in a school shooting. He blames the school for the majority of the book, trying to get some settlement with them and the school administrator to admit he made an error (which he did.) Not a bad writer, but, other than make the father feel better, I'm not sure what I gained from this.
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