‘Find what you were looking for, Inspector?’
Every day the same question. A different uniform but the same question. They thought Lucia enjoyed being here. They thought that was why she kept coming back. But they were asking the wrong thing. She had found what she was looking for – she had found what she had been sent to discover – but she had found out more besides. Th...more
The story is told from both the investigating reporter's POV and from her reports as she interviews all the usual suspects. There are the bratty undisciplined kids, the jock of a gym teacher, the ...more
A London school is reeling in the aftermath of a savage act of violence. Apparently without warning, the history teacher walked into school assembly, shot three pupils and a teacher, before turning the gun on himself. For the school authorities and t ...more
Ostensibly this is a murder mystery about a British police inspector investigating a school shooting. The shooter, a first-year teacher, fired upon students and faculty at an assembly, killing three students, a colleague, and then ...more
It takes place around an incident in a British public high school, where a teacher opens fire on a school assembly and kills three students, a teacher, and himself. ...more
I can't really say I liked this book, it was just ok but it did have me quite gripped once I got into the quite difficult to follow, style of writing.
As the main narrator is a detective investigating a school shooting many of the chapters take the format of police statements as recorded, but it doesn't make it clear ...more
My only criticism would be that on occasion I had difficulty working out who was speaking and what their relationship to the story was but that was fleeting. A though provoking read.
Finished it now.
Didn't like the structure. There are a lot of narrative voices due to the device of using transcripts of tape recordings. It is very difficult for the writer to give a unique voice to each one so they blur.
The sexism encountered by Lucia was a bit st ...more
Half of this book was written in monologue form which I enjoyed but all of the other bits that really focused on the main character I did not. The writing seemed adolescent and telly. There was a lot of unnecessary information that didn't need to be written.
Also, I feel like the lead character was ment to be a strong female by the end but she was unbelievable weak and I didn't appreciate the way she reacted to things. It's like things just happened to her and she didn't do any ...more
a school shooting that is told in numerous, present tense voices - the story trickles out and the reader is hooked. the 'bad guy' is identified early on, but the backstory of his systematic bullying causes emotions of pity, anger, and even a moment of wanting retribution.
in fact, the whole book is about bullying - in schools and in the office. through sexual harrassment, and in positions of power. bystanders as adults as well as students.
it addresses physical bullying as in b ...more
The story of the investigation following a school shooting. Bleak, dark, helpless, frustrating and depressing are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind.
I almost gave it 4.5 stars because the topic of bullying in schools and the workplace is so important and terrifyingly portrayed, and the author doesn ...more
This book was an outstanding read. There's a shooting in a school assembly in London. A history teacher shoots and kills three students and one teacher before turning the gun on himself.
Open and shut case, right?
Not so fast. As the story develops you have to ask, was this guy simply deranged, or was he plopped down into a school that promotes of culture of hate, bullying and even cyberbullying?
A must read for pr ...more
Der Schreibstil ist super, so dass die Seiten nur so davonfliegen und den Leser in seinen Bann ziehen. Das Buch w ...more
The novel follows the police inspector, Lucia, who is assigned to the case. It would seem to be a fairly open-and-shut case: tons of witnesses saw the crazed teacher kill four other people and himself. But what was his motive? There is clearly no justification for such a killing spree, but what is the explanatio ...more