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Stillwater Rising

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After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not ...more
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Brenda
4.5s

Jenn Crowne could not pull herself out of the hell hole she had fallen into – a month ago the devastating shooting at the school her ten year old son Bobby and thirteen year old daughter Charity attended had changed their lives forever. And now the school was opening for a half day before the summer break to give the children some kind of closure. Jenn was determined Charity wouldn’t attend – she couldn’t face the place where she had lost her son, and was sure other parents must feel the
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Cathy
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of Stillwater Rising from Netgalley. Its due to be published in November. This is a book you don’t want to miss. It’s an intense read about a school shooting in a small town. We get to find out how it affected some of the families and even the mother of the boy that was the shooter. There are some that blame the mother of the boy and even the mother blames herself. The grieving process is not a simple one and it takes time to work through. One of Mrs Holmes best books yet!
Cheryl
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful story. So with a powerful story you need strong, good characters. They need to be able to evoke emotions that make you want to love/hate, cry/laugh, cheer/scream with them. I may not have done all of this while reading this book but I sure did enjoy reading it. I liked the fact that this story focused on the after affects of the terrible incident with the three women. I have read other stories where it was focused on the students/victims or the before story leading up to the ...more
Linda
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

It is by far my favorite book so far by a wonderful Author, Steena Holmes. This book got me from the beginning and kept me all the way through. I loved how it had told about each of the different characters in each chapter.

It is about a school shooting that was very sad. I felt so bad for the children, parents who lost children and the mother of the boy that did the shooting. Even though some of the parents blamed his
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Sherri Smith
Wow! What an Ending!

The whole storyline is fantastic, the way Steena writes keeps me captivated. I get all wrapped up in getting to know each of the characters, what makes them tick. Then as the story is ending I'm ready to say goodbye. Stillwater Rising was a fascinating storyline, kept my attention and allowed me to become friends with each of the characters. The ending was closed sure and acceptance and when Jenn ran into Julia and made the choice that would change their lives....I was a
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Kayleigh
Another book that brought to life a mother's worst fears! Losing a child, especially in a place where they are supposed to be safe... I get anxiety over the thought.

I love reading Steena's novels because they are so easy to relate to... even though it's heart wrenching to do so! I can't wait for the next in the series!
Marcee Feddersen
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Hmmmm.....what to say. I really wanted to love this book. I'm a sucker for school shooting stories, I freaking loved Jodi Picoult's, "19 Minutes", and I was moved by Laura Kasischke's "The Life Before Her Eyes". So, it wasn't the subject matter that bothered me.....it was the the way the story didn't really move.
In the first place, if you are going to do a book about a school shooting, it's a great idea to actually set the stage for your characters.
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Vivian
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: BookSparks PR
3.5 star read

It's hard to imagine the heartbreak of a parent that has lost a child. What's even more unimaginable is when that loss is at the hands of another child. We've all read headlines or listened to stories about the horror of school shootings. Even though we may empathize with the families, it is difficult to imagine the pain the families feel or how they can ever learn to live with their grief and heartbreak. Stillwater Rising is a story of one town's struggle to survive in the face of
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Lesley
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I will never get that 5 hours back again (or my money), the only benefit was while I had the audiobook portion on I got 7 miles of walking in! This was one I did the going back and forth between audio and ebook.

So where do I begin...

I am going to one of the few people HONEST enough to give it a low star. I say honest because I have had conversations with people in these type of author book clubs that feel like because the author sends them a birthday postcard or advance notice of books,
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Tara - Running 'n' Reading
First off, let me just provide a disclaimer: I do not have children and can not begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a child in a tragic event like the one portrayed in this novel; however, Steena Holmes does an unbelievable job in describing and detailing, through these powerful characters, the emotion that comes in the aftermath of a terrible event. I found myself wondering how Steena was able to inject all of this emotion into these characters and what experience she drew from to ...more
Maryellen
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
"One Bullet, One Boy, One Mother", that's what the headline read. It has been just one month since Gabriel Berry walked into Stillwater Public School and opened fire killing twelve students and two teachers before he would turn the gun on himself. The school has been closed since and as far as Jenn Crowne is concerned, that school should stay closed forever. Jenn and Robert Crowne lost their little boy Bobby that day. For them, that school holds nothing but bad memories and grief. Most certainly ...more
Elaine
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Memory Child by Steena Holmes so was looking forward to this one which, whilst I enjoyed, did leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction at the end.

It is the story of a small town in America that has been torn apart by a school shooting. I haven’t read 19 Minutes but I have read We Need To Talk About Kevin. I found Stillwater Rising to be a much more accessible, flowing read, despite a few flaws. There are two main female characters that we follow. Jenn, mother of Bobby who died
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Tonya
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves
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Elaine
First of all I’ll admit that this isn’t the sort of book that I would automatically want to read- indeed I’d probably avoid it! Having said that, I have to admit that I found it sensitively written, in a manner that really sucked me into the dilemmas facing the different members of the community following the death of ten children and two teachers in a school shoot out carried out by a student from the village who shot and killed himself, too. Such tragic events unfortunately bring out the worst ...more
Kim Kinsey DiGiacomo
I don't give 5 stars lightly. Subject matter of this book worried me but it was beautifully written. Yes, I cried.... several times. Not all sad tears, some happy tears. I was highly invested in these characters. I longed for a happy ending for Jenn & her family. I prayed for the friendships to remain despite the different outlooks on the situations. I grieved with the town and felt uplifted at the coming together. I felt so much compassion for the mother of the shooter. She was not a ...more
Michelle Bolton
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes words aren't enough. And sometimes they are too much."

Stillwater Rising is a book about the aftermath of an elementary school shooting in the small town of Stillwater Bay. Jennifer Crowne is a stay at home mom who has lost her son and is best friends with the town's mayor, Charlotte Stone, who is trying to hold the town together. The best friends have differing opinions on how and when the school should resume and how to move forward after such a horrific tragedy. The characters in
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Erin
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received "Stillwater Rising" as an ARC. I had recently discovered Steena Holmes after reading two of her books and was hooked. When the opportunity presented itself to get an ARC of her newest book, which is due to release in Nov 2014, I jumped on it.

Stillwater Rising is the story of a tight knit community torn apart and put to the test after a local teen goes into the elementary school and fatally shoots several children and teachers. Secrets are kept...relationships are put to the test -
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SherrieB
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holmes new book deals with the aftermath of a school shooting. Fans of Jodi Picoult’s 19 Minutes might worry that Holmes book may be similar and thus unworthy. Rest assured, this is a solid book that stands on its own.

Most of the book focuses on two women, friends, who react differently to the shooting; the mayor, Charlotte Stone whose husband is the school principal and Jennifer Crowne who lost a son in the violence. Charlotte wants the town to heal, to move forward, and to understand that the
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Kim
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this little gem at the library, walking down the isles and randomly grabbing whatever and deciding to try new authors out, looking for that rare new favorite. I liked this authors style of writing, and I'm already itching to get ahold of books 2 and 3 of this series, and her other books sound just as intriguing. I liked how this author took the whole school shooting thing and focused not on the shooter, or victims, but the families, and towns around the shooting. It followed several ...more
Stacy
Whenever I think of the people of Newtown, CT, I can't imagine what they've gone through and how they go on. This book takes place after a school shooting. Very few details about the shooting are revealed, but stories are told from the viewpoints of several parents and townspeople who are hurting from loss. One viewpoint that was of interest was the shooter's mom. Most of us wouldn't be concerned about her plight, but this really made me consider it.

I liked most of the characters in this series
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Barb
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's impact is weakened by its multiple points of view. While chapter divisions coincide with changes in POV, the reader never gets a good look at one person's thoughts and feelings before a chapter is over and another person is front and center.
In addition, the book ends on a cliffhanger to set up a future novel in the series. While I enjoy a good series, I'd prefer that each book stand on its own, not leave the reader hanging.
Pamela Devereux
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book

This book was beautifully written. Jenn who's son was killed, numbing herself with alcohol. Her husband working himself like crazy so he doesn't have to deal with Bobby's death. Charity just trying to be like a normal kid again. Then you have Charlotte, the mayor and her husband Jordan, the school principal. Each chapter coming from the perspective of either Jenn or Charlotte. The ending was a surprise.
Jazmine
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense subject matter, but really amazing book! It's beautifully written as we follow Charlotte, Jenn & Julia as they try to make peace with each other and themselves after the school shooting that left their sons dead. The only reason I didn't give this book a full 5 star review is because it ends in a cliff hanger, as we don't get to find out what Gabe said to Jordan. Will definitely be looking for the second book!
Allison
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring.

I kept waiting for something to happen... I am actually surprised that I finished this book. The author kept hinting that something was about to happen.... It never did. I really enjoyed the other book by this author but this one was quite simply boring. Oh well.
Stacy Grimmett
Just 'meh.' Deep content, shallow writing. Passed the time quickly reading in the pool, read almost the entire book in 2 hours or so
Tonni Callan
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poignant, and Hard hitting

This is the 6th book or so that I have read of Steena Holmes’.
Also different! No “ cookie cutter” books . I love the uniqueness of each of her novels.
Each one has relatable characters and each one I have read has a very current story.
As much as I love the author’s work, I did not love this one quite as much.
Actually, I loved it right up until the last page. It just stopped. I realize it is a series, so did not take off more stars.
I do think the very ending could use a
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
3.5 Stars (A few flaws --but overall a story like this always allows 'us' to look inside our souls)!

A small community faces the horrific tragedy of a grammar school shooting....
I've read other books about school shootings --plus, we've all read about them in our 'real lives' (almost unbearable to comprehend) ---

Authors Jodi Picoult and Lionel Shriver are both two authors that come to thought who write books about 'issues-at-hand': including each wrote a book dealing with school shootings.

In
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Jennifer
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
After losing her son in an elementary school shooting, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte's husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there
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karmaforlifechick
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I received a copy of Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes in exchange for an honest review.

This book followsfamily andfriends from a small community called Stillwater Bay during their attempt to come to grips with the loss of a son and brother. Something we've seen in the recent years far too many times. A childgets a gun and goes into a school and opens fire on innocent victims, many lives are lost and
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Kathleen Maxwell
Trite, repetitive, annoying

I must say, I'm surprised that no one gave this book a rating of 1. I've read far better Amazon recommendations that have been shredded by other reviewers, so when the lowest rating was a 2, I thought maybe the book would be decent. It wasn't. The author's poor grammar, repetitive phrases, and the editing errors drove me to distraction. I did two searches for phrases that popped up over and over: "Her lips thinned" and "wrinkled her nose." Eight repetitions for one,
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series.

The Word Game was included in the Top 20 Novels to be Written by Women in 2015 by Good Housekeeping.

Her latest novel - The Word Game won the 2015 USA Books Award for Best Fiction and her novel, The Memory Child was a finalist in the same category.

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