Mindy Ehrlich I also didn't know where it came from and was affected by this as well. I also enjoyed at the end of my audiobook the short interview of Chris and his daughter who narrated the audiobook.
Jenny I did not, but that was one of the most powerful moments of the book for me: when that is revealed.
Kimberly Yes, I do. I heard the author speak at my local library in CT. Bohjalian told us before the book's release that the his title is what the police instructed teachers to have the school children do as they were being escorted from the school after the Newtown, CT elementary school shooting. This horrific tragedy happened in December 2012.
Marion I did see Chris B. at a library conference with a room full of Connecticut librarians and he did explain why he chose the title. It instantly made me cry.
Bec yes, it said in the book that's what they instruct kids to do during disasters as they walk out of the school. I can't remember where exactly as I read it a while back but I remember it as I was looking out for it.
Kathy I did not know either. And, as I said in my review, I thought it was a gratuitous use of the Newtown tragedy.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I think finding out where the title of the book came from may have been what swayed me to care about the book and continue. To be honest I really struggled getting through this one. I usually love books by Chris B but this one was difficult for me to become invested in. I didn't really find Emily to be a believable character and some of her actions didn't really go with who I thought her character was built to be. Why would she bring a junky with an eye infection to the ER as soon as she was hurt and then wait so long on Cameron? As vulnerable and unstable due to all the trauma she endured, it was small things like this that distracted me. Going back to the title though, like Bart (another reviewer) said, it was like a bomb going off, I remembered that ultimately Emily Shepard really was a child when this happened. (hide spoiler)]
Linda Yes, I remembered this. That's why I picked up the book. I've read a number of his books. Some I loved, some--not so much. But that title grabbed me right away.