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A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does—and does not—know about his teenage son

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or does he know him better than he thought?

Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, it is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I devoured Finding Jake. The tension is almost unbearable in this thriller-cum-character study as layer after layer of a father’s soul is revealed as reflected in the character of his missing son. Utterly engrossing.”

    Alice LaPlante, New York Times bestselling author of Turn of Mind

  • Finding Jake is compelling psychological suspense—but also so much more. A journey into the depths of a parent’s worst nightmare, it is at turns heartbreaking, surprising, devastating, hopeful.”

    Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author of Stay with Me

  • Finding Jake tells the harrowing tale of a deadly school shooting from a father’s perspective…The suspense is killing, but it’s nothing compared with this father’s anguish as he tries to find his son—the real boy, not the one he thought he knew.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Reardon deftly builds suspense by setting his dual story lines on a collision course toward a shattering—and surprising—conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reardon’s prose style is compelling and makes this school-shooting plot fresh. Well written and fast paced, this debut thriller will definitely satisfy those looking for Defending Jacob read-alikes.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beautifully captures the parental second-guessing that is magnified in times of crisis…Reardon also does an excellent job maintaining suspense throughout the book. The reader is afraid to know what she thinks she knows. Ultimately, what is revealed about Jake is unavoidable and unpredictably heartbreaking.”

    Booklist

  • “A father hears about a shooting incident at his son’s high school—and then finds his son is one of the suspected killers…A compelling read, disturbingly relevant in contemporary America.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finding Jake is truly compelling. I read it in one sitting, tearing through the pages right to the unexpected ending—which stayed with me for days.”

    Paula Daly, author of Keep Your Friends Close

  • A February 2015 LibraryReads Pick
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