This book is not for the the faint of heart but it is well worth the read and even more important now in the wake of all the school shootings that are dominating the news. Parker novel I was deeply satisfied by a nice bittersweet ending. Well, except for the intelligent one, but. This is a constant, very strong, theme running throughout the story. It's a very good first novel and I'm looking forward to reading more by him. Open and shut case, right? This deeply human and moving book heralds a bright new talent.
I have never seen a book or any other medium do such a good job showing how widespread bullying is in Western culture; the book not only shows that bullying is widespread but it shows that bullying is accepted and expected because being strong and being able to take care of yourself is part of growing up; and part of growing up is I own this book and I have read it twice over the last two years. But if it's yours, I thoroughly recommend Rupture and I will definitely be reading Lelic's other books. With a down-to-earth manner, he is known for the directness of his approach, whilst simultaneously building a rapport with his readers quite unlike any other. What does he intend to do to Susanna? A toxic school culture, in which students bullied each other as well as their teachers while the administration turned a blind eye, has personal resonance for Lucia, since she, the only woman in her department, has been on the receiving end of increasingly hostile remarks from her male colleagues. I thought the motives and relationships among the people in 'power' who were implicated in this story could have beeen clarified more.
It's like things just happened to her and she didn't do any Not my cup of tea. Caught in the day it happened. The case is investigated by the book-loving Detective Inspector Lucia May, who discovers a toxic school culture of cruelty, involving vicious bullying and psychological torture of both students and teachers, which is tolerated by the faculty and administration. The unifying theme of all these experiences is negligence, lack of action by those in the best position to take it. Szajkowski, it seems clear, was a psychopath beyond help. It's also the story of Lucia May, the police inspecto I literally read Rupture in one sitting: decided to start it at a quarter to midnight because I couldn't sleep, and finally turned the light off at 3am after turning the last page. 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? Bullying will always happen, but ignoring it and letting it get out of hand can lead to drastic consequences, including school shootings.
But what drove the teacher to do what he did? There are a lot of narrative voices due to the device of using transcripts of tape recordings. Personally, I hate it when authors just don't live up to the hype; but I hate it a whole lot more when they do! Though not primarily intended as a detection, it serves as one well enough we duly discover at the end that there was more going on than had met the eye up to that point. It's a mystery melodrama, not a literary novel, even though its literary techniques give the book far more life than most mystery stories have. But no one, including Lucia's boss, is interested. Piecing together the testimonies of the teachers and children at the school, Lucia discovers an uglier, more complex picture of the months leading up to the shooting. It seems she was wrong.
There are the bratty undisciplined kids, the jock of a gym teacher, the The premise is a cop investigating a school shooting, and in the course of her investigation, she discovers a bullying epidemic. While Szajkowski was the subject of cruel pranks from his first day on the job, pranks that escalated to serious physical injury, May resists her supervisor's directives to write a straightforward final report, and looks into a possible link between the massacre and an off-campus beating of a student. Why did they do it? But mostly I hope when others read this it opens their eyes to how we treat one another and how we allow our children to treat one another. Not writing many series as such, he was well known for creating tightly woven and extremely intricate narratives that exuded a very real sense of humanity. Samuel Szajkowski, a recently hired history teacher, walked into a school assembly with a gun and murdered three students and a colleague before turning the weapon on himself. Now Luke's life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. It was no secret, after all.
Apparently without warning, the history teacher walked into school assembly, shot three pupils and a teacher, before turning the gun on himself. The newish, oddball teacher at a London school enters morning assembly one day and opens fire with an old army revolver, killing three of the kids, another teacher and finally himself. When Detective Inspector May begins investigating, she discovers that it is more than just an open and shut case. Why is nobody else apparently interested, merely looking to brush it all under the rug? Bleak, dark, helpless, frustrating and depressing are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind. The sexism encountered by Lucia was a bit stereotypical - Walter could have stepped out of A Life on Mars! If you're the same, I urge you to seek it out - you will enjoy this book more than you'd expect - and if you're into crime fiction, it should go on your must-read list.
As the pressure to close the case builds and her colleagues' sexism takes a sinister turn, Lucia begins to realize that she has more in common with the killer than she could have imagined, and she becomes determined to expose the truth. The writing is so good that one forgets it's a crime novel. I picked this up after reading good reviews, half-expecting it to be dull because I'm not a great fan of police procedurals. Why were the w Even with disturbing tales of student suicides evoked by ruthless bullying screaming from recent headlines, few of us are willing to delve into the unremarkable daily tortures behind the spectacle. This talent means the reader is yanked into the narrative, and teased into persisting. But despite her excavation of serious background problems at the school and with the staff, nobody is interested.
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. We learn that bullying of both student on student, and student on teacher, was rampant and vicious and made moreso by a school administrator who, with full knowledge, allowed it to happen. Just about each chapter is someone else talking to Lucia, a homicide detective. And by great good luck my local had a copy of A Thousand Cuts, Lelic's debut novel. As the pressure to bury the case builds, she becomes determined to tell the truth about what happened, whatever the consequences. The sexism encountered by Lucia was a bit st Book club choice. To the contrary, it is excessively wordy in its witness accounts mentioned above.