REVIEW: This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Title:  This is Where It Ends
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Marieke Nijkamp
Approximate Book Length:  288 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild


This book took me a little bit to get into. The time segments seem to be endless because you follow four different perspectives through each one. There's also four perspectives, but none of those characters is alone so you're also trying to keep track of the others that are in the story. Once the drama unfolds though, it's suddenly effortless to remember who's who, especially as we discover the relevance of the four people we follow which further invests you into their welfares.

I am not a big social media person, plus I was reading a review copy which sometimes has some formatting issues, so it took me a while before I understood the social media angle and its purpose (which is pretty much just added drama, but is probably spot on in authenticity). I will say that it's often difficult to tell who's talking because there aren't always names attached to the dialog, but that may just be my copy or an effect the author was going for ("in the heat of the moment" thing, I'm not sure).

Ultimately this book is full of emotional flashbacks that culminate in a grim picture and merciless action. The violence isn't excessively graphic - just enough to paint the scene with vivid imagery. You can't help but get caught up in the story with these characters and feel for them every step of the way.

Bottom Line:

This is Where It Ends is a hauntingly realistic tale of a school shooting. It is a powerful read, but I have to warn you, there is no happy ending...