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When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

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Page Turner!
February 2nd, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. The characters seem so real that you can't help but be drawn into their lives and their expereience.
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January 25th, 2014
I so wanted to love this book, as I have all of Wally Lambs others. But I couldn't stomach it. The main character was so unlikeable, the story went nowhere and chapters ranted in endlessly. This book was a huge disappointment. I couldn't even be bothered finishing it.
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Amazingly written
December 29th, 2013
I love how wally always merges his books. Fantastic piece.
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November 30th, 2013
I love the writing style if Waly Lamb. I find his characters so life life that you can feel the story. This story is basis on the Columbine attacks but not a historical view. It tells a story of a teaching and lives trying to move forward.
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Long and dark but deeply satisfying read.
December 27th, 2012
At a half a dozen different times while reading this book I found myself yelling out loud- not another one (crisis/death/plot line)! However in the end it was worth the journey-time and effort. Lamb does not disappoint and reflecting on many of the historical events covered in the book was important and an opportunity to look back at events like Columbine and process it in a way that I hadn't done yet.
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