Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lockdown - A Novel

by Traci Hunter Abramson

Dedication: "For the fallen"

First Paragraph: "Riley Palmetta glanced at the classroom door when it opened. She didn't recognize the student who poked his head inside, so she turned her attention back to her German professor. Only one more week of classes, she reminded herself as she battled another wave of senioritis. The birds chirping outside the window only served to remind her of the balmy spring weather."

Review: Riley Palmetta, a survivor of a school shooting massacre, has spent the last two years trying to get rid of her nightmares and the bloody images burned in her memory of that horrible day. In an effort to make that happen she has joined a task force to help educate police officers on hostage and other similar situations.

Unlike other books like Columbine that delve into the why's of the person who committed the crime, it touches on the lives of those who survived it. This book was written as a therapeutic tool for the author to grieve the Virginia Tech tragedy.

The author of this book is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and as such so are several of her characters. I believe it adds a much needed balance to the tragedy that comes with death. I definitely enjoyed the book and the twists to the story that she thought up.

Click Here for Traci Hunter Abramson's website.

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