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read Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç Heather Gudenkauf In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shatteredIn the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom Outside the school th. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book I knew it was about a school shooting or at least a gunman inside a school so I thought it would either be a tear jerk drama or a psychological thriller I was hoping for the latterMy heart was definitely pounding harder while reading this book but not from the thrill I experienced rage at how unbelievably stupid the characters were Rarely do I want to harm a book but I wanted to smack this one against the floor tear out pages with my teeth chew them and spit them out before stomping on them That is how annoying the characters were I wanted them to get shot I was cheering the gunman onNone of the characters ever expanded beyond fictional representations I never felt that any of it was within the realm of possibility The writing felt as though it was written by someone whose only experience with people came from watching tv shows Bad tv shows It was weirdThe gunman oh boy It could have been any number of stupid psychos since this small town has an unusually high number of them But the author decided to go with the most boring option creating a convoluted story to explain why this person who should really know better decided to go off the rails like thatLet me talk about the school for a minute The majority of the story takes places inside this school From reading the book blurb I thought it was about a school shooting that the school or the children would be relevant to the story in some way Nope Turns out this scenario could have played out in a cheese factory a bank an old age home a KFC or anywhere else where there were possible hostages There is a brief attempt to make the school a relevant choice but the justification does not match the story reality so it falls flatNow allow me to summarize the story Possible spoilers aheadOur tale takes place after 911 and Columbine and various other school shooting incidents The police are informed that there is a gunman inside a school They have a manual with instructions on how to deal with this situationWhat actually happens Follow the first three instructions in the manual then toss it Townsfolk hear there is a man with a gun best thing to do is storm the school with guns Oh look a way to escape but sullen teenager #1 is going to stay inside the school instead because her brother might be inside maybe Oh look another way to escape sullen teenager runs all the way to safety then runs back into the school chased by police Hmm sullen teenager wonders what to do in this tense situation what with a crazy person with a gun being inside the school Of course she will lock the doors so that the police can't enter Stupid cop leaves the scene and drives around in a blizzard trying to solve the mystery of the gunman's identity Parents of a witness deny cops the right to uestion the child because she is tired they can ask her who the gunman is tomorrow Because the gunman is just going to hang around in the school with a gun for days while people outside try to guess his name Stupid cop disobeys a direct command and enters the school alone untrained for such situations Because screw the manual Stupid cop can't be bothered to check her phone for messages because that can't possibly be important during this type of situation Meanwhile stupid teacher is antagonizing the gunman because that seems like a good way to protect the children Stupid husband receives a call from inside the school listens to his wife talking loudly about the gunman who is standing right there and then decides that the best course of action would be to start screaming into the phone asking whether his wife is okay The gunman having had to deal with nothing but incompetence and stupidity and crying whining children all day doesn't shoot all the annoying people Pretty bloody unlikely Oh yes there is a nymphomaniac burn victim in a hospital far far away wondering how she's going to be able to have sex with strangers now that she's no longer beaut

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One Breath Away review ó 3 Ë In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shatteredIn the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm an unknown man arme E town of Broken Branch watches and waitsOfficer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands Will Thwaite reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again Trapped in her classroom Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her. This is my first Heather Gudenkauf book and oooooh what a dandy The story is fast paced and hooked me from the very first page I like the way the story unfolded from five different viewpoints Augie Will Mrs Oliver Meg and Holly Not only did we move forward with each charcter but also backwards to get an understanding of each individual and what lead them to this fateful dayMs Gundenkauf writes a well organized fast paced story I always like that I have to get to the very end before finding out “who done it” I guessed and guessed and guessed but nope I got it wrong Having two nieces who teached I particularily fell in love with Mrs Oliver the 3rd grade teacher who’s class was held hostageShe loves her students and her actions are motivated by her feelings of responsibility to themI have always heard good things about this author’s books and now I know them to be true I will definately be checking out her two earlier books and looking forward to The publishing date is June 19 2012

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One Breath AwayCare And thirteen year old Augie Baker already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch will risk her own safety to protect her little brotherAs tension mounts with each passing minute the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage. Heather Gudenkauf is one of my favorite authors This is an extremely well written novel It is fast paced yet easy to follow and held my interest throughout I was on edge often throughout the novel The story is told from five different perspectives and I found the multiple narratives interesting and easy enough to follow An ordinary school day a the local school in Broken Branch Iowa A lone gunman has entered the school and taken a classroom of children along with their teacher hostage Nobody knows what he wantsI don't want to give anything else away so I will leave it at thatI highly recommend this book