Finding Jake: A Novel by Bryan ReardonFinding Jake: A Novel by Bryan Reardon

Finding Jake: A Novel

byBryan Reardon

Paperback | July 30, 2017

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“I devoured Finding Jake. The tension is almost unbearable in this thriller-cum-character study as layer after layer of a father’s soul are revealed as reflected in the character of his missing son. Utterly engrossing.”—Alice LaPlante, New York Times bestselling author of Circle of Wives and Turn of Mind

“Harrowing.” —New York Times Book Review


Simon Connolly’s successful wife has gone to her law office each day, while he has stayed home to raise their children—Jake and Laney. He has tried to do the best for the kids. For sunny, outgoing Laney, it’s been easy. But Jake is different. He has always been on the quiet side, preferring the company of his small group of friends to popularity and organized sports. Now that his children are in high school, Simon should be able to relax, to worry less. He’s never given that chance.


On a warm November day, he receives a text: There has been a shooting at the high school.


Racing to the rendezvous point, Simon is forced to wait with scores of other anxious parents as one by one, they are reunited with their children. Their numbers dwindle, eventually leaving Simon alone. That is when he learns that Jake is the only child missing.


As his worst nightmare unfolds, Simon’s thoughts race. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Jake could not have done this—or could he? Did Simon miss the signs? As rumors begin to ricochet, amplified by an invasive media and the fear swallowing their community, Simon must find answers.


But there is only one way to understand what has happened . . . he must find Jake.



Bryan Reardon is a freelance writer specializing in medical communications. He co-wroteReady, Set, Play!with retired NFL player and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, and Cruel Harvest with Fran Elizabeth Grubb. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the state of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the office of the ...
Title:Finding Jake: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:July 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062339516

ISBN - 13:9780062339515

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars This was a good book. Not the greatest, but not bad by any means. Since I don't have much experience reading adult books, I can't really say how creative or unique this story is, but to me it was unique. I enjoyed the story. It's full of mystery and emotion, and really has you feeling for the characters. This book kept my interest, but not so much that I couldn't put it down or to pull me back to it at every available moment. While I was into it during reading, it was easy to pass off for other things. The ending was a bit drawn out for my liking. I don't feel it should have dragged on as much as it did. I mean, I understand that things need to be wrapped up, but I just felt like it was too much story after the big reveal and I found myself wishing it would just end and I skimmed parts of the end as a result.
Date published: 2015-02-25

Editorial Reviews

“FINDING JAKE tells the harrowing tale of a deadly school shooting from a father’s perspective… The suspense is killing, but it’s nothing compared with this father’s anguish as he tries to find his son - the real boy, not the one he thought he knew.”