In Marcia Clark’s most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.
A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don’t add up. Could it be that the two “killers” were themselves victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose? When someone starts dropping clues that another horrific crime is in the works, Rachel and Bailey scramble desperately to profile their suspect and prevent another killing–before it’s too late.
First off, let me start with this is the first time that I ran out of time on a book on NetGalley and had to buy a book so I could finish it. And it was totally worth it.
This is the 4th Rachel Knight book. I have not read any of the others. But this one stands alone well.
I’m always intrigued by school shooting books. I think the reason is because they are always real life news stories that I have to follow for work. When one of these happens, no matter where it is in the country, most newsrooms are always on top of it. No matter how far away, it’s always something that pulls at the heart strings. Who targets innocent children? And after the shooting has happened, it doesn’t stop there. There’s always what comes next, when you start to learn about the shooter, what made them tick, and what in their past may have led to this.
Clark did a very good job with this book. From the scene of the shooting, where you felt like you were in the gym, seeing the sights, hearing the sounds. To the chase and hunt of the suspects. It really felt like following a real life school shooting and that I was part of the investigation.
I have a love hate relationship with these types of books. I like to think of myself a a sleuth. I think I could get out of the journalism business and do a little detective action. Granted this is fiction and is written to trip you up, it’s stories like this that make me think maybe it’s good to keep my day job. I was caught up in every twist and turn and possible suspect. I had no idea who the killer was.
Does the name Marcia Clark ring a bell? Well I’ve learned the reason she did such an awesome job with this crime novel is that she has spent her life fighting against them. Clark is the prosecutor who fought against OJ Simpson in his murder trial. She definitely knows her stuff.
This book really knocked my socks off and I need to grab the rest of the books in it ASAP. I give The Competition 5 out of 5 bookmarks.