This is Where it Ends – Marieke Nijkamp

I love books that centre around “uncomfortable” topics, so of course, when I heard about This is Where it Ends I had to pick it up. This is Where it Ends centres around a high school shooting in America, which is not a common book topic anywhere in the world, or at least I’ve only found one other book about school shootings. School shootings, and gun violence in general are very important topics that tend to be ignored outside of political discussion, so I think anything that brings them to light is excellent!

This is Where it Ends spans an hour of a school shooting in a small town in America, the story is told through multiple perspectives which I found added a great dynamic to the plot. Every perspective in the novel is linked to the shooter in some way, so as the characters switch throughout the book, you begin to learn more and more about the shooter as well, which was great. One thing that I loved about this book was that it didn’t shy away from the graphic aspect of a school shooting, this book is quite graphic in its descriptions of what is happening throughout the hour.

Overall, I loved this book. I thought it was well written, the characters were developed excellently and I thought it handled a difficult and socially taboo subject brilliantly. There was only one part of the book that I didn’t like (which I won’t divulge too much info on because it would involve spoilers) and that was the reveal of what happened between Syl and Ty. The tension had been building and I knew what was coming but the way the author told us, was a little disappointing and a little blunt!

This is Where it Ends has been one of my favourite reads of 2016 so far and I’m finally back on track for my reading goal for the year! Four out of five stars.



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