Title: Violent Ends
Authors: Shaun David Hutchinson, Kendare Blake, Steve Brezenoff, Delilah S. Dawson, Trish Doller, Margie Gelbwasser, E.M. Kokie, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskovitz, Elisa Nader, Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Neal and Brandon Shusterman, Courtney Summers, Blythe Woolston, Christine Johnson.
Published by: Simon Pulse; September 1, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars
I have never read a book as unique as Violent Ends. It is a story told by 17 different authors, whose voices perfectly blend together to paint a multi-faceted picture of a killer. This book was intense and compelling. It was a total page-turner and I absolutely loved it.
I had only heard of a handful of the authors featured in this book, and only read books by a couple of them. I loved how different each chapter was. This book gives you 17 different perspectives and they worked really well to create one story.
I was not expecting this book to be as intense as it actually was, because the book doesn’t focus on the actual shooting. It’s all about the different character’s perspectives of Kirby and how they viewed him. Some believed him to be a good guy, a guy who had friends and was never in trouble. Others seemed to be able to see what looked like darkness hiding in him. I love that some of the chapters focus on the events after the shooting.Those characters wondering if they thought him capable of shooting up his school. Wondering if they should have seen it coming.
The thing that really got to me about this story was how realistic the story is. Everyone having questions of how and why and not being able to get any of those answers. It brings me back to any of the school shootings that we’ve all seen on the news. This book reminded me a lot of those news broadcasts and just like in reality, we don’t ever truly get all of the answers.
Violent Ends is a book that I know will stick with me for a long time. I loved all of the different writing styles, and I especially love how all of the authors were able to create one seamless, compelling story. This book was incredible and I highly recommend it.