Release: 28th August 2018
Synopsis: It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story – that she died proclaiming her faith. But it’s not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did – and didn’t – happen that day. Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .Review:
If you read one book this year – make it this one. A story of lies, secrets and trauma. It will leave you speechless.
The title completely grabbed my attention when I saw it on NetGalley, and I honestly never expected to love it as much as I did at all.
The story of school shooting is unfortunately no longer one that stays in the fictional world which made this book that little bit more realistic.
I loved how honest the story was and how it wasn’t gloryfying guns and didn’t even focus on the attack itself, or the attacker – instead it focused on the traumatic aftermath.
I’ve read a lot of books with this topic as a focus, but this is the first time I’ve read one focusing on how the survivors felt, and the focus on how the media expresses such tragic events.
I really liked how it focused on how important it is to get the truth in these situations and how easy it is for messages to get twisted and lost.
The media can twist so much, or confuse certain situations, and I really appreciated how realistic and honest it felt.
Each character was so raw and the small obituaries within the stories were such a lovely addition, and made me feel so immersed in the story and each situation.
It really was so eye opening to ow much things like this must happen, and how important it is for survivors to heal and how difficult it must be to get through such traumatic events.
It truly is a beautifully written book and one that the world should read at least once.
You can buy That’s Not What Happened on Amazon UK here!