finished reading

One of the things I liked about this book is that the narrative thread isn't linear.  It jumps around in time.  It works.  I liked the viewpoint of the "Truthers" who are conspiracy theorists and their lust for discovering inconsistencies and magnifying them.  I've always been fascinated by people who think drastically differently than I do.  The final chapter's point of view surprised me--I'm not sure I get why that character is suddenly heard from.  I didn't know Day One was an event and not a time marker, so that was interesting.

From the publisher:
Marty seems to do no wrong. Trent can’t seem to get things right. When they are thrown together by tragedy, their futures may be defined by one What really happened on Day One?

Stonesmere is an English seaside suburb defined by poignant traditions passed from generation to generation, and the bonds of small town community spirit. But when a lone gunman disrupts a school assembly, he sets of a chain of events that throws this close-kint town into turmoil.

Marty is a golden girl, albeit one sometimes in the shadow of her father’s accomplishments and the care of her mother—an outsider who became a beloved teacher. Meanwhile, Trent’s home life is in the only child of a mother forever on the lookout for the boyfriend who can remake their lives, Trent longs for Stonesmere’s stability. But he and his mother only pass through. 

In the wake of the violence in Stonesmere, Trent is transfixed by the news coverage of his former home, and his sense that something doesn't quite add up. As he dives deeper, he falls under the spell of a slick online media personality and the conspiracies he peddles. As Marty fumbles to play the part of the grieving good girl, she becomes the focus of these conspiracies—and Trent’s attention.  

Opening with a gripping moment of terror, and then jumping foward in time to show how secrets, trauma, miscommunications, and unrequited feelings reverberate through a lifetime, Abigail Dean once again delivers, "a riveting page-turner, full of hope in the face of despair." (Sophie Hannah, The Guardian).

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