Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Thoughts & Prayers” by Lee Ann Post, Milford House Press, 2021, On Tour With Suzy Approved Book Tours
Every parent’s nightmare is hearing that their child’s school has had a shooting. “Thoughts & Prayers” by Lee Ann Post,( Pen name for authors Catherine Baldau, Tara Bell, Ginny Fire, and K.P. Robbins ) is an intense, heartbreaking and thought-provoking contemporary novel of a major problem in society today. The Genres for this novel are Children’s Violence Books, Coming of Age Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. The authors vividly describe each of the character’s reactions and responses to the tragedy that happens to their school and community.
After a student helps open a closed door, so her boyfriend can enter the school building, she has no idea what his true intentions are. He uses some bombs, and then starts shooting students and teachers. The authors discuss the community’s reaction. There is fear, shock, grief, anger, wishes for revenge, and denial. There is a division in the community of gun control and the right to bear arms. Support groups and vigils are organized after the tragedy.
The spouse’s, the parent’s and the victims all voice their fears, sorrow, and anger. Even one of the deceased victim’s essence is there to interface with the living in order to relieve any of the suffering and possible angry reactions, as well as the clues to the accomplice of the crime.
The authors describe how the characters try to move on, and even show a glimmer of hope. I recommend this novel, and I sincerely hope that kindness and peace prevail, and bullying and violence disappear.