Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Wow! I knew when I read the synopsis for This Is Where It Ends I was in for an interesting read. I was drawn in from the start and did not want to put it down.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the multiple viewpoints throughout the school. I could picture myself in MY high school throughout the entire book, well minus the upstairs because our small town high school didn't have one of those but you get the point.

Nijkamp wrote it very realistically and I'd definitely be interested to see her other books. At first, the multiple viewpoints were confusing and I thought Nijkamp didn't give enough description but you find out more about the different characters throughout the book, not all at the beginning. By the end, I could see my friends from high school in them.

I would have been very interested in having the shooter as a POV but I think it's very unrealistic to know exactly what a shooter is thinking and would be difficult to write. All in all it was an interesting, fictional look at what could occur in the time frame during which a shooter opens fire in a school.

It was a very out of body experience for me and I ended up having a nightmare the night I finished revolving a shooter and a hotel room.

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I was provided with a copy of This Is Where It Ends in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I'm curious about this book due to the four differing viewpoints. Might have to put it on reserve at the library. However, I feel like due to the subject matter I'm going to have to pair it with a much more upbeat book at the same time and be aware of where I'm reading it.

  2. This sounds super interesting but it is one of my worst fears and I would probably have nightmares for weeks!!!

  3. This sounds good! I will have to check it out!

  4. It sounds like an interesting book. With all the shooting recently it would be nice to get a perspective from a shooter so we can stop them from happening.

  5. Thanks for this review. I've seen the cover around quite a bit- I think it would be such an interesting, but hard book to read at the same time.

  6. hmmm this does sound interesting, though i honestly don't know if i could read it, you know?


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