Rupture, by Simon Lelic, is set in a London comprehensive school and follows events both before and after an incident in which a teacher walks into an assembly, shoots three pupils and a colleague, and then turns the gun on himself. It’s a truly gripping novel and one that managed the impressive feat of leaving me with a great deal of sympathy for the murderer. I loved the way my initial opinions slowly changed, leading me to question the way I look at crime and to think how often the perpetrator is a victim too. Rupture has everything I want to see in a book: fantastic characters, an impressive writing style, a compelling plot and a list of things to think about for weeks to come. Highly recommended.
Jackie Bailey blogs at Farmlane Books.