I loved this book for a few important reasons. It deals with a small town in the aftermath of a school shooting, I realize that topic is not for everyone, but for those who are curious I thought this was beautifully done. The story is told from a mix of viewpoints, the mother of a victim, the mother of the shooter and the Mayor of the town who is married to the school principal. We see not only their grief at what has happened, but we watch each of them work toward moving on and starting over. For the mother of a victim there is a need to close the school and remove the reminders, yet the principal just wants to get the school back open and restore some sense of normal. I found myself caught up in the characters and the towns will to move on but remember.