Today I am reviewing The Morning Of by S.B. Cody. This was released on the 16th of August 2021, published by Bloodhound Books.
A mass shooting and police brutality shake a small town to its core—and uncover its darkest secrets—in a timely debut thriller from a stunning new voice.
When the town of Stanford, Missouri, falls victim to a school shooting, it sets in motion a chain of events that no one could predict.
After two masked men murder 28 people, only to escape unseen, it hangs over the town like a cloud, which adds to the tension after an unarmed African American teenager, Noah, was shot and killed by police.
Meanwhile, teacher Connor Sullivan is dealing with the aftermath of the school shooting, having been hailed a hero. But Connor doesn’t feel like a hero. And Connor is haunted by more than just the shooting.
As the police search for the perpetrators, they wonder if the murders are linked to Noah’s death.
With tensions rising in a town torn apart by tragedy, will it ever be possible to get justice when it’s not clear who the victims really are?
“School should be a safe place…”
The Morning Of is not a true story, but very well could be, set in Stanford Missouri where the town is not only rocked by the death of an African American teen shot and killed by the police, but also a school shooting which follows its aftermath on those who survived and for the community as a whole. I knew going in that this one was going to be tough given its subject matters, but what I wasn’t expecting was to be completely consumed by it to the point where I could not think of anything else, as well as being emotionally wrecked by the end.
This really is such a powerful and compelling story, that right from the outset is so confronting and even though I read it a couple of months ago, it makes me tear up again as I look back on it to write this review. There are so many layers to this story and I could write about it for ages, but of course I won’t do that. What I will say though is I still have many books to read before years end, but for a debut, this is hands down the best I have read this year! S.B. Cody is definitely one to watch and I will be eagerly waiting for his next release.
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Let’s Get to Know S.B. Cody
S.B. Cody was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri and works as a teacher. When he’s not teaching or writing he likes to read and watch movies with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. Stephen King and Dennis Lehane are his biggest literary influences. The Morning Of is his debut novel.
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