With her release The Suicide Club author Gayle Wilson bravely tackles not one, but several sensitive subjects. They range from the horrific crime of burning churches, to the even more horrific crime of terrorizing a high school.
When investigator Jace Nolan arrives at Randolph Lowen high school armed with nothing more than a criminal profile and a hunch he wants to meet with gifted coordinator, Lindsey Sloan. As much as Jace is convinced that Lindsey’s students are in some way involved in the church fires Lindsey is sure that they aren’t.
The fires have stopped, but soon there is a new danger, and some of it is directed at Lindsey. As the danger surrounding her escalates a student commits suicide. Lindsey who was preoccupied when the student wanted to reach out and talk feels guilty, but could she have done something to help?
With Andrea’s suicide the danger level of small town Randolph escalates again. As Jace attempts to dig deeper into the background of Lindsey’s students she also digs in to try to protect them. However, how long can Lindsey protect her students before something serious happens.
Ms. Wilson has taken the subject of school violence, and suicide and handled them in a truly sensitive manner. She has shown that even “good” kids have an inner evil side and that as parents we need to be acutely aware of even the smallest change in our child’s behavior. We can’t always protect them, nor should we try, but we can always stand by them, and make them aware that while privacy is something to be cherished it’s also something that sometimes needs to be invaded.
The Suicide Club is not a spine tingling suspense. It is a thriller, and will keep you glued to the pages. It’s a story that I believe truly shows the inner workings of how tragic incidents like Columbine can and do occur. The Suicide Club is also not a strong romance, however romance is in the story, and does play its own important part.
If there is a true shortcoming to The Suicide Club it’s that in the aftermath we’re not fully sure how some of the secondary characters are emotionally handling things.