Back Before Dark (Code of Silence #2)Featured
A brilliant high-school student with a bitter agenda, the kidnapper things it's all a big game, but evil has a way of escalating and consuming.
Despite the best of police efforts, the hours tick by without a clue or a ransom call, leaving everyone to their own fears. Gordy is gone. Cooper descends deeper into a living nightmare, imagining the worst for his best friend and cousin. Hours stretch into days, and talks of a memorial service begin to surface. But Cooper still feels his cousin is alive and develops a reckless plan, changing all the rules. Now the one who set out to rescue his friend needs to be rescued himself. Sometimes rescuing a friend from darkness means going in after them.
This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. As a parent, I was literally reading my worse nightmare. To have your child, even at the age of 14, abducted is a very scary thing to think about. Even though the 4 friends know all about 'stranger danger', they still fall for a trick and their lives are forever changed. This book had me making lists of things to talk to my own children about and things to remind them about everyday. There were a few times I was literally yelling at the book, specifically at Cooper and Lunk. Cooper is a very admirable friend. He would do anything for those he loves, even put himself in danger. He will even go behind police officers backs and try to do things himself. I was so scared for Gordy already, and then Cooper has to go all commando and take charge himself. Like I said, he's a very loyal friend, but the choices he makes are so incredibly dangerous and risky. I was literally biting my nails through the last half of the book.
This book is a great reminder of friendship and how even young adults or children can help out and bring in a different perspective. I really like how the kids aren't treated like they can't help either. Their parents and the police seem to take into consideration what they have to say, even if they don't want to the kids out looking for Gordy.
This book is a great ready for a book club. With discussion points and questions located at the end, it's great for youth groups of all ages. Just like 'Code of Silence' this book has an underlining religious theme that is not preachy or in your face, but still very prominent. I really enjoy reading Mr. Shoemaker's work and look forward to his future projects!