Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes

Stillwater Rising

After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be. As they try to heal from this irr...

Details Stillwater Rising

TitleStillwater Rising
Release DateNov 11th, 2014
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Drama

Reviews Stillwater Rising

  • Brenda
    4.5★sJenn Crowne could not pull herself out of the hell hole she had fallen into – a month ago the devastating shooting at the school her ten year old son Bobby and thirteen year old daughter Charity attended had changed their lives forever. And now the school was opening for a half day before the summer break to give the children some kind of closure. Jenn was determined Charity wouldn’t attend – she couldn’t face the place where she h...
  • Cathy
    I got a copy of Stillwater Rising from Netgalley. Its due to be published in November. This is a book you don’t want to miss. It’s an intense read about a school shooting in a small town. We get to find out how it affected some of the families and even the mother of the boy that was the shooter. There are some that blame the mother of the boy and even the mother blames herself. The grieving process is not a simple one and it takes time to wor...
  • Cheryl
    This is a powerful story. So with a powerful story you need strong, good characters. They need to be able to evoke emotions that make you want to love/hate, cry/laugh, cheer/scream with them. I may not have done all of this while reading this book but I sure did enjoy reading it. I liked the fact that this story focused on the after affects of the terrible incident with the three women. I have read other stories where it was focused on the studen...
  • Linda
    I got a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.It is by far my favorite book so far by a wonderful Author, Steena Holmes. This book got me from the beginning and kept me all the way through. I loved how it had told about each of the different characters in each chapter. It is about a school shooting that was very sad. I felt so bad for the children, parents who lost children and the mother of the boy that did the shooti...
  • Marcee Feddersen
    2014-06-17 to say. I really wanted to love this book. I'm a sucker for school shooting stories, I freaking loved Jodi Picoult's, "19 Minutes", and I was moved by Laura Kasischke's "The Life Before Her Eyes". So, it wasn't the subject matter that bothered was the the way the story didn't really move.In the first place, if you are going to do a book about a school shooting, it's a great idea to ...
  • Vivian
    3.5 star readIt's hard to imagine the heartbreak of a parent that has lost a child. What's even more unimaginable is when that loss is at the hands of another child. We've all read headlines or listened to stories about the horror of school shootings. Even though we may empathize with the families, it is difficult to imagine the pain the families feel or how they can ever learn to live with their grief and heartbreak. Stillwater Rising is a story...
  • Lesley
    Well I will never get that 5 hours back again (or my money), the only benefit was while I had the audiobook portion on I got 7 miles of walking in! This was one I did the going back and forth between audio and ebook. So where do I begin...I am going to one of the few people HONEST enough to give it a low star. I say honest because I have had conversations with people in these type of author book clubs that feel like because the author sends them ...
  • Tara - Running 'n' Reading
    First off, let me just provide a disclaimer: I do not have children and can not begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a child in a tragic event like the one portrayed in this novel; however, Steena Holmes does an unbelievable job in describing and detailing, through these powerful characters, the emotion that comes in the aftermath of a terrible event. I found myself wondering how Steena was able to inject all of this emotion into these ...
  • Maryellen
    "One Bullet, One Boy, One Mother", that's what the headline read. It has been just one month since Gabriel Berry walked into Stillwater Public School and opened fire killing twelve students and two teachers before he would turn the gun on himself. The school has been closed since and as far as Jenn Crowne is concerned, that school should stay closed forever. Jenn and Robert Crowne lost their little boy Bobby that day. For them, that school holds ...
  • Tonya
    After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.As they try to heal from this irre...
  • Elaine
    I really liked Memory Child by Steena Holmes so was looking forward to this one which, whilst I enjoyed, did leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction at the end.It is the story of a small town in America that has been torn apart by a school shooting. I haven’t read 19 Minutes but I have read We Need To Talk About Kevin. I found Stillwater Rising to be a much more accessible, flowing read, despite a few flaws. There are two main female charact...
  • Elaine
    First of all I’ll admit that this isn’t the sort of book that I would automatically want to read- indeed I’d probably avoid it! Having said that, I have to admit that I found it sensitively written, in a manner that really sucked me into the dilemmas facing the different members of the community following the death of ten children and two teachers in a school shoot out carried out by a student from the village who shot and killed himself, t...
  • sue
    I know this book is not due out until November 2014, but I just had to read it. I was so lucky to get my hands on this book of one of my favorite authors [Steena Holmes] through Lake Union Publishing Via Net Galley. I was jumping up and down when they sanctioned I could read it ahead of time.Steena Holmes has such a lovely way of making her books come alive in your hands, makes you want to be there, right in the midst of all that is happening and...
  • Kim Kinsey DiGiacomo
    I don't give 5 stars lightly. Subject matter of this book worried me but it was beautifully written. Yes, I cried.... several times. Not all sad tears, some happy tears. I was highly invested in these characters. I longed for a happy ending for Jenn & her family. I prayed for the friendships to remain despite the different outlooks on the situations. I grieved with the town and felt uplifted at the coming together. I felt so much compassion for t...
  • Michelle Bolton
    "Sometimes words aren't enough. And sometimes they are too much."Stillwater Rising is a book about the aftermath of an elementary school shooting in the small town of Stillwater Bay. Jennifer Crowne is a stay at home mom who has lost her son and is best friends with the town's mayor, Charlotte Stone, who is trying to hold the town together. The best friends have differing opinions on how and when the school should resume and how to move forward a...
  • Erin
    I received "Stillwater Rising" as an ARC. I had recently discovered Steena Holmes after reading two of her books and was hooked. When the opportunity presented itself to get an ARC of her newest book, which is due to release in Nov 2014, I jumped on it. Stillwater Rising is the story of a tight knit community torn apart and put to the test after a local teen goes into the elementary school and fatally shoots several children and teachers. Secrets...
  • SherrieB
    Holmes new book deals with the aftermath of a school shooting. Fans of Jodi Picoult’s 19 Minutes might worry that Holmes book may be similar and thus unworthy. Rest assured, this is a solid book that stands on its own. Most of the book focuses on two women, friends, who react differently to the shooting; the mayor, Charlotte Stone whose husband is the school principal and Jennifer Crowne who lost a son in the violence. Charlotte wants the town ...
  • Kim
    I found this little gem at the library, walking down the isles and randomly grabbing whatever and deciding to try new authors out, looking for that rare new favorite. I liked this authors style of writing, and I'm already itching to get ahold of books 2 and 3 of this series, and her other books sound just as intriguing. I liked how this author took the whole school shooting thing and focused not on the shooter, or victims, but the families, and t...
  • Stacy
    Whenever I think of the people of Newtown, CT, I can't imagine what they've gone through and how they go on. This book takes place after a school shooting. Very few details about the shooting are revealed, but stories are told from the viewpoints of several parents and townspeople who are hurting from loss. One viewpoint that was of interest was the shooter's mom. Most of us wouldn't be concerned about her plight, but this really made me consider...
  • Jazmine(The Bookworm)
    Intense subject matter, but really amazing book! It's beautifully written as we follow Charlotte, Jenn & Julia as they try to make peace with each other and themselves after the school shooting that left their sons dead. The only reason I didn't give this book a full 5 star review is because it ends in a cliff hanger, as we don't get to find out what Gabe said to Jordan. Will definitely be looking for the second book!
  • Pamela Devereux
    Amazing bookThis book was beautifully written. Jenn who's son was killed, numbing herself with alcohol. Her husband working himself like crazy so he doesn't have to deal with Bobby's death. Charity just trying to be like a normal kid again. Then you have Charlotte, the mayor and her husband Jordan, the school principal. Each chapter coming from the perspective of either Jenn or Charlotte. The ending was a surprise.
  • Elyse
    3.5 Stars (A few flaws --but overall a story like this always allows 'us' to look inside our souls)!A small community faces the horrific tragedy of a grammar school shooting....I've read other books about school shootings --plus, we've all read about them in our 'real lives' (almost unbearable to comprehend) ---Authors Jodi Picoult and Lionel Shriver are both two authors that come to thought who write books about 'issues-at-hand': including each ...
  • karmaforlifechick
    sitename] My Review I received a copy of Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes in exchange for an honest review.This book follows family and friends from a small community called Stillwater Bay during their attempt to come to grips with the loss of a son and brother.  Something we've seen in the recent years far too many times.  A child gets a gun and goes into a school a...
  • Elizabeth
    First, a big thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide my opinion of this book.This is a book that will hurt your heart. School shootings are horrific events. This book delves into the community left behind: the families, the school and the town where they all must live and move on. Steena put together a very moving book about what happens after a shooting. You meet the parents of some of the childre...
  • Barb
    This book's impact is weakened by its multiple points of view. While chapter divisions coincide with changes in POV, the reader never gets a good look at one person's thoughts and feelings before a chapter is over and another person is front and center.In addition, the book ends on a cliffhanger to set up a future novel in the series. While I enjoy a good series, I'd prefer that each book stand on its own, not leave the reader hanging.
  • vvb
    This story gets into some of the nitty gritty of what happens after a traumatic event in a small town. In this scenario it is after an elementary school shooting by a child.This sad topic is handled well and neutrally in presenting different angles on the subject. Because there are multiple characters, I felt empathy for each equally.Got me thinking of how people handle grief.
  • Allison
    Boring. I kept waiting for something to happen... I am actually surprised that I finished this book. The author kept hinting that something was about to happen.... It never did. I really enjoyed the other book by this author but this one was quite simply boring. Oh well.
  • Kathleen Gilman
    IncredibleIncredible story of a town impacted by a terrible tragedy. Families who have lost loved ones and struggling on how to live on.