All For One – Ryne Douglas Pearson
This is a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book.
The story begins in the Prologue with Joey Travers, Elena Markworth, Bryce Hool, Micheal Prentiss, Paula Jean Allenton, and Jeff Bernstein taking a bat to Guy Edmond. It seems that this is a particularly gruesome display of violence. And the premise of the book is that these children create a pact to stick to their story so that none of them will be arrested for Guy’s death.
In the course of the story, we understand why each one would have reason to kill Guy if they did. He was evil and spiteful. Calling him a bully does not fully describe the extent to which he went to terrorize the other children in the school and neighborhood where he lived. He destroyed people’s property, played cruel practical jokes, humiliated, and demoralized others. After his death, he was gone, but the emotional and physical scars haunted those who had suffered by his hand.
Yet it is a police detective’s job to find a killer. No one should be killed because of vigilante justice.
We know it is not right, but it is difficult to want to find the killer of a horrible person whose main delight was in the intimidation of others.
During the reading of the book, I had so many questions.
- Did the children kill him?
- If so, who will be the one to break and tell the police?
- What will happen to them if they are guilty?
- If they are not guilty, who really did it?
The author creates a story that engages the reader in such a way, that there is angst and anxiety for the children. These are children that are having to deal with repressed memories of torment and oppression by a devious individual. I sympathized with his victims. I could understand why some of them were celebrating his death and treating the murder suspects with, what some would call, misplaced gratitude.
But does that make their actions justified?
My mind said no, but my heart said maybe. In the end, in All For One Pearson answered all of my questions and provided a somewhat satisfying explanation to all events.