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The Morning Of: by S.B. Cody

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 unclear who the victims are?


This story is so good on so many levels. It's like taken straight from the news. Unfortunately, it's a story that is so current which makes it so real.

It's every parent's worse nightmare you're at work/home/playing golf, wherever, and you hear there has been a shooting at your child's school, and there are casualties. Your whole world collapses right in front of you.

That's how the story begins; it's such a powerful storyline it gives me the shivers. Before the shooting, the author tells the death of a black youth by the police, which I believe is the catalyst of the school shooting.

This fantastic story is C.M Cody's debut novel, what a way to start your publishing career. I loved the author's writing style, which was engaging, thought-provoking and very entertaining, an actual page-turner.

The ending was shocking because I didn't know who the perpetrators were (which isn't surprising, lol). A first for me is the author's explanation of how the characters went on with their lives which was a nice touch.

An overall exciting page-turner, emotional (get your hanky ready) thought-provoking topic. Looking forward to the author's future releases.

About 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 dog.

Stephen King and Dennis Lehane are his most significant literary influences. The Morning Of is his debut novel.

He can be followed on Twitter @SBCody86.

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