What We Saw
Author: Aaron Hartzler
Release Date: Septemeber 22, 2015
Rating: 4.5 Birds
Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.
But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Aaron Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.
A raw and honest reminder that a snapshot isn’t always the full picture.
I think the thing that resonates with me most about this book is that it’s inspired by true events. So often we read contemporary novels about broken hearts, accidents, even deaths and think “That could really happen” but you have this barrier of protection yet, because it was after all just a story.
With WHAT WE SAW that barrier thins out, the protection fades and you your forced to realize that this really did happen in some way and in this day and age, it likely happens more often than we even care to admit. I’m really glad that books like this are out there, so people can learn from them, possibly avoid the same mistakes, but more importantly have something that they can relate to if they ever find them self in a situation like this.
WHAT WE SAW is a poignant look at how quickly the space between right and wrong can fade, and how what you see on the surface isn’t always the truth. Lessons that everyone should remember, but often forgets as they quickly point the finger of guilt at the most likely suspect.