On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.
For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother's Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother's Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organisations focusing on mental health issues.
©2016 Sue Klebold (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
Wow this book was amazing . It was not only well written but the way the story was told has made me view the whole incident differently then I did before I read this book. I can not recommend this book more than I have. Read this book it will change your view on the whole situation
""An Excellent Audiobook""
Honestly told by the author
Honestly told by the author
its not really the sort of book you would make a film about
To hear Sue klebold read the book make all the difference.
Can't think of any
Definitely, desperately wanted to know how this woman survived such a unique set of circumstances.
I have no idea how this woman is still alive today given what her son, Dylan, put her through. The ultimate test of a mothers love.... I understand from listening to this book how the victims families must have felt, however, for sue to feel the need to explain in a book, her pain was also if not worse.... Having to grieve for a child you thought they were and then grieve for the person they had become.....
"Fascinating and sad"
I had not known much about the background of the people and their families involved in the Columbine Massacre. Sue Kelbold's account of her upbringing of Dylan and her experience in the aftermath of the shooting is fascinating and dignified whilst being in-depth. Her sorrow for the loss of her son and those who died or were injured by him and his friend Eric Harris is palpable. Her sadness at uncovering Dylan's depression and suicidal ideation comes clearly through the text. I wish her luck in her recovery
What a brave book - have so much respect and empathy for the author. An important and very interesting insight into the columbine tragedy.
"Honest and Frank."
Heartbreakingly honest account. Sue Klebold should be heralded for her bravery in publishing this account.
"Detailed account through the eyes of the person who should know the perpetrator the best, the mum"
You hear much from the families of the victims in mass murders, but not about the aftermath for those of the perpetrator, which I have sometimes wondered about. So here I found my chance.
The account of what happened and what Sue and her family went through comes across as honest, which as an outsider I can only assume is the case.
The read is at times as must be expected disturbing, not least because Dillion's family upbringing seemed as regular as could be expected, in fact to a higher standard than many, yet still there were no signs of any risk that this atrocity could occur. Perhaps to much emphasis on "mind health", but then again is that the essence of what occurred? The read Is thought provoking to say the least.
"The best book I've ever 'read'"
I already have listened to all 11 hours again. The book is filled with so much information about her experience, about how Dylan used to be and it creates a real sympathy with her to know how the media presented her as a horrible mother when she explains how this affected her.
I liked the insight into what Dylan was like before his death. How his symptoms of depression were shown, how he acted around his parents and her beliefs into why Dylan committed the tragedy.
I enjoyed the parts where Sue describes how Dylan was as a child because it does have a relevance as to why he ended up that way.
'The media had it all wrong'
Sue is such a strong woman to come through and talk so in depth about her son and how she felt about the entire thing, let alone read it aloud in an audio book. I admire her strength and I believe that anyone needing an insight on what depression is like has to read this book. The awareness of brain illness/ brain health is spread when you read this book, everyone should read it.
"YESSS I AM SHOOK"
YESSSS I LOVED THIS IT GAVE SUCH AN EYE OPENING OPINION ON COLUMBINE YESS YOU ARE SO STRONG LOVE U LONG TIME SUE 💘💘
"Honest, heartbreaking, terrifying"
Your worst nightmare is not the psychopath, it's your own son and what you don't know about them; this was clearly illustrated by Sue in an honest, heart rendering fashion which moved me beyond words.
When she saw the basement tapes and realised her son was a monster ... and then realised he wasn't. Very human.
No, I needed to process and think between sittings. Too scary for your own life to listen all at once.
This book was stunning and frightening, it made me realise we may not truly understand our own kids, The narration was 10/ 10
Sue's emotion came through
A wake up call for us all
Truely riveting !!!
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