Marisa Reichardt - Underwater
Many novels have tried to capture the fear and desperation that someone feels when there’s a mass shooting, and they also explore why - because how on earth can we make any sort of sense in such a senseless act of violence. But Marisa Reichardt’s novel Underwater is different. She doesn’t ask why, and she doesn’t focus on the act itself, instead to looks at the aftermath – the emotional toll that it takes on the young survivors, and the people who love them. It’s a novel so moving you’ll be brought to tears, feel the panic tightening in your chest, and sigh in relieve as it passes.