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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Pam Clark’s Shoot If You Must is a truly classic story of life’s immeasurable ability to surprise, carrying individuals through an incredible range of emotions towards an uncertain future. One such future belonged to teenage Heather Hillcrest, and when hers is cruelly cut short in a vicious assault, Lieutenant Stephen Raleigh is given the onerous task of finding the perpetrator of this heinous act. As the investigation unfolds, Stephen finds that long-dormant feelings within him are triggered by Professor Meghan Adams, and as their relationship develops he finds he is in a race; a race with ultimate stakes involving the lives of both Meghan and his daughter Lindsay. Will the Lieutenant win this race or will another tragedy befall his life and the community.
Shoot If You Must by Pam Clark was an extremely emotional read. The interactions between the players in this book were the most finely crafted and accurate I have experienced in a long time, as were the feelings portrayed. Not only were the characters sublime, but the entire story arc was also well planned and precisely knitted together to form a perfect reading experience. I went through all of the emotions laid bare in this tale, and couldn’t help being touched by two predominant scenes in particular; Heather’s demise and her later funeral. To me there was a touch of poignancy in Heather’s fate, being linked in a tenuous way with another teenager from the past, Nannie Crouse; two innocent girls linked through an uncertain history with dire consequences. I challenge anyone to read this book without shedding a tear. Overall, a really great book I thoroughly enjoyed.