The fact that the term ‘school shooting’ is even part of our modern vernacular is tragic enough. This seems to cover anything from the mass murder of children and staff at primary schools to that of adult students and staff at universities. It is a dissection of the aftermath of a single shooter university killing spree that is featured here in ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS.
Thirteen women, thirteen dead. Ryan Summers takes a gun to an Edinburgh university campus and deliberately chooses only women to fire upon before turning the gun on himself. Three women are at the forefront of what comes next; the investigating detective, the mother of the first woman killed and the mother of Ryan Summers. These are dreadful crossroads to contemplate yet somehow the three women find themselves where no one ever wants to be.
Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award.