Rupture by Simon Lelic


Simon Lelic

Everyone knows who killed five people during assembly in a prestigious outer London Comprehensive school, but Detective Inspector Lucia May has to find out the reasons for his actions. Rupture is not only a truly suspense-filled 'Whydunnit' but also offers remarkable insights into the themes of power and responsibility. Not for those who want to believe that all British institutions are perfect.


'It's a joke. That's what it is. It's a joke report.'
She said nothing. So far she had said nothing.
'Come on, Lucia. Put me out of my misery. Show me the real one. This is hilarious, real comedy stuff, but give me the actual report. The one that says what we all need it to say .... The one that says this was a tragedy, that Szajkowski was a lunatic, that guns are a menace to our society.'

  • The Shawshank Redemption - the film
  • Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
  • A Few Good Men - the film

Books with similar mood


Fiona Mozley

The Fountain at the Centre of the World

Robert Newman

Kids' Stuff

Henry Sutton

Walking Wounded

Sheila Llewellyn

What Will Survive

Joan Smith

The Dead of Summer

Camilla Way

A Summer of Murder

Oliver Bottini

Beside Myself

Ann Morgan

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

Evie Wyld

The Beast

Roslund- Hellstrom

A History of Loneliness

John Boyne

News from Berlin

Otto de Kat

Far North

Marcel Theroux

The Woman Before Me

Ruth Dugdall

This is How

M J Hyland

The White King

Gyorgy Drogoman


Ryu Murakami

The Ministry of Pain

Dubravka Ugresic

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde


Niccolò Ammaniti

Go, Went, Gone

Jenny Erpenbeck

Here Comes the Sun

Nicole Dennis-Benn


Helen Fitzgerald

The Other Child

Charlotte Link

The Dead Won't Sleep

Anna Smith

The Hanging Shed

Gordon Ferris

The Last Llanelli Train

Robert Lewis


Mia Gallagher


Caron Freeborn

The Star of Algiers

Aziz Chouaki

Faith Without Doubt

Anna Blundy


Michael Frayn


Lana Citron


Iain Banks

Let It Be Morning

Sayed Kashua

Speak No Evil

Uzodinma Iweala

An Untouched House

Willem Frederik Hermans

Slip of a Fish

Amy Arnold

In the Dark

Andreas Pfluger


Jason Donald

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus

Fault Lines

Nancy Huston


Mari Jungstedt

The Shadow Walker

Michael Walters

A Thread of Grace

Mary Doria Russell