Award-winning journalist Dave Cullen has followed the story of Columbine for the past 10 years, and this book is a result of his exhaustive research on the horrifying event, its devastating effect on the town, and the chilling backstory of the killers responsible for the tragedy.
This was a disturbing yet riveting read. It made me sick to my stomach to read some of the details from the killers' journals, websites, and videotapes as they planned their attack. The massacre was described in vivid detail as well, which was difficult to read. At times it was so intense that I had to take a break from reading, but I returned to the book because it was so well-written and researched, and I needed to read on to see if there was any way to make sense of this unspeakable tragedy.
Much of what I thought I knew about the Columbine massacre was actually not true. Cullen dispels many of the myths created by the media about the killers' motives and the events of that terrible day. He details the mistakes and coverups that plagued the police investigation in the years following the massacre as well as the struggles faced by survivors and the families of those who died.
The information in this book is not presented in chronological order. Different narratives from before, during, and after the event are pieced together seamlessly. Cullen presented everything with tremendous compassion for the community and everyone affected.
Columbine is a thought-provoking read which provides a complete picture of the tragedy from multiple perspectives.