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Attention All Book Clubs

I wanted this novel to entertain AND, perhaps, provoke some thought and discussion. If you think I've accomplished my second objective, you might be interested in downloading the discussion guide I've prepared for book clubs.

And, if you'd like me to talk to your book club, I'd be delighted to arrange a group Skype or Google Hangouts call.

Excerpt from Book Club Discussion Guide for ANGRY ENOUGH TO KILL by S.J. Dunn​

I.  VIGILANTES AND VIGILANTISM

1.     David and Loring have different opinions about vigilantism (“David for the system. Loring for the child.”) Before reading this novel, did you ever think that you would kill anyone who abused your child? How often have you come right out and said it? How did your friends respond to your comments? After reading this story, do you still think you would do the same? If not, why not?

II.  PEDOPHILES AND PEDOPHILIA

5.       In the car on the way to Whistler, the women listen to a radio documentary called, “A Million Closed Eyes,” about a pedophile the townspeople called 'Three Dollar Bill,' and yet they all deny any knowledge of his actions.  Have you failed to notice that someone was a pedophile? If you did notice, what action, if any, did you take? If you took no action, were you an accomplice as Loring says (“It's our fault because we are society, and we are failing our children. We're accomplices ...”)? Would you behave differently now? Why are people often surprised to learn that a relative or a friend is a pedophile? Is it willful blindness or something else?

III. SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES

7.       Robin was raised Roman Catholic but considers herself an atheist. [Spoiler deleted] Do you think someone has to believe in God to be a good person? If you were raised Roman Catholic (or in any other religion, for that matter), do you ever want to “escape” your religious upbringing or do you cherish it?

11.   At Whistler, after Loring finally confides the details of her childhood abuse in Robin, Robin thinks “if Evil existed, so must Good.” Does Robin think Loring's father is evil. Are pedophiles evil? Do you think that the forces of Good and Evil exist in the world and are “battling for control of our souls” as Robin's parents taught her? 

IV.  THE SURVIVORS

14.    During the argument about turning fantasy into reality, Loring says, “You can't possibly understand how ashamed the victims feel, and how that shame colors almost every breathing moment of our lives.” Is it possible for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to escape the past and live unhaunted lives even with counseling or are “some memories like crayon marks on the wall. Even when you paint over them, they bleed through the surface”? Does it depend on the individual, the timing of the counseling or other factors?

V.   THE CHARACTERS

19.   David wants to protect Loring, but his desire to protect her verges on controlling her. She calls him David the Protector or David the Controller depending on the circumstances. Which is he? Where do you draw the line between protecting someone and controlling them? Is this different if the person you're protecting is a child rather than an adult?

22.   Kendy believes her friends are the most important part of her life (“...what kind of girl likes to murder all by herself? Well, maybe a girl like Kendy, but even she likes company.”) She showers them with gifts but doesn't like accepting any gifts. Is giving more important than receiving, or is receiving just as important? [Spoiler deleted.]

23.   Of the three women, which one do you think is the most disturbed? Why did the author choose to make that character the ‘crazy’ one?

VI.  “LITERARY” ISSUES

28.   In a literary sense, the characters in this story play various roles, e.g., Gervais is the villain's foil. Loring is the protagonist, but is there anyone in the story, other than the villain, who is her antagonist?

 

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 Publisher’s Discussion Guide

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Publisher's Questions

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Some Preliminary Ideas for Discussion Topics

1. Before reading this novel, did you think you would kill to protect your children?

2. If yes, after reading this novel, do you still think you would kill to protect your children?

3. In what circumstances do you think you might kill someone to protect your child?

4. Do you sometimes say you would kill any pedophile who touched your child, and yet you know in your heart that you wouldn't actually do it?

5. If yes, why wouldn't you? (Fear of the consequences, morality, religious convictions, pointlessness?)

6. Do you think that vigilantism is growing? Why?

7. Do you think that vigilantism is ever justified?

8. If yes, in what circumstances?

9. What are the solutions to the problem of pedophilia?

10. Although ANGRY ENOUGH TO KILL is fiction, do you think I've given Amber, Robin, Cassie and David enough motivation for their actions?

11. Why does Amber wear clothes two sizes too large?​

12. Does Amber hate David?

13. Is Amber capable of love

14. Can Amber have friends? If not, why not?

15. What does Amber learn in the story?

16. Who is the woman in the first chapter?

17. Why does Cassie refer to all men, except David, by their last names?

18. Why does Cassie refer to herself as a girl?

19. Why is Cassie an outrageous flirt?

20. Can Cassie have friends? If not, why not?

21. Does Cassie ever cry?

22. Do you think Cassie is crazy?

23. Why do you think I wanted to make the reader believe that Cassie is crazy?

24. If you were raised in the Roman Catholic church (or any other faith, for that matter), can you ever "escape"?

25. Does Robin leave her faith?

27. Does Robin ever get over her husband's death?

28. SPOILER AND WARNING: The novel contains a torture scene. Did you skip that scene?

29. Could you ever torture someone? If so, in what circumstances?​

30. What kind of person could torture someone?

31. Does Robin lose it during the torture scene? If so, why?

32. Why does the novel contain a torture scene? (I'll answer this question when the next novel in the series is released. I'm hoping the answer will surprise some readers.)

33. What role does David play in the novel?

34. Does David have any faults? If so, what are they?

35. Would you like to be married to David?

36. Do you have any sympathy for Lorne?

37. How are Lorne and Amber similar? How are they different?

38. Do you believe in capital punishment? If so, in what circumstances?

39. Why do I make use of references to children throughout the novel (e.g.,  children's games, playgrounds, etc.)?​

40. What is Bobby Gervais's role in the story, in "literary" terms?

41. Is the story believable?

42. Which character is your favorite, and why?

43. Would you like to see more of your favorite character(s) in this series? (No, I will not bring a character back to life.)

44. Which scene is your favorite, and why?

45. Were you satisfied with the ending?

46. If not, how would you have ended the novel?

48. What related issues would you like to see in the future novels in this series? (Child pornography, the role of the media, the minds of typical pedophiles so that you can understand how they think, etc.)

49. Did you like the writing style? (Don't be afraid to offend me...I'm constantly learning to improve my craft.)

​50. If you have more ideas for discussion topics, please contact me via the contact form on the CONTACT page.