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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (22 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844882195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844882199
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A mother's loving memoir, attempting to retrieve Rachel's memory from the disgusting, foul-mouthed email exchanges between her killer and his sister (Irish Times )

Deeply moving . . . compelling (Irish Independent )

An anatomy of the murder that mesmerised the nation . . . emotional and eloquent (Irish Daily Mail )

A skilled writer, Rose doesn't shy away from detail . . . heartbreaking . . . gripping (Evening Herald )

About the Author

Dubliner Rose Duff fell in love with Jim Callaly when she was 19 and they married five years later, in 1965. Together they adopted five children, with Rose becoming a full time mother and housewife. Rose and Jim became grandparents for the first time in 2000 when their elder daughter Rachel gave birth to her first child. The unimaginable tragedy of Rachel's murder in October 2004, led Rose to write this account of her daughter's life and death and its aftermath. Though at times it was an agonizing process, Rose was determined to create this testimony and a tribute to Rachel's memory.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Kinahan on 18 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book having read all the publicity around this case, It was refreshing to read a mothers honest story of her daughter, the husband and the life that was lost. The author starts by telling us what happened when the family adopted the daughter... Rachel, and goes on to describe the course her life took right up until the day she was murdered in cold blood by her own husband. We get to read about the body of evidence, the tissue of lies and how perhaps, life in the couple of years before Rachel died were not exactly happy... A really touching, tragic story with so many victims of such a senseless crime... The book is written by an "ordinary" Mum and she has done an extraordinary job in Remembering Rachel.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Simpson on 11 Dec. 2009
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I have just finished reading "Remembering Rachel". I just couldn't put it down. It is so,so awfully sad. It's a book that will get into your head and you will find it very hard to forget it. She was such a beautiful girl and what happened to her was so dreadful. I don't know how her mother has been able to find the strength to write the book. What she saw that dreadful day must have been shattering and I'm sure she will take a long time to even begin to clear the sight from her memory. I'm sure she will never forget it. How her husband could have done such a dreadful thing I will never be able to even begin to understand and he sounds such a frightenly ordinary kind of person. Nothing about him to indicate that he would be capable of such a horrific crime. It's a book that everyone should read. Rachel deserves to be kept in the publics memory. She will never be forgotten
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Fletcher on 6 April 2011
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I found this book to be very well written, and read it over a few days. What a brave woman Rose is to put her worst memories down on paper. It must have been really hard to do, especially as she was the person who found Rachel after she had been murdered.

I too cannot understand why Rachel's husband felt the need to murder her. She was obviously far too good for him. He was too stupid to realise what a lucky man he was, and threw it all away in an act of utter selfishness.

Rachel was very pretty and sounded like a very caring and loving wife, mother and daugher.

She would have made any parent proud. I hope her family's pain will ease as time passes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lisabee on 24 Aug. 2011
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A heartbreaking story from a courageous mother who should never have had to go through this experience. Tragic but interesting story of how an horrendous crime was uncovered and the person finally brought to justice.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mar1a0 on 19 Jan. 2010
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I have followed this case in the news in Ireland and have always maintained that her husband was the murderer. Having read her mothers side of the story and her insight into the relationship and her views about him, it made for very interesting reading and totally backed-up my theory. I felt really sorry for Rachels mother as no mother should have to go through this at any time in their life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bookworm. on 28 July 2010
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This book was written by a very devoted mother to
her adopted daughter, it was so tragic and hope
the murderer rots in hell, he robbed a young mother
of the chance to see her children grow up,and the joy
she brought to everyone around her. He appeared as a
selfish deceitful psychopath.prison is the best place
for him, hope he never sees the outside world again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris from Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2013
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"Remembering Rachel" is a first hand account of the dreadful and brutal murder of Rachel O'Reilly, written by her mother Rose Callaly. It was a murder so gruesome, and one of the most tragic and talked about cases that Ireland has ever known.

The book is simply written, by this mother grieving for her adopted daughter. Not only was it a brutal and gruesome murder, the perpetrator was unbelievable callous and calculating.

Rose tells us of the family background and what Rachel was like in her youth. We are taken to her wedding to Joe, to the birth of her children and on to the shock horror of her death. We journey with Rose and the family through the darkest of days after the murder. We travel with them through their quest to find and prove who killed their beloved daughter and like them, we are shocked at the attitude of Joe, Rachel's widower.

This is a heart rending account of all this, the trial and the appeal when finally justice prevailed. I hope that in writing this book, Rose Callaly can now find some peace and just be left with the happy memories of her daughter, Rachel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enjuwa on 3 Jan. 2011
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I couldn't put this book down.Why on earth did her husband want to
kill her,there's such a thing as divorce! This book shows how enigmatic the mind is. I found it depressive yet I did want to see the end result.
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