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Double Take: A Mother's Nightmare Paperback – 30 May 1996

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Young Woodchester; 1st ed edition (30 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952479656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952479659
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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it is now 12 years since emma and beckie died. through the book double take i hope that i have ensured that their names will live on in the memories of strangers such as yourselves. if that is so then i have achieved something. i still do not know what happened that night but the book reveals all we did find out at the time. it is every parents nightmare, in our case it became a reality.

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On reading this book I felt an immediate affinity as I was born in 1971 - the twins discussed in this book were born 2 years later. I am now 40 and my parents take an active and immeasurable part in my daughter's life. Vicky and Steve Harper have been denied the chance of both parental and grandparental guidance, love and enjoyment as their daughters were ripped from their lives when they were 17 years old. I could not put this book down and read it in a matter of days. This book documents the thoughts and experiences of a couple whose children died in an unexplained way. Twins Beckie and Emma were 17 years old when they died on the same night, in the same environment. No full, adequate explanation has yet to be arrived at - both those involved and the judicial system have yet to offer Vicky and Steve Harper answers of how, why and what happened. The torture the parents endure is endless. Vicky talks about wanting to die in this book - a desire understandable under such horrific, awful, unimaginable, obscene circumstances. On reading I feel that The Law failed this family and continues to do so by not re-opening the case following the presentation of new expert evidence. In addition, some of the media who pursued this case on their pages did so in a seedy and sensationalist manner. Read this book; it will make you realise that you are really lucky to live the life you do.Double Take: A Mother's Nightmare
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I was approached by the author to look at the book as I am a Science teacher teaching the OCR GCE Applied Science course. This course has a unit about forensics and how a failure on the part of the forensics team can lead to injustice. I will be using this book to help my Year 12's (16/17 year olds) to really think about the forensic failings involved in a case which will be close to home for them in terms of the circumstances Emma and Beckie's deaths were caused. I am hopeful that some of my students will go on to be forensic scientists in the future and the story told in this heart breaking but gripping book will lead them to be better forensics than the ones who worked on this case.

I am so grateful that I have read this book and found a superb resource also. I couldn't put it down, found myself getting upset and angry along with the author. It is beautifully written and at times I had to stop and think as I realised it wasn't a novel it was real life.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Vicky.
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Have just finished reading 'Double Take' by Vicky Harper. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in seeing the rule of law upheld and a society and judicial system which resepcts the sanctity of human life and respect for victims of crime.

This book is not a mere 'venting of frustration' by a family who, the judicial system has failed and the situation exacerbated by an immoderate press.

It is a very warm and compassionate book about one family trying, against the odds, to come to terms with their grief and make sense of systemic failure in the judicial system and how it is reported in the press.

A very passionate, well structured and beautifully written book that demands to be read; I highly recommend it.

Eddie Rocks Social Science Lecturer
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Not an avid reader, but I found this to be one of those books you simply cannot put down until it's finished.
A harrowing story extremely well put and a fitting memorial to twins Emma and Beckie by a very courageous and determined mother. A quest for the Truth yet unanswered catalogues the lost innocence of youth, tragedy, the eviltude of man, the generosity and warmth of mankind, utter despair, false dawns and an unjust world where the innocent are punished yet those without conscience go free. An examination of the judicial system which ought to be dynamic in defence of life and the law-abiding citizen, but in reality seems to be archane and wanting.
A must read for parents everywhere.
No happy ending, but I hope for the sake of all involved to read in future read the Final Truth.
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Started off with a mini biography of the two girls, and I thought it was going to be a little boring, but once you get past the first couple of chapters it's difficult to put down. It goes into detail about the trial and the British Judicial system, and the feelings of the parents. Glad I read it. It's especially interesting if you are from the Gloucestershire area.
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Vicky's story was especially poignant because she lost both of her children in the fire and therefore her chance to ever have grandchildren. She was an ordinary mother with the same hopes and dreams for her children as any other when suddenly her life was changed so cruelly and completely by the utterly selfish and mindless act carried out with total disregard for Vicky's family.
I was particularly impressed by the way in which Vicky and her husband, Steve, have stayed strong for one another when so often marriages collapse under the strain.
By writing this book, Vicky has made the public aware of the injustice of her situation, but she will also have helped subsequent parents who have lost their children to realise that they are not alone in what they are going through.
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