Finding Jennifer Jones Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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A powerful story and it challenges the reader to consider what they think about punishment and rehabilitation. How much do any of us really believe in forgiveness? -- Martin Chilton The Telegraph
The highly-anticipated sequel to the award-winning 'Looking for JJ'. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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In this new story Jennifer has moved on. She has a new name (Kate) and is now at university, carefully hiding her true identity from those around her. She hopes to be able to continue with her studies and live the life of a student without her past being revealed yet again. But even if Jennifer/Kate can evade public and media attention she cannot escape the guilt she carries inside her and so she has huge decisions to make about her future. You don’t have to have read the original book to enjoy this sequel as all the information you need about Jennifer’s childhood, and her crime, is included. I have waited a long time to find out what happened to JJ and I have not been disappointed.
Luckily, this wasn’t the case. Finding Jennifer Jones had plenty of new and interesting material to cover, both in Jennifer’s past and her present.
When we last left Jennifer Jones, she was starting a new life as Kate Rickman. We join her a couple of years later to find out how her life is progressing now. She’s changed from when she was shy, quiet Alice. This grown up version gets drunk and goes back to houses with random guys and skips out on her probation appointments. She’s tired of a life of being checked up on and feeling like she’s always looking over her shoulder. And when a young girl is murdered in the area and can be linked to her, things only get worse.
I liked this grown up Jennifer, though I did question some of the choices that she made. It’s such an impossible situation for her though: yes, she’s done her time and has technically been released to live her life, but she still did a terrible wrong and has to report in to various people. While she still feels guilty about what she did, she wants to be left alone to live in peace. But she also questions if she deserves that. It’s a really complex situation, and I couldn’t really decide my view on it. While I always feel on her side, as a protagonist I’m fond of, it doesn’t erase the fact that she took the life of a child.
There’s a lot more revealed about Jennifer’s life after the act she committed.Read more ›
If you can't remember all the story, don't worry there's a rehash part way through, done as a sort of flashback. This is set 9 years after the murder, and JJ has had several changes of name along the way. Just as she's getting her life back together, once again she's pulled in for questioning when another young girl is found murdered. She tries to escape by going to London and changing her own name but she makes the mistake of meeting up with Lucy Bussell from the first book and so the papers catch up with her again. Will it ever end - then she decides life can't go on in this way and makes a drastic decision. The book is left open for further books to follow. I hope she leaves it there.
I didn't feel this quite worked somehow, especially the ending, but it's readable.
The sections that most interested me were the continuing flashbacks that pick up from the first book, at the time when Jennifer's friend's body is discovered, and what happens to Jennifer following this. Seeing how a child is treated and the sentencing process was fascinating, though I'd have liked even more detail.
Jennifer (now Kate) is fairly sympathetic in her student incarnation. She's trying to build a life, she's not forgotten her past (and a current missing child investigation brings it back home to her very suddenly), she's not off the rails but struggling to cope in many ways. Her own feelings for her mother and the hidden lies of the past that protected her mother are still present, and really frustrated me - I really needed Kate to see the truth about her mother and how it affected her own actions and also affected her sentencing. Even at the end of the book, I hadn't seen enough of this plot or Kate/Jennifer's mother - I want this storyline to be picked up on as it hasn't been finished, to my mind. No confrontation as yet.
Kate takes some actions I didn't like, but she does face up to her actions and knows she must continue to pay the price for what she did, no matter why it happened and how young she was. You have to admire her for that.
I found myself whizzing through the book.Read more ›
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Writing this review on behalf of my eleven year old daughter. She is a voracious reader and she loved this book!Published 15 days ago by Lubi
Well written story I actually felt sorry for the young girl who killed her friend..I sat up all night reading this book .Published 2 months ago by Josephine