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VINE VOICEon 19 April 2008
I didn't want to enjoy reading this book due to its subject matter - I didn't want to admit that I could empathise with someone who was capable of doing such an awful act, but I did - particularly because he was only ten when 'it' happened.
Having to start afresh when released into a world of which he has no experience requires courage and the guiding hand of 'Uncle Terry' - Jack's surrogate father. Jack's doing well, trying hard at working, making friends, and getting a girlfriend, but the media continually keeps nibbling away at the fact that a (child) child-killer is lose in the community - surely it can't end happily ever after?
The author cleverly builds up the tension, interweaving layers of the Boy A's neglected childhood and the crime itself, with life in prison, and life outside in the real world. Told mainly from Jack's PoV, but also from his friends, case-worker Terry and girlfriend Michelle. Things are never black and white, just different shades of grey... A really thought-provoking book that I'm glad I read.
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