5 October 2016

Review: THE WRONG HAND, Jane Jago

  • format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 2415 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (June 30, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2016
  • Sold by: PEN UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BG8VAG2
Synopsis (Amazon)

We all make mistakes. Moments that change us and the path we are on irrevocably.

For Rachel Allen it was the moment that she let her son's hand slip from hers. For Danny Simpson and Graham Harris it was the moment one of them took it.

Seven years ago Danny and Graham were just children themselves, angry, marginalized and unguided. That was, until they committed a crime so heinous that three families were left devastated. They were no longer just boys. They were monsters.

Released from juvenile detention, it is time for the boys, now men, to start again; new names, new people. But they can never escape who they are or what they did. And their own families, now notorious; the Allens, destroyed with grief; and the country at large have never been able to forget.
They will always be running. They will always be hiding. But are some mistakes too large, the ripples to far reaching, to outrun forever?

My take

This novel raises the question of whether there are crimes that are too heinous to ever be forgiven. Do children always understand what they are doing? Can they ever be accepted back in society?

There have been a number of this type of crime world wide and the children who have carried them out have been punished for life. It raises the question of whether both the children are as guilty as each other. Would one have done this if the other had not been present?

The plot in this book seems to closely reflect the murder of James Bulger

A very thought provoking read.

My rating: 5.0

About the author
Jane Jago was born in Sydney Australia in 1961. Originally trained as a Printmaker, she began writing whilst raising a family. She has a long standing interest in exploring the shadow aspect of human nature and in developmental psychology. Passionate about the protection of children and their right to a childhood, The Wrong Hand is her first novel. 

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