This story blew me away. I thought the first chapter or two was slow to start but after that then it is a page turner. I started and could not stop. If I had known this was a female sleuth / legal thriller I would have torn through these books several years ago, instead of waiting.
This review will be a little different I will answer the questions with my opinions.
1.Should children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Should chronological age enter into the discussion given the severity of the crimes we see being committed by children?*
** I am on the fence about this. One part of me says yes the other part says no. If this is the first time a child has committed a crime, is not in any type of gang then no the child should not be tried as an adult. However if the child is part of a game, has already broken several laws, or they murdered a person for initiation into a gang then yes. Charge them as an adult. But do not sentence them to the same amount of time as adults. Keep them separate, do not allow any type of gang to infiltrate the prison and reform the child. Provide them with a skill that will allow them to be a productive member of society.
Yes age should enter in to all criminal cases not just for children. Even senior adults should have their age viewed when a crime is committed.
2. Is it truly possible get justice in this day and age where trials are discussed simultaneously in the media spotlight and by men and women who have agendas that reach beyond guilt or innocence?
No there is no way to get honest/unbiased opinion because of the media. To many prosecutors are only interested in how far a case will advance their career providing them more money. To many corporations are only interested in the dollar amount. They are not concerned with someone’s innocence or guilt. To many people, especially the news media, rely on social media to push a specific agenda. The media is all about ratings and money. The are not concerned with anything else.
3. Can there be any sympathy for Linda? Is her desire to secure her future extreme, or the norm?
No sympathy for Linda. She went to the extreme to get what she wanted. She was a lazy, conniving, bitch who was too lazy to wipe her own ass.
4. Was Linda jealous of Hannah? Her youth? Her beauty? Most of all her sense of right and wrong? Was Hannah a mirror that reflected only her mother’s failings.
I do not think Linda was jealous of Hannah, but I do not think she loved her as a parent should love a child. Linda did not try and protect her child or provide for her child. Linda looked to others to provide and protect Hannah. Hannah knew the difference in right and wrong. However, Linda exploited this for her own agenda. No Hannah was not a mirror that reflected Linda’s failing. Hannah tried to do what was right. Hannah tried to protect her mother. But Hannah was a child, she should have never been put in the position that Linda put her in.
5. Were Linda’s actions throughout the book calculated or simply reactive as the situation spiraled out of control?
Oh they were calculated. Linda did not do anything without fully thinking out what might or might not happen. She even calculated how to sway her husband with sexual favors to get what she wanted.
6. Was Hannah’s loyalty to her mother understandable, pitiful, or heroic?
Hannah’s loyalty was understandable and pitiful. To me it seemed like Hannah was trying to be the adult/parent while Linda was the child. Hannah like any child wants to believe one thing and tried to protect her mother. On the other hand her loyalty was pitiful because of all the times that Linda let her down.
7. Children mature physically so much earlier these days. Do we (adults) burden them by mistaking physical maturity for emotional, spiritual and intellectual maturity? Do we do them a disservice by not helping them pace their childhood? Is this driven by mothers, fathers, media, friends or all of the above?
Children today are not allowed to grow up emotionally, spiritual or intellectually. Today’s children are told how to think, what to think and when to think, and where to think. We see this in the crimes committed by children. All the stuff added to food today has allowed children to grow up physically and we adults mistake this child as an adult.
8. On some level, was Josie as selfish as Linda? Does she use Hannah to fill a void in her life, or are her intentions purely honorable in terms of helping Hannah find a safe harbor?
Yes on some level Josie was as selfish as Linda. I do not think Hannah was there to fill a void and Josie’s intentions were honorable. But it was selfish that Josie did not discuss what was happening with Hannah or anyone else in her life.
9. Did Josie have a right to insert Hannah into her life without discussing it with Archer and Faye? Both of whom she made a commitment to –one professional and one personal.
This is another yes and no answer for me. Yes Josie had a right to protect the child. However she really needed to discuss this with the important people in her life. I wonder why family on Linda’s side were not found to take Hannah. Or even Hannah’s father found so he could have a part in Hannah’s life. Then I wonder if Josie really understood what she was taking on with a 16 year old child. I wonder if Josie would be able to handle all the emotional baggage attached with Hannah.
This was a great read. The discussion questions provided some very deep provoking thoughts. I love Josie’s character and I hope to learn more about her as this series continues. Forester did a great job in writing this book. This book was part of the BookBunny challenge read for 2017.