Letters to My Daughter’s Killer – Cath Staincliffe – Genre – Crime Fiction
Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth’s burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter – but the letters are her last, best hope.
Letters To My Daughter’s Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?
My Review: I am actually a little bit speechless having just finished this incredible book in less than a day. It’s a powerful and very raw account of how a mother deals with the murder of her daughter via letters she writes to the killer recounting the events since receiving that horrific phone call. Utterly heartbreaking and so emotional. 5 stars