The Wrong Hand – Jane Jago – Genre – Psychological Thriller
Blurb: 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 Review: Not an easy book to read given the upsetting subject matter and the close comparison to the 1993 child murder in the UK by two 10-year old boys.. This book dealt with the aftermath of a horrific and unimaginable heinous crime against a 3 year old boy, the knock-on effect on the victims family and the 2 young boys convicted of his killing and follows their lives over a 15-20 year period. Sad, thought-provoking and very uncomfortable because it shows a very real and frightening reality of children born into a life of evil.
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.