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Letters To My Daughter's Killer by Cath Staincliffe
  

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This terrific book is just as the title says, letters from a mother to the killer of her daughter. Initially we don’t know who that killer is although she does. It is very clever the way she writes to the man without revealing his identity until he is arrested. We then have the trial and conviction. The point of the letters is to try to alleviate the hatred that continues to grow in the poor woman like a cancer. She takes the bereft five year old child in and has to cope with her trauma too. It is all very sad. I think this author is very special

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Synopsis

Letters To My Daughter's Killer by Cath Staincliffe

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?

Reviews

An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout - Daily Telegraph

It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that. - Val McDermid

About the Author

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath’s own experience. Her latest book, The Kindest Thing, is a love story turned nightmare when a woman helps her husband die and is tried for murder. Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th July 2014

Author

Cath Staincliffe

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Publisher

Constable Crime an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781780335711

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