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“This was an "awesome" account of two families experience with a flawed "justice system". After two young women who were members of this family are brutalized and then gang raped and murdered, the family endures yet another tragedy when one of their own is taken into custody as a prime...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Referred to in Walking With The Devil/Michael Quinn.”RT wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A memoir of the 1991 murders of two young women, written by their cousin and documenting the hours, days, weeks, and years following the crime. Insight into police behavior, survivor guilt, and victims' rights.”Jo Cripps wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent!”James Ross wrote this review Thursday, October 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Everyone should read this book. It is a retelling of a family tragedy that happened in 1991. Two young sisters (19 & 20) with everything ahead of them were raped and murdered, and their cousin Tom was at the scene tortured by the 4 assailants. Tom suffered through the experience, then the police not believing him and accusing him, and the aftermath. What an eye opener to what happens to victims and their families.
It is NOT a book regarding thoughts on the death penalty, but I really like the musings of the author (cousin of the girls who were killed and younger sister of Tom). There are lots of reasons that people are against the death penalty but the best reason is what Ms. Cummins wrote at the end of her book: doing away with the death penalty would mean that those on death row would be forgotten and not sought after for interviews or made to be victims themselves. Perfect.
A great tribute to two young sisters who were lost too soon.”
“Although the subject matter is very disturbing, gang rape and murder, it was a very interesting story and a quick read. The book chronicles the aftermath the family suffers after these brutal crimes are committed.”Nicole Parnell wrote this review Wednesday, November 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Overall, this was a pretty good book. It had a good story line, a exciting plot, and interesting characters. But, in some parts of the book, it dragged on with too much background information. It was also confusing in some parts.
Tom Cummins, and his cousins Julie and Robin wanted to go to Old Rocks bridge to see a poem Julie had painted on the bridge. In order to see it, they had to sneak out at night, so no one knew they had gone.
While on the bridge, they caught up with 4 troubled teens. Tom, Julie, and Robin thougt they were just normal teens.
In a terrible change of events, the boys end up killing Robin and Julie by pushing them into Mississippi river. Tom survived.
The police and Tom try and find the killers, but wind up with no luck. They then start to questions Tom's motives that night. Did he kill Julie and Robin? Does he know where the killers are?
I would recommed this book to anyone who can handle it. It's kind of brutal and takes a mature person to understand the concept.”
“Ive never actually snuck out but Jeanine Cummins made me feel as if I were doing that late one night. The story of the Cummins family ws told by one of the cousins belonging to that family.
The intensity and adventure made me love this book. The detailing of the words were so catching and it made you feel as if you were there at a place the author was describing. So much emothion was put into A Rip in Heaven and it really caught your heart.
Give me a place to stand and I will move the world. That pretty much explained Julie. She was a person who was branve and a great poeist. She looked at the world in a different way from others. Tom on the other hand was a strong, fierce man. He did his own thing and wasnt afraid to do it. He was one of the main people in this memoir.
The night on the bridge when three of the cousins snuck out, was very hard to read and was very intense. The events that happened, would effect the family forever and it makes you think about life. Stay strong and stay by your familys side.
“Totally heartbreaking. The author's cousins seemed like such great girls.”iNoor- College! A2! Exams! Studies! No time! Pressure! wrote this review Tuesday, June 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My mom gave me this book to read. I was going through a memoir phase and she said I would like it. I read it and it was an amazing and intense read. Extremely awful what happened to Jeanine and her cousins. One of Jeanine's cousins was a poet and one of her poems is on the old St. Louis or Lousiana bridge( I can't remember). Very good memoir. I definitely recommend it. ”Addie wrote this review Tuesday, June 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“againstthetide said: 4 stars
I had a really hard time putting this book down. This is the story of Jeanine's brother and two female cousins - - all in their late teens/early twenties who have a horrible crime perpetrated against them. Unfortunately, one of the three is subsequently blamed for the crime, and this book relates the story of this injustice and the family's reaction to it.
It really is a gripping, if horrific, story on so many levels - - the crime, the senselessness and viscousness of the attack, the completely unfair accusations against one of the victims, and finally the resolution of the case. I had a very hard time putting the book down.”