Today, I’m going to be doing a review for Real Justice: Sentanced To Life at Seventeen: The Story of David Milgaard by Cynthia F.
This book was one of the Forest of Reading Nominees, read about the Forest of Reading Program here: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/february-flurries-forest-of-reading/
David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed, and convicted for the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.
Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David maintained that he was innocent and refused to admit to the crime, even though it meant he was never granted parole. Finally, through the incredible determination of his mother and new lawyers who believed in him, David was released and proven not guilty. Astonishingly, in hindsight the real murderer was obvious from the start.
This is the true story of how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation, and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice. It also shows that wrongs can be righted and amends made.
This book is a little bit less then 100 pages, and like my other reviews, I finished this book in one sitting!
It was quite good, but the story line was very heavy. It’s hard thinking that somebody did something so wrong/bad, and the person who committed the crime wasn’t even held accountable! It shows how sometimes reality does SUCK, although I’m normally a more positive person.
This book was gripping and hard to put down at ALL moments. If you don’t like books that involve harder topics, I don’t think this book is for you. I really like books that involve “bad” topics, I know, I know, very strange, right? Darker topics aren’t for everyone, but they seem to be making them, so people must read them other then me!
I really loved this book! I gave it a 5/5 stars!