Girl on Trial by Kathleen Fine - With a GIVEAWAY!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Does doing one bad thing make you a bad person?
Sixteen-year-old Emily Keller, known by the media as Keller the Killer, is accused of causing the deaths of a family of four, including young children. Emily is one of the youngest females to be accused of a crime so heinous, making this the nation’s biggest trial of the year. But what really happened that fateful night—and who’s responsible—is anything but straightforward.
Living in a trailer park in Baltimore with her twin brother and alcoholic mother, Emily’s life hasn’t been easy. She’s had to grow up fast, and like any teen, has made questionable decisions in a desperate attempt to fit in with her peers. Will her mistakes amount to a guilty verdict and a life in prison? It’s up to the jury to decide.
Praise for Girl on Trial:
"Kathleen Fine has written a compassionate, thought-provoking thriller that will have readers asking themselves big questions about redemption while also turning the pages with breathless anticipation. From her opening pages, Fine grabbed my attention and didn't let go until I closed the book, hardly twenty four hours later. Fine's story reminds us that everyone has a backstory and that the root of empathy involves discovering the particulars of someone else's history with an open heart and mind."
~ Christie Tate, Author of Reese’s Book Club and NYT bestseller GROUP
"In her sharp debut Girl on Trial, Kathleen Fine deftly weaves the past with 16 year-old Emily Keller’s present-day manslaughter trial, allowing readers to put together the puzzle pieces of what really happened the day everyone says Emily killed an entire family. With her vivid characters and a well-developed setting, Fine evokes compassion for people trying their best and reminds us that there’s more to every story than meets the eye. Girl on Trial asks readers to wonder: are we more than our biggest mistake, and does everyone deserve redemption?"
~ Jessie Weaver, author of Live Your Best Lie
"Readers will be on edge as Emily’s decisions lead her to become involved in and vulnerable to dangerous situations… The epilogue brings the roller-coaster ride to a satisfying conclusion…. Gripping, tragic, but ultimately hopeful."
“In Kathleen Fine’s Girl on Trial…interpersonal dynamics are revelatory… reality wars with public perception…a suspenseful thriller in which a maligned teenager is forced to fight for justice.”
~ Foreword Reviews
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Kathleen Fine received her Master’s in Reading Education from Towson University and Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Maryland Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, and Author’s Guild. When she’s not writing and selling real estate, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to the Outer Banks, and of course, reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, three children, and Sussex Spaniel. Her short stories have been published in Litro Magazine, Pen in Hand, The Maryland Writer’s Association Anthology, and in The Indignor Playhouse Anthology. Girl on Trial is her debut novel.
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MY THOUGHTS -
This was an amazing book. One that I read in 24 hours! I don't even remember the last time I did this. I could not stop reading. The author's writing style is so good that you literally cannot walk away from this book. I was so attached to Emily, the main character, that I had to know if she was going to be OK, as if I knew her personally.
I thought that Emily's 16 year old character was spot on! I felt as if she could have been someone pulled right from my own high school. At first, I didn't really care for her lawyer. I didn't think she was doing a good enough job and it infuriated me! But, she grew on me and by the end of the book, I ended up liking her. I'm sure she had reasons for the way she did things. And, the other teenagers in the story... Oh my word... as terrible as they were, it was very true to life. I speak from experience as someone who attended a very large city high school.
This book brought back so many memories for me, not all of them good. A lot of people have commented that this was a very difficult book to read. Well... it is, and it should be! People are uncomfortable reading about such horrible things. But they do exist and closing our eyes to them doesn't make them go away. I am glad that this author took the chance to write such an eye opening book as this.
One thing that stood out for me was this quote - “Next time you get the craving to do it (commit suicide), will you promise to call me first? Maybe if you call me to talk about how you’re feeling, maybe you won’t feel like you have to.” This part reminded me of when I was a teenager in high school, and one of my best friends called sounding really sad, and told me that she felt like killing herself. She said she was going to slit her wrists. I took a chance and told my mom. My mom actually took it very seriously and we got in the car and drove over to her house. When we got there my friend seemed happy to see me. She promised that she would never actually do it, even though she did feel like it sometimes. I made her promise to tell me if she ever felt like that again. ~ If anyone ever tells you they feel like doing this - please do not ignore it! You may be saving someone's life!
A very excellent debut novel! I have a feeling that this author has a bright future ahead of her. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next. I will be reading it.
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