This book caused me more than a few times to look over my shoulder, unsure if I was looking for a ghost or a bad guy. However this book is way more than a normal true crime novel, this author truly cares about Amy & finding her killer, from page one it is obvious that he is not just writing this book for thrills or money. This is truly different from any other true crime book I have read & I have read plenty. I would recommend this for anyone who cares about Amy or a beginner true crime reader. There are no crime scene photos or anything else that experienced true crime readers might expect. I truly felt as if James cared deeply for Amy & wanted to respect her with everything he wrote & it made reading this book a different experience than I felt with reading other books whose authors exploited the crime & everyone they talked to in the process. This is the way a true crime book should be written, by a person who cared from day one & never stopped caring. Kudos to James Renner. I hope you continue writing James, I cannot say I enjoyed the book but you made me care & not in a way that reminds one of a horrific car wreck but in a way that made me see Amy as a beautiful, intelligent, sweet 10 year old girl that should have lived. She lives on through you & this book & everyone who loved her. And now us readers as well.
This book, to me, was very disappointing. It jumps from narrator to narrator without warning & the reader is left to guess who is telling the story this time. I often had to refer to the book description to take a guess. A few times, I never did figure it out. All the warning you get that a new narrator ia taking over is a few extra spacings between paragraphs. And while I wont ruin the ending, all I can say is there must be something I missed. It certainly wasnt obvious, to me again, what, if any, point there was to this book. My final thought upon finishing it was "what an extreme waste of time." I would skip this book, reading a phonebook might be more rewarding.
This was a good book but the author couldve told the same story with a way less amount of words. His tendency to veer off into scientifical stuff got old fast but I just skipped those parts & the story itself was enjoyable.
this book is depressing & sad. It starts off that way & it never gets better. The lead girl sometimes garners sympathy but mainly not, when she ought to feel empathy she never does. She most always chooses cruelty over kindness. Its hard to feel sympathy for anyone in this book but the horses & thats what makes it hard to read....rarely do the horses get treated like anything but crap. I read this thinking itd be similar to "chosen by a horse" and I got more & more horrified chapter by chapter. By the last few pages I knew nothing good was to come but I kept reading bc HEY, you never know!! I dont WANT to give anything away but if you LOVE & ADORE animals like me, this book will break your heart. You will HATE all the characters but one kind hearted soul & the torture inflicted upon the animals in this book will be hard to read about. Also....I used to think that I LIKED sad books, regardless of if they were about humans or animals, I changed my mind. I wish Id never read this book. The torture of horses told about in this book make me wish Id never picked it up.