Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to be a police officer, to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and her father. Not long after joining the force, she mistakenly shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager. The community is outraged; Lakeisha's family is vocal and vicious in their attacks against Spelling. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and filled with remorse, Randy is desperate to apologize to the girl's family. Everyone, including the police chief, warns her against this, but the young police officer will not be dissuaded. Her attempt is catastrophic. Dr. Dot Myerhoff, police psychologist, plunges herself into the investigation despite orders from the police chief to back off. Not only does the psychologist's refusal to obey orders jeopardize her career, but her life as well, as she enlists unlikely allies and unconventional undercover work to expose the tangled net of Officer Spelling's disastrous course.
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Good Writing, But Not Fond of the Story
The book itself was interesting, the premise was relevant to the times, I just wasn't able to enjoy it. If this is how cops really react and think, then no wonder people are against them. Sending cards of congratulations? Hailing the killing of an unarmed girl? These are the people I'm supposed to turn to for help? It's not a particularly comforting notion.
Both were pretty slow, so I would say yes but with the caveat that I didn't particularly enjoy either. I do think, though, that another narrator might have better brought the words to life and eliminated a lot of the drag I felt for the first few hours.
The Right Wrong Thing was provided to me for an honest review by Audiobook Boom. I don't hate the story and felt that I might have liked Dot under different circumstances, but given that this was my introduction to her, I don't know that I'll finish this book or read any others in the series. The writing is good and I love the premise of the series, but it bothered me that everyone more or less dismisses Lakeisha's death (with the exception of Randy, but her focus was mostly so that she could alleviate her own guilt), yet Randy's death is oh so tragic, when both women helped put themselves in vulnerable positions. Why was Randy's life presented as being more valuable?
That, coupled with the terrible behavior of some of the cops, which I assume was at least partially influenced by Ms. Kirschman's real-life dealings with law enforcement, just left a bad taste in my mouth.
- Megan P.
Police procedural with strong female protagonists
Yes, it was a well plotted book. With interesting character development. And the narrator, Daniela Acitelli was a creative, talented narrator.
I have mixed feelings about this question. If you're asking if this is Jaws or a Stephen King novel, then no. But, I don't think it is meant to be. It is a good police procedural, down to earth with enough mildly quirky characters. I'm being critical of this QUESTION, not the book itself.
Dr. Dot Myerhoff
Be careful out there.
I'm a fan of the 87th Precent series by Ed McBain (Evan Hunter). In a bit less gritty style, this is one I can compare to them, in a positive context.
Thank you for making this available for review. I enjoyed it.
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- in1ear (John Row) "Male, mid 60's, over 1,100 helpful votes on Amazon, over 350 helpful votes on Audible, own 590 + Audible books and over 10,100 Kindle books"