My review for Kids Who Kill: Cristian Fernandez by Kathryn McMaster, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).
I’ve read all 3 books in the series, and each one has left me with different emotions. The author manages to present all the facts in a neutral manner, leaving the reader to make up their own mind. Not as to whether the crime has been committed, but if these children have been given a fair trial and the possibility to build a future for themselves. The author also shows how both the victim’s and the perpetrator’s families are affected in these terrible situations.
This book is slightly different, and kept me gripped right from the beginning. McMaster describes the family, the abuse Cristian’s mother grew up with, and the abuse Cristian himself suffered at the hands of his stepfather. But it is the part with the police interrogation that affected me the most – I could feel for Cristian, being questioned late into the night, with no lawyer present, unaware of his rights, having to answer questions that no child should have to answer. At this point, I almost forgot the crime he had committed, I was so angry for the way he was being treated!
This book also proves that there are a lot of good people out there who, regardless of the crime someone has committed, go above and beyond to ensure their right to a fair trial. Whereas the two children in the previous books were treated unfairly, Cristian eventually (after a long battle) gets the correct treatment.
I was so engrossed in the book that the ending came as a complete surprise to me, it actually shocked me. So, well done, Kathryn McMaster, for a truly interesting story presented in such a well-written, engaging way. Highly recommend!