My review for Who Killed Little Johnny Gill by Kathryn McMaster, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now, and I’m glad I finally got around to it. McMaster has taken the facts from the brutal killing of a child and turned them into a touching, emotional story that will leave you thinking.
Poor little Johnny Gill’s murder was one of the most horrific at the time, and the police continuously made errors during their investigation. The court procedure is laid out in detail, and is very interesting to follow.
For anyone nowadays, it’s hard to understand the carnival atmosphere that surrounded William Barrett when he was acquitted of the murder, and the fact that Johnny Gill’s family were completely ignored as they were ‘old news’. I like how McMaster gives her own feelings about his parents, and ends with talking about them, giving them the dignity they deserve.
At the end of the book, the author tells the reader her ideas on the case, but leaves it open to personal interpretation. And there are some twists to the story that cause doubt as to who really killed Johnny Gill.
I highly recommend this book, both for the historical factor as well as the true crime story. It’s also just 99c/99p at the moment!