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A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath #2020

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  • Title: A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath
  • Author: Jeanine Cummins
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  • Page: 492
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    1. True crime is a somewhat seedy literary genre At the bookstore, it is usually tucked away in a far corner, in the same way an old video store hid the adult fare behind strings of beads It is hard to explain away a fascination with true crime, because it s typically a deep wallow in the worst kind of depravity trafficked in by humans The titles tell the tale A Need to Kill Sleep My Darlings The Gainesville Ripper Not exactly subtle Not exactly Crime and Punishment The allure of true crime books i [...]

    2. Considering that this book is about the brutal gang rape and murder of the author s two cousins, it is an extremely balanced and thoughtful account, much like Ann Rule s work Julie and Robin Kerry were thrown off a bridge in Missouri in 1991 Robin s body was never found Their cousin, Jeanine Cummins s brother Tom, was with them and was also shoved off the bridge, but survived and later testified against the killers There are detailed word portraits of each of the main characters in the story the [...]

    3. One hesitates to say that one likes a book such as this, and yet I do feel called to give it a rating It is well written especially for a first book and considering the emotions the author must have had to keep in check throughout Rip in Heaven is a very compelling story which I read in two days However, it is also a very tragic story and not just in the sense of the original crime but in the subsequent prosecution of justice , or should I say travesty of it As it says on the author s website, t [...]

    4. This book is about a family that suffers a terrible lost Tom Cummins was a normal rebelious teen When he and his cousins sneak out of the house to look at Julies cousin poem, out at the Old Chain of Rock Bridge when approched by four guys things get tough for Tom, Julie, and Robin other cousin Terrible things happen to Tom s cousins, and after all of the bad things that have happend to them thus fare, Robin and Julie are pushed of the bridge, Tom jumps in to save them It only gets worse when the [...]

    5. En la portada se ve un puente All lo llaman Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Cruza el r o Mississippi desde Missouri a Illinois La noche del 5 de Abril de 1991, Julie y Kerry Robin quisieron ense arle a su primo Tom el poema que Julie hab a pintado en el viejo puente Una vez all , se cruzaron con cuatro casi adultos que ven an del otro lado La primera vez que se cruzaron charlaron amistosamente La segunda vez, no Horas despu s, Julie y Kerry hab an desaparecido en las aguas del r o y Tom se enfrentaba [...]

    6. A Rip in Heaven was a heartfelt memoir that brought tears to my eyes I read it so quickly because it was hard to put down I cried at the horrific acts that the authors cousin and brother were subjected to I was also horrified at the way both the police and the media handled the whole horrible situation The author s brother was treated as a suspect instead of the victim that he was and then the media constantly reported inaccurate or downright false information Plus, as the years passed by the de [...]

    7. I had a really hard time putting this book down This is the story of Jeanine s brother and two female cousins all in their late teens early twenties who have a horrible crime perpetrated against them Unfortunately, one of the three is subsequently blamed for the crime, and this book relates the story of this injustice and the family s reaction to it It really is a gripping, if horrific, story on so many levels the crime, the senselessness and viscousness of the attack, the completely unfair accu [...]

    8. I always hate saying that I truly enjoy a book when it is based on a True Crime, but Jeanine Cummins did an excellent job of telling this story that needed to be told And she did it in a manner that was quite honest and respectful My heart goes out to this family

    9. Jeanine Cummins and her brother and sister had always believed themselves to be invincible tough street wise teenagers who were entirely capable of taking care of themselves The truth was that these supposedly street smart city kids could not have been living a sheltered childhood Truly, life in the big city could never have prepared Tom, Jeanine, and Kathy Cummins for anything Indeed, nothing could have ever prepared the Cummins family for the type of brutality that they were about to encounte [...]

    10. Cummins is a member of the family that experienced horrific grief and pain on levels no one should endure Even so, she writes in the third person to remove herself from the action in order to effectively tell the story The story is about a crime and its aftermath and how people find ways to move on and continue to live Cummins is able to objectively detail the events without painting the criminals in the negative light they deserve Just by sharing the facts, she is able to fully immerse the read [...]

    11. Jeanine Cummins tells of the tragic true story that took place in my hometown about her brother and her two female cousins who were victims of crime and murder One of the family members survives the tragedy, but continued to go through attacks by the local authorities and the media by making false accusations When the real perpetrators were found, convicted of the crimes they committed, and then given the death penalty, the media made the perpetrators out to be the victims My heart ached for ALL [...]

    12. gonna be honest here this was a memoir where the writing was outshown, by far, by the incredibly tragic story it conveys the writing felt very forced, not so natural and easy, as so many of the other memoirs i ve read lately also, i don t think this should even be considered a memoir it is told from a third person omniscient perspective, and i don t think cummins had any right to assume what was going on in the minds of anyone but herself i m sure she has checked with her family members to be su [...]

    13. This book was very interesting, mostly because I remember this crime, and what I remembered did not fit the facts I only remembered who was first accused of the crime, and not what happened after that It s funny how we hear something on the news, and we believe it, and then we don t pay attention when the facts are changed we simply believe te first thing we heard I also personally know one of the detectives, and I saw him on the news and believed the story the way he told it It s scary how some [...]

    14. This was tough going just because it was so incredibly sad, even for a true crime story Impeccably written Unlike so many such stories written by people close to the disaster, it covered a great deal of territory even Ricki Lake s two cents and did so in a satisfying, enlightening way I got this used and the book had already been read to tatters by the time it came into my hands I can see why Highly recommended.

    15. Reading the first hand account of this local murder story was so interesting it pulled me in from the first few pages This was a great, easy read that left me feeling a bigger appreciation for a piece of St Louis history.

    16. Read this back when it came out, still recommending it to everybody I was living in St Louis when this happened and remember the news stories and remember thinking how horrible it must have been for the victims that their own family member was their murderer Loved being proven wrong by this awesome book by their cousin, I still am glad she wrote this to clear his name and tell the story of her family, people who had no idea they were risking their lives by going for a walk It is a great pice of [...]

    17. I just finished teaching this book to juniors in high school The class is for remedial learners and they really enjoyed it The book is very descriptive but the students really got into it and handled the material in a thoughtful manner If you have juniors or seniors in your life and are looking for some good nonfiction to give them, I would recommend this book.

    18. A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins, is a memoir of a murder and it s aftermath effects They all are cousins, and they don t see them very often unless it s during the summer Todd, Julie, and Robin are family, Todd is Julie and Robins cousins, while Julie and Robin are sisters Todd isn t from St Louis, he goes down with his parents on summer break to see his cousins They go to the Chain Rock Bridge, to show Tom around They thought they were alone on the bridge until they saw 4 teenagers around th [...]

    19. I am a huge true crime fan, but lately I am less interested in the grotesque aspects of the genre and instead intrigued by works that explore criminal motivations and how survivors of violent crime deal with the aftermath In 1991, the author s cousins were brutally gang raped on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River as they took a walk at night with Cummins older brother Tom The author was only 16 at the time and not deemed old enough to accompany Robin 19 , Julie 20 , and Tom 19 on their exc [...]

    20. I read this book in about a day, and I must say it was not quite what I expected Maybe I am twisted in the fact that I enjoy true crime stories and autobiographies of people who have gone to hell and back There is something intriguing in what the human mind can experience when faced with horrible and painful feelings With that being said, I expected to read about the crime itself than with what the family had to face in the aftermath of it So this was a change in what I usually anticipate Seein [...]

    21. A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins account of what happened to her family in St Louis of 1991, specifically her brother, Tom and her two cousins Robin and Julie Kerry Tom, Julie and Robin were out at night near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, when they were confronted by four young men, aged 16 to 23 Her cousins were raped, and afterwards all three were pushed off of the bridge, falling 50 feet into the Mississippi River Tom was the only survivor.The book started out slow which was why it took m [...]

    22. Do you believe in intuition How about fate Whatever you call it, 19 year old Robin had it She told her mother for the first time when she was 9 years old that she would die young She wanted to talk to her mother about her funeral what she hoped it would be like Her mother refused When Robin was 16, her mother listened to her wishes out of respect, hating every minute of the conversation Three years later, the girl s mother was glad she knew what her daughter wanted She used Robin s wishes to mem [...]

    23. This is the true story of the brutal rape and murder of the author s two cousins, Robin and Julie Kerry Her brother, Tom Cummins, witnessed everything and somehow survived The attacks occurred in 1991 on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St Louis when Cummins was sixteen years old She provides fair character sketches of the murderers and relates the manipulative police interviews of her brother immediately following the event, as well as the media s twisted presentation of false information Tom was h [...]

    24. Three cousins go to hang out on an old bridge, then are attacked They are shoved into the Mississippi One lives He s accused of raping killing his cousins This book is not good It is interesting, in the based on real life events way which is pretty %ing interesting and the person who wrote it was involved in the incident.So what bugged me, right off the bat, is that the author explained who she was sibling to the survivor, there for the incident in her prologue, and then wrote about herself in t [...]

    25. To say I loved this book would be somewhat of a falsehood I loved and loathed it put it mildly I loved it in the sense that it made me think and rethink about everything I thought I knew about violence, and the impact it has on the families it targets I reexamined my views on our media though my wiew of that was already fairly low on my scale and sadly, I had to reconstruct my views on how foolproof I thought our justice system was Jeanine Cummins has definitely placed her name in my list of fav [...]

    26. A compelling read, on par with Victim the story of the Utah Hi Fi Murders, I was a little confused at the beginning by the author s use of the third person when she wrote about herself, it made it difficult to keep all the family members straight I found some of her theoretical descriptions about the night in question a little amateurish and the victims are canonized, this is clearly not an impartial account One detail that bothered me, the author repeatedly mentions Tom s limp and that he suffe [...]

    27. WoW I read this book in a day and a half Couldn t put it down Why is it when we read a horrific tragedy and someones most difficult time we say Oh my, this is the BEST book Jeanine Cummins is a talented author and knows how to tell an intense story I was on an airplane when I started the book only about 40 pages in and the landing gear dropped, I nearly hit the ceiling it scared me so bad I m truly sorry that this unimaginable loss is what has made an for an incredible book for the rest of us I [...]

    28. Reading mysteries and going to law school taught me to look at crime from the perspective of the investigator or the prosecution or defense A Rip in Heaven is told from the perspective of the victims and as a result takes you on the same emotional roller coaster felt by the victims It was very interesting to look at the situation from a different perspective than I am used to This book has encouraged me to think of crimes in a different way Most of the time when you see crime on the news it is t [...]

    29. A Rip in Heaven is written by Jeanine Cummins and has many characters in the story that many of you can relate too Its interesting because it is based on a true story.The book is the best novel I ever read because Jeanine has a very unique way to write and explain how the characters felt through the chapters.She did a beautiful job in describing a part of the crime scene for example, When Gene and Kay arrived at the Chain of Rocks Bridge sometime between five thirty and six 6 A.M they there gree [...]

    30. i m not sure what it is that draws me to books like this perhaps it s simply a voyeuristic look into lives turned upside down byrandom violence it reminds us that we are never truly safe and that each moment should be savored part of the appeal here is surely a basic curiosity about the nature of grief, forgiveness, and loss the story is fascinating and harrowing, and moves at a fast clip i had some problems with the writing the book was written by the younger sister of one of the victims for wh [...]

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