My thoughts about this book, first of all I cannot begin to imagine how hard this book was to write for Karen Z. I know her connection with Karly and her parents had to make this book really hard to write, but I am glad she has shared Karly's story. My heart breaks for David as he learns to live his life without Karly there daily to share her loving heart with him. I too wondered why Sarah didn't face charges and felt like she was as responsible for Karly's death as was Shawn Field.
My heart broke over and over as the system failed little Karly and her daddy. There were signs that should have been heeded, and stories that should have been questioned and I too found the facts of those failures, helped to contribute to Karly's death. While the murderer is ultimately responsible for killing Karly, perhaps if more had been done, she could have been saved.
To say I enjoyed this story would sound really odd, but I did like the way that Karen Z told this story, and I admire her greatly for telling the story. It is hard to review a book such as this, but I would give the book a 4 star rating and am thankful for the chance to read this book, and happy that the state of Oregon passed Karly's Law.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
I have included an interview that Karen Z. did about why she told this story.
The Greater Baton Rouge region has named The Silence of Mockingbirds as their One Book One Community Read!
The minute I walked out the door of Benton-County Courthouse in Corvallis, Oregon in 2007, my cell phone rang. I didn't recognize the number, but it didn't take me long to figure out who the angry woman yelling at me was. I knew Sarah Brill Sheehan like I know my own daughters. For a season in life, Sarah was like a daughter to me. She lived in my home, ate at my table, laughed with my children, and swapped stories with me.But this Sarah, the one ranting at the other end of the phone, was a stranger to me in many ways. She was right when she declared "You don't know me anymore." I sometimes wonder now if I ever really did know Sarah. I wonder if anyone has ever really known her. I'm not denying that Sarah had a right to be upset with me. I had debated numerous times about whether I should tell her that I was working on a book about the murder of her daughter, Karly Sheehan. I was torn over it.