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

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

by Jeanine Cummins
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A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I agree with some of the comments made by a previous reviewer, I'd like to remind people that Jeanine Cummins is not an author, she's a family member of a victim, and in some ways a victim herself. And while I agree that there was a lot of unnecessary detail I think the point she made is how Tom was interrogated and the facts behind his situation, and also how the 'story' portrayed through the media concentrated more on the assailants than on the victims.Kudos to Jeanine for sharing her story and reliving the horror. Perhaps writing it in her own words gave her the closure that she may not otherwise have gotten. God Bless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read "Outside Boy" by Cummins and loved it. I looked for other books by the author and found this. Terrific retelling of a tragic, horrible situation. Highly rec'd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unforgettable story. I thought it was very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a st louis (suburb) girl on her way to indiana to visit her family, i always drive by the chain of rocks bridge, and never, ever do i go by without thinking of robin and julie. such a haunting place, and such a haunting memoir.... i devoured this book in one evening and i wish it weren't true. it makes me reconsider the notion that 'Life is Good.' god bless the kerry girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm at a loss for words.........This book was so well written and very thought provoking. These two young women, Julie and Robin, were so bright, caring and far beyond their years. The book paints such a portrait of who they were, I feel as if I know them myself. They truly were extraordinary people. Jeanine Cummins (author) did a great job with this memoir. Honestly, I've read many books and I'd say this is as good as any Ann Rule book. Except that this one has really left such an impression on me. Hard to explain......just read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the movie. There has to be one. I remember when this occured, I was shocked. To tell you the truth when the the news first broke of this incident, I had thought Tom had committed the crimes. I am so glad he is a survivor and was vindicated. The book is a must read. Hands down one of the best memoirs since 'Nine-O Adam'.
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I felt so bad for this family and the way their son was treated. The book was really moving and emotional. Good read.
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AzLaw More than 1 year ago
Wow, Cummins has a true gift and her writing grips the reader and pulls them through an emotional roller-coaster. The journey begins with horrible crimes against three young cousins but the book is largely about the American tragedy that happens after the crimes. As a former Victims Rights Attorney and a current prosecutor with experience in more than 8 capital homicide cases and hundreds of others, this book is a brave and honest account of what can happen to crime victims in this country - and I believe they are treated better in this country than in most others. This book is a very fast read, thought provoking and powerful on many levels. For the few hours that you will spend reading this book and getting to know Julie, Robin and Tom, you will be better for it. An absolute must read. As Julie and Robin would say, "Who says you can't change the world?"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is truly sad and I'm glad the author chose to share it with us. However, one thing really bothers me. The amount of wasted space for so much descriptive stuff. She almost walks you step by step by step through someone's moves or a particular 'scene.' In one scene she describes the brand of cigarettes they had and the fact that it was a king-sized soft pack. Too much detail. It wasn't until the fourth chapter that the incident is even described. At the end of Chapter 6 she takes two paragraphs to describe herself going down to the basement to take a shower after finding out something happened to her brother and cousins. In Chapters 7 & 8 they are questioning Tom. She hasn't even said anything about what happened to Julie and Robin yet. There is just way too much fluff to fill the pages. All we really want to know are the background and details of the reason they were in town, the background to the assailants, the murder and the trials. All the other stuff is just not needed. I am only reading a chapter or two at a time because it is just too much reading at once. Again, I enjoy the story and I'm glad she shared it with us. It just has too much fluff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived less than 5 minutes from where this took place when it happened. I was 12 yrs old and remember hearing about this on the news but didn't recall all of the details. I bought the book and read it in 2 days. This was the first book I have read cover to cover in YEARS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Rip in Heaven moved me to tears in its presentation of a family who suffered not only a horrible loss of two beloved family members, but also a violation and abandonment perpetrated by the legal system and the media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in this area of St. Louis and the Chain of Rocks Bridge has been an integral part of my young life so I was totally enraptured with the book. I am awstruck by the way Tom was treated by the St. Louis Police Department -- I had no idea this kind of treatment goes on here or anywhere else. It is such a devastation to learn. Thank you Jeanine Cummins for sharing these truths.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a tragedy yet a wonderfully well written book. A fast read. I believe Jeanine Cummins has a true gift in story telling.