I Let Him Go- From The Mother Of James Bulger

I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

On 12th February 1993, Denise Fergus’ life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son’s hand for a few seconds to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again.

For the first time since that moment 25 years ago, Denise tells her extraordinary story in this heart-wrenching book, an unflinching account of that terrible day. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butcher’s, instead of left? Denise’s initial hope after seeing her son on CCTV with other children quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James’ body was found.

His death reverberated around the world and his killers became the youngest ever convicted murderers in UK legal history. Four minutes is all it took for them to lead James away from his mother to his death. Denise took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime.

This is a mother’s tale of finding a way through the despair to remember the happiness and wonderful memories that James brought his family. Above all, Denise doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a murdered child, and with this beautifully written book, she does just that.

Thoughts:

This was an incredibly tough book to read. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book on such a sad subject, but I decided to give it go after reading some wonderful reviews. I Let Him Go is all about how Denise and her family coped after the brutal murder of her son, James Bulger. I’m not a mother, but this book completely broke my heart. I can’t even imagine the pain Denise and her family went through. It’s terrifying. It seriously is one of the most horrific crimes against a child in U.K history.

As you read Denise’s thoughts you realise that she doesn’t ever try to analyse the whys of the terrible crime. She never asks herself why the killers did what they did. Instead she focuses on what James was like in the short time he was in her life. She discusses her family and how they dealt with the terrible tragedy. I was blown away by her strength especially through her dealings with the legal system.

I haven’t read much about Denise before this book, but as I understand it a lot of false claims have been made about her. I liked reading her point of view on what happened. After all, Denise was there when James was taken away. I don’t think she’ll ever forgive herself for letting go of his hand but I love how she’s determined to keep his memory alive. The James she knew and loved. She didn’t concern herself with details about his murder.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!- Obviously, this a tough read with very sad subject matter. It may not be for everyone.

A heart-breaking read!

This Week In Books #120

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Lucky in Love I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger 18763344

NOWLucky In LoveKasie West- I’m currently reading this very light, contemporary YA read about a girl who wins the lottery. It’s easy to read but not ground-breaking. I needed something like this after my previous read!

THENI Let Him GoDenise Fergus– This was the book that I needed some light relief from. This book is about the murder of James Bulger. It focuses on the aftermath on the terrible crime. It is utterly heart-breaking but I found it to be a compulsive read.

NEXTI Am JazzJessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings– This is the book that Beth and I are reading for our Banned Books feature this month. Our discussion will be out on Monday!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking the Shelves #186

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Goodbye, Perfect

I have enjoyed Sara Barnard’s previous books, so I’m super excited to read this one!

I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger

I have heard such moving things about this book. I think it’s going to be a tricky one to read, but powerful all the same.

The Beach Wedding

I read about this book on Jenny’s blog. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing. I’m intrigued to see what a short story of hers is like. It’s only a pound too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!