Could you forgive someone who has done something horrendous to you? The concept of "Restorative Justice" is addressed in Forgive Me, a story about what happens when someone who has committed a terrible crime connects with the victim with the purpose of creating the possibility of healing for both. This compelling book starts by introducing Archie, a man who has committed a terrible crime. It is the start of a series of letters written to his victim. We also meet Claudia, her daughter Jasmine and her mother Marcy (not their real names) who flee from Claudia’s abusive second husband, who is on trial for money laundering. They settle in a small town fearful of being found. As they settle in, they find a warm and welcoming group of new friends. One is a lawyer who specializes in Restorative Justice. The story of Claudia and her family unfolds and the fear that their past will catch up with them is always present, especially as the husband’s incarceration is coming to an end. We also learn more about Archie - his crime, his victim and his quest for forgiveness. This is a tense, powerful and emotional book. The concept of Restorative Justice will challenge your feelings on criminals, rehabilitation and the possibility of it helping victims. This is my first book by author Susan Lewis and it won’t be the last.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Suspense / Domestic Drama.
Publication Date: January 26, 2021. (Published in the UK on November 12, 2020.)
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