4 out of 4 stars
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Imagine that you are enjoying a blissful life with your family and suddenly there comes a cruel storm that shatters your world. You are innocent, devastated, and traumatized. The cruelty strikes again, and you are held responsible for the crime you didn’t commit. How would you feel and handle such a challenging situation? A Perfect Storm of Injustice by Jack A Saarela is an intriguing novel. It describes the life of innocent people sentenced as criminals due to the unfair and irregular loopholes in the legal system.
Charles Wilkerson was African-American adopted by Richard and Eileen, his white parents. Charles was brought up lovingly and was taught all the values, manners, and etiquettes required to lead a respectful life. He married the love of his life, Danna. They lead their dream life in Florida. Their son, Travis was an apple of their eyes. They lead a beautiful life together celebrating their blessings. Suddenly, misfortune struck them, and their happy world shattered. Danna was brutally murdered by a stranger in her own house. Charles’s world came to an end. Furthermore, he was wrongly held responsible for the murder of his beloved wife.
Charles’s life went upside down. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, due to the loopholes in the law system. His son Travis’s custody was handed over to Danna’s sister who herself thought Charles was responsible for Danna’s murder. Charles was unjustly imprisoned and was compelled to live a harsh life in the prison. The atmosphere there was quite depressing and the inmate’s behavior was terrible. But, after almost 25 years of imprisonment, there was a ray of hope for Charles. Will Charles ever succeed to prove his innocence? Explore this novel to ensure the outcome.
The author knows the death row and the Florida prison system, as he was a former campus minister at the University of Florida. He has perfectly described the prison, the thoughts of the criminals, their inmates, and the guards as well. This is the thing I loved the most about the book. I was transported to that place and was able to visualize the scenes.
There was nothing that I disliked about the book. The topic is unique and significant. There might be many such innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted as criminals. These people are the victims but were held responsible for the crime they didn’t commit. The Innocence Project initiated by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck proved to be helpful in such cases and reformed the criminal justice system. This book also enhanced my knowledge about this project.
The book is professionally edited. The flow of the chapters is interesting, and I could easily connect to the characters. For example, I loved the way the author started the book with the scene of Charles entering the prison for the first time. He explained his feelings splendidly and then carried the reader to Charles’s childhood in the consecutive chapters.
I happily rate the book 4 out of 4 stars for the impeccable writing style of the author and the gripping story. The beautiful characterization, deep description of scenes, and heart-touching story win the reader’s heart. The rich vocabulary and use of figures of speech make reading enjoyable. Moreover, there is a special charm in the story due to the wonderful father and son relationship.
I recommend this book to adults as there are vividly described sex and murder scenes. This book is perfect for criminal book lovers. I found this book a bit motivational too. This is because Charles, despite being in such a bitter state of mind, spent his time reading books and upgrading his knowledge by continuing his studies in prison. This is truly inspiring.
My favorite quote from the book is “If you put your minds to it, you can be anything you want to be.”
A Perfect Storm of Injustice
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