Sunday 5 January 2020

Hands Up by Stephen Clark

Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation, and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience or silence.

Jade Wakefield is an emotionally damaged college student living in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. She knows the chances of getting an indictment against the cop who killed her brother are slim. When she learns there’s more to the story than the official police account, Jade is determined, even desperate, to find out what really happened. She plans to get revenge by any means necessary.

Kelly Randolph, who returns to Philadelphia broke and broken after abandoning his family ten years earlier, seeks forgiveness while mourning the death of his son. But after he’s thrust into the spotlight as the face of the protest movement, his disavowed criminal past resurfaces and threatens to derail the family’s pursuit of justice.

Ryan, Jade, and Kelly–three people from different worlds—are on a collision course after the shooting, as their lives interconnect and then spiral into chaos.

This story sparked my interest from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down.
I sympathised with the victim and felt that a justice of sorts was paid at the end. I could understand the actions of the police officer but he and his partner were undoubtedly at fault. There is a lot of back story regarding the victim's family and it made very good reading and sounded very true to life.
I was less convinced of the developing romance towards the end of the book but grief and stress do make people behave in ways they wouldn't ordinarily.
This was an excellent read and I would recommend it.

'Hands Up' is available for free with Kindle Unlimited.  Here

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