Today I’m reviewing Hands Up by Stephen Clark, I was contacted by Stephen to see if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his book. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew that I just had too.
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 neighbourhoods. 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.
– Goodreads –
This deals with such a difficult topic, a young unarmed black man is shot dead by a white police officer. Is this another example of racism and police brutality or just a stop and search gone wrong? This was handled really well and not leaning to one side which is often the case. There’s so much more to this story and I really appreciated that.
The book starts with the shooting, we are then following 3 perspectives Jade, Ryan and Kelly. The short chapters from each point of view added so much to the atmosphere of the book which made for such an fast-paced and intense read.
I struggled to put this book down and I will definitely be reading more by Stephen Clark!
So who is Stephen Clark?
Stephen Clark is a former award-winning journalist who served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and as a politics editor for the Washington, D.C. bureau of FoxNews.com. As a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch, he won a New York Newspaper Publishers Association Award of Distinguished Community Service for his investigation into the financial struggles of nonprofit services.
He also won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting at the Stamford Advocate for his series exposing an elderly grifter’s charity organisation. Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in North Jersey with his wife and son. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Arcadia University and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
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