Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire is the story of the murder of Ann Grosmaire, and her mother’s decision to forgive the man who killed her. This story is written by Ann’s mother, and it explains what it means to lose a child, to find hope with in the dark places of the world, and how to forgive the unforgivable.
This story was terribly set, yet uplifting. Any parent who reads this will feel the ache that Kate feels, and it can be sometimes hard to read. This book explores the moments just before Kate and her husband find out that their daughter has been shot by her boyfriend, and the terrifying moments when they get to the hospital and see their daughter hanging on to life. The grief and fear that is written in these pages is tangible, and it crushed me.
The fact that Kate used her faith to learn about forgiveness, and to feel for her daughters killer instead of shun him, is miraculous. It takes a very strong person to be able to lose their child and still have love and forgiveness in their heart for the person who took their child away.
The only issue that I had with this book, was that Kate, the author, doesn’t seem to be able to stay on one train of thought for very long. The book begins with a knock on the door,, but before we find out who is on the other side, the author goes on to describe a story about having a horse, and how Kate loved every animal, including snakes and guinea pigs. Then she describes the garden that her husband and herself are creating. Finally, we get to the point of finding out who is behind the door. I assume this was supposed to show some character background, but honestly it was just very confusing and made it hard to read, in a different way than being emotional. I just couldn’t follow the story. She did this several more times through out the book. At one point, it felt that she just needed the book to be longer, so she stuck in random stories that had nothing to do with the concept in order to fill word count.
Beyond that, this story was very bittersweet, and I learned a lesson about forgiveness that I probably wouldn’t have, had I not read this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I received it from Booklook Bloggers.