No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin is stunning. From the first chapter, I was drawn into these stories, angered by the way the justice system has handled these lives. I have always believed in capital punishment, that there are just some people who cannot be rehabilitated and released back into society. I question that belief after reading this book.
No Choirboy begins immediately with the story of Roy and his path toward becoming a death row inmate. There is no introduction by the author, explaining the book or her research process; that actually comes at the end of the book. I would rather have read about Kuklin’s research process before starting the book, but such an introduction might seem boring to a reader looking for the action from the opening pages of the story.
The constant thread running through this book is that one moment, one mistake, can destroy a life, and everyone suffers when someone makes the choice to end a life. Continue reading Book Review: No Choirboy