“This is an extremely powerful story for the public to have access to, and one that smashes society’s assumptions about both victim and perpetrator.” – Tara Henley, Toronto Star
“Cragg’s search for truth opens important questions on victim’s rights, the nature of justice and how to repair harm.” – Jade Colbert, The Globe & Mail
“Cragg’s experiences of and thoughts about holistic justice captivate even as they provoke.” – Brett Grubisic, Vancouver Sun
In this gripping and emotional memoir, a woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier.
When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for a period of two years. She learns of his horrific childhood, and the reasons he lied about the murder; in turn, he learns about the man he killed. She mines his letters for clues about the past before agreeing to meet him in person, when she learns startling new information about the crime.
With gripping suspense and raw honesty, Dead Reckoning follows one woman’s determination to confront the man who murdered her father, revealing her need for understanding and the murderer’s reluctance to tell―an uneasy negotiation between two people from different worlds both undone by tragedy. This is a powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn’t necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.