Archive for October, 2011
I still remember when Adam Walsh was abducted, and seeing the news coverage, watching his distraught parents on television and hearing them plead for his life. I also watched the TV movies about it and recall the ensuing crusade for a center to advocate for missing children.
Like most people, I also recognize John Walsh from “America’s Most Wanted” and watched many interviews with him on television, some of which revolved around his young son’s abduction and murder.
So I didn’t think this book would have much to say that was new.
Holy crap, was I wrong. I didn’t realize that for YEARS, the Walshes and some authorities pretty much knew who it had been who had killed Adam. The book talks about how this killer was finally held responsible for the boy’s death. But because of massive and horrible cover-ups, laziness, screw-ups and plain incompetence on behalf of law enforcement, the killer was dead before officials acknowledged that he had been the one to take the life of that adorable little boy.
The book does a great job of portraying the agony of the parents while keeping outrage simmering over the feelings of helplessness as they begged those in positions of power to help them, to do something with information they had.
The Walsh family has done more to advance the cause of advocating for missing and exploited children than anyone in our country – the book is a real eye opener about how lax the system used to be and how much better it is now.
I read this quickly and don’t remember much from it, other than thinking the main character was refreshingly flawed and more likable than what I typically find in young adult fiction. I liked the main character’s voice and the progression of the storyline: it wasn’t overly transformative, it wasn’t a Cinderella story. I liked that it seemed to convey the message that any achievement (including emotional healing) relies more on hard work than on good luck or fate.