Author: Ken Coleman
Summary: One murder; three families torn apart. This is what happens when the l6-year-old daughter of a well-known television evangelist murders one of her father’s best friends, a beloved teacher in the school district. When Molly Little, the adopted daughter of a prominent television Evangelist Larry Little, is tried as an adult in a court of law, found guilty and sentenced to death, everyone has an opinion.
Larry Little, Sterling Sharpe (the criminal attorney who is representing Molly) and the victim Fred Black have been best friends since childhood. They grew up together; their children grew up together. And now the families turn against each other, each casting the blame of Black's murder on the other. But something else begins to happen when each family member turns inward to face his or her own demons.
Molly Little is a murderer and needs to be punished. But should a l6-year-old be tried as an adult? Wasn't it Fred Black's responsibility to be the role model? On the other hand, his murder was premeditated.
While in prison, Molly Little forms prayer groups, tutors inmates and reads the Bible daily. Molly’s ongoing interviews with a radio talk show host, who tries to gain listeners by sensationalizing her story, not only has an effect on his life, but also his listeners.
Quote: Every man has an enemy within. One that pushes him to the edge, dares him to be devious, outrageous, unconventional. The enemy whispers, “take the moment, seize the moment, it's all about this moment. It’s very, now.” Every man has a stranger within. Some call it an alter ego, some call it a dark side. He's always lurking, angry, frustrated, calculating, powerful.
Sometimes he takes control for self-preservation. Sometimes he takes control for power. Sometimes he takes control just because he can. To remind us he’s always there, to remind us we should fear his power, to remind us at any given moment your life could change, forever.
Opinion: A diamond in the rough, The Ripple Effect is a gripping emotional story. Ken Coleman ‘had me’ with his opening paragraph (above). The story line was enough to peak my interest, but just as compelling was Coleman’s two distinct voices. Chapters open with prose that flows so beautifully I wanted to memorize them while Coleman’s deepest feelings and thoughts tell the story. Raw emotion will force readers to question who they think they are verses who others perceive them to be. Although there are times when grammatical errors slow the pace, there is no doubt that Ken Coleman is a writer.
Recommendation: For teenagers who need to realize the consequences of just one futile mistake and for parents and grandparents to understand ongoing communication with our offspring is essential, especially teenagers who may not know they have lost their way.
4.5 out of 5 stars
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