Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Today is the turn of Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy.
Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.
This is a heartbreaking and incredibly sensitive story. Looking for JJ will make you reconsider your immediate reaction to condemn the antagonist. Through the eyes of Alice, you can see the reasons for the murder, what happened on that fatal day, and the build-up that lead to that event.
Looking for JJ will pull you quickly along, as the story weaves between the past and the present. Compelling the reader to read on, to find out what happened and why. To find out what happened to create a child who would kill her friend.
This is about second chances and the fact that who were as a child is different to how you how are as an adult. But also about how what happens to you as a child can affect you. “Why was everyone so interested in her now? When it was too late to change anything? What was the point?”