The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime book--the first ever to look intimately at the experiences of both the victims and their families.A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins' story of a night in April, 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis. When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn't have been more wrong. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their entire family were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.
Author: Jeanine Cummins Publisher: Berkley Books Published: 06/01/2004 Pages: 320 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.65lbs Size: 8.44h x 4.92w x 0.77d ISBN: 9780451210531 Age Range: 18-UP
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 7.7 Point Value: 16 Interest Level: Upper Grade Quiz #/Name: 105294 / Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath
About the Author Jeanine Cummins is the bestselling, award-winning author of the groundbreaking memoir A Rip in Heaven and the novels The Outside Boy, The Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.