"No one with even a marginal interest in true crime writing should miss this page-turner, by turns shocking and almost unbearably sad." - Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"A fascinating tale, making the costs of violence unequivocally clear. John's hard-won conclusion about vengeance - violence needn't be perpetuated because it would only damage his family more - holds a striking lesson for everyone, not just teens."
- Chicago Sun Times
"This riveting story will stay with readers, particularly its message that John's anger and desire for revenge were the hardest wounds to heal." - Booklist
"The book flows seamlessly back and forth from father's to daughter's perspective, each jump between narrators providing further explanation and insight and pulling readers deeper into the story." - VOYA (Teen Reviewer)
"This true-crime story manages to be suspenseful and reflective at the same time, and it will draw both leisure and reluctant readers."
"...ultimately, a story of survival and triumph." - School Library Journal