The Wrong Hand

We all make mistakes. Moments that change us and the path we are on irrevocably. For Rachel Allen it was the moment that she let her son’s hand slip from hers. For Danny Simpson and Graham Harris it was the moment one of them took it. Seven years ago Danny and Graham were just children themselves, angry, marginalized and unguided. That was, until they committed a crime so heinous that three families were left devastated. They were no longer just boys. They were monsters. Released from juvenile detention, it is time for the boys, now men, to start again; new names, new people. But they can never escape who they are or what they did. And their own families, now notorious; the Allens, destroyed with grief; and the country at large have never been able to forget. They will always be running. They will always be hiding. But are some mistakes too large, the ripples to far reaching, to outrun forever?




This is a story that pulls at your heart and rips out your soul. It is every parents nightmare situation, the abduction and murder of their child. The author creates a tense and chilling story that compells you to carry on reading.
What I loved about this book was the way the author put you inside the murderers minds as children and then as adults. Their feelings and fears, especially as adults. It is a well balanced story that covers not just the murder but the affect it had on all of the families concerned.
The story although set in Australia does have very strong similarities to the true story of little James Bulger that was murdered in the U.K. The novel does have originality though with the story in present day, when the boys that committed the murders are released with new identities and it follows their lives and that of the little boys parents. An emotional journey.
I would recommend this book to readers as it is very well written about an extremely difficult subject.
I wish to thank Netgalley and Penguin Books -Michael Joseph, for allowing me to read and review this book.




Jane Jago


Jane Jago was born in Sydney Australia in 1961.
Originally trained as a Printmaker, she began writing whilst raising a family.
She has a long standing interest in exploring the shadow aspect of human nature and in developmental psychology.
Passionate about the protection of children and their right to a childhood, The Wrong Hand is her first novel




4 thoughts on “THE WRONG HAND by JANE JAGO

  1. I thought about James Bulger as I read the description and did think this would be an interesting story to retell as fiction, horrific as it was. There is something about childhood crimes and that wondering about what happens when they grow up.

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