Looking For JJ — Anne Cassidy
Berwick Waters holds murky secrets obscured from many. Once carpeted in verdant earth, the seemingly placid area was suddenly engulfed with exuberant water. Whence came this water, no one knows. Its inhabitants, particularly the cats, drowned and are said to be haunting anyone who happen to come near the area. Most importantly, Berwick Waters was a witness of a relentless murder.
Six years later, Alice Tully has a job at the Coffee Pot, a boyfriend who loves her, and a home in Rosie’s apartment. Life was smooth and simple, the way she wanted it to be. But she cannot cease herself from reading the newspapers and watching the news. Jennifer Jones, or simpy JJ, was full of them. The child murderer has been released on a parole to begin a new life. Apparently, the press does not simply let JJ live in normalcy. Where is JJ? There are only a few people who know—and Alice is one of them.
I have a bit of a problem with this novel, though I enjoyed it so far. Every year, we are teeming with criminals—thieves, murderers, rapists, etc. We associate with ex-convicts without even knowing it. Why these? Why was JJ all over the news? In fact, she was just a child when she committed the murder and it was certainly a partial accident. Why was the media making such a fuss and seemed to be obsessed with her? It was too unrealistic, really. In addition, the ending was a bit fleeting and the closure wasn’t really that satisfying. I wanted more, but the author gave me nothing that would satiate my presumptions. I would have also wanted to see more of Alice and Frankie’s relationship but it simply confined in a single letter telling Alice to ring Frankie. In conclusion, I liked it but I didn’t love it.