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The Right Wrong Thing    by Ellen Kirschman order for
Right Wrong Thing
by Ellen Kirschman
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Oceanview, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Randy Spelling grew up in a family of policemen. Her father and all her brothers chose to protect and serve. She had always wanted to follow in their footsteps. Finally, she accomplished her dream.

Unfortunately, on her first patrol she shot and killed a young woman, Lakeisha Gibbs, whom she believed to be holding a gun. Turned out to be a cell phone. A guilty conscience drove Randy to see the girl's mother to apologize, though she was warned over and over that that would be the wrong move.

Since the girl was black and Randy white, racial tensions flare. Lakeisha's family, terribly upset, are vocal and vicious against Randy. Dr. Dot Myerhoff, a police psychologist, tries to help Randy with PTSD but is unsuccessful. Randy visits Lakeisha's mother with disastrous results.

The Right Wrong Thing by Ellen Kirschman is told from the authorities' point of view, which is a nice change. The police involved in this story take on a very human stance which helps to make the novel very believable. I couldn't help but feel very sorry for Randy. She made the wrong choice. And she did not call for backup, which proved to be a grave mistake.

However, The Right Wrong Thing is very well written and pulls at your heartstrings.

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