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This book has been written in such detail that you can really start to feel a sense of how deeply panic-stricken the hostages must have been. Things went wrong at the fundamental levels of our protection agencies and it is my hope that many of those wrongs have now been fixed. Two members of my family were in that cafe, I am thankful everyday that they both survived even with shrapnel throughout them. Whilst every day I am so impressed with the strength that Tori Johnson held within himself. Katrina was such a terrible circumstance, she did not just walk out when she had the chance, she wanted their third friend to go with them. This would cause a horrifying ripple effect and possibly a life long "What If" for her family. Jarrod, a 19 year old boy/man. His quick thinking along with his willingness to help all who needed it, including Monis himself. So many things he did could have put his own life in danger and he did them anyway. If you are looking for an amazing factual and at times psychological read of true events. This is your book, I am of the belief we are all able to gain from reading this book. Thank you to Deborah Snow for following the painstakingly and assumedly riddle potholes path in order to give us, the public a real inner knowledge of more than just the images of hostages in the window.
This book was an insight to a horrific incident that happened to 17 people because of one mad man.Like most people I watched this unfold on TV and when I heard there was a book I had to read it. It was an interesting read and bought to light the insufficient policies of our Police for this kind of crime. For me there were to many chiefs and not enough communication between the different sections of our Police Force not to mention the lack of equipment they needed to deal with this crime. Not only did this put the officers in danger but the hostages aswell. The question as to why this mad man was given bail is still not answered and should have been. But the author could only write with what information she was able to get or was given to her. I read this book in 2 days couldn't put it down. It you are a lover of true crime then this is a book for you. I highly recommend this book.
While the subject matter may distress some, this book was written in a light, non-technical manner but went in and explored all details of the siege available. Anyone who has a passing interest in this particular event, or events like it, should read this book. While critical of the Police and the findings by the coroner, (and, by reading this account, those were justified) it was done in a manner that was respectful to those who were held captive and to the families of those who didn't come home.