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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
For several weeks the nation sat glued to their television watching the trial of a young woman accused of murdering her daughter. The front pages of national newspapers were filled with column after column all condemning the mother. When the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty, the nation and news media were outraged. Both the mother and her parents received threats of physical violence. Carol Denise Mitchell was one of the many that watched the case closely. She watched as news personalities cried. She knew she had to write this book, What Happened To Kaylee: The Tears of a Child. Ms. Mitchell is known for writing a book about Michael Jackson shortly after his death.
Mitchell has woven the threads of the trial and interviews of those close to the case with her own mental brainstorming. I know that Mitchell put her heart and soul into writing this book. She tells the story as a novel. Which is truth and which is fiction? Had Sin Dee abused KayCee since she was a young child? Had Lei touched his sister in inappropriate ways? Did KayCee murder KayLee? Was her death an accident or murder? None of us will ever know. An innocent child is dead.
I won’t take you farther into the story in this summary; you should read the book if you want to know more. In Mitchell’s opinion, if the jury had heard the “story” presented in a logical, organized manner, the verdict would have been different. I want to give my opinions but I’m not sure that is appropriate. Each reader will draw their own opinion of who was guilty and who was not.
Mitchell has penned an entertaining, fascinating and interesting look at the death of KayLee Mary Antonee. I want to remind readers that this is a work of fiction loosely based on an actual event. She manages to capture the personality of those involved and paint a word portrait of each one. I think Ms Mitchell has missed her calling. Perhaps she should be a prosecuting attorney as well as an author. Mitchell has a great talent for using actual events and her insight to create a realistic fictional novel. I will be looking for more books by Carol Denise Mitchell.