I had to stare into space after finishing Red River Girl in order to reflect and reassemble myself. This book wrung me out. I remember the media attention in Canada after the death of Tina Fontaine (and the public outrage). The author presents her story honestly and with compassion. While no author writes without bias, I thought the narrative was void of unnecessary insertions of opinion. Jolly did an excellent job of stitching together what is known about Tina's last few days. This is a story I need to think about for longer.
Red River Girl, a true story about a 15 yr old Indigenous girl, named Tina Fontaine, who was found by chance, dead in the Red River in Winnipeg, Canada on Aug 17, 2014. Not only does this book delve into the personal details of Tina's family, and life, which was so sad, but the lives of the Indigenous people of Canada. It was an eye opening book for me, as I had no idea of the suffering/racism the Indigenous people, endured, and still do. The women are especially treated horribly, and are sadly victims of many sexual assaults.
The Book was written by BBC Reporter, Joanna Jolly, who does an outstanding job in telling the story of Tina, her case, and the lives of the native people, bringing much needed attention to the heartbreaking lives these people have lived. Thanks so much @Netgalley @Penguin Random House, and of course, Joanna Jolly, for the chance to read this heartbreaking, but very informative book.
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This is such a heartbreaking true crime story of Tina Fontaine. It was hard to put down the book, I read it straight through.
As I was reading it, you could tell that the homicide department in Winnipeg expanded a LOT of man power and money trying to catch her killer. Yet, I was left wondering if perhaps they had narrowed their search too soon.
I was shocked at how many murders her poor family had endured before Tina's.
This was a good true crime book that really explores the ways in which the police tried to get a conviction in this case.