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A Rip in Heaven

Written by: Jeanine Cummins
Narrated by: Jeanine Cummins
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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime book. 

A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins’s story of a night in April 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis. 

When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Along with their entire family, he and his sister, Jeanine, were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2004 Jeanine Cummins (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Julie and Robin Kerry, I will never forget you!

Absolutely unbelievable true horror story! From every chapter I couldn’t stop listening. The knowledge I received from the Author will stay with me forever. I will never think of victims of crime the same again. Powerful!!

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My heart aches for this family

I can not begin to understand what this family has gone through. This story left me with tears running down my cheeks and my heart aching for what they went through. My god help you all find peace someday.

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Soul wrenching

This story moved me to tears in numerous places. I agree that victims often get put into the background as the perpetuators take centre stage.
NOTE TO AUTHOR: When Julie told you to go ahead and write, she must have had insight into your abilities. Well done. We won't forget your cousins ...

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So heartfelt and well told.

Jeanine is a brilliant writer, I read American Dirt and no other book seemed good enough or able to compare until I listened to this one. Jeanine is brilliant, and having her read this book with all the emotion put into it made it that much more poignant. I highly recommend this book.

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Compelling yet disturbing!

I could not turn this book off. It will sit with me for a longtime. The abuse of authority is beyond words. Such corruption in the St Louis police department yet not held accountable. Mind blowing. A must read. Be prepared for a frightening and descriptive crime.

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Well described the family tragic experience

I am not sure that rating this book with ‘likes’ was appropriate in this case and yet I do feel that the book deserves all the stars.
The book is very well written especially considering the author’s emotions she must have experienced throughout the writing and reading the story.
I have recently read/listened another two books (fiction) written by Jeanine Cummins and I am very impressed by her writing. The characters and the stories are very well described and I would warmly recommend her books.

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Couldn’t stop listening

A very sad story beautifully written. I would have liked an explanation about toms hip but other than that I loved it. Did a double marathon with this book and American Dirt; Cummins is a very talented writer, I look forward to her next book.

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finished in 2 days!

excellent book. incredible story. I found it difficult to listen to, realizing it is a true story. Infuriating at times, so much so that I'd shout 'No!' as I listened. thank you for sharing this deeply personal story with us Jeanine Cummins!

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  • Mary Burnight
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ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!

One of the most absorbing true stories in Audible; one of the very finest authors in Audible; one of the most talented readers/narrators in Audible!! I was so focused (like a bullet in flight) that I had to stop this book in chapter 12 just to write this beginning of my review because I could not wait to tell you even this much since I’m flabbergasted with the many twists and turns in this extraordinary nonfiction. I have begun to slow down my pace as I don’t want this terrific writing to end: however, there are sad, harrowing events in this sorry tale so that aspect is not anything I would wish to have been prolonged for the victims. // More later when I have finished this, promise! (but I am reluctant to tell “spoilers” and this is why I’m skirting around plot information ... just buy “A Rip in Heaven” and get the information directly from this marvellous author and reader (since they are both the same person).
UPDATE and Conclusion (days later)—SPOILER ALERT: It was no lofty pipe dream that the superb author (Jeanine Cummins) hoped to bring forth the brilliance with which her slain cousins lived their shining lives because in fact, she succeeded in illuminating them here (in my humble opinion). In many True Crime books, much is written about the criminals yet comparatively little about the good and fine people caught up in tragedy: however, many wonderful human beings are highlighted in this particular narrative. I realize my review is rather over-the-top with praise but I must insist to you that I know none of the story’s participants and neither have I ever been paid for any book reviews. Ever. Certainly, this book is far too quality to need this as already in 2 full pages of reviews the ratings are 5 stars all the way! Needless to say, I recommend this book highly.

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  • TJo
  • 2020-07-04

A MUST READ

I purchased this book based on its reviews rather than its content. I am so glad I did. Thank you, Jeanine Cummins, the author. I believe your cousins would be and your brother is proud. I am one of the “curious humans” you write about. However, your story has forever changed my views on the death penalty. Your story has also pushed a “reset”: do I allow my mindless curiosity to read more about the crime and the perpetrator or shift that energy by helping to make a difference in the victim’s healing? I am forever changed. Victims of violent crimes deserve more!

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  • Allison rice
  • 2020-08-04

Thank you for sharing this heart wrenching story

As the Mother of a murdered child I felt compelled to read this important story. I will always realize that I'm not alone. WELL done !

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  • B.Anne
  • 2020-07-14

Drawn out

I got as far as the few chapters after the crime but I couldn't finish this book. It's far to drawn out and even boring at times. Hard to listen and pay attention to. Terrible crime, but I went on google and found out all I needed to know in ten minutes by reading a few articles. I have no idea what else could be told in the over seven hours left of this book. I wish I could return it.

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  • abby carmean
  • 2020-06-04

I couldn’t put down ...riveting

Very pleased with this book.
Story was riveting and factual as well.
Informative of our criminal justice system

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  • Cats rule
  • 2020-12-15

Narrator should stick to writing

Narrator's wooden delivery seems not to have bothered other reviewers (many even gave it 5 stars), however for me her inflectionless delivery overshadows the other positive aspects of this powerful retelling of a tragedy. I'm giving her two stars because she hasn't mispronounced any words so far (I'm only halfway through) and "A Rip in Heaven" deserves so much better.

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  • Melissa B
  • 2020-08-21

slow start

It seems like it took a while for anything to happen. but overall the book was very good once things started to happen.

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  • Kaoz
  • 2020-06-28

Julia and Robin I know you now

I have read hundreds of true crime stories this by far is yes the saddest, but the most beautifully written and read story I have ever completed. This was painful yet poignant to listen to. You have Truly shown me who your beautiful cousins were, and what a loss to this world has been caused by their deaths. I’m sure they would have gone on to do so much for so many. And I’m sure they were even more than you even describe.. these two beautiful souls lost to this world for a few thugs out for a good time. I cannot imagine the pain your brother as well as their parents and yourself and the rest of your family has had endured.. your book is one of the best True Crime stories I have ever Read. May Julia and Robin Rest In Peace and May each one of your family members find peace as well. If this is your genre or not read this book it is absolutely a story that not only must be read, But one of the best books I’ve ever read or listened too. I felt every moment of this story. Get your tissues out you’ll need them, because you will not only feel the pain but the rage of what these kids endured at the hands of these horrible soulless creatures! A great memorial to your Cousins.

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  • Betsy kendrick
  • 2020-06-14

What a great book!

I enjoyed this book so much and decided to write my first review.

It was a new book out so it was a flip of the dice with no prior reviews. Anyway good job author and narrator.
Sad story and I did skip a chapter or two because it was too intense. I loved it!

Betsy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-23

No words🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I kept coming back to this title for some reason. It is undoubtedly the most thought provoking book I have ever listened to or read. The authors voice, emotions, love, and pain will penetrate your heart and soul. This audible has deeply affected me in so many ways. I’ve never written a review before but I HAD to write one with this Audible.
This should be required listening for ages 13 and up and people in prison. I can say these things because I have a son in prison and I’m raising his 2 children. He is in for drugs but I know if things had gone bad at any point it could have been much worse. It’s a slippery slope when your involved with the wrong people and continue to make horrible choices. I agree with every single word Jeanine Cummins writes. I’ve been in the battlefield for 2 decades. . . Now I fight for my Grandchildren every single day.
Her brother Tom has my heart as do the rest of the family. Tom was there and he too is a major victim forever of the most despicable crimes to his cousins and to him. Someone survived to bring justice to those beautiful girls.
Thanks Be to that rip in heaven he did. ❤️

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