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Twelve-year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of a young girl. Is he innocent or guilty? The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets a confession. The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade forTwelve-year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of a young girl. Is he innocent or guilty? The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets a confession. The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade for victory at any cost.From the Hardcover edition....

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The Rag and Bone Shop Reviews

  • Melki
    2019-04-08 14:40

    "Look, Jason. I am only stating what they think. I am trying to show you the seriousness of your situation. You are their prime suspect. They have evidence against you. No one else fits the profile . . . ."A seven-year-old girl has been murdered, and the police are convinced her killer was the last person to see her alive - a twelve-year-old boy. Now, a hot-shot detective has been called in to try and coax a confession from the boy. But, will he cross a line to get the desired results?This was an unsettling read. The subject matter is dark, and though none of the characters are likable, the reader does feel a certain sympathy toward the young suspect. His interrogator's techniques, so effective when used on adults, seem cruel and conniving when employed on a child. I'm also not convinced any testimony coerced from a minor without the presence of a parent would be admissible in court. Anyway, it's a short, tense read with a shocker ending. My rating is not higher because I felt a bit manipulated by the whole experience, but you may enjoy it more than I did.It does leave you wondering - who is really the guilty party here?

  • Rachel
    2019-04-22 11:29

    I’m trying very hard not to like this book. I know that sounds prejudiced, but at least I’m honest. In fact, I decided after being introduced to Robert Cormier’s style that I would not like this book. I have always been a fan of happy endings. (Let me clarify: by happy endings, I don’t mean “And they lived happily ever after.” I mean emotional resolution and satisfaction. The world may be crumbling around the characters’ heads—sometimes literally, since I read too much fantasy—but the characters still manage to hope for something. Despite the odds, they’ve managed to overcome the conflict or bring the antagonist to justice. That ability to endure, that determination, has always resonated with me as a reader.) But for not having a happy ending, Rag and Bone Shop was an awesome book. I’ve mentioned in previous papers that I hate books that force me to feel a certain way. I worried in the beginning that Rag and Bone Shop would be one of those books: Cormier does a wonderful job of making Jason a sympathetic character, and I feared that the novel would quickly become a feel-bad-for-me, the-adults-are-picking-on-me story. However, it was the presence of that sympathy that made the book work for me; yes, I worried about Jason, but not because I felt obligated to. Instead, I spent most of the book fuming about the injustice. I didn’t pay much attention to Jason compared to the time I spent thinking about the police lieutenant. I knew Jason wasn’t the killer. I knew practically from the beginning that the brother was the killer. And yet, in the name of money and his reputation, some cop decides to humiliate Jason. It was wrong, but I seemed to be the only person to notice that. Having said that, I will admit that I loved the ending(s) of the book. I finished the last chapter and thought, “Wow. Cormier has acknowledged my frustration and pointed out the true conflict of the story. I can sleep peacefully now.” I loved Trent’s guilt, and though it sickened me that the police acted like nothing had happened, I loved how that injustice got me thinking about politics in the real world. And then Cormier dropped a bombshell in the epilogue. As much as I enjoyed the rest of the book, this is what I wanted to see. Congrats, cops, you drove this poor kid insane. Now everyone will know that you forced an innocent to confess because you wanted to advance your own motives. Yes, it’s a gruesome ending. Yes, there is no hope at the end of the book. But if a happy ending is solely based on the villain getting what’s coming to them, I would argue that Rag and Bone Shop has a happy ending.

  • Josiah
    2019-03-30 16:29

    Oh my, oh my, oh my. I don't feel that I am exaggerating one bit when I say that this book stands apart from anything else that has ever seen publication. I know that's an outrageous claim, but it is absolutely true. Hours after reading it, the panicky, weighty feeling of this book courses through my veins and shadows my every thought. From the earliest stages of the plot, dark, frightening storm clouds loom close by and it becomes increasingly obvious that we are headed for a devastating upheaval that will be difficult to handle. I just didn't anticipate how intolerable it would get. As the special interrogator Trent commences working his skills on young Jason—the twelve-year-old secretly suspected murderer of a precocious seven-year-old girl—the writing is so tensely vivid that it is not hyperbolic in the least to say that it actually felt as if I were being interrogated with Jason, my own life on the line depending on the next several hours. Worse yet, Jason doesn't know that the police suspect him of the murderous act of which he has been accused behind closed doors, and the expert Trent weaves his way through the spare facts of the case like a deadly spider, slowly, excruciatingly tying Jason up in his web as the light of freedom and life imperceptibly begins to depart. It's hard to convey the severe, raw intensity of how this situation moves forward, or to describe the unrivaled genius of author Robert Cormier that makes it all so profoundly, hauntingly affecting, but my whole body was shaking as the unbearable climax of the narrative closed in, as the heat elevated (physically and metaphorically) and the scene became more disturbing. I was shaking so hard that I could scarcely turn the pages, and sweat poured down my brow and my stomach churned and I felt as if I were in danger, as if this story had become mine and each line that I read would reveal my own fate. As the climax drew near and everything for Jason and Trent came down to a final moment of pure torturous agony, I sobbed and sobbed and could no longer even see the pages through the tears that would not stop coming. More than an hour later, chills still ran throughout my body. No book has ever affected me this way before. Not even close. I have never known of a writer with the pure, awesome, dreadful power that is possessed by Robert Cormier. The Rag and Bone Shop is not only a no-brainer five star book for me, but is clearly one of the greatest and most potent books that I have experienced in my entire life. I really did not know that writing could be this stunningly powerful, and even that is an understatement. In my opinion every person alive should read this book. It is an absolute, unequivocal life-changer in the truest sense of the word. I'm still in shock...

  • Anna
    2019-04-02 09:21

    The Rag and Bone Shop is an exciting, suspense-filled read that sucks you in and keeps you reading page after page in anticipation of finding out what happens. The premise for the story is that a 12-year-old boy named Jason is the last person to see his 7-year-old friend alive. Her brutally murdered body is recovered and the police suspect him. They bring in an "expert" interrogator to get him to confess and much of the book focuses on the interaction of the interrogator and Jason in the small, hot interrogation room. The novel is dark in the way that is typical for Cormier, yet its beauty lies in way that he portrays human nature and vulnerability through Jason. It leaves the reader wondering about truth and questioning the black-and-whiteness of the world. Quite honestly, I think this is one of the best young adult books I've read in quite some time. It's very fast-paced and engaging and I think it's the ideal book to recommend to middle school boys who usually hate reading.

  • Gerhard
    2019-04-08 11:11

    I do not know of any other so-called YA author who quite so comfortably and effortlessly crossed the increasingly indistinct border between novels for younger readers and novels for adult readers in the course of his writing career. (I personally hate these rather artificial boundaries that are imposed on literature. I think dozens of fine, noteworthy novels go unread by older readers because they are marketed as YA. I am not referring to the endless stream of dystopian novels and serial fantasy sagas that seem to make up such an inordinately large portion of YA novels nowadays. I'm talking about finely crafted and deftly executed novels. Think Michael Morpurgo, or John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.)There are many adult readers who have enjoyed and appreciated the late Robert Cormier's novels for their originality and the author's keen observing eye. The Rag and Bone Shop, Cormier's last novel, is no exception. A quiet Massachusetts neighborhood is recoiling in horror as the murdered body of seven-year-old Alicia Bartlett is discovered in a nearby wood. Twelve-year-old Jason Dorrant was the last person to see her alive, and naturally the investigating police officer is quick to read some significance into this. There is pressure on the police when a senator becomes interested in the case. Soon there is talk of employing the services of Trent, a police officer from Vermont known for his tenacious tactics in the interrogation room and the fact that he is guaranteed to wrestle a confession out of any suspect. Under the guise of an elaborate subterfuge Jason is brought to the police station and placed in a dreary little room without windows where he is brought face-to-face with the formidable Trent, who has only a couple of hours in which to get a confession out of the boy. The biggest part of the novel is devoted to the interrogation that follows. No punches are pulled and what transpires in that little room will leave any perceptive reader with sweaty palms, a racing heart and a feeling of slowly mounting outrage. Nightmarish, claustrophobic and unrelentingly intense, this is an uncompromising book with an ending that will leave most readers reeling.

  • Moe
    2019-04-13 09:29

    What started off as just one out of his numerous interrogations, Trent discovered in the end right after the kid confessed that he was the wrong suspect. Trent was infamously known for his interrogations, up until Jason. He would get the truth out of anybody; the worst criminals who were bad to the bone. But Jason was just a little boy, who was completely innocent. But Trent was so good at interrogating, he made Jason fake-confess about him evidently being the killer. Luckily, they found out who was the real perp, and Jason was let off scot-free. What made this book so interesting was the ending. Jason was dealing with some emotional problems and decided that he would prove to people that he actually could kill someone, and went to grab the butcher knife from the kitchen and went to go actually kill someone. So, being abused by the interrogator into confessing he was the killer (when he was not) actually turned him into one. That is some crazy stuff man. I love books like this, where I don't know the ending. I suggest this to anyone who loves books that make you think

  • Scott Sanders
    2019-03-30 11:25

    Because my writing and books are compared to Robert Cormier, I've been on a reading binge lately with regards to his stuff. You will see a large list of his books that I've read in the last month or so.The Rag and Bone Shop: My favorite of Cormier's work. The suspense will keep the reader on the edge of their seat all the way through. Trent, the bad cop/interrogator, will make the reader squirm with uneasiness. My only complaint is the very last part. Don't worry, I won't spoil it, but Cormier's editor should have cut the last little section. If he/she had, Cormier would have ended his life's work on the ultimate note of perfection. With all that being said, I now just choose to forget that last little part, pretending it isn't there, and give him Five Stars all the same. Highly recommended.

  • Chris Davis
    2019-03-30 17:21

    This was literally me finishing this book:For the record, I learned how to embed gifs just for this review. (Ok, so I asked a friend, but the result is the same.)Is this book well written? Yes. Is it an intense read? Yes. None of that changes the fact I will not get back the time I spent reading it.

  • Briana
    2019-04-18 17:25

    I loved this book!! Of you just want a day read this book.The Rag and Bone Shop is a great suspense style book. There was a murder of a 7 year old girl and that brings a 12year old boy Jason.[spoilers removed ] Anyone that wants a suspense filled day read this is the book you need. *BEWARE* beware there is a twist at the end....Great Book :-))))

  • Damian
    2019-04-18 13:24

    The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier. The main characters are Jason Durant, a 12 year old boy and a man named Trent who is an interrogator for the police. The story takes place in Monument, Mass. He was looking forward to the summer vacation when suddenly the town was hit with the murder of Alicia Bartlett, a seven year old girl. She was Jason's friend. There was no weapon, clues, or fingerprints. The only thing the police knew was that Jason was the last person to see her alive. Lt. Braxton from the police department came to his house to question him, but he really didn't have any information to give him.The police decided to call in a special interrogator named Trent to question Jason. He had a reputation for always getting a confession. The town was demanding an arrest and the police decided that Jason was the only suspect. They hoped that Trent could get a confession so that the pressure would be off the police. When Jason was taken to the police department, he went without his mother. Four other boys were also bought to the station and they thought it was neat because they were part of the investigation. A woman named Sarah Downey from the District Attorney's office rode with Trent so that she could give him background information on the case. Trent asked her if she thought Jason was guilty and she said no. She felt the police was giving into town pressure. The interrogation room was small and hot which is the way Trent wanted it. He did not want Jason to be comfortable. Trent put Jason at ease, analyzed him and his body language and never used the word murder. Trent started asking questions and Jason asked him why he was asking certain questions. He got nervous and wanted to leave. He asked Trent for something to drink, and while he was gone, Jason left. Trent found him in the parking lot and told him that if he left, he would look guilty. Jason went back and the questions started again. Trent asked why he was friends with a 7 year old and he was 12. He wanted him to talk about anything that was bothering him. Did he have any anger or regrets? Did he go to her school during recess? Did he like her and want to touch or kiss her? Jason's reaction to these questions led him to believe he was innocent. He felt sorry for Jason and wanted to end the interrogation. Jason wondered if he should tell that Alicia's brother, Brad, seemed to be angry with her that day. He didn't because he was always teasing her. They started talking about where the body was found. He asked Jason had he ever been there and Jason said yea. He then wanted to know if he thought the death was planned or just something that happened on the spur of the moment. He kept questioning Jason like this. Jason kept denying any part in the murder. Trent began to doubt himself. He wondered whether he had met someone who outwitted him and deceived him. I would rate this book a 3. The internal conflict Trent had was that he began to feel that Jason was innocent, but he had a reputation of getting confessions and he was determined to try to get one. But, he kept having doubts because he felt Jason was innocent and wanted to send him home. He also felt he had to do his job so he continued the questioning. The text-to-world connection is that things like this also happen today. Sometimes a person is questioned so much and in such a way that they finally confess. One of the problems here was that Jason was a minor and he did not have a lawyer present during questioning. they started talking

  • Catherine
    2019-04-04 12:36

    The first time I read this book as a teenager, I loved it. The second time, I loved it again. Maybe the fact that I love this deeply disturbing book is a bad sign for my mental health, but I think that it is an amazing little novel of such power. Its commentary on manipulation and the power of suggestion is great. Twelve-year-old Jason's friend Alicia is murdered, and he is brought into questioning. The book traces through the interrogation, from the perspectives of both the interrogator and Jason. It should be boring to read about two people talking in a cramped room, but the novel will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. In the end, an innocent Jason confesses to murder. Though another boy is found to be guilty, Jason isn't able to get over the effects of the interrogation. And, thinking if he could admit to murder he could commit one, he picks up a butcher knife. . . This book is great, but I would only recommend it to people who like Edgar Allen Poe. It takes a certain kind of reader to appreciate Cormier.

  • Rachel Fessenbecker
    2019-04-23 09:31

    I found this to be one of the most unique mystery novels I’ve read yet. Cormier did an excellent job with this young adult detective story. The whole plot is based around the interrogation of a murder suspect: 12 year old Jason (who is the last person to see the 7 year old girl who was murdered). What makes this book so powerful is we know that Jason is innocent the entire time. So where’s the mystery you’re wondering? Well it revolves around the twists and turns that go on between the interrogation of Jason with his interrogator Trent. Cormier shifts point of view so that we are exposed to the extreme and changing emotions of both parties. All I can say is: intense. I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. The ending WILL surprise you. What I liked best was the subtle reflection Cormier presents to us of the very morals of our society. A genius!

  • Justin
    2019-03-27 11:13

    This is a creepy mystery that kept me at the edge of my seat while reading. The plot is very simple. A young boy named Jason is the last person to see young Alicia Bartlett alive, therefore, he is accused of murdering her. The detectives bring in an expert interrogator who is known for getting confessions to do just that with Jason. Nearly 75 percent of the book is the interrogation. The result of the interrogation is very surprising and the end of the novel is more so. I think this book is suitable for any junior high age student or older. The subject matter may be a little bit too dark for anyone younger than junior high. There is a great psychological twist in the book, and I think that young readers will find it interesting. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Sam Lieppe
    2019-03-28 14:30

    I thought that this book was pretty good. The only thing that was bad about the book is it was pretty slow and did not have a lot of action through the first 130 pages. Once you get to the end it gets very interesting and makes you sit on the edge of your seat. For a horror book this did not have as much horror as I thought it was going to have which was a disappointment to me because I was looking forward to it. If you want a good book with some scares this is your book.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-30 17:36

    Another masterpiece of the dark and disturbing from Cormier, this, his last book.At our last YAL class, the others in my group couldn't get over how completely dark The Chocolate War was.I must lie down where all the ladders start,In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.How much of Jason did Trent get right? Or were Jason's last reasonings caused by Trent? Do Jason and Trent's thoughts on what we are capable of apply to each of us? Yes.

  • Julie Suzanne
    2019-03-25 09:16

    This was a very different kind of abuse story. Another disturbing Cormier novel, but this one a quick read. I always wonder, at the end, why I did that to myself. Why am I so drawn to these, knowing before I even begin that I'm going to be disturbed and depressed as a result? I'll never look at the issue of interrogation and "confession" the same way again. Worth reading.

  • Stefani
    2019-03-23 10:16

    OMG SO SCARY. Not as in horror movie, but as in totally freaky. The whole time my heart hurt for the poor kid and it reinforces the idea that adults can't be trusted. Cormier is a fantastic writer with amazing, horrible endings.

  • Betsy
    2019-03-31 11:35

    Chilling look at the power of persuasion. I've only read 2 of Cormier's books (this one & The Chocolate War), but both have had this... manipulation of children by adults as a central theme. Very disturbing.

  • Kathi
    2019-03-30 11:36

    I picked this up as an audiobook and couldn't put it down. You think you know how it is going to end until the end. It leaves you going NOOOOOO. I really enjoyed the book. It did give me nightmares. As a mother of teens, my heart just aches.

  • Marci Glasgow-Haire
    2019-04-14 15:16

    A quick, but troubling read. This book highlights the fact that children's psyches are more fragile than is commonly believed.

  • Carly
    2019-04-19 16:13

    SATISIFED: CORMIERThis book is a whirlwind! It's about a shy thirteen year old boy who is trying to help out his town, when a murder is on the loose and kills his innocent seven-year-old friend. He was the last one to see her, but he knows that he didn't kill her . . . or did he? He is secretly interrogated by Trent, a man with a perfect record at getting people to confess, that he goes at great lengths to get Jason to confess, even though Trent knows that he didn't do it. The book messes with your mind as you try to understand the dark confusion between truth and error and between lies and the truth. If you say you did it, even though you didn't, does that still technically mean you did? Do you now need to follow through with your lie to make it a truth? This book is a rollercoaster of emotions that lives you shocked all the way to the last page.I loved this book! It is so sneaky and disturbing all at the same time. It broke my heart to see Trent rip Jason apart, and I hated how he was using all of his tools against him. It has made me want to read more of Cormier's books. As crazy as it was, it is a favorite of mine.

  • Jess Verzello
    2019-04-21 13:16

    REQUIRED TEXT. ROBERT CORMIER.When Jason's young neighbor is found dead in the woods by her house, he becomes the prime suspect as local political powers insist on catching the murderer. His interrogator, unwilling to break his perfect record, convinces Jason to confess just before the true murderer confesses, leaving Jason confused and convinced that he really could kill...because he's done it before, right? Intense read. I love the way Cormier articulates the psychological effect Jason experiences in that last chapter where he doubts himself.

  • Candace
    2019-04-20 09:15

    Robert Cormier is a great writer; he has been called “the single most important writer in the whole history of young adult literature.” He has written a bunch of books that has won awards The Rag and Bone Shop was not one of them; it is still a very interesting book. Sadly Richard Cormier passed shortly after completing this novel. This novel will take you in at the dark corners of the human heart, and the choices that can shape ones soul for good or evil.I honestly liked this book; it was very detailed for a short book, well put. The Rag and Bone Shop was straight to the punch but did so well with details and information did not leave nothing out. It had me so intrigued that I did not want to put the book down. There was not a dull moment; it really keeps you on your feet with this book. The end of this book was a complete surprise; I like how he threw that twist in there making you wonder. I would defiantly by far give rate this book four stars, hands down. I checked this book out, but would spend the money to buy it; it really is a great book. I would highly recommend it this book to others. Reading this book has made me interested in reading more of Robert Cormier’s books. He really did do a great job at getting to the point and keeping it suspenseful at the same time. It is about a twelve year old boy Jason who is accused of killing seven year old Alicia. Even though they have no evidence against Jason the cop and mayor thinks it is him and has no other suspects, so they want to get a confession from Jason so the town can rest. They bring in special integrator Trent to get a confession out of Jason. Trent is best for getting confessions on the hardest cases to solve. They bring Jason in to the police headquarters to be interrogated by Trent. Trent does all he can to get a confession, but is it a real confession? Was Jason just persuaded to confess, was Jason an actual murderer, was he even capable of doing such a horrific crime, and to Alicia of all people I mean they were friends after all. After all does confessing to something change a person and the way they think after all is said and done? Maybe Jason was changed by these events and accusations that will later make him want to act upon the questioning and wondering that has now filled his head? This book will leave you thinking and wondering once you read it and come to the shocking end.

  • Liz
    2019-03-23 17:28

    Liz Ropp - Review #11The Rag and Bone Shop centers around a young boy named Jason who is a suspect in a murder case - in fact the cops are so sure that he did it that they have called in special investigator named Trent to get a confession out of him. With each chapter alternating between Trent and Jason, the author, Robert Cormier, drives deep into the minds of a scared middle schooler and a man who hates himself but is not willing to change. This book, like others by Cormier, made my heart sad. It was excellent and disheartening at the same time and I loved/hated it a lot. Jason is young boy who spends his days without many friends, being shy and introverted. He never thought he could hurt a fly, until Trent comes in. Trent is quite a piece of work. I spent the whole book trying to like him and see the good in him, but every detail that was good about him kept getting crushed as the chapters wore on. This book offers a unique look at the criminality within the justice system and how hard it can be to truly find out if someone is innocent or if the police have just gotten a confession out of him/her. Trent's demeanor and manipulation made my skin crawl, yet throughout the whole book I kept sympathizing with him. Cormier is excellent with making one feel both empathy and hatred towards a character and in this book he achieved that beautifully. Although, I think the most important part about this book was its ending. I sure as heck did not see it coming. This is good, but it also made me want to cry and scream. Even though I do not need a happy ending, I could have done without the complete table turning at the end. It makes the reader question if Jason's character had it in him all along to kill someone or if Trent gave him the idea. Overall, this book is suspenseful, a quick read, chilling, and perfect for young boys and girls in middle and early high school who love a good thriller.

  • Joel Richardson
    2019-03-30 14:35

    The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier Bleak, interrogation, friendship,guilt, identityCormier uses William Butler Yeats' last lines of "The Circus Animal's Desertion" to title his bleak, young-adult novel about a boy who is examined down to the deepest part of his heart by a professional interrogator only to find innocence. This innocence turns to guilt when Mr. Trent, for greed, political, and power purposes, plants that guilt into the fragile, "coming-of-age" heart of Jason. While Jason is completely innocent and seeks to help the investigation of the murder of his seven-year-old friend, Alicia, he becomes the victim of heartless adults looking for personal gain. In this novel, Cormier delves into the natural, dark heart of man who too often are the main cause of tragedy in this world.Some people might say that bleak, young adult literature is not necessary for teens. This is true, unless Cormier is the author. After reading a novel by Gail Giles, this Cormier novel was a breath of dark, fresh air. In other words, Cormier's novel was more intense and more painful to read, but not because it contained more profanity, incest, or sexual overtones. It was rag and bone, man and boy in one room with little light, no windows, and no mercy (unless it was faked). Cormier let us watch the spiritually smothering of an innocent boy by a guilty, unstable man, probably the most pitiful story an audience could read. There was no murdering, no physical hurt, but all mental. Alfred Hitchcock comes to mind, who's movies are all psychological, with no physical hurt shown. Therefore, I would recommend this book to any high school teenager (who is stable), but not a middle-school aged teen. Great read!

  • Meganm922
    2019-04-03 13:37

    I wish I could give this book a thousand stars.“I must lie down where all the ladders start, In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.”This novel is amazing. False confessions are recognized now, but they weren’t always recognized. Jason only wants to help and the police are feeling pressure from political leaders to find the murderer of Alicia. They hear about Trent and his interrogation skills and call him in, with their sights set on Jason. The majority of the book is inside the interrogation room with Trent and Jason and it’s horrifying. Every leading remark makes me cringe. I think the worst part is knowing that despite the fact that this novel is fiction, this is very real occurrence. I kept thinking about how terrible it must feel having someone force you to confess to something by making you so uncomfortable that you begin to doubt your own thoughts. A simple remark like, “I enjoy horror novels” can be turned into motive for a crime. I think about all the things I enjoy, like horror novels and how terrible it would be to have someone try to analyze me and pin me to a crime. What’s worse is that the mother of this child thinks he’s helping in an investigation, which is far different from being interrogated. He doesn’t know he should have his mother there or a lawyer. He trusts this police officer. He doesn’t understand what is happening. He’s being led into this terrible twist of words. And what about the psychological damage an interrogation of this magnitude can cause?Jesus… this book gives me the shivers. It was so magnificently written. I can’t believe I’m just now discovering this author. I want to read everything he’s ever written!An absolute MUST read novel.

  • Miss
    2019-03-29 12:23

    Plot SummaryJason is a young boy who liked Alicia. Alicia was murdered, and the police suspect that Jason was responsible because he was the last person known to be seen with her. Trent, an interrogator who has been successful in getting suspects to confess, tries to get Jason to confess. Jason was called in for questioning,so the remainder of the book focuses on Trent trying to get that confession. Jason tells him that he did not commit the crime, but Trent uses many of his tactics to extract a confession from him. For example, he offers to get a drink for Jason, to which he returns without it. This was to make Jason recognize his thirst and make him more uncomfortable. In the end, it was concluded that Jason did not commit the crime, but instead it was her brother, Brad, who had argued with her the day she was discovered. Personal ReactionAt first I was convinced that Jason committed the crime because that would be a typical way the book would end. On the other hand, it did not happen in this case, and Cormier took the unconventional approach, by not letting Jason ultimately be the perpetrator. The in book, in some way satisfied me. But it still left a gap in why Trent worked so hard to get him to confess. Critical ReactionI think Cormier did a great job in what he did. For example, the setting was very intense. For him to do that takes real talent because it places the characters in a very difficult situation. The scene needs to be ongoing and moving, but the scene remained in the interrogation room. This made it very effective. Suggested Age+14

  • Kessia Robinson
    2019-03-25 13:18

    In this horrifying novel, 12-year-old Jason is suspected of murdering nine-year-old Allison. The police force, under pressure, decide they're pretty convinced Jason is the culprit and so being in Trent, an interrogator known for always getting a confession out of the supposed perpetrator. The novel explores guilt--its cause, its contagiousness, and its cure--and what happens when a young boy is psychologically manipulated into confessing a crime he didn't commit. This book is haunting. After reading it, I pondered for a while the "rag and bone shop of the heart"--how guilt can be transferred through hearing about horrible deeds, how guilt can be aroused in an innocent person and then justified by later action, how lives can be changed forever by guilt without cause (or rather, caused by those in power bent on getting where they need to go regardless of the moral consequences). In a way, it's an exploration of psychological murder. Critically, this is an important YA book. It tells part of the story from Trent's perspective and part from Jason's. This is unusual, as Trent is not a YA character. Furthermore, this story is bleak. It doesn't end hopefully. However, it does plumb terrifying but important issues and helps young people to think about such things as well--and to be aware in a world where awareness can be a key asset and protection. I'd say that youth 13-18 can read this novel, though I might suggest having a teacher or parent read it as well and talk about it with the student/child. It is quite haunting.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-24 13:37

    REQUIREDThe Rag and Bone Shop explores the idea of "truth" and the need to check the power of the police- specifically interrogators. This is an unusual young adult novel because it switches between the narrative perspectives of a successful police interrogator, Trent, and a young boy, Jason. Jason is a quiet boy, removed from the other boys his age. His friend, Alicia, was discovered dead in the woods. Jason was the last one to see her before she died. The police tag Jason as their number one suspect, and yet he will not confess to the crime and there is no evidence that links him to the crime. There is a lot of pressure from the town and mayor to quickly solve this case, so the police bring in Trent, the best interrogator. We get to see the interrogation through Trent's eyes, so we can evaluate Jason's guilt and see the ways Trent manipulates the interrogation. In the climax of the interrogation, Trent knows that Jason is innocent, yet chooses to continue extracting a confession from Jason because of his pride and ambition. In the end, Trent brings the police Jason's confession at the same time they come to tell him that Alicia's brother has confessed to the murder. I loved this novel. Young adults can connect with it because this novel questions authority and truth- two issues young adults are concerned with. This is a very bleak novel and at the end, suggests the power and transformation that results when reality is distorted. I would suggest this book for an older young adult audience.

  • Talese
    2019-04-18 12:23

    A seven year old girl named Alicia has gone missing in Jason’s neighborhood. On a second search throughout the town, the police find her murdered body in between two large trees. Jason is immediately considered the prime suspect because he was the last person to see Alicia before she was murdered. The police, the senator and the citizens of the town want answers. The police call in an expert interrogator named Trent who is known for getting confessions from suspects. Jason is called into the police station under the pretense of helping with the investigation but instead is put into a small room to be interrogated by Trent. As Trent probes for answers, he develops a clear decision on Jason’s innocence or guilt by is feeling the pressure from the authorities to figure out who the murderer is. Eventually everyone will find out who the murderer is. The process of interrogation weighs upon Jason and the ending of the book is shock. I really liked this book because it was so interesting to see how an expert interrogator would use his knowledge of the psychology of the human mind, body language and words to make his decision about Jason’s innocence or guilt. I also liked how it showed the impressionableness of children and how the justice might sometimes rob them of their rights. I thought Jason was a fascinating character and his mental state at the end of the book is quite surprising and intriguing. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading about crimes, the legal system or the human mind.