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The Rising Advanced Reading Copy review Due to be published September 15 2015I really wish this story had been written by a different author with a different style The central tragic crime and the surviving victim's struggles surely deserve better Imagine In Cold Blood as written by Kathie Lee Gifford The author Ryan D'Agostino relies on a narrative style that is part grade school documentary voice over Hayley was beautiful and Otis was handsome and they were both athletic and intelligent and confident but they were still teenagers and being a teenager isn't easy for anybody and an inner train of thought monologue What to do? This is bad So what to do? What's the strategy? Yell? Be uiet? He decides to stay uiet When he uses actual uotes and describes events he witnessed the writing improves at least to a newspaper reporter level I did manage to learn a lot about the infamous crime and its aftermath Dr Petit's ability to rise above the horror of losing his home and family due to criminal violence is inspirational I just didn't need to be told repeatedly and inanely how much he suffered and how miraculous his recovery was 4 starsThis was a true crime story but that's not all it was about It was the rising out of the ashes of a man a father and a husbandA horrible tragic event occurred in 2007 that left Bill Petit for dead his house in ashes and his wife and two daughters raped and murdered This was a premeditated crime in which both criminals that is way too nice of a name for them were caught leaving the house in the family van Both blamed the other yet there were phone calls alluding to both being in on the act and both were given a trial of their peersThis is truly the story of Bill Petit and how he dealt with losing his whole family while he was half dead losing 5 to 7 pints of blood tied up in his basement hearing little while his family was dying just above himIt was a very interesting read and it's hard to say that it was enjoyable due to the circumstances So I will just say that it was an uplifting read which I am glad that I readThanks to Blogging for Books and Crown Publishers for providing me this tragic but rememberable book in exchange for an honest review On July 23 2007 it seemed that Dr Bill Petit’s life was over Two men broke into his small town Connecticut house while he was asleep They brutally attacked him beating him on his head then tied him to a pole in the basement to die They then began a seven hour rampage of torture against his wife who one of the men raped and then strangled and two daughters ages seventeen and eleven raping the younger one when they couldn’t find any money in the house Afterwards they set the house on fire Bill managed to escape to roll to a neighbor’s house before the men set the house on fire Though severely injured Bill survived His wife and daughters died The men were uickly captured in the minivan they stole from the house Bill’s life was in ruins The community was in shock While THE RISING concentrates uite a bit on the events of the night and the trials of the two perpetrators it also provides some background on the Petit family and to a lesser degree on how Bill was able to deal with the aftermath It provides much information about the first trial I wish it had about the second one Bill was raised to give back to the community through both his work he was an endocrinologist and volunteer work His wife and daughters also volunteered in numerous capacities Throughout his life he was always in control and kept his emotions hidden After their deaths he learned about the caring actions of his daughters things they never told him The community pulled together to help him heal as did donations from strangers throughout the country who heard his story His facade eventually broke down somewhat during the first trial and enabled him to begin to move on with his life in a stronger position The book offers hope and a way to possibly deal with a major tragedy It also has a few a lines of humor For example it tells that his wife told one man she was a pediatric nurse; he replied she could probably give him a great foot rub There are some areas that seem extraneous An example is when it mentions that he once dated a girl named Wendy All the children in the family had the names of the Darling family in Peter Pan It is a fast read but not an easy one because of the subject matter The author is a professional journalist working primarily in the magazine area Some parts are taken from articles he had published earlier That might explain why there is a lot of repetition which is one of the main reasons I have given the book only three stars I received an uncorrected proof of the book from LibraryThing Some things may have been changed by the time the final version was printed I also hope the final version includes some photographs of the family They along with photos shown at the trial are available on line “Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 58“Bill is trying every day to claw his way back into a world he's not even sure he wants to live in The end of the world visited a loving family in a small Connecticut town one night and he alone survived it Damaged almost beyond repair but alive”In July of 2007 armed intruders broke into a suburban Connecticut home bludgeoned Dr Bill Petit while he slept and then tortured and killed his wife and daughters They finished it off by setting the house aflame Bill managed to escape through a basement door badly injured and completely unaware of what had happened to his family Obviously this is a horrific scenario something beyond our worst imagining but the author does not sensationalize He turns this dark story into a survivor's tale It takes a few years but Bill begins to build a new lifeIt is well researched and well written I know this will spook many readers but if you can handle the real life horror give this one a try“he has decided to live because life abides” A harrowing but deeply uplifting book about healing against all odds written by an award winning writer with deep access to Dr William Petit whose entire family was murdered in a Connecticut home invasion reminiscent of In Cold Blood   On July 22 2007 William Petit a successful Ivy League educated doctor and pillar of the community enjoyed a nice dinner with his wife and two young daughters  At 300 the next morning Petit's world was shattered by a series of heinous events that ended in the torture and brutal murders of his wife and two daughters The Rising is not only about a man absorbing an unimaginable blow it’s about the human impulse to live even when it seems there is nothing to live for Petit’s family was taken from him in the most wrenching way imaginable forcing him to face uestions he never wanted to ask What’s the point of life Would it have been better never to have found love at all when the void left by the departed is so cruel and endless What is the life I built worth to the world These are uestions all of us in a much less urgent way face just by being aliveToday seven years after the tragedy Petit is remarried and has a new baby boy William  He hasn't practiced medicine since that night but he has made his way back to a place where happiness is possible The Rising will inspire anyone who has faced extraordinarily difficult circumstances  Bill Petit’s remarkable story has the potential to change the lives of millions of readers offering a profound and moving example of indomitable love astonishing determination and the power of the human spirit This is not a book about a horrible crime This is an amazing book about the human spirit The story of what Bill Petit went thru losing his wife and daughters to torture and murder being nearly beaten to death can be a hard read at times But keep going because the recovery process is so worth the read Without demeaning or diminishing any of what Bill Petit endured this book gets a touch sycophantic in moments D'Agostino is a tremendous writer and the writing is never dry or dull I plowed through this but I wish the focus had been wider Still I look forward to whatever D'Agostino writes next The Rising Murder Heartbreak and the Power of Human Resilience in an This is very difficult to read The graphic details are horrific The uestion the book poses is how does someone whose wife and two daughters were killed and he was beaten and left for dead in the cellar go on? I had to skip a lot of it and inadvertently read something I wish I had never read In any event this paints a portrait of a man who against all odds has managed to carve out a new life He is still haunted of course and that battle will never be overThe author did the absolute best he could to describe what it is like to be laughing and acting normally and suddenly fall silent lost in past horror Sad case but was covered very well Inspiring to hear the resilience of Dr Petit


About the Author: Ryan DAgostino

Ryan D'Agostino is Articles Editor at Esuire magazine and former Senior Editor at Money magazine His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker New York the Wall Street Journal Ski the New York Times and Budget Living among others


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