It is impossible to fathom how such a horrific crime would impact your life, but in reading John's story you get some idea of what it is like. Initially a suspect John was soon cleared of any involvement in his wife's murder. Although they had recently separated they were in fact in the process of reconciling and were due to look at flats to rent on the day that she was reported missing. Since that day John has carried around a belief that he failed to protect Anita and thus is at least partly to blame for her death.
Overall I found this a very sad book. There was some information about the crime that was new, but it was mainly John's story. It illustrated how random murder can be and also that being beautiful, caring and well loved by all those who knew you does not make you immune if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another thing I took from the book was a question of if John's life may have been different had he undergone proper therapy to help him deal with the loss. My take was that he has not really moved on and still carries an enormous burden of guilt and self loathing.
This was not an easy subject to read about, but still I believe it be an important book that gave me a new insight into the Anita Cobby case. It also serves to remind us why murder victims must not be forgotten and the importance of the community coming together to solve and hopefully prevent such awful crimes.