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Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine | Joanna Jolly
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A gripping account of the unsolved death of an Indigenous teenager, and the detective determined to find her killer, set against the backdrop of a troubled city. On August 17, 2014, the body of fifteen-year old runaway Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg's Red River. It was wrapped in material and weighted down with rocks. Red River Girl is a gripping account of that murder investigation and the unusual police detective who pursued the killer with every legal means at his disposal. The book, like the movie Spotlight, will chronicle the behind-the-scenes stages of a lengthy and meticulously planned investigation. It reveals characters and social tensions that bring vivid life to a story that made national headlines. Award-winning BBC reporter and documentary maker Joanna Jolly delves into the troubled life of Tina Fontaine, the half-Ojibway, half-Cree murder victim, starting with her childhood on the Sagkeeng First Nation Reserve. Tina's journey to the capital city is a harrowing one, culminating in drug abuse, sexual exploitation, and death. Aware of the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Jolly has chronicled Tina Fontaine's life as a reminder that she was more than a statistic. Raised by her father, and then by her great-aunt, Tina was a good student. But the violent death of her father hit Tina hard. She ran away, was found and put into the care of Child and Family Services, which she also sought to escape from. That choice left her in danger. Red River Girl focuses not on the grisly event itself, but on the efforts to seek justice. In December 2015, the police charged Raymond Cormier, a drifter, with second-degree murder. Jolly's book will cover the trial, which resulted in an acquittal. The verdict caused dismay across the country. The book is not only a true crime story, but a portrait of a community where Indigenous women are disproportionately more likely to be hurt or killed. Jolly asks questions about how Indigenous women, sex workers, community leaders and activists are fighting back to protect themselves and change perceptions. Most importantly, the book will chronicle whether Tina's family will find justice.
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A very detailed book about Tina Fontaine's murder case. Highly recommend this book!

Rating: 5⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3066451083

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This book about the Tina Fontaine murder is an indictment of the lack of justice that Indigenous people, especially women & girls, faced in Canada. Misogyny & racism combined to create a situation that was truly appalling. An informative yet grim read that was a little academic in places. 3.5🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers Little, Brown Book Group UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

#NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

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For the first two chapters I felt this non-fiction book was too simplistic; it read like a magazine article. However I soon became engrossedw in the minutiae of the search for the killer, and the methodical research carried out by the police team.

The author uses the murder of one Indigenous Canadian, 15 year old Tina Fontaine, to highlight the history of violence against all Indigenous females, many of whom have simply disappeared.


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Very detailed look into the life and death of Tina Fontaine and the almost obsessive work the homicide detective did in trying to find and convict her killer. Sheds great light on indigenous issues in Canada, especially the gross number if missing and murdered women.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders *of not if 3mo
Lindy 😔 3mo
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Or should I read some NF right now? 🤔

What to read next is a real dilemma!

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The foundation of this book, as well as the case itself and the publicity surrounding it, is the amount of violence and brutality to which indigenous women in Canada are exposed. Tina Fontaine was one young girl among many, only 15 when her body washed up onto the shore of the Red River. Tbh, this book wasn‘t anything special as far as true crimes go, until about 60% of the way through. ⬇️ Minor spoiler about the investigation below. #lilithjuly

Reviewsbylola Detectives carried out a major sting, the likes of which I‘ve never heard before. The commitment, brain storming, and money involved blew my mind. 6mo
Cinfhen I thought the backstory was much more interesting than the actual crime and I agree the sting was mind blowing. Straight out of a movie. But I was SO PISSED knowing that the suspect ( I forgot his name) was found not guilty!!!!! Made me so mad. I totally believe he killed her. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I agree, I believe he did it. It‘s frustrating because I think the detectives did everything they could but I can see how he was found not guilty because there wasn‘t a lot of evidence. @Cinfhen 6mo
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An absolutely heartbreaking true story of the murder and systematic failure of Tina Fontaine, a 15 yr old Indigenous girl from Canada. Extensive research and compelling writing charters Tina‘s unhealthy early family life, her placement in Canada‘s child welfare services, the many obstacles and tragedies she faced in her short life and the final 6 weeks that led to her body submerged in Winnipeg‘s Red River. This story is haunting & infuriating. 😭

krismlars I grew up along the Red River 150 south of Winnipeg, so your post caught my eye. Adding to my list! 7mo
IamIamIam I like your honest review but it was hard hitting the heart on this post. I'll definitely add this to my list. 7mo
TrishB 💔 true story! 7mo
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Cinfhen This book will break your heart in a million pieces @krismlars @IamIamIam @TrishB 💔💔💔but it‘s worth your time and the pain 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I lived in Winnipeg and now just outside the city for my whole life. This story is truly heartbreaking. 😢 7mo
Cinfhen Were you familiar with this case @Prairiegirl_reading @krismlars ??? 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Cinfhen absolutely! I think everyone in and around Winnipeg knows of this case. 7mo
Cinfhen Did you think Raymond Cormier was guilty?? @Prairiegirl_reading After reading this VERY thorough investigative work, I‘m not 💯 sure he murdered Tina. I totally get why it seems he was the most likely suspect but without a doubt, I can‘t say for sure. It was such a heartbreaking story. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Cinfhen yeah unfortunately not great evidence against the suspect even if he did kill her but one has to question the police there. Missing and murdered indigenous women are an epidemic in Canada. Systemic racism. We tend to think it doesn‘t happen here but it most certainly does. That family is a microcosm of all the terrible things that happen here. 7mo
Cinfhen The book was very forthcoming about the terrible racism that exists against the indigenous community, especially the women but she still seemed to indicate that the police in this case went above & beyond & they just couldn‘t get that admission from him as hard as they tried. @Prairiegirl_reading so frustrating and devastating for Tina‘s Aunt. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Cinfhen yes it‘s unbelievable what the aunt has been through. I don‘t know how she has survived. Does the book go as far as telling that Tina‘s cousin was also murdered after she was? 7mo
krismlars @Cinfhen I wasn‘t living in the area at the time, so I‘m not familiar with the story 7mo
Cinfhen Yes @Prairiegirl_reading and her 13 yr old sister gave birth to a baby who has been taken into child services. It‘s just so heartbreaking. The cycle repeats. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Cinfhen definitely the residential school system and cfs are the cause of so much trauma for so many families. I‘ll have to get this book when it comes out. 7mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds like a real life companion to the fantastic book I‘m currently reading. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I recently purchased that book from #BookDepository @Reviewsbylola I‘ve seen so many glowing reviews 7mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s fantastic. So much so that I convinced our book club to read it! 7mo
Cinfhen I think @andrew61 put it on my radar and than @TrishB @Reviewsbylola I hope the book arrives before I leave for the States🤞🏼🤞🏼 7mo
Mdargusch I guess I need to read this after The Break then @Reviewsbylola 👍🏼 7mo
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#SelfCareSunday Pedicure time ~ reading a new #ARC #NetGalley ~ can‘t put it down #TrueCrime #IndigenousPeople #Canada Tagging @Reviewsbylola @Kaye my two faithful #TrueCrimeFans

Cinfhen Oh I see you‘ve read it @Kaye it‘s such a compelling story 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Reviewsbylola Lucky!! I need a pedi badly! Haven‘t read this one so I‘ll stack it! 7mo
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DivineDiana Pretty color! ❤️ 7mo
gradcat Gosh...nice feet! Mine don‘t look that good at all!! 😱 7mo
Cinfhen After spending so many days pacing hospital floors and running to dr visits I‘m happy to sit & soak my toes in a tub 💗and it was a good excuse to sit with my Kindle. Book is fantastic so far @Reviewsbylola @DivineDiana @gradcat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👣 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely brown feet & red toes ♥️👍🏻 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great colour for summer 👍 7mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 💕 7mo
gradcat Good for you! And it is indeed a pretty color! 💅🏾 7mo
Velvetfur Oh I remember having toe separators, years ago! I pedicured today too, but with black and a layer of gold sparkles on top - not pretty summery like yours, hahaha! 7mo
Cinfhen You‘re toes sound much more exciting than mine @Velvetfur but my toes definitely say SUMMER IS HERE @Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts they are actually hot pink!!! 7mo
Velvetfur @Cinfhen Exciting toes 😂 👍 7mo
saresmoore Well deserved, my beautiful friend! I just got a pedicure yesterday for the first time in ten years! I could get used to it, though... 7mo
Cinfhen Thank you my lovely friend xx 10 years is a long time between pedicures @saresmoore glad you enjoyed ‼️ 7mo
Mdargusch Love this! ❤️ 7mo
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April Wrap Up!

I read 11 books in April (4 physical, 5 ebooks, 2 audiobooks). My favourite was Red River Girl.

Now that I‘ve started school again, my monthly reading will definitely drop. I‘m hoping to read ~5 books in May.

#AprilWrapUp #AprilStats

Addison_Reads Great job 🎉 I just started My Lovely Wife for my local library's bookclub. 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Looks like a great bunch! I loved Magpie Murders. 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! 📖💖 9mo
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candority @Addison_Reads Thank you! I really liked it and I hope you do too! 😊 9mo
candority @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! It was such a great concept! 9mo
readordierachel Good month! I'm so curious about My Lovely Wife. The library wait is forever. 9mo
candority @readordierachel Thanks! It was a solid 4-star read for me! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get ahold of it! 9mo
Erofan Wow! Good job! 👍 9mo
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This isn‘t only the story of Tina Fontaine, but of the problem as a whole of dozens of Indigenous females in Canada who have been picked up ,used, abused , and murdered , many never found. Sadly, they haven‘t gotten the justice they deserve.The story needs told so that they have a voice and are looked at as people being victimized, not just a throwaway race. Hopefully, Tina‘s story will help to spotlight the problem and bring about change. 4🌟

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Red River Girl tells the tragic true story of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old Indigenous girl whose body was found in Winnipeg‘s Red River on August 17, 2014. As a true crime book, Red River Girl focuses primarily on the murder investigation, but it also provides a glimpse into Tina‘s short life and broader Indigenous issues in Canada. It is well-written, well-research, and compelling, and I highly recommend it. Full review: bit.ly/2VeKWmQ #NetGalley

Kaye On my preorders ! 9mo
candority @kaye Woo! I look forward to reading your review 😊 9mo
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