The Boy in the River

The Boy in the River On st September the mutilated torso of a small child was found floating beside London s Tower Bridge one tide away from being swept into the North Sea Unable to identify the victim the Murder

  • Title: The Boy in the River
  • Author: Richard Hoskins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • On 21st September 2001 the mutilated torso of a small child was found floating beside London s Tower Bridge, one tide away from being swept into the North Sea.Unable to identify the victim, the Murder Squad turned to Richard Hoskins, a young professor of theology with a profound understanding of African tribal religion, whose own past was scarred by a heartbreaking tragedyOn 21st September 2001 the mutilated torso of a small child was found floating beside London s Tower Bridge, one tide away from being swept into the North Sea.Unable to identify the victim, the Murder Squad turned to Richard Hoskins, a young professor of theology with a profound understanding of African tribal religion, whose own past was scarred by a heartbreaking tragedy Thus began a journey into the tangled undergrowth of one of the most notorious murder cases of recent years a journey which would reveal not only the identity of the boy they called Adam but the horrific truth that a succession of innocent children have been ritually sacrificed in our capital city.Insightful and grippingly written, The Boy in the River is an inside account of a series of extraordinary criminal investigations and a compelling personal quest into the dark heart of humanity.

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    1. Both fascinating and horrifying.As a result of his expertise in African religions and ritualistic sacrifices, Richard Hoskins has been called to testify in a number of cases of murder and abuse in British courts. The torso of a young African boy, found in the Thames in 2002, was the first indication that these horrific practices were taking place in London. The child had been drained of blood and cut in a precise manner, suggestive of sacrifice. More cases have come to light in subsequent years, [...]

    2. A fascinating read and a riveting layered account of the authors deep and nuanced relationship with the Congo its people places and culture and the murder investigation focussed upon the discovery in 2001 of the torso of an unknown child in the river Thames. It privides an insight in kindoki, the scourge of revivalist/fundamentalist christianity in West Africa and highlights the very distubing effects this can have on peoples belief systems. The book details some harrowing events in Kinshasa and [...]

    3. My friend lent this book obviously as a way to make me relive my childhood The author describes in vivid detail the extent of child abuse perpetrated on African children justified in the name of 'traditional' religion. The author does justice in his attempt to give a voice to the multitude of children who are scarred mentally, emotionally and physically, delving in the darkness that is often overlooked and misunderstood by those in the west. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in th [...]

    4. j'ai bien aimé ce livre, j'ai appris pleins de choses sur les croyances africaines ainsi que sur leurs traditions. L'histoire était bouleversante, avec des passages difficiles à lire parfois mais il m'a tout de même manqué quelque chose mais je ne serai pas dire quoi. Je trouve que le titre est mal choisi, le livre gravite autour de l'histoire du petit garçon retrouvé dans la Tamise mais le livre traite vraiment de la vie de l'auteur qui a réellement participé à cette affaire pendant d [...]

    5. In the name of Blood. With an extreme sign of no-mercy. Speaking blague over Bible and hunting (or you may say haunting) a human flesh to heal others. An implausible ritual tracing from Africa and landing to Europe.The boy in the river! Hmmm the title itself is the junkyard of a confound investigation. Exactly 10 days after 9/11, a mutilated torso is found floating beside Tower Bridge of London. The body is unidentified with no traces and no witnesses. Scotland Yard jumps in and the murder squad [...]

    6. I'm currently listening to happy music to try to lift my spirits, so utterly depressing and soul destroying are the stories that emerge from Richard Hoskins account of his time as an expert witness on multi-cultural religious or ritual child abuse. And yet it is a book everybody should read, if only because the tortured and the murdered deserve to have their stories told.In this book Richard Hoskins describes how he travelled to the Congo with his first wife to work on behalf of the Christian Ch [...]

    7. This is a biographical account of Richard Hoskins who helped with the investigations into child murders by those who believed they had kindoki (evil spirits). Excellently written in the form of a novel rather than pure facts, it is a personal journey as well as an account. An important issue to read about and understand, this is a truly disturbing book to read. As a Christian and having lived in a village helping in the medical centre in the Congo with his first wife Richard, grew to love the pe [...]

    8. I just finished this book. Found it interesting because I think it opens our eyes bout those ritualistic thingy that maybe some of our society don't really care is actually exist.

    9. Septembre 2001, le corps d'un enfant mutilé est repêché dans la Tamise. La thèse d'un meurtre vaudou est très vite évoquée compte tenu des mutilations observées sur le corps du jeune garçon. Le docteur Richard Hoskins, maître de conférence en religions africaines à l'université Bath Spa est appelé par Scotland Yard pour apporter son expertise sur ce cas complexe. Ce dernier connaît bien l'Afrique, il a passé plusieurs années au Congo. Il a traversé là-bas plusieurs drames pers [...]

    10. Unimaginable that this abuse of children goes on in the UK and Africa in the mis-represented name of religion. This non-fiction account of just a small slice of abuse subjected by African nationals proves that it does. Dr Hoskins weaves a tale of personal tragedy which still haunts him from his time as a (I'll call it a misssionary)in the Congo with his first wife.Not much is said about his first wife and his remaining children from that first marriage when he and his family return to the UK, ju [...]

    11. This book, while non-fiction, reads like a mystery novel. It is written by a British academic, an authority in African religions, who helps the London police after they find the body of a young boy who appears to have been killed in ritual sacrifice. The story of the investigation is interspersed with the author's reflections on his time in Africa, and his personal encounters with traditional African religion and beliefs. The plot is fast-moving and fascinating, while grim, and I liked the fact [...]

    12. Not the kind of book I usually read but since I got it as part of a random bundle that I sometimes get cheap, I read this. An engrossing but ultimately sad and discomforting read. The subject matter is difficult but the ultimate horror for me was the realisation that it is all true (I didn't pay attention to the cover at first). I felt devastated. I probably should not have read it while unwell. Nonetheless, it was enlightening to say the least. I was exasperated with the writing style at times [...]

    13. For the many this subject is totally new or unbelievable . Does this still go on today in our world! Dr Hoskins truly brings into reality the stark truth and answers as to why so many African children are abused and murdered by their own kin. A wonderful book into West African witchcraft and how it is now being exploited in today's modern greed. Plus the strong story of how and why Richard Hoskins began working in this field and his experiences. I recommend it to all those who work in child prot [...]

    14. Good book, especially at the start as we read two different stories years apart. The switching between past and present (or at least, a later past) and for this reason Hoskins grabbed me.You begin to feel Hoskins' frustration and desperation to solve the crimes as the book goes on, and it's hard to believe this is non-fiction at points.One heads up would be that, as African culture is a main theme here, I did get lost with some names, phrases etc - though I feel this is mostly due to my cultural [...]

    15. This is a difficult yet compelling read. Dr Hoskins was involved in the investigation into the murder of Adam, the young boy who's torso was found in the River Thames in September 2001. Dr Hoskins was the brought in to advise on African culture after living there for several years. The book covers so much more than Adam, describing Dr Hoskins personal loss in Africa and his involvement in other cases of murder and child abuse. It really is shocking the level of abuse happening in the UK in the n [...]

    16. This is quite interesting but I found it odd at first. It's a mixture of autobiography and - I suppose - non-fiction crime. The style is a bit clunky in places, especially in the brief and pretty pointless descriptions of new people (usually police officers). It's slightly oddly structured and inconclusive, like the investigation which it's ostensibly about. I would never have chosen this myself and I'm not sure it added to my life but it was different; interesting to get another perspective on [...]

    17. A Very heartbreaking story. The image I depicted for the boy clung to my mind for long time. The story opened my eyes on those odd Rituals in Africa "the dark continent" what a world!!But the thing i did not like much in the story is that there are many stories within this story. Yes they are important stories. But again this is because all are real stories and the writer wanted to show up how awful rituals spread among african. Even if they are not in Africa people still attach to their culture [...]

    18. This book is written from the perspective of an Academic specialising in African culture. It tells the story of his own life and experiences in The Congo, as well as his involvement with the case of 'Adam' - the boy in the river - among others. Adam was a young boy washed up on the Thames, believed to be a victim of an African ritual killing. Richard Hoskins uses his knowledge and experience of African culture to help to solve an otherwise dead-end case. This book is moving, educational, and one [...]

    19. An incredibly powerful book made more vivid due to the media coverage and the shocking nature of the crime this centres around. A gripping read which I finished in a couple of days - ending the book made me understand what evil there is in the world. I livid and worked for years in Africa and it's a continent I adore so to read about human sacrifice especially of a boy (and others) so young was just harrowing.

    20. Recently attended a protecting children course, which included things to look out for. Adam's case, baby P and Victoria Climbie were all discussed.Reading this book I could only ask how any normal human being could do this to a child, especially one they knew, were supposed to care for or were related to. Hoskins book is well written and explains certain religious practices, some which seem to be twisted in order for some to justify what they've done or do.

    21. Very compelling read, I had some nightmares while reading the book. I could really sympathise with the authors struggles to keep doing what he was doing having suffered his own tragedy. Remarkable man to keep on fighting for justice when the cases affected him so much. Off to read some non-fiction now after a big dose of harsh reality of a twisted African culture that's been taken out if context by evil people.

    22. After watching the author on a TV debate discussing demonic child possessions I decided to read his novel and find out more about the subject. The book was a complete surprise. Harrowing, informative and enlightening. The main subject matter is dealt with superbly but the author's life experiences working in Africa are rich and compelling. I have to confess that I carried many of the prejudices regarding African faiths that the author dispels. This book has been a real experience.

    23. 3.5/5Un récit que j'ai trouvé très intéressant à lire : on découvre des réalités sordides et effrayantes, on comprend une fois de plus que le fanatisme religieux est capable du pire (contre des enfants en + !) mais qu'il faut éviter les amalgames.Cerise sur le gâteau, l'auteur ayant collaboré longtemps avec la police britannique, il a un talent pour raconter cette histoire (vraie!) en tenant le lecteur en haleine.Bref, si le sujet vous intéresse, c'est bien ficelé.

    24. Bought the book after listening to an interview of the author on the radio. I would never have chosen this type of book otherwise given the subject matter but have to say that it was a compelling and interesting read sensitively written . Furthermore it stays with the reader for a long while after finishing. I have recommended it to friends.

    25. I saw Richard Hoskins on BBC breakfast talking about this book, and for the 1st time ever I was moved to get on my iPad and buy it. Never have I been so touched by a book. I would whole heartedly recommend this to any one with a heart.

    26. Fascinating ,moving , compelling .is book gave me some moments of jaw dropping astonishment .utterly amazingt the kind of book I would normally go for but after reading an excerpt I was hooked was a real eye opener and I could not put it down .

    27. "We cannot comfort ourselves with the thought that the heart of darkness lies beyond our horizon. It lies squarely within the world we inhabit, and within us."

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