As Wide as the Sky

As Wide as the Sky

Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son's only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task--finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life. Be Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She...

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Title:As Wide as the Sky
Author:Jessica Pack
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:149671816X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:239 pages pages

As Wide as the Sky Reviews

  • Beth
    Sep 23, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

    I need to preface this review by saying this book was nothing like Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, except for the mass shooting and dragged out storyline. The book starts in present day and alludes to a catastrophic event changing their lives forever. You soon learn that Robbie opene...

    The Columbine shooting so many mass shootings ago was the first to raise the question in my mind: How do the mothers feel about the terrible things their children have done? What would I do if my child ever hurt others in such a way? How would I feel? How would I cope? I cried my wa...

    This book was difficult to read, both because of its subject matter - mental illness, a horrific violent crime, and the aftermath - and because much of it was in monologue form, in the characters' minds. There were a few moments of actual "doing" in the story, of characters actually in...

  • Mindy
    Jul 23, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

  • Viki Clark
    Jul 26, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

  • Katie W
    Jul 29, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

  • Becki
    Jul 30, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

  • Lacey
    Jun 10, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

  • Taffy
    Jul 07, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 28, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

  • Sheila
    Aug 10, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

  • Megan
    Sep 06, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

    I need to preface this review by saying this book was nothing like Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, except for the mass shooting and dragged out storyline. The book starts in present day and alludes to a catastrophic event changing their lives forever. You soon learn that Robbie opene...

    The Columbine shooting so many mass shootings ago was the first to raise the question in my mind: How do the mothers feel about the terrible things their children have done? What would I do if my child ever hurt others in such a way? How would I feel? How would I cope? I cried my wa...

    This book was difficult to read, both because of its subject matter - mental illness, a horrific violent crime, and the aftermath - and because much of it was in monologue form, in the characters' minds. There were a few moments of actual "doing" in the story, of characters actually in...

    Jessica's masterful way of immersing the reader in As Wide as the Sky kept me engaged with the turn of every page. As the story unfolded, each of the characters came to life. I felt Amanda's pain and anguish as her son Robbie faced the consequences of his choices. I cried when I re...

    This was an interesting premise for a book?chapters told from several different people?s perspectives, but mainly, Amanda Mallorie, mother of executed mall shooter who killed 10 people, and Stephen. Time is often measured by the big events and in this case, it was measured in hou...

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    Jul 31, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

  • Brooke Powley
    Jun 09, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

  • Cathy
    Jul 31, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

  • Mariana
    Jul 06, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

  • Savanah Rae
    Aug 05, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

  • Kathy
    Jul 10, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

  • Sharee Wanner
    Sep 13, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

    I need to preface this review by saying this book was nothing like Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, except for the mass shooting and dragged out storyline. The book starts in present day and alludes to a catastrophic event changing their lives forever. You soon learn that Robbie opene...

    The Columbine shooting so many mass shootings ago was the first to raise the question in my mind: How do the mothers feel about the terrible things their children have done? What would I do if my child ever hurt others in such a way? How would I feel? How would I cope? I cried my wa...

    This book was difficult to read, both because of its subject matter - mental illness, a horrific violent crime, and the aftermath - and because much of it was in monologue form, in the characters' minds. There were a few moments of actual "doing" in the story, of characters actually in...

    Jessica's masterful way of immersing the reader in As Wide as the Sky kept me engaged with the turn of every page. As the story unfolded, each of the characters came to life. I felt Amanda's pain and anguish as her son Robbie faced the consequences of his choices. I cried when I re...

  • Natalie
    Jul 31, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Jul 25, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

  • Lori Boyd
    May 27, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

  • Sonya Moyle
    May 28, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

  • Ashley
    May 30, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

    I need to preface this review by saying this book was nothing like Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, except for the mass shooting and dragged out storyline. The book starts in present day and alludes to a catastrophic event changing their lives forever. You soon learn that Robbie opene...

  • Karly
    Jun 11, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

  • Laurie
    May 26, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

  • Erin
    Jun 02, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

  • Sydney
    Jul 31, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

  • Kayo
    May 28, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

  • Julie Carpenter
    Jul 30, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

  • Beth Chun
    Aug 02, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...

    Amanda's son is dead because of his choices and now she must move on. There are many pivotal moments in life that affect us. Life is full of resets and I love the way this mother's story unfolded with resets playing such a key part. Every other chapter is from Amanda's point of vie...

    Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted ...

    I really honestly don't know what to say. Shocking I know, especially for those who know me and my ramblings when I write reviews. But this novel was one that I wanted to read, and yet was hesitant about as well. It is a subject that is a little close to my heart for personal reasons t...

    Oh. Wow. I really, really wasn't expecting that. Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust. I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me. This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapt...

    As Wide as the Sky begins with a grieving mother, unable to reconcile the son she raised, with the man he became. She struggles to understand what drove him to commit such an awful crime, how to be there for him when everyone else has turned their backs or labeled him a monster, an...

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was very similar to other authors that I love that give the perspective from different characters, has a twist, and relates to a current societal problem. Amanda's son Robbi...

    "There but for the Grace of God go I"" is what came to my mind while reading this beautifully written, honest novel. The emotions that Amanda had as she realized her young son Robbie was executed for murder were heart breaking. The guilt that she had as her son became paranoid and d...

    Multi-layered. Lovely. Unforgettable. Loved this book! Thanks to author,publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating i gave it. ...

    Opening line: "Two hours, forty-three minutes." AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son. The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in...

    4.5 stars. As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is an emotionally compelling journey of healing and new beginnings. Amanda Mallorie is grieving the loss of her son, Robbie, whose time on death row has finally come to an end.  After her son decides not to file any more appeals for ...

    Wow, this was a tough book to read, but don't let that fool you, it is SO good. It is worth reading. It tugged at my heart strings, especially as a mom of two boys who constantly worries about raising them to be good people. Even people who have done horrific things, have mothers who m...

    I rarely read the back of books before I start reading, so this book was a surprise to me from the very beginning. I?ve never read any book quite like this one before. I really liked it. This one has many characters. I loved the way each of them is able to relate their own perspe...

    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I very much enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first how much this book would tug at my heart strings but this book had me going through every emotion. Robert Mallorie is a murderer. He went into a mal...

    In her novel As Wide as the Sky, author Jessica Pack brings to life a powerful and tear-jerking story of a woman, Amanda Mallorie, and her killer and convicted son Robbie Mallorie. This is the type of story that women, especially mothers will easily relate to, whether children have fol...

    As wide as the sky was a very surprising read for me. I must have read the synopsis wrong, because for some reason I wasn?t expecting finding the topic I found when I started reading the book. But it was interesting and it got me thinking about the other side of the story, the side w...

    In the beginning of reading Jessica?s Pack novel, I wasn?t sure how I would feel reading about a mass shooting. This topic hits too close to home. In my state, we?ve had two horrific mass shootings. One at a school and one at a movie theater. I like how this book focuses on the m...

    Prepare to run the gamut emotionally. My greatest fear, as a parent, is not the death of my child. That would not be the worst thing that could happen. I fear it would be far worse if my child were the cause of another family?s loss. As Wide as the Sky is a compelling and insightf...

    This is the story of Amanda Mallorie whose son Steven has committed a mass murder and had been fast=tracked to execution. But it is not only Amanda's story because as As Wide As The Sky shows through chapters told through many different viewpoints, our actions good and bad, small and l...

    Robbie, the child, is like any boy...active, loving, ornery. Robert, the young man, is mentally ill and in the throw of it performs a heinous act, and pays the ultimate price. This act affects so many lives. Told mainly from Amanda (his Mom) perspective but other voices are added in an...

    What if your son was responsible for a hideous crime? For the death of others? The book opens with Amanda on the day that her son, Robbie has been killed by lethal injection. What makes a killer? Is Amanda responsible for Robbie's choices? People do bad things every day, but ...

    Basic Premise: Is there life after your son is executed for mass murder? Short Plot Synopsis: Amanda Mallorie is starting her life over after her son Robbie is executed via lethal injection. (This is where the story starts ... with Amanda waking up on the morning of Robbie's executi...

    As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack is a recommended, introspective novel about a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violence inflicted by her deceased son. Amanda Mallorie's son, Robbie, has just been put to death after being convicted for a mass shooting at a mall four years ear...

    As Wide as The Sky is the compelling story of a mother's journey through grief, pain, and finding a way to live again. The story starts with Amanda waking up, thinking of her son that died in the night. Right off you are shocked by the feelings and emotions this mother is going through...

    Wow. That?s the thought that came to mind over and over as I read this story. Just ?wow?. It was so thought provoking. It?s the first time I?ve read anything in this genre and wasn?t sure what to expect ? especially given the complex nature of the plot. I thought that it ...

    I need to preface this review by saying this book was nothing like Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, except for the mass shooting and dragged out storyline. The book starts in present day and alludes to a catastrophic event changing their lives forever. You soon learn that Robbie opene...

    The Columbine shooting so many mass shootings ago was the first to raise the question in my mind: How do the mothers feel about the terrible things their children have done? What would I do if my child ever hurt others in such a way? How would I feel? How would I cope? I cried my wa...

  • Mara
    Jul 28, 2018

    I signed up to read this book at NetGalley because I love Josi Kilpack's books, but I knew this was going to be something quite different from her usual writing, because of the pen name Jessica Pack. I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it once I read the book blurb, but I was pl...