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Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience or silence.

Jade Wakefield is an emotionally damaged college student liv
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Published September 28th 2019 by WiDo Publishing
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Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Actual rating: 3.75 stars

“He never got a chance to become a man because some officer decided to be judge, jury and executioner.They need to arrest that cop, whoever he is.”

★ I would like to start by thanking the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinions on this one.

★ When I first saw the synopsis for this one, it reminded me of The Hate U Give and after reading it, I can see why I
Irena BookDustMagic
Full review to come.

I usually always rate books but this time, even though I think it was a really good book, I don't feel comfortable doing it because of personal reasons.
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I was so happy when the author, Stephen Clark, approached me and offered to send me a copy of his book, Hands Up, for me to read and provide an honest review. I also felt great responsibility, because this books speaks about some very important, very relevant, and very, unfortunately, sad topics that are currently happening in the world.


Police officer Ryan Quinn, raised in a family of cops, shoots an unarmed black male. His car
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
First and foremost, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Hands Up, the sophomore novel from Stephen Clark was much more illuminating, gripping and thought-provoking than I initially anticipated. While my reading progress was miserably slow due to other commitments, but I can say this book is such an entertaining page-turner and pretty unputdownable once you pick it up.

The writing is consistently strong and solid, most importantly, it reads quite authentic and convincing.
This book deals with
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you so much to Stephen Clark for providing me with a free copy of his book in exchange for an honest review!

Hands Up is Clark's second novel. It is a mix of police procedural, black lives matter activism, political, and social commentary - tackling the highly controversial topics of white on black shootings, police brutality, casual and overt racism, gang violence, complicated family ties, and confronting one's own fears and biases.

*Synopsis omitted for GoodReads*

So the story is told fro
Liz Barnsley
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5 Stars*

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Stephen Clark’s Hands Up, presented as a crime thriller I’m not sure that would be the correct description – this is more in the way of crime and character drama, with psychological elements and human tragedy laid bare.

This is multi arc, told in both first and third person, a clever way of linking the reader to different characters in different ways. Themes of racial profiling, tension and assumptions, runs through the narrative as we see the affects
Kat Dietrich

Hands Up by Stephen Clark
is a fictional crime novel.

First, let me thank the author for reaching out and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Ryan Quinn is rookie police officer in Philadelphia.  His mentor, Sgt. Greg Byrnes is an older officer, and a family friend.  When they pull over a young black man, Ryan's world is changed forever.  Young Tyrell Wakefield is sh
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m confirming to all you suspense crime readers, Stephen Clark is your man as a new crime writer I’m introducing to you, Hands Up that is a crime story based around two policemen.

One policeman Ryan Quinn says I’m not a murderder. When policemen Ryan and his partner Sgt Greg Byrnes, stop a black man for driving with no lights on, they order nineteen year old Tyrell out of his car. When Ryan shoots dead Tyrell, it could lead Ryan and Greg in trouble. They both must
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read that took a couple twist I didn't see coming. Can't stand Jades ass. Wish it would have ended different. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now, this was a great read! I had not really expected this to go as deep into moral and social issues, than it did, which took me my surprise.

We follow Officer Ryan Quinn who unfortunately gets into an 'incident' when pulling down someone driving with his partner. One thing leads to another and he ends up shooting an unarmed black male. The story he is telling to everyone may not be the story of what actually happened. We follow Ryan as he learns to live with what he has done and comes to terms
Aug 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Meg Orton
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Stephen Clark the author kindly sent me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.

“Hands up, don’t shoot!” “Black men are an endangered species” “Black Lives Matter”

I will not pretend to know all about American politics and the racial struggles faced in the US by thousands of people every day. Having watched the news and being someone who considers themselves fairly well-read I am aware of the heinous crimes committed by white American policeman towards African American ci
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

4.5 Stars

Hands Up was thought provoking adult fiction that revolved around three characters tied by tragedy. It was about Police brutality, injustice, racism, loss and grief, depression, betrayal and guilt.

Writing was smooth, gripping and realistic. The setting of Philadelphia and characters were well described. Story was first person narrative from Jade, Ryan and Kelly’s POV. It showed their life and view point perfectly, how death o
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2020
In many ways this book was not at all what I expected. Obviously, the shooting of Tyrel (the “unarmed black male”) and its aftermath are the majority of the story. I expected to have my thoughts get provoked, seeing possibilities in this kind of situation that I had never thought of previously. I wasn’t sure whether I’d think Ryan (the policeman who shot Tyrel) was getting a raw deal or be pulling for him to get locked up, but I was convinced it would be one of those. Given those choices my thou ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is told from three different perspectives and I think this worked extremely well. The sister, who was close to her brother, lashes out in anger. The absent father comes home to redeem himself. The police officer, whose complicated experience with racial issues leaves him drowning in guilt and alcohol. I found sympathy, lost sympathy and fought incredulity at different parts in the book.

More of my thoughts are here...
Terry Tyler
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book via an ARC from the author, for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review.

An interesting crime novel that's more psychological drama than thriller. It centres around Ryan Quinn, a police officer who shoots and kills Tyrell Wakefield, a young black man pulled over in a routine traffic enquiry—or is it? As the story progresses, we become more aware of racial profiling within the police, and especially that of Quinn's partner, Gre
Amie's Book Reviews
HANDS UP is a timely novel because of the very real increase in the number of police shootings of unarmed, young black men in the United States. 

HANDS UP begins with Tyrell Wakefield being shot by rookie police officer Ryan Quinn. According to the police, the young man had punched Ryan's older partner and was attempting to grab his gun.

However, Tyrell's sister, Jade, finds that story very unlikely, as does her mother. So, Jade is determined to find out what really happened.

When Jade's materna
Lel Budge
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure what category this fits into, it’s a social commentary, a police procedural, and a domestic drama. But it doesn’t matter really, what does matter is that it’s rather brilliant.

Ryan is a cop, he’s only been in the job a year and he’s partnered with Greg a long standing, experience cop. Oh and he’s abhorrently racist.

One day, Greg decides to pull over a young black guy, just because he wants to. Tyrell is unarmed, but Greg causes an altercation and as a result, Ryan shoots and kills T
Vigilant Reader
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title – Hands Up
Author – Stephen Clark
Genre – Crime Thriller
Word Count 92,000
Rating 5 stars out of 5
No.33 - 2019
Posted 10/12/2019

My Impressions: Excellent portrayal of racial emotions

Main Characters:
Tyrell Wakefield – Young black man shot during a bogus traffic stop.
Ryan Quinn – The young cop who shot Tyrell.
Jade Wakefield – Tyrell’s younger emotionally damaged sister.
Regina – Tyrell’s mother.
Kelly – Tyrell’s father

Ryan’s police partner is a white racist who enjoys stopping young black motori
Erin Cataldi
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow! This is the first adult novel I've read that addresses police brutality, racial profiling, and the Black Lives Matter movement. I've read The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, but those are both young adult titles and each only have one narrator. Hands Up is an adult title and features three distinct narrators; Ryan Quinn - a white cop who fatally shot an unarmed black boy, Jade - the brother of the murdered kid; and Kelly - the deadbeat father of the murdered kid who has moved back to Philly af ...more
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
“If you want to survive as a cop on these streets, then you need to check your conscience at the door. Sometimes there’s casualties. But if we don’t do whatever it takes to get the bad guy, then we could end up like your dad"

About a month ago, I posted about N. Lombardi, Jr.'s Justice Gone, and as I started to write this post, I noticed I was about to write something very similar here. But why re-invent the wheel? I'm just going to repeat
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Told by three characters from different worlds, the reader watches their paths collide and spiral into chaos. From the moment you begin reading you are standing at the scene of the crime. Heart pounding and hands shaking you are in a state of shock but are desperate to learn how you ended up in this situation. Clark piques the reader’s curiosity and as the sirens grow louder you feel a sense of fear for what they will bring.

Ryan is constantly plagued with guilt from shooting Tyrell. He desperat
Emma-louise Hamilton
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Hands Up' opens with rookie Officer Ryan Quinn trying to look at himself in a mirror. Literally.

He's not a murderer. Not really. It was a justified shooting, even if the victim was a teenage boy with no weapon who committed no offence. Everyone says so: his superiors, his partner, his mother and his snooty fiancée. If only Ryan could believe them all, but he knows the truth, and it isn't quite what he told Internal Affairs...

—- What's it about? —-

The repercussions of an all too frequent event:
Jacqueline  sharp
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a few months now, finally got round to reading it over the last couple of days. It’s a very well written novel, set in Philladelphia, the shooting of a young black male Tyrell Wakefield, by a rookie police officer Ryan Quinn after being pulled in by his partner Greg for a supposed traffic violation, things escalate and Ryan shoots Tyrell.

The story is told from the points of view of Ryan as he deals with what he has done, and we learn more of what happened.
Joy Corkery
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published here:

As you can probably tell from the blurb, Hands Up draws from the very important Black Lives Matter movement. This makes for a necessary and timely book topic, but also one that is extremely sensitive. For that reason, I don’t want to go too much into that aspect of Hands Up; I don’t feel like I’m the right person to comment on it. What I would like to make clear, however, is that because the author is a journalist, you can expect
Claire Davis
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Hands Up by Stephen Clark four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Trigger Warnings: self harm and strong language
Right from the first passage I was completely hooked! I mean, how can you not be intrigued after the introduction to this book is:
"I'm not a murderer. I'm not a murderer. I'm. Not. A. Murderer. Oh, who was I kidding? No matter how many tines or ways I said that to myself in the bathroom mirror, it didn't change the fact tha ...more
Alfred Nobile
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
This was a hard book to put into anyone category. Was it a crime thriller, police procedural or a political commentary? Could have been any of them or a mashup of all three. But I think you are better just saying it is a bloody great read!
Told in the first person from three different perspectives.
Ryan a rookie cop who finds himself caught in the fallout from a fatal shooting.
Jade a college student struggling to finish her degree and living in in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighbour hoods.
Emily Quinn
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With Black Lives Matter protests and the killing of George Floyd still fresh in everyone’s minds, the reading of this book was perfectly timed. With a similar story line so in depth and captivating right until the end, I would urge everyone, fan of crime fiction or not, to read this and educate themselves further! This was such an eye-opening reading experience for me, and Hands Up is one of those books that everyone needs to read in their lifetime! Filled with important life lessons about racis ...more
Louise (Bookmarks and Stages blog Cannon
I was excited to be contact via my blog by Stephen Clark to review his book. He kindly sent me a physical copy from the USA (I am based in the UK) and told me a little about his book. This piqued my interest because it is about issues that are still being talked about and happening now. With him being a journalist (and award-winning), I figured he would really know what he was talking about. I am honoured that after coming across my blog that he has chosen me to review for him. This has not in a ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Published in September of 2019, this book couldn’t be more relevant than it is today. After a young black man is killed by a white cop, the world tries to take matters into their own hands through protests and in some cases, violence. With alternating points of view between the white cop, the victim’s sister and his estranged ex- gang member father, this story visits the crime scene from all angles. The story is heartbreaking and the emotions are strongly felt.

See my full review on my blog.
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Stephen Clark is a former award-winning journalist who served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and as a politics editor for the Washington, D.C. bureau of Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in North Jersey with his wife and two kids.

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