I Let Him Go by Denise Fergus

I Let Him Go

By Denise Fergus

  • Release Date: 2018-01-25
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 5
From 152 Ratings
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A truly inspiring and heart-breaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the James Bulger Memorial Trust. 'I was crying so much I couldn't breathe. The thought of leaving the shopping centre without him was crushing. I knew that walking away from the place where he had gone missing, without any idea where he now was, meant that things were really bad. James had been right by my side and then he was gone forever.' On 12th February 1993, Denise Fergus' life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand for a few seconds to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. For the first time since that moment 25 years ago, Denise tells her extraordinary story in this heart-wrenching book, an unflinching account of that terrible day. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butcher's, instead of left? Denise's initial hope after seeing her son on CCTV with other children quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James' body was found. His death reverberated around the world and his killers became the youngest ever convicted murderers in UK legal history. Four minutes is all it took for them to lead James away from his mother to his death. Denise took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime. This is a mother's tale, of finding a way through the despair to remember the happiness and wonderful memories that James brought his family. Above all, Denise doesn't want her son to be remembered as a murdered child, and with this beautifully written book, she does just that.



    By Joanne swansea
    This book has been so hard to read at times but I wanted to hear Denise's story. My heart went out to her the day little James got taken and my heart still does today. I will keep praying that Denise,her family and all the uk gets justice for little James. The system truly did fail her and still Carries on doing so!. JUSTICE FOR JAMES
  • I let him go

    By ronreg54
    Totally heartbreaking, I was also 10 at the time of James being murdered and it stuck with me ever since. I remember writing a letter as part of red letter day at school about how those two boys should have been given longer sentences. As an adult now I still make nearly 8 year old hold onto my nearly 5 year olds pushchair (he has cerebral palsy so relies on pushchair from wheelchair services) this book as heartbreaking as it is to read is so real and you feel as though you are sat in the room with Denise having a cup of tea and listening to her talk about her beautiful wonderful little boy James. Denise you are one amazing woman and the books done exactly what you wished, it's shared James with the world for being James a funny, cheeky little two year old who gave you so much joy in his short life xx
  • I let him go

    By Oakie77
    Every single page either had me in tears, made me smile or got me so very angry. Denise Fergus is remarkable that’s all I have to say apart from RIP James go and cause some havoc up there with my son Myles 💙
  • Heart wrenching

    By thebigoea
    There are no words. My heart literally breaks.
  • Amazing

    By Jillytaylor37
    I read the book in 2 days ..I could not put it down You are such an inspiration to your son Them evil monsters should never have been allowed out of jail. They will reoffend , they are paedophiles The government having a clue about real life and what they have done I hope your beautiful gorgeous boy gets justice one day as them poor innocent people who lost there lives at Hillsborough did. I have two young children and to have such evil still walking the streets is horrific. He will always be remembered as a lovely gorgeous little boy who was taken by pure evil and nobody will ever change my opinion on them 2 monsters I read james' fathers book , that poor man He will be forever remembered
  • Little James

    By mighty-blues
    I could not put this book down. Denise keep up the fight for your beautiful little boy James. Reading your story was and is heartbreaking, you and your family had to go through so much. Hopefully one day justice will prevail. Thank you for sharing your story with us. James memory will live forever x