Ever since I read Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", I became a huge fan of true crime books. At one time I owned so many print versions that I probably would have been arrested if law enforcement ever raided my house! There was a time when I could name just about every known serial killer AND describe his "signature". I always thought I'd be a great help to the detectives if I was somehow involved - innocently, of course - in a murder case. Guess what? It didn't happen like that. When my husband was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery, I was literally PARALYZED from shock and trauma for over a decade! There was quite a while where I had to lay off my "guilty pleasure" of reading every true crime book published, although not completely. When I could handle it, I returned to find that books in this genre had lost much of the in-depth research and expert writing that veteran authors such as Ann Rule and Gregg Olsen had become famous for, thereby shaping the standards for the genre. But, recently, Ann Rule's recent "True Crime Files" compilations had become out-dated, rehashed blips on the "radar screen" which barely qualify as real stories. She stopped delivering the fantastic writing quality of her earlier works and seemed to shy away from recent "millennium" crimes as if she doesn't want to bother with the requisite research. Instead, she's giving us offenses from the 1960s and 1970s BEFORE the advent of forensics and DNA. I'd just about given up on ever enjoying a true crime book again when I came across "Shattered". Kathryn Casey has picked up the baton dropped by Rule in this 1999 account of a murder in Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as I used to with Ann Rule's early works. It is well-researched, expertly written, and compelling. Narrator Coleen Marlo complements the book perfectly. I will be buying more of Ms. Casey's works in the future.
I actually enjoyed this book after a spate of recent true crime books which were absolutely awful. Even veteran crime writer Ann Rule has lost her "mojo" after decades of dominating this genre. In this book you get good writing, research and narration - the must-have "triple crown" in audiobooks. Well worth the price of admission.