Ann Rule needs to stop writing with these hackneyed phrases like, "the other shoe was about to drop." Used about 10 times..... It's a great story but like all of Rule's books everything is black and white....
She was great
Always way too long in the courtroom and very Perry Mason-like.....More about the victim and her upbringing....
Yes. It's well written and a very informative documentation of an heinous crime. Both sides of the events are stated and the listener receives a glimpse into the cause and effect of what came to pass.
The way the antagonists' wife fell apart as his court case depicted him for what he is.
No, not yet.
The obsessive and narcissitic nature of a person to the cost of everyone else, even his children.
I am a nice lady that loves a great book mostly ones that will make me laugh or make me think of what will come next.
It keep my mind thinking about what would come next.
How strong the two older kids were. I don't think I could be that strong.
Watch who you date and do a back ground check on some one before you get married.
Though this one was short, it was an interesting read. Fascinating how Ann Rule was chosen by the victim before her death to be the one to tell her story. Most interesting of all is having a look at someone with a layer of cruelty in his personality I'm tempted to describe as diabolical, who I can only imagine, possessed blinding charm? To be able to coerce and manipulate so many seemingly intelligent people and continue to have his way for so long! Creepy. In spite of feeling so sorry for "Jamie," I have to admit to cringing in horror at the thought of how he meted out corporal punishment and was able to blame and abandon a child who was as surely a victim as he was. Sheila seemed to have a knack for attracting "heartless" and "violent" into her sphere... A pretty good quick read for people who enjoy true crime.
The victim is the exwife of the antagonist, who very likely suffers from what is now called Reactive Attachment Disorder. The book details the background and investigation when a woman is killed. Starts a little slowly but it finishes effectively.
I've read other Ann Rule books and found this one lacking. It wasn't suspenseful - it was obvious. If you are interested in this story, you are better off just reading the newspaper articles. It didn't help that the narrator read with as much expression as you might read a cereal box.