The narrator of this book is AWFUL. She sounds like she has plugged sinuses and instead of saying "cold", it comes out as "code". This never changed throughout the story.
Also, the writing seemed stilted and awkward. Not sure if this was because the narrator was so terrible.
Why ever would I do that?
I believe this is probably a well-written and interesting story, so I give the 3 stars. However, the narrator was so annoying I finally stopped listening. Authors, are you listening?
Tragic. Riveting. Compelling
I have not read other true crime stories.
I cannot pinpoint a particular moment. I felt like I was there when the author described the crime scene and the trial.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The story is so tragic and compelling. While David Temple was convicted, Belinda and Erin are still dead. Two families were irrevocably broken.
No, because I also saw on ID. Good book though.
The murder of a Mother and her Unborn Baby Girl .
Very well written and performed. Detailed narrative that leaves you feeling you know the people involved and have a vested interest in the outcome. I look forward to adding more titles by Ms Casey to my library.
Yes. With the exceptions of some oft-repeated sentences and occasional annoyances with the narrator, this book was a tragic tale of a marriage gone wrong.
Yes and no. The small-town gossip was kind of tedious, and it was annoying to hear how perfect Belinda was and what an ass David was, but it also wouldn't have been complete otherwise. I'm already 2/3 of the way through, and they've just now gotten to the murder investigation (police tape is still across the bedroom door).
Other reviewers have put it better than I. If true crime can be "good", Kathryn Casey is filling the void of Ann Rule's recent books. This is not her best book, but she did a good job with this one.
I had very little quibbles with the narrator. She read "No Biking in the House without a Helmet." She tends to read very quickly, which many either like or dislike immensely. Personally, I like her style a lot and will check other books of hers (though many of them are romance, which I will avoid out of preference).
I picked this up because (1) true crime is one of my guilty pleasures (2) this happened very close to where I grew up, even though it was many years after I moved away from Houston. As a true crime, it was not bad. The storyline was unfortunately too common to be of much real interest and the writing was serviceable. The setting being of particular interest to me adds another star to the overall rating. The narration performance unfortunately detracted from my enjoyment, but I don't blame the Coleen Marlo for her consistent mispronunciation of place names. Tantor Audio should have given her the necessary information to do her job. But hearing Alief pronounced as "uh-LEEF" instead of "AY-leef", amongst several other gaffes, was annoying. Also, like many audio narrators, she substituted a vaguely Southern U.S. accent for a Texas drawl.
Crossposted from Booklikes
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Trust no one.
Somewhat. I knew he was going to kill his wife, but would he get away with it? That was what kept me listening.
When the jury comes back with the verdict and everyone is so surprised.
When her friends at work kept all of her stuff so that when her son asked for it, they would give it to him. I hope he does someday.
Professional who loves a good book. Prefer non fiction-but will take on good fiction.
I enjoy audio so I have a bias towards that Format
You always wonder if this jerk is going to get away with this crime
the understated toneof MS Marlo matches up well with the author rightous indignation
very much so- it was hard for me to stop listening
I saw a news interview with the convicted killer husband- he is guilty as sin
Brought it to life. Good Narrator.
Ann Rule the queen of true crime is correct, Kathryn Casey was very impressive in this book.