Daddy's Little Secret: A Daughter's Quest to Solve Her Father's Brutal Murder is a poignant true crime story about a daughter who, upon her father's murder, learns of his alternative lifestyle. She had looked the other way about other secrets of his as well - deadly secrets that could help his killer escape the death penalty, should she come forward. An inside look at the complex and fascinating psyche of a father who shared an uncommon bond with his daughter.
She had spent years hiding deadly secrets about her enigmatic father, Wesley Wallace. Wes was a trusted security guard at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. He was supposed to protect those who found themselves in his care. But a closer look into his brutal murder revealed a split personality - one that his daughter may have seen but tried to ignore. However, detectives assigned to the case persuaded her to assist them in the capture of her father's killer. The trail would lead from the glitz of Palm Beach to the murky streets of Dixie Highway and end in a courtroom where her father's secret life, and his dangerous penchant for sex slaves, would be revealed.
©2016 Denise Wallace (P)2016 WildBlue Press
This is an excellent true life novel about a murdered man who has a checkered past. It is about finding a killer and making sure that he is correctly punished for the crime that he did. I highly recommend this novel. I voluntarily received this review copy from the publisher author or narrator.
Daddy's Little Secret: A Daughter's Quest to Solve Her Father's Brutal Murder
: Denise Wallace
What an intriguing story. I can't imagine the feelings, finding out secrets of her father after she was grown. It's a very sad story for everyone involved.
The narration was well done. Sara Morsey brought the story alive.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
The thing I would change most about this book would be the narrator. She wasn't horrible, but her voice sounded just a little to shaky for me. I'm sure others wouldn't have a problem with it. Her enunciation and pronunciation, as well as inflection, was fine most of the time (although at times it seemed she was trying too hard), but for me, it was just the nature of her voice. That's hardly her fault, it's just this listener's true reaction. It's difficult to listen to an entire audiobook when the narrator's voice is borderline grating. And yes, I did listen to the sample first, but it didn't seem so bad then.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the fact that the daughter had no clue about her father's secret double life, even though she had been a witness to much of it growing up. There was no "least interesting" aspect that stood out for me.
There were times she seemed to be in slow-motion. It could have used quicker narration in some places.
No. The story was resolved by the end of the book.
The writing was pretty good for someone who is not an author by profession, and who is trying to bring together a complex and lengthy case...let alone a deeply personal one. I have definitely read and heard worse. The number one thing I'd change would be the narrator. I liked the (what I found to be) surprise element of the court proceedings, which is something you wouldn't expect to happen. It moved me. I can recommend any book that moves me.
This book is no small accomplishment. Starting with the crime scene of her mysteriously murdered father, Wallace takes us back to the beginning, when she had zero knowledge of her beloved father's alternative lifestyle. As she slowly learns the facts, so do we. Pieces of the puzzle are slowly put together, revealing more and more with still so much more to learn.
Learning the details of her father's alternative lifestyle is an unpleasant and distasteful experience for the reader -- but just imagine how much more awful it must have been for his own daughter! We share the journey with her.
The narrator's performance is flawless and easy to follow. The "plotting" is brilliant. This is a painfully honest book and an enriching, if painful, experience to read.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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My first love has always been true crime when I saw this on audio I had to have it. The author show the hard struggle of thinking she knew her father only to find out she didn’t know him as well as she thought. Her fight for justices as well as her fight for the truth along with her fairness for the events that happened and the man who killed him is easily shown in these pages. I really wanted to not like the killer but I found my heart softened a little for him. I also found I really liked her father even though he used addiction of others to get what he wanted he was still a very likable man. As with most murders there are truly no winners here only a sad lonely man who has found a way to get what he needs and wants through using young men and the young man who would do anything to get the money he needed. Let’s not forget the daughter who so dearly loved her father that he was truly her hero and in many ways will always be, finds shocking things she never dreamed of. The author will take you through her younger years, teen and her older years trying to understand a man who is driven by lust.
Some might think the killer deserved what he got or he should have gotten more or that the victim got what he had coming to him due to how he found young men and used their needs against them. What I found was a man still trapped in the 50’s and not knowing how to handle what people would think of him. Driven by his alternative lifestyle and finding away to get what he wants without paying for it or having a relationship where he might be judged. I also found a young man for whatever reason trapped in his addiction for drugs doing whatever he had to, to get them.
The narration of Ms. Morsey was very good her character voices were nice she put real emotion into the story. I did think some of her voices were close to others but you still knew who was talking and what they were feeling. I found no background noises or any places where the audio was higher or lower in volume than any other place in the audio. If breaks were taken you could not tell. The audio was clean, clear and crisp told in a way you could feel the pain, shock, uneasiness and sorrow of each character. Her male voices were as nice as her female ones giving you a nice listen. The narrator pulls you in waiting to see what happens next. I really had trouble putting this down I really wanted to understand the characters and what drove them. I felt the narrator was able to do this as well as she was able with the facts she was given.
I thought this was well written giving both side as it keeps you informed as the author gives you the full impact of each character. This was not bias but gives the story from all sides. All the facts are there written in a style that is clear and pretty clean. The murder scene is there but doesn’t go into a lot of detail but at the same time gives you all you need to know to paint the picture in your mind. There is no doubt the author was daddy’s little girl and she loved him dearly. The pain and confusion she had to go through not only to find his killer but to see the man he really was is shown and felt by the reader. Her father was very complex and I felt she wrote it from a stand point of trying to understand him, who he truly was and what he became but still able to show how much she loved him and would miss him along with her confusion of the events around her. I do not mean that in a bad way but in the way he used the addiction to get his pleasure when he most likely could have found young men who would have gladly have given him what he wanted. I would have liked to have known the man better and why he didn’t just find someone to have a relationship with but that will be forever locked in his mind. I felt the author filled in all the blanks as best she could since she could not talk with her father to understand what he was going through.
This was a touching heartbreaking read from all areas. It was a story I could not turn off I wanted to try to understand the man who was daddy’s little girl and the effect it had on the author. If you enjoy true crime this is well worth the listen. It will be an audio I will most likely listen to again.
I enjoyed the book but felt it went into some details that were not necessary. Denise Wallace has an amazing memory and I am sure I never will be able to express the sadness she felt when she lost her father… This book gives a view of a horrific crime you don’t normally get to see from the victims’ families point of view.
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From the very first page until the final one...exciting!. Looking forward to following this Author...in fact all the people involved are interesting. Just read and enjoy.
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I feel this is worth listening to or reading. It wasn't one of my favorite true crime books but it was an interesting story. I wasn't on the edge of my seat wanting to know more or trying to figure out who did it or why. It just kind of drifted along telling a story.
This is my first book by Denise Wallace.
I probably would.
No, I don't see where there would be much to follow up on.
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Struggled terribly to finish it. I mistakenly thought the story was about a girl finding out another side to her father. Perhaps it was buried somewhere in the long, drawn out exceedingly boring narration. I couldn't finish it, it was terrible! If I want to hear about senseless crimes committed all over the country. I'll just watch the news,or pick up a tabloid,no thanx. Why, please tell me why this book was written,furthermore why a geriatric sounding female was chosen to narrate? if you're going to write a long drawn out story, at least choose a narrator who can bring a story to life! The best memory of the story was when I stopped reading it,and ended that awful experience. HATED IT!
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