At first, Linda Bergstrom's marriage to her husband James was idyllic. They were young and in love; he was about to enter the Navy and she was eager to start a family. But it wasn't long before the dream exploded. James became abusive and violent, prone to sudden bursts of anger, long silences, and unexplained disappearances. But Linda vowed to hold on, despite the pain and fear...and her disturbing suspicions about her husband's secret life.
Then, not long after their move to Houston, Texas, she made a terrifying discovery: James's hidden cache containing duct tape, a ski mask, and handcuffs. No longer could Linda Bergstrom deny the hideous truth.
The man she lived with, the man she married for love, was a dangerous psychopath. And there was no escape and nowhere to run. Because no one - not her friends, the Navy, or the police - would believe her.
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Yes. I believe this is Ms. Casey's first true crime book (The Rapist's Wife), with an epilogue at the end. It is clear that she has not honed her skills of true crime books with this effort, but it is still a chilling read. It is definitely more graphic sexually with regard to the marriage of James and Linda, and less about the crimes he committed and the people whose lives he changed.
She was an incredible narrator choice for this book! Her accents and tones were superb... I'd read almost anything else she narrated!
While this is not Kathryn Casey's best work, it is a worthwhile addition to the true crime genre. Her other books, particularly She Wanted it All and A Descent into Hell are much stronger books.
I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
This book will have you checking your door and window locks two or three times before you go to sleep or take a shower. The man in this story is just unbelievable. Sometimes, fact is more interesting than fiction. This is one of those times.
I bought this book hoping it would be interesting. The narrator did a decent job. I returned this book because of the multiple references to child sexual abuse. (I got to about chapter 4.) Although the mention of the abuse was not overly graphic, it was certainly disturbing. I wish I would have known this fact before I bought this book. I am writing this review to warn other readers.
Personal Development, Biographies and Memoirs & True Crime Fan
Haven't read the print version, but I prefer audiobooks.
The dilemma Linda was faced with - she couldn't leave James, so she stayed with him hoping he was caught and put away for life.
Overall, I thought she was very good.
Not an extreme reaction, but definitely felt anger towards James and could sympathize with Linda's plight.
The cover looks really cheesy but don't let that fool you, if your a true crime fan. This is a good book.
I loved that he was finally convicted after a long time, both in actual time and during the audible story.
I thought that the narrator was good. I would listen to her again.
Nothing stands out but there were many little nuances that have come up since listening.
By the time that he was convicted, I was really fed up with the main character. I got very tired of hearing her justifications and how perfect and innocent she was. Her decision to stay and stay wore on me and her excuses seemed thin and pointless. I found her to be sniveling and whiny after many hours of listening.
I usually like Kathryn Casey's books, but this one missed the mark. It was too much like a Lifetime "Moment of Truth" movie - you know, where the plucky heroine, unsupported by family or the authorities, risks life and limb to solve a crime, right a wrong, bring someone to justice, and so on. But staying with your husband so that you can protect your daughter from ... your husband? Linda Bergstrom's logic just didn't make sense. This book is a case where truth is certainly stranger than fiction.
Only complaint is perhaps the narrator's choice of tone when portraying most of the victims during the attack. Otherwise, overall I remained interested in this account the whole way through.
This is one of the best books I have read! Kathryn Casey is a master at true stories! I was surprised at the end of the book telling how to keep this rapist in jail!
When they finally caught the rapist
READ THIS BOOK!
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