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Cruel Deception: St. Martin's True Crime Library | [Gregg Olsen]

Cruel Deception: St. Martin's True Crime Library

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister.
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In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....

First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....

Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen

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    Ingibjorg 03-15-14
    Ingibjorg 03-15-14

    Audiojunkie, interested in all under the sun. I find that i enjoy non-fiction better than fiction although Amelia Peabody is the best. :-)

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    "Very good true crime"

    Enjoyed the book. Gregg Olsen is becoming better and better. I would have liked to understand the mother and her family better, but Olsen probably gave us all that we are likely to get as far as an explanation of her actions and motivations goes.
    Definitely one I can listen to again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 12-14-13
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    What would have made Cruel Deception better?

    A narrator without a cold. I thought something was wrong with the tape. The story sounded interesting on the reviews but OMG that sniffling was horrible. I couldn't get into this at all.


    Has Cruel Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely if Christy Lynn narrates.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christy Lynn?

    Anyone with more manners.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    That is an unfair question because I couldn't get past 30 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator may be good without a cold but I will be really skeptical when purchasing a book with her as narrator.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Sharon El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing amount of information in this book. I want to thank the Lawyers and Doctors that persisted in getting justice for these young children. Author did a great job of putting the facts together. Narrator was fabulous!


    Which character – as performed by Christy Lynn – was your favorite?

    Christy Lynn did a great job will all of the characters .. I had a clear vision of what the charters looked like.


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    Charlie Robertson Beverly Hills, CA United States 08-19-13
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Christy Lynn?

    Yes, with a different narrator.


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    Couldn't get past the first 30 min without the narrator sniffing, pausing, and causing the story to repeatedly skip and say the same lines over and over.


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    Claire Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-14
    Claire Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "More journalism than thriller, a decent read."

    Meticulously detailed, Cruel Deception takes a close look at the Munchausen by Proxy (MBP) prosecution of Tanya Reid. It was published in 1999 and the events it recounts took place in the 1980s, when MBP was not yet known even in the medical world, let alone among law enforcement.

    MBP is known today as Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (US, ICD-9 301.51) or Fabricated or Induced Illness by Carers (UK). It describes a situation in which an adult parent or caregiver intentionally induces physical symptoms in a child and then presents the child for medical care. The symptoms mimic actual illness and so the child is subjected to extensive medical tests and procedures. It is not clear why the adult does this, though it is related to the adult using the child to meet their own needs. It is not classified as a psychiatric disorder.

    In Cruel Deception, author Greg Olsen looks closely at Tanya Reid's life and relationships in an effort to understand how and why she resorted to harming her own children to the extent that one baby died. Although it is sometimes classified as a "medical thriller", I found it more like a legal one. Olsen is a fly on the wall as the prosecutor, Melodee Hanes, meticulously builds a case from the extensive medical records of two of Reid's children. (For some reason, the third child was not only unharmed, but even testified in her mother's defense at one of the trials.)

    The book was updated in 2005 to include information on Tanya Reid's appeals of her conviction for harming her living son and a subsequent trial, conviction, appeal, and retrial for murdering one of her daughters through MBP.

    I found Cruel Deception interesting and reasonably engaging, in spite of the narrator's very nasal voice and poor imitation of regional accents. If you're looking for a typical true crime book, this will probably not satisfy you. If you are interested in a legal thriller or a peek into the mind of an MBP abuser, you'll probably like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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