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Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder | [Ann Rule]

Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder

"If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne.
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"If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne.

When beautiful, blond Sheila married the charming, handsome Blackthorne, she was convinced she had found her perfect soul mate, and helped him reach his goal of living the privileged life of the country club set. But behind Allen's smooth facade, she discovered a violent, controlling sociopath - a liar, a scam artist, a sexual deviant. When she finally fled with their two young daughters, she was skeletally thin, bruised, and beaten.

Although Sheila recovered, remarried, and was starting a new life and family, she still felt she was doomed. Joyously pregnant, she and her new husband expecting quadruplets, Sheila still feared Blackthorne, who had sworn to her he would monitor her every move and "every breath you take." And, in fact, Blackthorne inevitably tracked her down, as did her killer, who left her in a pool of blood marked by the tiny footprints of her two-year-old toddlers. The questions remained: Could the authorities ever link Sheila's murder to Blackthorne himself? Was his true obsession high-stakes golf and his extravagant pink mansion - or was it to destroy Sheila?

Following a trail of deception from Oregon and Hawaii to Texas and Florida, Ann Rule gained complete access to Sheila's family, friends, and neighbors, as well as to the detectives and prosecutors on the case. With Every Breath You Take, Ann Rule has written a heart-pounding account of obsession, revenge, and murder that will enthrall readers from beginning to end.

©2002 Ann Rule, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As usual, Rule excels at painting psychologically perceptive portraits of all the characters in this stranger-than-fiction but nevertheless real-life drama." (Booklist)

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    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 10-11-04
    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 10-11-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Well worth it"

    As an insatiable devotee to "Forensic Files," "City Confidential," and "American Justice," I could not wait to download and listen to Rule's "Breath." Though I was somewhat familiar with the subject matter, I found Rule's telling, complete with details not covered within any of the aforementioned television programs, entertaining, educational, and interesting. Her grasp of the criminal mind, and her ability to present it for the layman, are what drive the content of "Breath," and render it difficult to abandon once started. I strongly recommend both of the Rule books available at this site, and would encourage Audible to aquire those works outstanding.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica WOODLAND, WA, United States 03-18-13
    Jessica WOODLAND, WA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "As always, Ann Rule provides a great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Every Breath You Take the most enjoyable?

    The full-length details of this story is my kind of book. I like the complete info that is given, Although the details were numerous, the writing makes it easy to follow. I like how she will 'remind' readers/listeners who each player is as the story goes. If a person is not spoke about for a while in the book, she will remind us who that person is, how they are related to the main character, etc.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Indeed. This was one Ann Rule story I was not familiar with.


    Which character – as performed by Blair Brown – was your favorite?

    Each character had its' own persona that was interesting and intriguing.The way they all weaved together was so odd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    About a week after finishing this book, I ran across a true crime show on the ID channel - it happened to be this story!! It has interviews with one of the daughters and I wished I would've tuned in earlier - I literally only caught the last 5 minutes of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 12-17-10
    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 12-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible story written by an awesome writer!"

    Ann Rule has an incredible writing style that engages you from the start. Not many authors can do that, but her insight into each case plus her background in law enforcement give her a completely different view from any other writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Delta, BC, Canada 11-03-10
    Donna Delta, BC, Canada 11-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Always a winner with Ann Rule"

    This book was excellent as are this author's other books. Ann Rule weaves the tale in such a way that you can't stop reading or listening. There is a good mix of police investigation facts, court room drama, and best of all the delving into the personalities of the real life characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-06-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Ann Rules"

    A true crime veteran, Ann Rule has done it again. If you have never read after Ann Rule, you are in for an informative, interesting, fact filled, authentic ride no matter the book you choose. If you have never read true crime, her books are about as good as the genre gets. I put four stars on this volume only because she might have covered the subject just as well in about 80% of the space. That is certainly a matter of taste and is not said to minimize her good work at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina whittier, CA, USA 02-26-09
    Christina whittier, CA, USA 02-26-09
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    "Not Her Best Work...."

    I am a fan of Ms. Rule's. I am an even bigger fan of true crime stories. This story did not keep me interested enough in the characters, and offered too much insignificant information and background in the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 05-16-07
    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 05-16-07
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    "the story master does it again!"

    Ann Rule knows how to tell a story. She amasses the facts and carefully organizes the details into a compelling, coherent tale that must be heard to the end. Even minor characters are memorable. Ann Rule's books are studies in human development and nature, what can go wrong in some people who still appear so attractive on the surface, and the extraordinary heroism of others, who also may appear ordinary. Her beat is the whole human circus. She is never sensationalizing or insensitive to human suffering, even when it ultimately produces monsters. The fascination is how hugely human beings can misread each other and how complex we are. Four stars only because it was an "open & shut case" compared to Green River, and no real surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Louisville, KY, USA 12-27-03
    Kristi Louisville, KY, USA 12-27-03 Member Since 2003
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    "neller131"

    This book was wonderful; I had read it before by Dick Estell (The Radio Reader) but thoroughly enjoyed Blair Brown's narration of it. I especially thought having Ann Rule's intro and eppilog was a neat touch, because it helped me get to know her better. Even though it could be said that this book had an obvious end, it gave voice to everyone involved (especially Sheila) and, I think, some sort of closure for her family. This book was also unique in that the victim chose Ann before the book ever came out, as Ann explains in the beginning. I believe new insights are gained in reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Apex, NC, United States 10-13-03
    Karen Apex, NC, United States 10-13-03 Member Since 2001

    I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus

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    "Ms. Rule - typical...excellence, that is"

    I have read all Ms. Rule's books, and listened to this one, and have never been disappointed. She combines meticulous research, interviews and case files and weaves a story that pulls you into the world of the participants and doesn't let you go. I always come away feeling that I have walked in each character's shoes and understand the five "W"s - who, what, where, when and - most importantly - why.
    This audio book has the additional pleasure of Blair Brown as narrator which is a particular treat as she helps us empathize with the victims. This isn't the best Ann Rule book - read the "Killer Beside Me" about Ted Bundy - but it's a close second. A definite must for any true crime buff. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Pocatello, ID, United States 09-15-12
    Amanda Pocatello, ID, United States 09-15-12

    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.

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    "I Love Ann Rule"
    What made the experience of listening to Every Breath You Take the most enjoyable?

    It keep my mind thinking about what would come next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Breath You Take?

    How strong the two older kids were. I don't think I could be that strong.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Watch who you date and do a back ground check on some one before you get married.


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