In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron-star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl".
The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.
There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage - ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages - as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives shattered.
©2010 Kathryn Casey (P)2012 Tantor
"Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today." (Ann Rule)
Although this was a typical true crime book, it was very detailed and told the story from the beginning to the end. You hear about both Belinda's and David's lives before they met, after they met, their marriage from not only what both Belinda and David had told others, but also what their friends and co-workers saw in the relationship, the police investigation and finally the trial after so many years. The story was thoroughly researched and by the end you understand the full tragedy of this case.
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?
I couldn't stop listening. This shocking, sad, true crime story was extremely well detailed and depicted by both author and narrator. It truly invoked thoughts of what another human being can be capable of. It also shows the power of words in a way that, despite the truth, someone will find a way to bend, hide, manipulate or even omit something so precious. Sad story, but true.
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.
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
The story is good, the research extensive, but the narrator is very tedious! Despite, the book is a great true crime story and cautionary tale for parents!
It is shocking to think that a whole family of people are so arrogant that they think they can b-s a jury of logical people. Like playing football a decade prior would shelter him from the responsiblitiy of taking two lives! Amazing!
The narrator read every line like it was a newspaper headline. Her tendancy to try to make every word sound SENSATIONAL really worked to detract from the authenticity of the book.
Yes, watching David Temple's life and family unfold are like watching a train wreck. He was raised to be a sociopath so, it's no wonder he's in prison. To the end, his family was lying to protect him!
Brought it to life. Good Narrator.
Ann Rule the queen of true crime is correct, Kathryn Casey was very impressive in this book.
Very interesting story that had me checking different sites on the net for more detail. Well researched with very little doubt about the author's thoughts on who was responsible.
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