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)
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
YES! the story was really well told, interesting, and if you like true crime it is a no brainer--this book should be in your library.
that it had a conclusion. some books are written before the whole story plays out and the end of the story is not there. this book was written, researched, and read well. i got a snapshot of what it was like to be belinda temple.
the book was very sad but it had closure.
i am not sure. but she read well. reading an audiobook must be murder (excuse the pun).
several reactions, anger at david, sadness for belinda and her family, satisfaction that david was tried in a court of law and exposed for who he was--a worm.
i felt rage at the way david had a double standard. one for him and one for everyone else.
i will read this again and it is a welcome addition to my growing library.
Ce n'est pas grave!
This was an interesting and captivating story, a good listen for what it is. True crime stories tend to have a sameness and this was true of this book,as well. But it was fascinating despite it's predictability.
Great outline of the events before and after the murder.
Makes me want to stay single!
That Belinda was a wonderful young woman and remembered as such by every person involved in this tragic story, even her murderer's family and friends.
Quinton's wife's commitment to her friend Belinda, even though they had a little estrangement prior to the murder.
It was fine. Although I realize it is part of storytelling, I don't care for women trying to sound like a man.
It disgusted me at some points simply for the way sport stars in high school, college, and even pros think they are above the law. Also, I am troubled by the fact of who is now raising Ethan. I was really surprised at that.
While a tragic story, it is a good book.
for true crime lovers, i recommend it.
not on the edge of my seat at all. somewhat upset at what my fellow human beings are capable of, though.
the narrator was good in that she did not detract or distract from the book. i think that is the most important quality, where the narrator is not the author.
what irritated and confused me about this book is just a couple features. one, in the beginning, it spends what feels like forever, explaining what an absolute ANGEL, a person PERFECT in every way, the victim was. i mean, she had no flaws. she was the true love in everyone's heart, the light in everyone's eyes. none of them could hardly LIVE without her. okay, okay. that could have been said in far fewer chapters, for my taste. i got pretty bored and angry when that line went on and on, and on.the other feature that annoyed me was how the story kept switching back and forth from how the crime and aftermath proceeded, to the background of the characters growing up, their relatives, etc. i had trouble knowing which world i was in, as i would listen and then put it away, and then listen again, etc. it was beginning to drive me nuts. after i was done with the book, i couldnt explain exactly how the story unfolded, i was so confused by all the switching back and forth. there could have been a much clearer way to handle this.
Mystery, Love triangle
Great information about the victim and the killer
I enjoyed listening to her voice, It was soothing, but not monotone, as I was driving home, or catching the bus to work and kept me interested in the story
It did make me sad for the victim throughout the book because of the abusive marriage
Great read. Highly recommend
Having worked in courtrooms for 20 years, I love true & fictional crime. In love with Cross & Davenport. Fictional lawyer stories rule.
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?
The author does a great job of telling the story and the narration was good as well. Couldn't stop listening!
The narrator of this book is AWFUL. She sounds like she has plugged sinuses and instead of saying "cold", it comes out as "code". This never changed throughout the story.
Also, the writing seemed stilted and awkward. Not sure if this was because the narrator was so terrible.
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.
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