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)
Ever since I read Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", I became a huge fan of true crime books. At one time I owned so many print versions that I probably would have been arrested if law enforcement ever raided my house! There was a time when I could name just about every known serial killer AND describe his "signature". I always thought I'd be a great help to the detectives if I was somehow involved - innocently, of course - in a murder case. Guess what? It didn't happen like that. When my husband was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery, I was literally PARALYZED from shock and trauma for over a decade! There was quite a while where I had to lay off my "guilty pleasure" of reading every true crime book published, although not completely. When I could handle it, I returned to find that books in this genre had lost much of the in-depth research and expert writing that veteran authors such as Ann Rule and Gregg Olsen had become famous for, thereby shaping the standards for the genre. But, recently, Ann Rule's recent "True Crime Files" compilations had become out-dated, rehashed blips on the "radar screen" which barely qualify as real stories. She stopped delivering the fantastic writing quality of her earlier works and seemed to shy away from recent "millennium" crimes as if she doesn't want to bother with the requisite research. Instead, she's giving us offenses from the 1960s and 1970s BEFORE the advent of forensics and DNA. I'd just about given up on ever enjoying a true crime book again when I came across "Shattered". Kathryn Casey has picked up the baton dropped by Rule in this 1999 account of a murder in Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as I used to with Ann Rule's early works. It is well-researched, expertly written, and compelling. Narrator Coleen Marlo complements the book perfectly. I will be buying more of Ms. Casey's works in the future.
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
The author does a great job of telling the story and the narration was good as well. Couldn't stop 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.
Narcissists scare me
No however I prefer audio so she did a decent job. Her reading pace is a little fast for my liking.
Over and over again I wonder how the victim missed the signs.
I like true crime but the books are a little slow.
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