Over a three-decade span, more than 20 women - many teenagers - died mysteriously in the small towns bordering Interstate 45, a 50-mile stretch of highway running from Houston to Galveston. The victims were strangled, shot, or savagely beaten.
The day she vanished, Colette Wilson waited for her mother after band practice. Best friends Debbie Ackerman and Maria Johnson loved to surf and were last seen hitchhiking. Laura Kate Smither dreamed of becoming a ballerina and disappeared just weeks before her thirteenth birthday.
In this harrowing true crime exposition, award-winning journalist Kathryn Casey tracks these tragic cases, investigates the evidence, interviews the suspects, and pulls back the cloak of secrecy in search of elusive answers.
©2015 Kathryn Casey (P)2015 Tantor
"Casey's vivid writing and dogged research establish her as one of the very best true crime writers in the business." (Carlton Stowers, author of Careless Whispers)
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Well researched and bleeping chilling, this was very hard to put down. These stories very scary and terribly heartbreaking. After reading this one I'm inclined to watch my back, never park next to a van, never go running alone or EVER accept road assistance from a stranger. Lock the car doors and call AAA.
Probably not, if it is anything like this one
Less filler material and more story
Great narration, there was nothing wrong with the reader
Doesn't apply since it wasn't fiction
Despite the great narration and interesting subject, this was very hard to listen to. I was happy when it was over. Hours of rambling on about non essential things. Who cares what kind of shops are along the highway? It's not a travel guide. Half way through I still wasn't sure if the book was about only one or several killers. So far the worst true crime I have come across.
Say something about yourself!
This book started off with plenty of promise. But fell very flat. There seems to be no connection between most of the murders. And the author admits as much. So what you get is 11 hours of cases spanning 3 decades with little more than details of police findings. There is very little investigation involved. No closure. No theories. Consider this an 11 hour Wikipedia page. Not worth the credit.
Hard to step away from...I listened to the whole thing quick. Really struck a chord since I live in this area. I will also be more aware because of this book. I highly recommend listening and plan to talk about as much as possible since we do not know what a killer looks like.
No. This is a great story - lots of detail, names, and dates. In my opinion, some of the details get lost when you listen to it instead of reading it.
The Stranger Beside Me has a similar feel - the victims are not nameless, faceless shapes. The author gives us a glimpse into their lives prior to their deaths. The author also helps us understand how their murders affected their families. She helps us to care about everyone involved.
Tanya Eby has an amazing voice - it just isn't right for a story like this. At times, I felt like she hadn't read the story before narrating it. Some of the scenes she is describing are horrific and Eby sounds like she's narrating a Sweet Valley High novel. As far as characterization, that is nearly absent. Each character sounds the same.
Learning more about these cases was interesting. Probably the most interesting section is the one that focuses on a young man who was (clearly) wrongfully accused of two of the murders by a corrupt police force.
Probably not. Not because it wasn't a great book, but I really don't usually go back and read/listen to books twice.
The heartbreaking accounts of what the families were going through once their daughters went missing was very well written and researched.
All of it.
Ok. So here is my only complaint. Tanya Eby did a great job with the narration, EXCEPT when she would go into a man's voice. No reason to lower your voice like 1/2 an octave. She sounded nothing like a man, and it just became annoying and ridiculous. Just use your normal voice. We know when it's a man talking. It was reaaaallllyyyy annoying!
This book was read like the narrator was a news reporter. Facts, dates and names. The content of the book was decent but it never had me on the edge of my seat. The narrator's attempt at imitating male voices was terrible and the timeline kept jumping around. If you love true crime you will probably like it but won't love it.
Yes, the narration!
Cannot recall another narration that left me so disturbed and distracted.
I do not know... but there are excellent ones out there doing true crime.
I am not totally decided yet whether or not I can continue with this book. I am going to try. But I am also going to search for a different book.
The narration style is what my peeve is. It is the parts where the narrator is imitating the voice of a quotation. She uses a lower-pitched, nasal, sort of drawling style that is so fakey and irritating, it is impossible to just accept it and listen on without becoming focused and turned off by that nasal-type drone, that NO ONE in the story so far would have really sounded anything like.
I wonder why she thinks this affectation is necessary for so compelling a story! I am positive just reading the quotations straight through in her regular voice would have been totally fine and at least would not have been so disruptive and nauseating to adapt to while trying to follow the story along.
I have listened to umpteen audiobooks and noticed various narration styles, and flaws, without being particularly picky about them - each narrator has their own style and in general, I have no trouble with them; they do not have to read the same exact way I would read myself.
But this whine, this fakey, annoying tone, to my ear by NO means sounds like, for example, what a grieving mother would sound like, nor a police investigator. Or even a suspect, for that matter. The narrator seems to use that same lame, drawn-out pitch for all the various personalities being described in the story.
I am really interested in the story and how it all fits together (or doesn't) and want to go on with it. It is an even draw right now, whether I will be able to finish it. If I can find something else to keep my addiction to audiobooks going while I work at my chores, I will dump this thing in a heartbeat. But if it comes down to this or nothing, then I am stuck, because I require my listening to fuel my chores...
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