Number-one Amazon best-selling author Shaun Webb's sixth full-length work and second true-crime study, Lost Youth: A True Story, delves into a fateful October 1981 night in Waterford, Michigan, that rocked a quiet family's peace and shook an entire community to its deepest emotional depth.
Colette Molyneaux, a cute, healthy, and happy 13-year-old, paid the ultimate price in a criminal's horrible thirst for blood. Nancy Molyneaux, Colette's mother, also suffered enormously, enduring the violent act of rape on top of losing a dear daughter.
Who was responsible for these monstrous crimes? Why did such a bright and friendly young lady have to be extinguished so brutally? More to the point: What factors could have possibly contributed to the awful situation?
In his search for the truth, Shaun digs into the police investigation, forensic science, and interviews with the people who were closest to Colette along with others involved in the tragic case. Emotionally wrenching and infuriatingly sad, Lost Youth: A True Story seeks answers that are elusive in nature.
The story will soften the hardest heart and challenge one's deepest logic. You are the jury. Study all of the facts and see if you can come up with the answer that resists disclosure. The surprises this case exposes will perplex you like nothing you've ever heard or read. Colette speaks with us from the spiritual world. Can we take just a moment to listen?
©2015 Shaun Webb (P)2015 Shaun Webb
just killing time sitting in traffic...
i found the book to be well written with a tremendous amount of research performed...narration was solid...a very sad story though...the author's commentary was sometimes helpful but i felt like he was sometimes attempting to rationalize the irrational and more often than not, the commentary was not helpful to me...
The realism was so effective it kept me absolutely riveted.
It read much like Ann Rule in its descriptions and narration. It's a sad but effective story of a young girl.
His sound effects were great. He brought life to the story. It felt real.
A tragic family loss.
Great effort by reader and writer!
There is definitely a story to be written here, but I felt that a lot of time was wasted in this book with the author's frequent side tracking into monologues; giving his opinion or a personal story that has no bearing in this story at all(such as his own youthful bad behavior). Also, unneeded and unwanted: paragraphs of the author instructing the reader not to judge or not to disrespect the dead, but then also reminding us that "those who live by the sword, die by it"(isn't that a judgement?). Authors of true crime should write their story from an investigator's point of view and not include their opinions or advice to the reader... just stick to the facts of the case and what you have uncovered in your research. The author must respect the reader of his work and allow the reader to form their own opinions and judgments if he is to gain fans of his work.
No, not this book.
The addition of music and other sound effects in this audiobook was distracting and ,at times, made the book appear comical in the way the sound effects were suddenly added.
Probably, to get the details I may have missed.
I could't really pick. Steve did an awesome job throughout.
A family left in shambles.
I felt the book was made even more real (if that's even possible with murder) by the fact that the author knew the young lady and others in the story.
Very sad story.
I thought the letters from the accused were interesting. He clearly has something to hide but can't seem to admit to the truth even after being convicted.
Hadn't heard of him before so can't really compare.
Probably not. Lots of information to take in and while interesting, it's a pretty grim story.
I actually feel guilty reviewing this book negatively after reading the author's review of this book. I know he worked really hard on it.
It read much like a book report - an assembly of newspaper articles, police reports, letters from prison all mixed in with cliches and the author's opinions and preaching. I was looking for a more investigative book - things that we don't see in the headlines and in public record. I appreciated the author's conversations with the perpetrator's mother and had hoped to read more of that kind of info - the facts not seen in the headlines. After I finished the book, I felt as tho I had just finished reading a newspaper article about the crime. The author frequently stressed the importance of not writing opinion, and then proceeded to go ahead and state his opinion.
......and then there was the narrator. I found his style to be more suited to reading children's books. The sound effects really detracted from the performance, especially during the autopsy. Switching characters back and forth during the police interview was almost silly. The female "Nancy" interview was so incredibly flat and emotionless, especially the "crying."
This is one to skip.
That I was able to capture Colette's childhood so effectively. Thanks go to her family and friends.
A Motion for Innocence...And Justice for All? because they are both so raw and emotional.
Colette's relationships with her friends.
A family tragedy.
I worked very hard on this book. It shaved 5 years off of my life.
It was written in very simple language with a lot of cliches
The narrator may have made the book less enjoyable. Perhaps if I read the book rather than audible it may have been more interesting.
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