In 2007, Dr. Martin MacNeill - a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop - discovered his wife of 30 years dead in the bathtub of their Pleasant Grove, Utah, home, her face bearing the scars of a facelift he had persuaded her to undergo just a week prior. At first the death of 50-year-old Michele MacNeill, a former beauty queen and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral, when Dr. MacNeill moved his much younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious.
Conducting their own investigation into their mother's death, the MacNeill daughters uncovered their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele's murder and secure a first-degree murder conviction against the once prominent doctor.
New York Times best-selling author Shanna Hogan delves into the high-profile case, unmasking the monster beneath the doctor's carefully concocted facade.
©2015 Shanna Hogan (P)2015 Tantor
"Hogan weaves a cohesive and engaging account, and her narrative chronology makes this a compelling read." (Library Journal)
I always listen to audiobooks while cleaning the house and I found myself looking for extra chores to do so that I could continue listening to this story. From start to finish this book had so many shocking , unbelievable parts that it seems impossible it could be non-fiction. But it is !
If you enjoy shows such as Dateline and 48hours you will thoroughly enjoy this author's in depth telling of this tale .
This was a VERY interesting true crime book. I personally had never heard of this prior to reading reviews. A novelist could not have come up with a better plot. It is terrifying to know this story exists. The key to this story was the red flags that the wife ignored even before marrying. As well, the husband was a very smart man. Too bad he used his genius for evil. I wonder if a move was ever made. After reading this, I Googled all the family members and some of their outcomes were so tragic. The saga this man created is like a curse. Very sad!
The real mystery here is why Michele stayed with husband Martin. He was a bully, a pathological liar, a fraud, a serial philanderer. When she eventually came to the realization that he was probably plotting her murder, she offered no more resistance to this dreadful possibility than a weak rejoinder to daughter Alexis that if she should be found dead, Alexis should make sure that Martin hadn't done it. What was she thinking?
Narrator Pam Ward's strident, barking delivery is annoying in the extreme. Her voicing of the various characters hovers between irritating and risible.
This story is a perfect example of how you never, EVER, really know someone. This story brings out so many emotions... Anger, sorrow, disgust, shock, sadness, empathy and compassion just to name a few. It's astonishing that, after being married this long to a man (and I use this term lightly) who could do the unthinkable to his devoted wife who wanted nothing more than to please her husband and, be the best mother she possibly could be... And for what?... Another woman and his own greed and selfishness.
This story also goes to show how, even the most seemingly perfect family can be highly dissfunctional behind closed doors. Another reason this story is so tragic is the fact that her and her daughter were aware that this psychopath was trying to kill her and, just days before she died, her and her daughter were convinced, rightfully so, that he had already tried once to kill her by overdose and she was very near death in that attempt. If only her daughter would have been able to be by her side at all times and never have to leave her alone with this pathetic excuse for a human being. Had she been able to, she might still be alive today. It taught me that your gut instinct is your best weapon against this sort of situation... It's better to be safe than dead!
This is a story of a wife and mother that is cast aside after years of devotion to her husband. He falls for another, not so great woman. Typical story line, yet it held my attention. It may be because I wanted to hear how "Mr wonderful" gets it in the end. I thought it was well written.
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