I was very close to giving it five stars, because this is a really engaging, hard-to-put-down book. The killer is a true lowlife, and I found myself absolutely detesting him, which tells me the author did a great job of portraying him as the ugly soul he is. My heart went out to the two women he killed and the families who loved them - and the two young boys. The only frustrating part of the book for me was that Jenn was so stuck on her internet love - this isn't frustrating for me in the sense that I don't understand why she felt as she did because I do, and who could blame her? The part that WAS frustrating, though, was that this person was not who he said he was, deeply deceived her, and she continued to hold on to the hope that they might live together. They had never met! It was hard because Bart was such vermin, and the last thing you wanted to see was someone mistreating her again. BUT, that was the only frustration I had and that was that she didn't get rid of that person asap once the deception was revealed. Excellent read. And I got a VERY good feeling of karma at the end of it!! Rest in peace Dolly and Jenn.
Slow start but it got interesting towards the middle. Overall a good story but Ann Rule, in my opinion, goes into far too much detail about the lives of all involved. I don’t need to know the type of house one of the detectives grew up in or how he met his wife-it’s just not relevant. If not for all the unnecessary information I think I would have gotten through the book faster.
Ann Rule did a very good job telling the story of not one, but two murders in this book. There was a lot of background information that I didn't think was really necessary for telling the story. At times it was a little slow but the stories are very interesting. What a monster this defendant is. You just never know what a person is really like behind closed doors!! Ann Rule is a master storyteller and although it wasn't my favorite book she has authored, I would definitely recommend it to others! There are lots of great pictures at the end.
I guess it is the research and personal details that make Ann Rule's books so much better than most crime stories. Most books do a respectable job of providing personal and psychological profiles of the murderers, but most do not spend the same energy on doing the same for the police, prosecutors, defense team and affected families. It is extremely interesting to me that if you read many of Ann Rule/s books, you begin to see many similar traits among the murderers who commit these horrendous crimes. People like Brat Corbin and others are controlling, self centered, cruel people who simply have no core values that normal folks have. I think you will find this to be a book that is hard to lay down once you read the first fifty pages.
This is one of the best Ann Rule (or true crime) books I've read. Very fast paced, and interesting study of two murders, happening 14 years apart. Had the first murder been solved as it should have, the second one might not have happened. Story revolves around Bart Corbin, a narcissistic dentist who believes everything (and everyone, especially women) should be under his control. After one girlfriend walks away from him, he develops a very possessive demeanor with the ones that follow, eventually confessing to killing a fellow dental student with whom he was involved (when she tried to leave him) and the mother of his two sons, when she tried to do the same.
Corbin is portrayed as a deeply troubled person, cold and calculating. In the case of the murder of his wife, I really wondered how Jenn could have been so trusting, after his treatment of her. This trust eventually did her in, as she had family who supported her efforts to leave him; so sad and unnecessary. Very good book, and I heartedly recommend it.
This story is very interesting. I currently live close to where this happened and am familar with a lot of the places mentioned in the book. It makes you wonder who else is out there, in the stores where you shop, medical offices you go to, the ball games you attend, that is as unbalanced as this guy is. I hope that he gets the help that he needs before he gets out of prison, for everyones sake. My heart breaks for the children who have now lost both parents and the families of the two women that were killed. The author is very detailed and holds your interest from beginning to end. I did not want to put it down. I will be reading more of her books.
If you enjoy the true crime genre, Ann Rule is the author to read. I have read several of her books and she never deceives. This one has a great story line and you will find it very difficult to put down. It never ceases to amaze me how real life can be so much more terrifying than fiction.
I remember this high profile murder on the news when it happened. However, by reading this book, Ann Rule makes that personal connection, understanding the victims' characters and families and who they were from their youth to adulthood. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves true crime books. The reason I gave it 4 stars is that sometimes there was a little too much detail regarding some of the investigators - there were so many of them, and sometimes it seemed a little too detailed about each one of them, personally speaking.