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1.0 out of 5 starsNothing Here! -Blames Evil Villian, West Texas and "lack of travel"
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
This book is terrible. The main character, real life Veterinarian Wendi Davidson, is described as going from a smart, enthusiastic student, a cheerleader and more, to a 20-something sexual predator in the same brief Chapter 11. Why? Even well done fiction shows that no one person is all evil and another all good. Except in this book. While I firmly stand with the victim and the grief of his family in losing him, wouldn't we all love to know why this happened other than just "Wendi is evil". There is a story here and I wish someone with insight had been allowed to tell it, with all of the story because this mystery was never solved. The victim is made to be a pure, faceless war hero. There is no reason for his murder in this account and the writer arrogantly asks the reader to just "believe me because I'm an author". Fanning suddenly takes three short paragraphs at the end of Chapter 14 for the actual crime-- action, still no 'why'. I want at least one why. People who commit crimes, they have reasons. Is it a mental break, fear, senseless aggression, a fight? WHY? This book gives no why. It comes to the brink of it several times, such as Wendi's parents' seemingly odd behaviors and then drops off short of solutions--every time. No one should write a book EVER if you can't answer any more questions than this. Also a problem is that around Chapter 11 and throughout, there is a lot of parenthesized conversations that could not have been actually recorded. They are fictional. Halfway through, Chapters 25-56, there is almost no more writing, but instead typed, rambling, verbatim conversations and letters which I assume are public record. Some not identified by source--the reader must surmise that Fanning got it somewhere. And this author--her recurring, imperiously arrogant attitude against the city of San Angelo, TX, saying occasionally a 'delightful people', she then interjects throughout the entire book West Texas is an obvious breeding ground for cowboys, creeps and loners--cloistered people who want power & control & restriction over others-- those who are hiding from government & corporate powers-- wanderers-- polygamists, serious criminals and murderers? Excuse me??? Wendi Davidson was placed in prison for a very long time. No one got away with murder here. And, Ms Fanning, the polygamists are gone too, fyi. And we actually have government. We aren't any worse than the other small towns dotting this entire continent. So, tell me about crime in Virginia.
I love Diane Fanning. This book was very well researched and the pace was such that i read it in one day. It is hard to understand the killer's motivation as it doesn't seem she had an understandable motive to kill him after 5 months of marriage. She was a new young veterinarian with her own clinic. She was no dummy but when you read all the transcripts of her phone call, the complete lack of consideration for anyone but herself. Just shaking my head the whole time. I don't know you just have to read it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
I love true crime books. Got started with every Anne Rule book I com buy, and through the years went onfrom there. This book was a waste of time. I didn't finish it. I have read other books by this well known true crime author but the way this was written was a TRUE CRIME!
I like Diane Fanning a lot, but this book felt rushed and pointless. My biggest gripe is that it was injected with so much of the author's random opining (stuff like [though this is paraphrased]: "she must not have been thinking about her children as she dragged his corpse ..."). I prefer that the cases I read about be presented at least somewhat objectively, and not because I want to feel any compassion for a killer. I just want to know that I'm reading as fair an account of the case as possible, and there's no way I can assume that when the author is basically engaging in character assassination from the get-go. Also, the book starts out incredibly choppy. I couldn't figure out who was who until the second or third chapters, which almost made me put it down altogether. On the upside, it's a fast read and the case has some interesting elements on its own. It just could have been presented in a more thoughtful and objective way.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2015
Never heard about this case . The family dynamics are bizarre and remind me a lot of the Casey Anthony family. Such a senseless crime due to a severely dysfunctional family. Scary to think those two innocent children are left behind to be raised by them. I question CPS and the court system for their lack of concern when it comes to the children.
This text was a swift read and somewhat forgettable. I would have liked a more middle of the road approach rather than guilty by association of this young woman. I failed to see any professional diagnosis of mental disorders the writer continually insinuates. Just another sad story of the fragile human inability to solve problems without violence. I understand this author has done some better work without the flaws of this text and I agree it seems somewhat rushed to publication. More facts and less personal observations would have helped.
Of the Diane Fanning true crime stories I have read I enjoyed them all except this one. About all you get in the second half of the book is verbatim letters written from the accused while in jail, word for word police interviews and letters from the accused's parents pleading for their son to get his job back. Most definitely not her best work and little effort to write rather than quote.