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Publisher's Summary

A LIFE TAKEN
Jeanne Dominico's fiancé found her body on her kitchen floor. More than 40 stab wounds and blows to her head with a blunt instrument had cut her life short. What monster had struck in the heart of a peaceful New England town?

A TRUST BETRAYED
Jeanne was a hard-working single mother. Nicole, her 14-year-old daughter, was on the honor-roll and head over heels in love - with an 18-year-old man she'd known only through the Internet. Once the lovers met in person, Jeanne's motherly instincts sensed trouble. If only she'd known that the life in danger was her own.

IN THE NAME OF LOVE
With a history of psychological trouble and family misfortune, Billy Sullivan's obsessive and controlling power over Nicole contributed to the brutal slaying of her mother. But it was Nicole's stunning confession and guilty plea that led to Billy's sensational trial, where a sordid tale of love, loss, betrayal and murder finally took a cold-blooded killer offline - and on line for justice.

©2007 M. William Phelps; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"J. Charles's narration provides the tension needed to keep listeners engaged." (AudioFile)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Watch out. This book can hurt you. I'm usually able to maintain a suitable distance between myself and the true crime stories I read. However, when I finished this book, I went to the victim's website and cried my eyes out. Good luck.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Shelli
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 09-30-09

"True?" Crime

The characters in this book were portrayed one dimensionally, one is good one is evil.. one is crazy. This is non-fiction, it's inexcusable, and instantly cheapens it to tabloid status.
If you're looking for depth, a little learning, not a cheap murder mystery this is *not* your book.
Narrator is not the worst I've heard but I'd really wish he'd not give a different voice to each person, it's sooo bad, they all sound like Simpsons characters.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 10-15-08

Pathetic

I'm always looking for sociological insight when I buy true crime, and I'm almost always disappointed - never more so than with this book. The author works so hard to maintain an unbreachable good victim/bad criminal divide that the story (which at least had potential to be interesting) is never told. I'm certain a good author would manage to tell the truth about a victim without disrespecting her memory. In this book, the murderous 16 year old girl was, to hear the author tell it, raised by a saint. It's not only unbelieveable, it's insulting, and it kills any chance the book every had of genuinely affecting the reader.
The author also works alarmingly hard at building an unsympathetic portrayal of an 18 year old boy who spent most of his childhood institutionalized for suicidal tendencies.
It's very sad that a woman was beaten and stabbed to death, but to spin a fairy tale of saints and demons around what happened is, at best, not helpful - at worst, criminally dishonest.
Joe Mcguiness is far better at the genre.

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narration is horrible

Would you try another book from M. William Phelps and/or J. Charles?

Not if I saw this narrator

What other book might you compare Because You Loved Me to and why?

Not sure-It was so hard to listen to that I did not get to hear the whole story

Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

absolutely not-he almost seems to make a joke out of an otherwise interesting story

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

probably

Any additional comments?

This book may be well written and a good read but e narration being so awful makes it hard to decide-you are so aggravated by his trying to change voices-which gives it a comical overtone-that you don't even get to hear the story

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  • Carol
  • Belle river, ON, Canada
  • 06-30-17

Not written well

As a few others committed, the author puts the victim on such a high pedestal and makes her so saintly, I was ready to side with her daughter to get the Hell away from her. The author needs to think about it, an ex husband & daughter couldn't stand the women, why is that if she's a Saint? It was annoying after awhile.

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Attention getter

I would recommend this to anyone interested in psychology. This book explores the depth of love one can have for another, and how a person's weaknesses can be exploited .

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 07-10-12

mess with teenage love at your own risk

Would you consider the audio edition of Because You Loved Me to be better than the print version?

i never read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

that it was a good story that family relationships were explained well.

Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

nicole.but i liked them all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh? NO! cry? no, but it was a sad story about wasted lives.

Any additional comments?

i wish more phelps books were on audio version.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Because you loved me

Interesting and will hold your attention -alot of research but well written. On a scale of 1-5 it is no more than a 3.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful