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Every mother's worst fear became Sharon Rocha's reality. On Christmas Eve 2002, she received a phone call from her son-in-law saying that her daughter, Laci, was missing. In the hours, days, and eventually months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home. In For Laci, for the first time, Sharon tells us what it was like to live through the long nightmare and opens our hearts to the Laci she loved: the kindergarten artist, the 10th grader who cried on her mother's lap after her first breakup, the young woman who planned her wedding with joyful enthusiasm.

At the time of her disappearance, Laci was 27 years old, seven and a half months pregnant, and a vibrant presence in the lives of everyone who knew her. How, Sharon wondered, could Laci so suddenly become a missing person? That very word missing seemed premature, somehow suspect. From that first moment, Sharon knew with a mother's instinct that something, beyond the alarming news itself, was terribly wrong. As the world now knows, she was right. Nearly two years after that night, a jury in the State of California found Scott Peterson guilty of the murder of his wife and their unborn son, Conner.

Until now, the world has not had an answer to a question that held countless millions in its grip. Through all the relentless media coverage of this unspeakable crime and subsequent trial, we all wondered: What would it be like to experience such a horror involving your own child and grandchild? What, indeed, was Sharon Rocha feeling?

©2005 Sharon Rocha (P)2006 Books on Tape

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OMG!!!THE BEST BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO THUS FAR!!!

This was the most raw, engaging , emotional, honest story I've heard since I have started my membership with Audible. I find that with most books I've purchased , there may be 1 for every 10 I buy that actually hold my interest long enough to finish it. Well this one by far, WILL NOT disappoint and if someone like me who needs instant and constant stimulation to hold my interest for 11 hours, no break because I couldn't stop listening, then believe me that says a lot! It's a must read!!! Period!

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  • Todd
  • Fairhope, AL, USA
  • 02-09-06

Raw Emotion

This book centers on one thing, raw emotion. Ms. Rocha tells her story from the depths of her soul. She tells of her desperate search for Laci - while her husband is calling his girlfriend, selling Laci's SUV and trying to sell the house.

No man who has one ounce of compassion would act the way Scott Peterson did. I have the sense that he would have looked harder for his dog then he did looking for Laci and his unborn child.

I see websites proclaiming Scott's innocence. Most cases are settled on evidence - only the original people involved really know what happened. Scott had the most important things against him when he went to trial; motive and opportunity. His defense was weak, because he has no explaination for his whereabouts when Laci disappeared - and the inconsistencies in his story are enormous.

His scheme backfired - unfortunately when it came crashing down, it took numerous people with him. And good has come out of this, but in the end it is just truely a deeply sad story. My heart goes out to Laci's family for their tremendous loss.

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  • Erica
  • Irving, TX, United States
  • 02-08-15

Courage to seek justice for her daughter.

I remembered the Laci Peterson case, but didn't know a lot about it. After listening to For Laci I sought out more books about this tragedy. I cried listening to Sharon Rocha's heartbreak. I am the mother of a beautiful daughter (only child) and know the powerful love between a mother and daughter. Listening to Laci's excitement about becoming a mother makes it all the more horrible. I was appalled by Scott, Jackie and Lee Peterson's cruelty to Laci's family. This book is about the love of a mother & daughter and the fight for justice.

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  • BADBOY
  • Woburn, MA, United States
  • 08-22-12

Leave not KILL!!!!!!!!!!!

I hate to give this book a 5 all around cause it's not a happy story or happy ending but I did cause it shows how much a mother loves her daughter. so sorry for there lose.

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  • Jane
  • ALPHARETTA, GA, USA
  • 11-09-09

Heartfelt and an honor to share

We all (most of us) recall where we were the day we heard the verdict. Now, read For Laci and find out what was happening in the minutes and conversations that were not covered by the trial. Sharon's story is a Mother's Heart. I looked for a way to say "Happy Birthday Sharon" on 11/1, I felt so much for her as I listened.

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Laci Peterson, gone but still so loved.

It is one of those days isn't it? Similar to those who are old enough to remember when we ask "What were you doing the day that JFK was shot?" Or when you hear someone say with great clarity that they can remember exactly what they were doing when the jury declared that OJ was innocent of his ex-wife's murder.
Well it is the same for my generation when we discuss the Laci Peterson Case. It also pops up around the holidays normally when one of us or now as we are getting older, one of ours is having a baby of their very own.

I happened upon this book by accident whilst browsing for an interesting read. I am so grateful. A true gem.

Sharon Rocha could have been polite and 'PC' but WOOOOO NO WAY! She is angry and understandably so. Her anger, however is tempered and controlled.

This book is compelling and well written. Our Police Forces are so often criticized these days but there is no doubt that in this case they were totally invested.
What touched me is I feel is that Sharon Rocha also mourns for the man who WAS her son in law. The man whom she thought adored her daughter. The man that her family loved. Sharon loved the man that Scott Peterson portrayed. She had no idea who this monster was who had taken over his form. In her eyes, I personally feel, that three people lay in that white casket in the cold dark earth, her beloved Laci, her grandson and her wonderful son in law Scott.

Staci Snell gives a riveting performance which brings Shoron's beautiful words to life and makes it timeless.

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  • keith
  • newark, OH, United States
  • 06-23-13

A real cool lady

Would you consider the audio edition of For Laci to be better than the print version?

The narrater is outstanding she makes you feel the story in every word she speaks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Laci and Sharon the whole family

What does Staci Snell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The personal feeling that would not be felt if read in a book format.

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

Both also afraid of how many scott pettersons there are in this world.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this book it is great. The woman who wrote this is a fantastic lady.

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Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a very captivating story. I was engulped in the true story during the height of the investigation and ultimate resolution. Thank you for having an 'Unabridged' version.

What did you like best about this story?

It captured the book in detail

What about Staci Snell’s performance did you like?

Very Much!

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

This story will always be a tug on my heart.

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Louise
  • Wallingford, CT, United States
  • 07-25-06

INCREDIBLE BOOK!

I followed this case from the start and the media flooded us with so much information, some correct some not. This was right from the heart and soul of Laci's mom. Her words pulled at my heart in a way no other book has. The pain and grief this family had to endure was beyond what I could imagine. She is a woman of the most pure love and most of all a hero to me. She was a lady through it all when most of us would have cracked. She stood tall for her Laci and Connor and I will never in my life forget this book. Well done Sharon!

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Excellent Story

This is a heart breaking tale of a mothers love and a recount of what no family member should ever endur. I highly recommend this story and a box of tissue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful