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Publisher's Summary

Over a three-decade span, more than 20 women - many teenagers - died mysteriously in the small towns bordering Interstate 45, a 50-mile stretch of highway running from Houston to Galveston. The victims were strangled, shot, or savagely beaten.

The day she vanished, Colette Wilson waited for her mother after band practice. Best friends Debbie Ackerman and Maria Johnson loved to surf and were last seen hitchhiking. Laura Kate Smither dreamed of becoming a ballerina and disappeared just weeks before her thirteenth birthday.

In this harrowing true crime exposition, award-winning journalist Kathryn Casey tracks these tragic cases, investigates the evidence, interviews the suspects, and pulls back the cloak of secrecy in search of elusive answers.

©2015 Kathryn Casey (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Casey's vivid writing and dogged research establish her as one of the very best true crime writers in the business." (Carlton Stowers, author of Careless Whispers)

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Creepy creepy creepy

Well researched and bleeping chilling, this was very hard to put down. These stories very scary and terribly heartbreaking. After reading this one I'm inclined to watch my back, never park next to a van, never go running alone or EVER accept road assistance from a stranger. Lock the car doors and call AAA.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Excellent.

One of the best true crime books I've read. Well researched and written. Finished it in one day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Would you listen to Deliver Us again? Why?

Probably not. Not because it wasn't a great book, but I really don't usually go back and read/listen to books twice.

What other book might you compare Deliver Us to and why?

Not sure.

Which scene was your favorite?

The heartbreaking accounts of what the families were going through once their daughters went missing was very well written and researched.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

Ok. So here is my only complaint. Tanya Eby did a great job with the narration, EXCEPT when she would go into a man's voice. No reason to lower your voice like 1/2 an octave. She sounded nothing like a man, and it just became annoying and ridiculous. Just use your normal voice. We know when it's a man talking. It was reaaaallllyyyy annoying!

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  • Allison
  • Boston, ma, United States
  • 08-21-15

3 stars

This book was read like the narrator was a news reporter. Facts, dates and names. The content of the book was decent but it never had me on the edge of my seat. The narrator's attempt at imitating male voices was terrible and the timeline kept jumping around. If you love true crime you will probably like it but won't love it.

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Glad it's over

Would you try another book from Kathryn Casey and/or Tanya Eby?

Probably not, if it is anything like this one

What could Kathryn Casey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less filler material and more story

What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

Great narration, there was nothing wrong with the reader

What character would you cut from Deliver Us?

Doesn't apply since it wasn't fiction

Any additional comments?

Despite the great narration and interesting subject, this was very hard to listen to. I was happy when it was over. Hours of rambling on about non essential things. Who cares what kind of shops are along the highway? It's not a travel guide. Half way through I still wasn't sure if the book was about only one or several killers. So far the worst true crime I have come across.

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Incredible coverage

Hard to step away from...I listened to the whole thing quick. Really struck a chord since I live in this area. I will also be more aware because of this book. I highly recommend listening and plan to talk about as much as possible since we do not know what a killer looks like.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Author bites more than she can chew

This book started off with plenty of promise. But fell very flat. There seems to be no connection between most of the murders. And the author admits as much. So what you get is 11 hours of cases spanning 3 decades with little more than details of police findings. There is very little investigation involved. No closure. No theories. Consider this an 11 hour Wikipedia page. Not worth the credit.

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Really??

This is a book about true crime. You know the people who narrate these types of shows on tv? Well, if you like that type of narrating (I do), don't listen to this lady. If I want a bedtime story or possibly a "self help" narrater great, but True Crime is not this lady's forte. I barely lasted a few minutes into it.

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Absolutely one of the best in its genre...

Having lived approximately half of my life in Texas (born an unfortunate yankee, but a Texan by the grace of God), I am a fool for Texas truth and lore. The I-45 / Killing Fields murders are some of the most heinous in this whole country's history, and rival many of the sensational cases from coast to coast. The most pertinent and outrageous fact about them is the youth of the victims.

Ms Casey's writing is spot on. It is some of the best true-crime writing it has been my privilege to which to bear witness. I got the Kindle book to go along with the audio and read along while I listened. I've found, as I've aged, that it helps to retain important points. Ms. Eby also did an excellent job in her rendition of the book. This is absolutely one of the best in the true-crime genre.

I ponder often why the 1970's and 1980's were such sick and violent times in our nation's history...as a nation, we should all be ashamed.

If true-crime is your reading choice, you will not go wrong with 'Deliver Us.'

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  • 01-25-16

Scary True Crime Mystery - Terrible Narration

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

No. This is a great story - lots of detail, names, and dates. In my opinion, some of the details get lost when you listen to it instead of reading it.

What other book might you compare Deliver Us to and why?

The Stranger Beside Me has a similar feel - the victims are not nameless, faceless shapes. The author gives us a glimpse into their lives prior to their deaths. The author also helps us understand how their murders affected their families. She helps us to care about everyone involved.

How could the performance have been better?

Tanya Eby has an amazing voice - it just isn't right for a story like this. At times, I felt like she hadn't read the story before narrating it. Some of the scenes she is describing are horrific and Eby sounds like she's narrating a Sweet Valley High novel. As far as characterization, that is nearly absent. Each character sounds the same.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Learning more about these cases was interesting. Probably the most interesting section is the one that focuses on a young man who was (clearly) wrongfully accused of two of the murders by a corrupt police force.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful