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Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it - and it did. Cherry's body was found on the side of a Texas road, after being doused with lighter fluid and set aflame.

Attractive, manipulative, and violent, mother of four Kim Cargill had a wealth of dirty secrets she'd do anything to keep hidden. This in-depth account by best-selling investigative journalist M. William Phelps takes you inside Cargill's shocking trial and into the mind of one of the most conniving female psychopaths in recent history.

©2017 M. William Phelps (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Karen
  • Asheville, NC
  • 03-10-17

Some narration issues

Overall, the book was okay. More drawn out and repetitive than neccesary to tell the story. The narrator has an annoying technique for letting the listener know it's quoted material; he makes his voice go higher, It works to alert the listener to the fact that it's a quote, but it became so annoying to me, I was cringing,dreading the next quote. Beyond that -- and maybe this was just annoying to me, personally -- he is a good narrator. Book was okay.

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Wanted to finish. did Not like narrator

did not finish. did Not like the narrator. Might have been able to finish if narrated by better narrator, that makes all the difference in the world how the book is portrayed. 😕

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Return to Classic Phelp's Style

What made the experience of listening to Don't Tell a Soul the most enjoyable?

I was getting to where I was ready to stop reading Phelps. Most of what he's put out in the past few years did not live up to his earlier writings, but this one? This one is amazing!

I love that Phelps does extensive research, he interviews as many people as he can. Phelps reports on the history of both the victim and the perpetrator. He does an full coverage of the trial, and the aftermath. He talks to family and friends of both women. This was a most satisfying read!!! Thank you Mr. Phelps for returning to your earlier style. I hung on every word so to speak.

I would recommend this book to anyone who looks for case studies on women killers, or psychopathy in women.

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If you could give Don't Tell a Soul a new subtitle, what would it be?

A Story of Female Psycopathy

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  • Jay
  • South Park, PA, United States
  • 03-07-17

Phelps takes another Gold medal!

I just love M. William Phelps. he's a great TV personality and even more so a great author. the subject perpetrator of this book is absolutely despicable and I was left hating her and cheering the DA on!
Do yourself a favor and get this book. if you like a great true crime then this is your story!

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Great story

I love this author! The narration is fine, but I wish he wouldn’t change his voice every time there is a quote from someone. A book like this doesn’t need the changing voices, and it is very distracting.

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Don't Say a Word

M. William Phelps never fails to please. His writing is superb, thorough and captivating. love how he digs into the psychology of a criminal.

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Poor performance

I’m really hoping Me. Yen hasn’t been narrating audio books for a long time. His performance almost made me stop listening. The way he would pause and then put such inflection on a quote, almost made this True Crime story comical. Example, Cherry said (long pause) “I DON’T want to go eat”. He does this all throughout the entire book. It’s terrible.

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A really good story.<br />

The reader did a great job. The tragic story was told really well and the story itself was really good and kept me interested throughout.

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An extreme sociopath.

This is such a well told story of a sociopath that is far beyond, hopefully, anyone we might know. But there are hints of people we do know in some of her actions. What happened to her to make her so extreme will never be known in full. But this book delves deeply into what she had become in a thoughtful and well organized way. Very very interesting case study. Now headed to google more in this case as suggested by the author in the epilogue!


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Loved this book.

This book was so well written and gives such logical and thorough description of this case.