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Publisher's Summary

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron-star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl".

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage - ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages - as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives shattered.

©2010 Kathryn Casey (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today." (Ann Rule)

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  • Tami
  • Ocala, Florida USA
  • 08-26-16

Insightful

This story is one that will stick with you. Carefully researched and many people interviewed tat knew both parties. It will be interesting to see if David Temple wins his appeal.

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A Love Story that went very bad

very good narrate r background on all the people brought them to life good sad story

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Riveting

If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

Tragic. Riveting. Compelling

What other book might you compare Shattered to and why?

I have not read other true crime stories.

Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

I cannot pinpoint a particular moment. I felt like I was there when the author described the crime scene and the trial.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this audiobook. The story is so tragic and compelling. While David Temple was convicted, Belinda and Erin are still dead. Two families were irrevocably broken.

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Love True Crime Stories

Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

No, because I also saw on ID. Good book though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

The murder of a Mother and her Unborn Baby Girl .

Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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Very well done

Very well written and performed. Detailed narrative that leaves you feeling you know the people involved and have a vested interest in the outcome. I look forward to adding more titles by Ms Casey to my library.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-27-14

Fairly predictable, but "good" true crime

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

Yes. With the exceptions of some oft-repeated sentences and occasional annoyances with the narrator, this book was a tragic tale of a marriage gone wrong.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes and no. The small-town gossip was kind of tedious, and it was annoying to hear how perfect Belinda was and what an ass David was, but it also wouldn't have been complete otherwise. I'm already 2/3 of the way through, and they've just now gotten to the murder investigation (police tape is still across the bedroom door).

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers have put it better than I. If true crime can be "good", Kathryn Casey is filling the void of Ann Rule's recent books. This is not her best book, but she did a good job with this one.

I had very little quibbles with the narrator. She read "No Biking in the House without a Helmet." She tends to read very quickly, which many either like or dislike immensely. Personally, I like her style a lot and will check other books of hers (though many of them are romance, which I will avoid out of preference).

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  • Peter
  • United States
  • 09-11-13

A disturbing real life thriller

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

I enjoy audio so I have a bias towards that Format

What did you like best about this story?

You always wonder if this jerk is going to get away with this crime

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

the understated toneof MS Marlo matches up well with the author rightous indignation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

very much so- it was hard for me to stop listening

Any additional comments?

I saw a news interview with the convicted killer husband- he is guilty as sin

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  • Aaron
  • Goose Creek, SC, United States
  • 03-01-13

Couldn't stop listening

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

Absolutely!

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

Brought it to life. Good Narrator.

Any additional comments?

Ann Rule the queen of true crime is correct, Kathryn Casey was very impressive in this book.

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Excellent listen

Very interesting story that had me checking different sites on the net for more detail. Well researched with very little doubt about the author's thoughts on who was responsible.

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  • MJ
  • Montana, United States
  • 08-05-13

Wow! -a blueprint for how not to raise a child!!

Where does Shattered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is good, the research extensive, but the narrator is very tedious! Despite, the book is a great true crime story and cautionary tale for parents!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

It is shocking to think that a whole family of people are so arrogant that they think they can b-s a jury of logical people. Like playing football a decade prior would shelter him from the responsiblitiy of taking two lives! Amazing!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator read every line like it was a newspaper headline. Her tendancy to try to make every word sound SENSATIONAL really worked to detract from the authenticity of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, watching David Temple's life and family unfold are like watching a train wreck. He was raised to be a sociopath so, it's no wonder he's in prison. To the end, his family was lying to protect him!

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