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From trust to terror...from security to survival...

Only Ann Rule, who unknowingly worked alongside the smart and charming Ted Bundy - America's most notorious serial killer - could lend her razor-sharp insight into these cases of the spouse, lover, family member, or helpful stranger who is totally trusted but whose lethally violent nature, though masterfully disguised, can and will kill. Featured here is the case of a Southern California family man who appeared to be the picture of healthy living with his expertise in naturopathic healing. Luring a beautiful flight attendant into a passionate affair, he swept her away to a secluded home on the Oregon coast where his jealous rages escalated, ultimately leading to a brutal sex attack in which she believed she would die. How this brave victim survived, never knowing her tormentor's whereabouts, and how he resurfaced, forcing a tragic end for all involved, makes this one of Ann Rule's most compelling narratives.

Other cases include that of the woman who masterminded her husband's murder to gain his inheritance... the monstrous sadist whose prison release damaged a presidential candidate's campaign and ended in a bitter double tragedy in a quiet neighborhood three thousand miles away...the shocking DNA link between a cold-blooded crime and a cold case... and inside the horrific case of the man who crossed an ocean and several countries to stalk the Eurasian beauty who had fled from him in desperation.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 10-31-13

Good stuff!

I've been on an Ann Rule true crime binge... I've been listening to her books back to back. Her writing is addictive. I usually enjoy her full length books more than her crime cases series. But this one is really good. I suppose it's hit or miss, and mostly Ann Rule hits it out the park.
This book of cases begins with an unusual and frightening story of wildly obsessive "love". We get to see much of the story through this very brave victim's own point of view. Unfortunately, victims in true crime books are usually not around to tell their story. Thus, the ability to experience the story from the victim's own statements is especially chilling.
The rest of the cases are just as interesting. This book contains three long stories, all well-told!

Once again, Ann Rule delivers a winner! The more I read, the more I appreciate her work. I'm hopeful that more of her unabridged work will be available on Audible.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Make it stop!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those who watch honey-boo-boo.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Rule again?

Maybe-always open

What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

She's ok-content not performer is culprit for rating.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Jury still out

Any additional comments?

No.<br/>

2 of 11 people found this review helpful