A Twisted Faith

  • by Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife, Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband, Nick, was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?
So begins this true-crime story, which is unlike any other. It investigates Nick Hacheney, a philandering minister who had been carrying on with several women in the months before and just after his wife's death. He would be convicted for the murder five years to the day after the crime. From one of the foremost names in true crime, this is a gripping and truly unforgettable story of a man whose charisma and desire rocked an entire community.


What the Critics Say

“Olsen is a top-notch writer.” (Michael Connelly)


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Customer Reviews

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Hard to believe it's a true story- but it is

This story took place in my home county, and I'd even met the anti-hero of this book, Nick Hackney, many years before this all took place, but I had no idea how twisted and shocking all the details of this case really were. Since finishing this book last week I can't stop thinking about it, and have had amazing discussions with people who knew Nick very well.

The story of the murder and arson following it are very interesting, but even better is what happened in the five years between the murder and Nick's eventual arrest. He used the sympathy-factor of his wife's "tragic death" in a fire to cajole what seemed like every woman he was close to into a sexual relationship. If it would have been a fictional story it would have seemed too ridiculous to believe, but the fact it is a true story made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.

If you enjoy listening to true-crime stories this book is a must-listen. Like all true-crime books, you can't say it's "awesome", because real lives were destroyed, but this story is a fascinating look into the persuasive power a diabolical liar can posses over his unsuspecting victims.
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- Brock

I am a sucker for "true" crime.

I must say, I enjoyed this book. Sad to say that because a woman was murdered. What I mean was I am fascinated that people behave in such awful ways. Yes, some of them were incredibly stupid. Others were vain. While it was hard believe real people could be so ridiculous, the author made it all work in my mind. I found this one compelling for that reason. Sad but true.
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- Cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios