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In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....
First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....
Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.
©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen
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4 out of 5 stars
By night owl on 02-28-17

Great book,So so ma

The women of the Texas Panhandle should consider sueing this narrator for making them sound like idiots. They should be admired for their loyalty, even misguided, and family values. Most of the problems mentioned by other reviewers about the narration have been resolved, making this an adequate presentation. The story is quite good. Mr olsen does a great job with his characters and locations. He gives us valuable and interesting information without over doing it.
It's hard to imagine what these babies went through.These mothers must be true sociopaths.I this any one who care about children should read this, but like me once will be more than enough.

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3 out of 5 stars
By IloveMN on 09-20-16

good story, narration not so much.

Not until the afterward did the narrative sound professional. Tonya, as voiced by Christy Lynn, sounded like someone portrayed by a 7th grader. Absolutely awful. It was tolerable when Ms Lynn wasn't reading actual dialogue, but when she did I tried to Ff through it so I didn't have to listen to the horrible fake southern accent and shrill voice.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A.Connor on 06-16-17

Bugs Bunny

This is a straight narrative on a well-known case (Olsen gathers facts as opposed to 'tells stories') & as such it's fine. I can't recommend Cruel Deception as an audiobook however on account of the Narrator's resorting to Bugs Bunny squeaks when representing the key character / defendant, the kids' mother; no adult female ever sounded like that & dire narration trivialises this account.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jake Dalton on 04-20-17

Decent

Interest story, but some of the narration is really strange. The accents and sudden shouting is wholly unnecessary and for some reason the narrator pronounces Texas as "taxes". It does calm down a bit as it gets towards the end though.

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2 out of 5 stars
By janita on 03-30-15

Interesting story line

The story was interesting but I found this book dragged on and on. I found a lot of useless side information did not have any bearing on the storyline.

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