• Every Breath You Take

  • A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-04-02
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne. When beautiful, blond Sheila married the charming, handsome Blackthorne, she was convinced she had found her perfect soul mate, and helped him reach his goal of living the privileged life of the country club set. But behind Allen's smooth facade, she discovered a violent, controlling sociopath - a liar, a scam artist, a sexual deviant. When she finally fled with their two young daughters, she was skeletally thin, bruised, and beaten.
Although Sheila recovered, remarried, and was starting a new life and family, she still felt she was doomed. Joyously pregnant, she and her new husband expecting quadruplets, Sheila still feared Blackthorne, who had sworn to her he would monitor her every move and "every breath you take." And, in fact, Blackthorne inevitably tracked her down, as did her killer, who left her in a pool of blood marked by the tiny footprints of her two-year-old toddlers. The questions remained: Could the authorities ever link Sheila's murder to Blackthorne himself? Was his true obsession high-stakes golf and his extravagant pink mansion - or was it to destroy Sheila?
Following a trail of deception from Oregon and Hawaii to Texas and Florida, Ann Rule gained complete access to Sheila's family, friends, and neighbors, as well as to the detectives and prosecutors on the case. With Every Breath You Take, Ann Rule has written a heart-pounding account of obsession, revenge, and murder that will enthrall readers from beginning to end.
©2002 Ann Rule, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"As usual, Rule excels at painting psychologically perceptive portraits of all the characters in this stranger-than-fiction but nevertheless real-life drama." (Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By krista on 10-11-04

Well worth it

As an insatiable devotee to "Forensic Files," "City Confidential," and "American Justice," I could not wait to download and listen to Rule's "Breath." Though I was somewhat familiar with the subject matter, I found Rule's telling, complete with details not covered within any of the aforementioned television programs, entertaining, educational, and interesting. Her grasp of the criminal mind, and her ability to present it for the layman, are what drive the content of "Breath," and render it difficult to abandon once started. I strongly recommend both of the Rule books available at this site, and would encourage Audible to aquire those works outstanding.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 03-18-13

As always, Ann Rule provides a great story

What made the experience of listening to Every Breath You Take the most enjoyable?

The full-length details of this story is my kind of book. I like the complete info that is given, Although the details were numerous, the writing makes it easy to follow. I like how she will 'remind' readers/listeners who each player is as the story goes. If a person is not spoke about for a while in the book, she will remind us who that person is, how they are related to the main character, etc.

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

Indeed. This was one Ann Rule story I was not familiar with.

Which character – as performed by Blair Brown – was your favorite?

Each character had its' own persona that was interesting and intriguing.The way they all weaved together was so odd.

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


Any additional comments?

About a week after finishing this book, I ran across a true crime show on the ID channel - it happened to be this story!! It has interviews with one of the daughters and I wished I would've tuned in earlier - I literally only caught the last 5 minutes of.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Moimeme on 06-18-17

Captures your attention

I breezed through this one in a day. Easy listen. Captivating story that's well narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gini Laurie on 01-18-17


This is my first encounter with the author, but it won't be my last.. I simply could not put it down. If you like true crime, then, in my opinion, you will enjoy this. on saturday afternoon. curl up in your favourite chair, with steaming mug of hot chocolate, and settle in, you won't regret it.

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