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Ever since I read Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", I became a huge fan of true crime books. At one time I owned so many print versions that I probably would have been arrested if law enforcement ever raided my house! There was a time when I could name just about every known serial killer AND describe his "signature". I always thought I'd be a great help to the detectives if I was somehow involved - innocently, of course - in a murder case. Guess what? It didn't happen like that. When my husband was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery, I was literally PARALYZED from shock and trauma for over a decade! There was quite a while where I had to lay off my "guilty pleasure" of reading every true crime book published, although not completely. When I could handle it, I returned to find that books in this genre had lost much of the in-depth research and expert writing that veteran authors such as Ann Rule and Gregg Olsen had become famous for, thereby shaping the standards for the genre. But, recently, Ann Rule's recent "True Crime Files" compilations had become out-dated, rehashed blips on the "radar screen" which barely qualify as real stories. She stopped delivering the fantastic writing quality of her earlier works and seemed to shy away from recent "millennium" crimes as if she doesn't want to bother with the requisite research. Instead, she's giving us offenses from the 1960s and 1970s BEFORE the advent of forensics and DNA. I'd just about given up on ever enjoying a true crime book again when I came across "Shattered". Kathryn Casey has picked up the baton dropped by Rule in this 1999 account of a murder in Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as I used to with Ann Rule's early works. It is well-researched, expertly written, and compelling. Narrator Coleen Marlo complements the book perfectly. I will be buying more of Ms. Casey's works in the future.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
for true crime lovers, i recommend it.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
not on the edge of my seat at all. somewhat upset at what my fellow human beings are capable of, though.
What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
the narrator was good in that she did not detract or distract from the book. i think that is the most important quality, where the narrator is not the author.
Any additional comments?
what irritated and confused me about this book is just a couple features. one, in the beginning, it spends what feels like forever, explaining what an absolute ANGEL, a person PERFECT in every way, the victim was. i mean, she had no flaws. she was the true love in everyone's heart, the light in everyone's eyes. none of them could hardly LIVE without her. okay, okay. that could have been said in far fewer chapters, for my taste. i got pretty bored and angry when that line went on and on, and on.the other feature that annoyed me was how the story kept switching back and forth from how the crime and aftermath proceeded, to the background of the characters growing up, their relatives, etc. i had trouble knowing which world i was in, as i would listen and then put it away, and then listen again, etc. it was beginning to drive me nuts. after i was done with the book, i couldnt explain exactly how the story unfolded, i was so confused by all the switching back and forth. there could have been a much clearer way to handle this.
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