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For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.
In riveting detail, veteran crime writer Jack Olsen tells the searing story of a small group of courageous women who decided to bring a doctor to justice--and unearthed a legacy of pain and anger that would divide their families, their neighbors, and an entire town.
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By Mindy on 07-25-15
Terrible events, fascinating story.
I stumbled onto Doc accidentally, not knowing anything about the true crime genre or realizing that Jack Olsen is considered "the dean of true crime authors." I enjoyed it so much that I'm a little worried the whole genre will be ruined for me! I hope I'll be able find more true crime books as good as this one. Needless to say, I'll start with more Jack Olsen.
Kevin Pierce's narration was superb. Given the content of this book, I think it was risky to have a male narrator, but Pierce's delivery of the devastating stories and intensely personal testimonies of Lovell's women was consistently sensitive, nuanced, respectful. Pierce narrated several other Olsen books, so I'll listen to those next.
A couple tips for listening to this book:
- Listen on 1.25x speed if it feels slow.
- There are A LOT of people and families to keep straight. If you want to stay on top of the details, consider how you'll track them before you start listening. Every time a new person was introduced, I saved a bookmark with their name and a quick description. These notes were helpful when I needed to remind myself who someone was, who their relatives were, how they knew Dr. Story, etc.
48 of 49 people found this review helpful
By Robyn on 06-15-15
could not switch this off
This is one of the most gripping books I have read, as well as one of the most disturbing. A first response might be 'how could that happen?' but it soon becomes apparent that it could and did. But, more than the crimes, this book exposes the best and the worst of religious faith, and the devastation wreaked by bigotry, rumour, blinkered vision and, in some cases, hatred. The book is beautifully written, perfectly constructed, and competently read (as always) by Kevin Pierce. A book which is hard to switch off, and hard to stop pondering.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By Margaret on 01-11-17
An exceptional book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It sure was... couldn't wait to get back to it. Have listened to it twice now, and will probably listen to it again!
By Kyla Corrigan on 02-18-15
Loved it. Although I struggled to grasp the whole concept of the victims not reporting it to authorities sooner. Being an LDS myself I was amazed at how naive the LDS women were. Maybe it's because I grew up in a different time to them. I am also amazed at the amount of people who refused to believe that Dr Story is guilty of these crimes. To me his guilt is blatantly obvious.