This true story begins on a sunny morning in 2003, just before the Fourth of July, outside of Flint Michigan, when an 80-year-old grandmother has mysteriously disappeared from the face of the Earth. She was my mother.
Three days after she disappeared, the charred remains of her new car were identified, after being completely destroyed by an intentional fire; but she was nowhere to be found.
For the next three months, my family and I searched for her, and this book chronicles that search, and eventually her memorial service, funeral, and the trial of the person who stood accused of killing her. It is an odd and twisting tale about robbery, kidnapping, a lesbian love triangle, attempted murder, and actual murder.
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Beautiful story, fabulous narration, 5 stars
I so enjoy Kevin Pierce's performances, I am likely to dust this off and re-listen to it in a few years.
The narration. Besides that, this is just a beautifully-written book, well told. A wonderful listen, full of rich description and thoughtful reflections on a memorable and bittersweet story. The book is informative, and delivers procedural details without getting mired in them, while also providing enough context to ensure that those persons involved were developed as fully human -- helping the reader to empathize.
All of them. Pierce is such a pro. Never over-acts. Clearly differentiates the characters. Brilliant delivery. I am such a shameless fan.
The epilogue. Full of hope and new beginnings. Such a brave family, and the author in particular was genuinely inspiring. Won't say more to avoid spoilers.
I have grown to trust and enjoy Mr. Pierce's true crime productions so much that as soon as he releases one I immediately buy it without even reading the full book description. As an Audible client with hundreds of titles who achieved the "master" level of listening hours long ago, I've sampled many narrators with various levels of talent and lack thereof. Mr. Pierce is my #1 favorite actor of all time, and any author would be *beyond* lucky to sign him.
- Amazon Client
Missing Mom: A True Crime, True Family Story
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
This is a murder mystery based on a true story. I can understand the author waiting a decade to publish this book, as it is so personal. It
gripped my heart from start to finish.
The narration was exceptional with the right inflections in all the right places.
- Book Addict