My Sweet Angel

  • by John Glatt
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lacey Spears made international headlines in January 2015, when she was charged with the "depraved mind" murder of her five-year-old son, Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year-old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube.
To the outside world, Lacey had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her son's harrowing medical problems. But in reality, Lacey was a textbook case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. From the time he was an infant, she deliberately made Garnett sick to elicit sympathy from medical professionals, as well as her hundreds of followers on Facebook and other social media. When a Westchester County jury found her guilty of killing Garnett in April 2015, she was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Using Lacey's own never-before-seen Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts, an exclusive prison interview with Lacey herself, as well as interviews with her family and the three police investigators who broke the case, My Sweet Angel gives the definitive account of this extraordinary case that shocked the world.


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Overwhelming Narrator-Story Dissonance Ruins Book

Would you try another book from John Glatt and/or Shaun Grindell?

NO! The use of a British-accented narrator to tell this story made absolutely no sense at all, and I was immediately put off by it. Sad to learn this isn't the only poor matching of Glatt-Grindell on Audible. I would enjoy Glatt read by a narrator who has a flat American accent or a regional one, as I am(was) an avid reader of Glatt's works. I would listen to Grindell read books from other genres or true crime from the British Isles. for example. I see that Grindell narrates such material on Audible.

Has My Sweet Angel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Only from any Glatt book narrated by Grindell. Unnecessary and bizarre choice of narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

British dialect of the narrator was completely at odds with this story of a young woman from the deep South who brings her small son to a liberal suburban NYC community to hide her Munchausen Syndrome-by-proxy poisonings of the child, which were raising suspicions among the Southern locals. If you are a reader whose understanding and appreciation of the characters/story of poor blacks in the rural South of the 1920s in The Color Purple would have been enhanced by hearing that story instead read in Japanese- or Norwegian-accented English, then this is the book for you. Nothing like hearing that a girl had threatened to kick Lacey Spears' "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhss" to give you a true flavor of Spears' north Georgia/Alabama years! Sometimes the absurdity of the choice of this narrator made me laugh out loud, but it always grated on me. Always.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No way of knowing. I know this sad tale, because Spears committed some of her crimes local to me. I repeatedly had to rewind and relisten to sections of this story in order to understand them and follow the chain of events. It was probably a good read, but a miserable listen. I refuse to buy the book after Glatt made me work so hard to get through the recording. It's okay - someone else will write a book on the needless murder of Garnett Spears and record it on Audible.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I will be returning to Audible. It was easy for Glatt to keep me as a avid fan but it only took this recording to turn me off. WHAT WAS HE THINKING????

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- CS

The true story of a monster "mother"

This is the tragic true story of one little boy who was tortured by his mother for his entire 5 years of life...until one day she either intentionally or accidentally took her awful game too far and killed him.I had seen this story on 20/20 and on that show they had the video tape of this poor little boy's last interactions with his mother. The fact that she sits there and stares at him patiently waiting for the poison to take effect is chilling. Lacey Spears is a callous, sadistic psychopath with no feelings for her own flesh and blood. After she killed her son, she set up a Go Fund Me account within hours to try to extract money and sympathy from the public. Everything about this woman is horrendous... this book will make you sad and angry. It seemed that even doctors were fooled by her , at least initially. She also had all her friends fooled , even though many of them had concerns about her behavior. I hope that this book makes the reader more aware of Munchausen by Proxy; because there are most certainly other woman out there right now that are doing similar things to their own children . The telling of this story could cause someone to recognize someone in their own life that is exhibiting the same types of behavior...and maybe save a child's life.
This is a well written account of the awful story of Lacey and Garnett Spears. The narrator has a very pleasing (British) voice. I recommend it to people who are interested in this genre of book.
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- Michelle in New York City

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio