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America’s #1 true-crime writer fulfills a murder victim’s desperate plea with this shattering New York Times bestseller. “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush— America’s #1 true-crime writer fulfills a murder victim’s desperate plea with this shattering New York Times bestseller. “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush—a woman Rule never met, but whose shocking story she now chronicles with compassion, exacting detail, and unvarnished candor. Although happily ensconced in a loving second marriage, and a new family of quadruplets, Sheila never truly escaped the vicious enslavement of her ex-husband, multi-millionaire Allen Blackthorne, a handsome charmer— and a violent, controlling sociopath who subjected Sheila to unthinkable abuse in their marriage, and terrorized her for a decade after their divorce. When Sheila was slain in her home, in the presence of her four toddlers, authorities raced to link the crime to Blackthorne, the man who vowed to monitor Sheila's every move in his obsessive quest for power and revenge.


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America’s #1 true-crime writer fulfills a murder victim’s desperate plea with this shattering New York Times bestseller. “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush— America’s #1 true-crime writer fulfills a murder victim’s desperate plea with this shattering New York Times bestseller. “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush—a woman Rule never met, but whose shocking story she now chronicles with compassion, exacting detail, and unvarnished candor. Although happily ensconced in a loving second marriage, and a new family of quadruplets, Sheila never truly escaped the vicious enslavement of her ex-husband, multi-millionaire Allen Blackthorne, a handsome charmer— and a violent, controlling sociopath who subjected Sheila to unthinkable abuse in their marriage, and terrorized her for a decade after their divorce. When Sheila was slain in her home, in the presence of her four toddlers, authorities raced to link the crime to Blackthorne, the man who vowed to monitor Sheila's every move in his obsessive quest for power and revenge.

30 review for Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    "If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you'll see that there is an investigation... And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story" That is what Sheila Bellush told her sister after her hellish divorce from Allen Blackthorne. And sadly Ann Rule did. Sheila Bellush was a beautiful 35 year old wife and mother of 6 including 18 month old quadruplets. She and her family had fled Texas to escape her ex husband Allen Blackthorne. She had spent the last decade of her life living in constant "If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you'll see that there is an investigation... And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story" That is what Sheila Bellush told her sister after her hellish divorce from Allen Blackthorne. And sadly Ann Rule did. Sheila Bellush was a beautiful 35 year old wife and mother of 6 including 18 month old quadruplets. She and her family had fled Texas to escape her ex husband Allen Blackthorne. She had spent the last decade of her life living in constant fear that he would kill her and on November 7,1997 he did. Like all spousal abusers Allen Blackthorne was a coward and a wimp, he was also very very rich. So instead of killing her himself he hired people to do it for him. Sheila was barely 5 feet tall and weighed 107 pounds but these monsters beat, shot and stabbed her to death...in front of her very young quads. Her 13 year old daughter come home from school and found her dead mother & her blood covered siblings. Allen Blackthorne was a sociopath, my grandmother would've called him a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. He was charming, smart, and generous on the outside. Inside he was a liar, a scam artist and dangerously controlling. One would think that 10 years after she left him she would be safe but NO! Sheila had done the unthinkable...She outsmarted him and she beat him in court. In Allen's mind she had to die. Allen Blackthorne never thought for one second that he would be caught and had he picked smarter hitmen he might not have been. Thankfully he hired the dumbest criminals I've ever seen....Oh! and he tried to stiff them because he was a cheapskate. Ann Rule is was and will always be the QUEEN of True Crime. Every Breath You Take is bone chilling and heartbreaking.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Rahi

    Let me preface this rating by saying my opinion of this book is not a reflection of my feelings towards the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush. Her murder was tragic, unnecessary, and senseless. The low rating is primarily due to the writing style. I understand that Ann Rule is a highly respected True Crime author and I typically enjoy her work too. With that said, Every Breath You Take was filled with too much redundant and pointless information. For example, Ms. Rule details the background o Let me preface this rating by saying my opinion of this book is not a reflection of my feelings towards the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush. Her murder was tragic, unnecessary, and senseless. The low rating is primarily due to the writing style. I understand that Ann Rule is a highly respected True Crime author and I typically enjoy her work too. With that said, Every Breath You Take was filled with too much redundant and pointless information. For example, Ms. Rule details the background of both Allen Blackthorne and Sheila Bellush's parents. I understand this helps establish "why" Allen may have developed vindictive, manipulative tendencies. This also explains how Sheila's sheltered upbringing led to her being overly trusting. By using the couple's parents as a connection between how upbringing affects personal development, does the author need to delve into the abundance of information about the couple's grandparents too? It became a rambling account of family genealogy that made for an exhausting read. Another issue is the repetitiveness of the entire story. I did not write down specific pages but there are plenty of examples throughout the book. Again, the word rambling comes to mind. Because of this, I found it hard to trudge through the story. I did so only to find out if Allen was convicted. My final complaint is the inadequate description Ann Rule gives of the victim, Sheila Bellush. The author mentions a few "concerns" that others had about Sheila but fails to add any supporting details. For example, Ms. Rule writes that "Sheila was not a saint, but her children came first." That was it, end of the statement. So, whatever made Sheila less than "saintly," is up to the readers to determine. Later in the narrative, the author described how Sheila would get frustrated and "rightly so." This would lead Shelia to verbally admonish her older children and "sometimes" spank them with a belt. Again, this black mark against Sheila's character was acknowledged in one sentence and never mentioned again. I recommend saving your time by Googling the story. If the repetitiveness and needless information were eliminated, it would make for a much shorter and enjoyable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” Sheila Blackthorne Bellush about Ann Rule: Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder This book was so sad and tragic but you just cannot stop reading it. Let me start by saying when reading true crime. I usually do not get above a 3 in my rating. That is because I am reading about real life victims so it's hard. Ann Rule has always been among my favorites in terms of True Crime. She really had “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” Sheila Blackthorne Bellush about Ann Rule: Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder This book was so sad and tragic but you just cannot stop reading it. Let me start by saying when reading true crime. I usually do not get above a 3 in my rating. That is because I am reading about real life victims so it's hard. Ann Rule has always been among my favorites in terms of True Crime. She really had a gift in terms of writing with compassion and getting inside the heads of just about everyone she wrote about. In Every Breath you take, she writes about Sheila Blackthorne Bellush. Sheila had a feeling something might happen to her and actually asked a family member to have Rule write her story i f anything did. Sadly, she was right. Rule takes us into Sheila's life and tells her story amazingly. It is a pretty heart breaking book but really all her books are. What makes this book particularly poignant is the bond between the victim and the writer. Ann set out to honor Sheila's memory and wrote a heartbreakingly sad yet earnest and authentic book that tells of unspeakable evil and tears at your heart strings. I would recommend this book at any fan of true crime books but bring the kleenex.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Basically a good read if you like to follow true crime. However it's a novel that could and maybe should have been written with half as many pages. Rule gives far too many quotes and snippets from all sides of the families, legal teams and accused to make it a pleasure to read. It drags as we are burdened by a sea of facts,dates and her insights. Basically a good read if you like to follow true crime. However it's a novel that could and maybe should have been written with half as many pages. Rule gives far too many quotes and snippets from all sides of the families, legal teams and accused to make it a pleasure to read. It drags as we are burdened by a sea of facts,dates and her insights.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I feel kind of bad but this book didn’t work for me. It was the writing and story structure...It just didn’t do anything for me. Reading became a chore.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    If Ann rule wants a simple story of right and wrong, then she should pick a simple story in which there is clearly a victim and clearly an evil person and there is no overlap. If she chooses to pick a more complex case, like this case, then she should have enough respect for the intelligence and analytical thinking skills of her readers to represent the details of the complex case as such. Rule chooses murder cases that I am interested in. Despite the fact that she is a profoundly terrible write If Ann rule wants a simple story of right and wrong, then she should pick a simple story in which there is clearly a victim and clearly an evil person and there is no overlap. If she chooses to pick a more complex case, like this case, then she should have enough respect for the intelligence and analytical thinking skills of her readers to represent the details of the complex case as such. Rule chooses murder cases that I am interested in. Despite the fact that she is a profoundly terrible writer (very similar to Jerry Bledsoe), I keep coming back for more. That just goes to show you that you don't have to be a great writer to rake in the bucks. You simply have to provide the reader with an addicting, even if poorly told, story. Without exception, Rules is more interested in right and wrong dichotomies than she is in analyzing complexities of human nature. It's almost as if her need for justice and punishment turns off the critical thinking parts of her brain, making everything black and white-- when it's not. I want Josh Greene to study people like her. There is no excuse for killing the mother of his children. There is no doubt that the murderer in the book is just that, a horrible murderer who doesn't deserve the sympathy he pandered for. Should we hate him? Sure, go right ahead. i could not help but hate him while reading this story. I am so thankful I never married someone who killed me and ruined the lives of the children we brought into this world. At the same time, this divorce was ugly. The wife did not deserve to die for her very deliberate part in making things contentious, but that doesn't mean that just because she is dead, she was perfect while a live. She was a human being. She had good qualities and bad. Both her children, who no longer speak to their father and are absolutely devastated by the murder of their mother, have said that she lied about the sexual abuse allegations made against their father. ( I had to look all of this up using outside sources since Rule cannot be counted on to present *all* the facts). The mother wanted the kids and did everything she could to make up lies about the father and then use those lies to threaten him and forcefully take his children from him, even though they very much wanted to see him. He too lied about her abusing the girls (even though there is evidence that both she and their step father were very hard handed-- just not quite *as* hard handed as the father had alleged. If I were her, I too might have wanted to keep my kids away from him. After all, he did murder her in the end. The point is, there was so much complexity that Ann Rule refused to acknowledge. Every time the wife hurt the children, lied about sexual abuse, or did anything else that was *clearly* wrong, Rule justified it. It was never the wife's fault. So stupid. She can be at fault for doing some of the stupid things that human beings do from time to time and still not be at fault for being murdered. Rule should do a better job of representing the whole picture.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    Every Breath You Take is the story of the life and death of Sheila Bellush and the road to bring those responsible for her murder to justice. Sheila had a tumultuous marriage to Allen Blackthorne. Violent and controlling, she finally found the courage to leave him. After her divorce to him he proceeded to create trouble for her and their two daughters Stevie and Daryl. Long after Sheila had married Jamie Bellush and they had quadruplets, Allen did his best to disrupt their lives. He used her nei Every Breath You Take is the story of the life and death of Sheila Bellush and the road to bring those responsible for her murder to justice. Sheila had a tumultuous marriage to Allen Blackthorne. Violent and controlling, she finally found the courage to leave him. After her divorce to him he proceeded to create trouble for her and their two daughters Stevie and Daryl. Long after Sheila had married Jamie Bellush and they had quadruplets, Allen did his best to disrupt their lives. He used her neighbors and his children to create havoc. After his oldest daughter refused to visit him any longer he turned up the heat with his youngest daughter. He encouraged her to accuse her mother of child abuse. After one particular event it was decided they had to get away from Allen and do it secretly. Jamie and Sheila moved to Sarasota, Florida after Jamie’s boss transferred him to Sarasota. Sheila’s youngest daughter was still in Texas. After flying back to get her and take care of legal issues, Sheila brought Daryl back and she was put in a youth camp. Problems prevented them from taking her home with them. Daryl through manipulation managed to give her father enough information for him to find them. This set in motion that wheels that led up to Sheila’s death. On November 7, 1997 while at home with her four youngest children Sheila was brutally attacked and killed. Ann Rule did an excellent job of taking the reader through the troubles that plagued Sheila until her death. She then takes you down the heart wrenching path of the day Stevie finds her mother’s body and the all of the law enforcement officers that eventually brought the people responsible for her death to justice. This is a 5 out of 5. I read the book in 4 ½ hours.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I must say that for a nonfiction book, this read like a novel. I was intrigued and disgusted by the case, and I wanted justice done! A very good book. I will definitely read more of Ann Rule in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Flohr

    I would have liked to give this 4 stars, but I thought it was a little bit long winded

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    Finally finished this book. Didn’t love it. Pretty heavy on the cop-worship. I️ think I’m finally cured of my Ann Rule mania.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    The book was repetitive and dealt too much with the muder plot than the murder itself. Ann notes extensively the family history of the nurdered woman and the killer devoting several chapters - translating to many hours of book reading time - to the kind of parents the murderer had. I understand that her attempt was to show the ultimate motives for the murder, but it just took me way off track. She could have mentioned as she wrote about the murderer that his mother was abusive, father hated him, The book was repetitive and dealt too much with the muder plot than the murder itself. Ann notes extensively the family history of the nurdered woman and the killer devoting several chapters - translating to many hours of book reading time - to the kind of parents the murderer had. I understand that her attempt was to show the ultimate motives for the murder, but it just took me way off track. She could have mentioned as she wrote about the murderer that his mother was abusive, father hated him, etc. It was a waste of paper for the most part and awfully hard to read. I'll still read my Ann Rule books, but this one just didn't do it for me at all!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Duffy

    I think this is the one book that I could not finish. I like Ann Rule's books and she is a great writer but there is only one word to describe Allen Blackthorne and that is evil. He made me sick and it got to the point that I didn't care any more. He deserved whatever this life gives him because I know he will pay for his sins dearly when he passes over. I think this is the one book that I could not finish. I like Ann Rule's books and she is a great writer but there is only one word to describe Allen Blackthorne and that is evil. He made me sick and it got to the point that I didn't care any more. He deserved whatever this life gives him because I know he will pay for his sins dearly when he passes over.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This was a very long detailed tale of murder for hire. I had seen an episode of some criminal show that detailed this case so I already knew the outcome. Allen is an evil, evil man who should have died when he was attacked in prison. The thought that someday an appeal could go through and he could be released is frightening. I do wonder where the quads are today and if they faired well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    lilias

    While Ann Rule’s writing of The Stranger Beside Me was heavily influenced by the fact that she was friends and colleagues with Ted Bundy, her connection to the subject of Every Breath You Take is quite personal, too. Rule never met Sheila Blackthorne Bellush, but Shelia’s sister tells Ann Rule that Sheila had asked that she write the book about her if anything was to happen to her at the hands of her ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne. One of the reasons The Stranger Beside Me is such a great true cr While Ann Rule’s writing of The Stranger Beside Me was heavily influenced by the fact that she was friends and colleagues with Ted Bundy, her connection to the subject of Every Breath You Take is quite personal, too. Rule never met Sheila Blackthorne Bellush, but Shelia’s sister tells Ann Rule that Sheila had asked that she write the book about her if anything was to happen to her at the hands of her ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne. One of the reasons The Stranger Beside Me is such a great true crime book is because of Ann Rule’s extensive research and attention to detail. The same can be said of Every Breath You Take. This is a tragic story; one that puts knots in my stomach. In reading this book, you are bearing witness to Sheila’s story. The story is infuriating as much as it is sorrowful. It’s one of the more upsetting books I’ve ever read, partly because Ann Rule is so damn good at giving an intimate portrayal. I did have issues with this book, though. This book is way too long. It could have been a lot shorter because it is extremely repetitive. I was also bothered by Rule’s insistence in mentioning what she calls “cross dressing” in the same breath as Allen’s actual abuse and crimes. I know this was written in a different time from now, but still. Just, no. PS omg RS Medical still exists.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma

    The true crime writer Ann Rule did it splendidly again here. This here, besides, Anthony Trollope, she has risen to the top of my list as one of my most read authors. In the past, I used to avoid anything to do with true crime and preferred the age old law reports which are bereft of the impact and distraught which some crimes cause to the victims. Through her books, Ann Rule has contributed greatly to the American Criminal Justice System. Here, we meet with Allen Van Houte aka Blackthorne. A ma The true crime writer Ann Rule did it splendidly again here. This here, besides, Anthony Trollope, she has risen to the top of my list as one of my most read authors. In the past, I used to avoid anything to do with true crime and preferred the age old law reports which are bereft of the impact and distraught which some crimes cause to the victims. Through her books, Ann Rule has contributed greatly to the American Criminal Justice System. Here, we meet with Allen Van Houte aka Blackthorne. A man whi gravitates towards money and women but is never satisfied. After being abused and leading a difficult life as a child, he struggles so much to lead a normal life in his adulthood. He marries beautiful women who quickly discover that they have made a very big mistake. Allen is said to be worth 50 million dollars by the time of his arrest for the murder of his divorced wife Sharon. At the time, he was married to a very beautiful wife and had children with his new wife. Unfortunately, he was never satisfied. He was obsessed with his divorced wife Sheila. He could not bear to see her happy in life. He did everything he could do to make sure that she remained under his grip. And when it became impossible for him to control her, he hired a group of men to kill her. It was a despicable crime motivated by greed and selfishness. This was quite a story. Recommended for everyone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Augusta Whittemore

    2.5 Stars This might be my last true crime book for the foreseeable future. What happened to Sheila Bellush was horrible, and honestly it was hard to read about. Ann is a *fantastic* writer, and this rating has nothing to do with her ability--it says more about my personal comfort/tastes. Stories like that make me question how ANYONE would doubt a woman who says that she is afraid of her ex. I'm glad that they were made to answer for their crimes, but this was just as disheartening when you look 2.5 Stars This might be my last true crime book for the foreseeable future. What happened to Sheila Bellush was horrible, and honestly it was hard to read about. Ann is a *fantastic* writer, and this rating has nothing to do with her ability--it says more about my personal comfort/tastes. Stories like that make me question how ANYONE would doubt a woman who says that she is afraid of her ex. I'm glad that they were made to answer for their crimes, but this was just as disheartening when you look at everything else that he DID get away with, and how many women had to be afraid of him to be taken as a serious threat. I think from now on, I'll stick to the true crime podcasts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Boyer-Kelly

    This was "okay" -- I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Ann Rule's writing style, but I really enjoy true crime and so sometimes I'll pick her work up and give it a go. In this particular true crime novel we get a beaten wife whose ex-husband eventually pays to have her killed. Lots of backstory (that unfortunately makes you wonder how the husband was able to get away with abusing several women for years--scumbag) and less of a focus on the murder itself. All in all, tragic. Unfortunately the writi This was "okay" -- I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Ann Rule's writing style, but I really enjoy true crime and so sometimes I'll pick her work up and give it a go. In this particular true crime novel we get a beaten wife whose ex-husband eventually pays to have her killed. Lots of backstory (that unfortunately makes you wonder how the husband was able to get away with abusing several women for years--scumbag) and less of a focus on the murder itself. All in all, tragic. Unfortunately the writing style is just not up to par with other true crime out there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Shilstone

    Perpetrator displays hideous traits quite similar to the creature elected president of the United States in 2016.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hays

    *9.0-9.5/10* Will definitely be checking out more of Ann Rule’s books!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I like Ann’s writing style but this book was a little weighed down with information that seemed superfluous to the story. I appreciate true crime novels and this one was certainly well-written but probably could have been about two hundred pages shorter!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This the first book of Ann Rule's that I have read that made me truly angry. It's the story of Sheila Blackthorne and how her husband, Allen, abused her, their daughters, and manipulated every single person in his life. The worst part is multiple people knew it and did nothing to stop it. Ann Rule said it best, "It was shocking for spectators to hear just how many people had had some inkling or even full knowledge of the plan to beat and/or kill Sheila. And yet no one had come forward to save he This the first book of Ann Rule's that I have read that made me truly angry. It's the story of Sheila Blackthorne and how her husband, Allen, abused her, their daughters, and manipulated every single person in his life. The worst part is multiple people knew it and did nothing to stop it. Ann Rule said it best, "It was shocking for spectators to hear just how many people had had some inkling or even full knowledge of the plan to beat and/or kill Sheila. And yet no one had come forward to save her." Even before there was a plan to kill Sheila, so many people were aware of his abuse and his threats to kill her. It is just so unbelievably sad that a mother of 6 was brutally murdered because her obsessive ex-husband just couldn't let her go. #bookstagram @chi_book_lover

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacks Wife

    This poor woman,who became famous for a brief time,after having quads,and began the talk show circuit talking about having so many babies after taking a fertility drug,failing,and then seeing another doctor who ended up making her pregnant and all the babies surviving to full term,only after she had escaped an incredibly abusive ex-husband.She was Sheila B., who had 2 beautiful daughters with this Alan B., who were caught in the middle. There are neighbors who get involved,and go against Sheila,a This poor woman,who became famous for a brief time,after having quads,and began the talk show circuit talking about having so many babies after taking a fertility drug,failing,and then seeing another doctor who ended up making her pregnant and all the babies surviving to full term,only after she had escaped an incredibly abusive ex-husband.She was Sheila B., who had 2 beautiful daughters with this Alan B., who were caught in the middle. There are neighbors who get involved,and go against Sheila,and don't realize she's not the bad guy and they are being seriously misled. I believe that if people didn't just believe the first person they met in a story such as this,and paid attention,if they were going to be nosey anyway,to the person in question,then maybe there wouldn't be so many spouses being murdered or disappearing. This woman was so small in stature,under 5 ft.tall,and a beautiful soul,only to be brutally murdered by her ex husband because he told fellow inmates and fellow golfers that his ex wife was abusing their girls,refusing to let him see the girls,and lied all the way around about Sheila. It happens,and only afterwards,does the killer realize he was seriously misled. It's tragic,and there are graphic crime scene photos in the book,but it's so compelling a story,I would highly recommend it if only to save others from this same fate.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    Perhaps I am beginning to suffer from Ann Rule fatigue, this is the third audiobook, I've blazed through in the same amount of weeks, but I didn't find this story overly compelling. Maybe it was because I already knew how it would end when I picked it up, it was a foregone conclusion. I'm still amazed that such seemingly smart people will do such dumb things like Allen "cartoonishly evil made-up last name" Blackthorne did by hiring men to beat up/kill his ex-wife and not expecting them to immedi Perhaps I am beginning to suffer from Ann Rule fatigue, this is the third audiobook, I've blazed through in the same amount of weeks, but I didn't find this story overly compelling. Maybe it was because I already knew how it would end when I picked it up, it was a foregone conclusion. I'm still amazed that such seemingly smart people will do such dumb things like Allen "cartoonishly evil made-up last name" Blackthorne did by hiring men to beat up/kill his ex-wife and not expecting them to immediately roll over on him when they got caught. The title is also bit misleading because Blackthorne didn't stalk Sheila constantly until he hunted her down, they actually went through years of time when things were fairly calm between them. I wonder if Ann Rule ever feels guilty for profitting from the pain that she writes about? She couches her motives pretty well, claiming that Sheila wanted her in particular to write her story, but in the end, Ann Rule moves on to the next horror show, and can leave all the pain behind her. The Bellushes cannot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    When I checked this book out from the library, I had no idea what it was about until I began reading it (I picked it because I love Ann Rule). When I began, I couldn't believe that it was about the Blackthorne/Bellush murder. I lived in the area where the plan was hatched, drove by the countryclub almost every day where he played golf, my husband was a firefighter in the suburbs where Allen Blackthorne lived and actually had been in his mansion to do a fireplan. Not only that, the actual murdere When I checked this book out from the library, I had no idea what it was about until I began reading it (I picked it because I love Ann Rule). When I began, I couldn't believe that it was about the Blackthorne/Bellush murder. I lived in the area where the plan was hatched, drove by the countryclub almost every day where he played golf, my husband was a firefighter in the suburbs where Allen Blackthorne lived and actually had been in his mansion to do a fireplan. Not only that, the actual murderer Jose Luis del Toro went to high school with a very close friend of mine in Uvalde, TX....talk about six degrees of separation!! It is very weird reading this book while local landmarks are pointed out and realize that you have been to those very same places, the restaurants, the apartment complex where Sheila lived after she left Allen, street names, etc. only to find out that in an intricate sense they had something to do with this murder. Needless to say, I read it in two days

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    This was a disturbing book to read. Not because it was not well written and a page turner, for it was all of that. I had decided about 50 pages or more not to finish, I found it so distressing. I could not stop thinking about those four poor babies, unattended for hours, walking in the blood of thier mother. It was soooo depressing. Then days later, I reminded myself that this mother actually chose Ann Rule to write her story, if in fact her husband killed her. It was a great book and the pictur This was a disturbing book to read. Not because it was not well written and a page turner, for it was all of that. I had decided about 50 pages or more not to finish, I found it so distressing. I could not stop thinking about those four poor babies, unattended for hours, walking in the blood of thier mother. It was soooo depressing. Then days later, I reminded myself that this mother actually chose Ann Rule to write her story, if in fact her husband killed her. It was a great book and the pictures make it more personal. That is one reason I choose to read and not listen to true crime. Ann Rule just does not disappoint.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rauch

    I am a big fan of murder mysteries and courtroom drama. The fact that this was based on a true story made the book that much more fascinating. It did read like a "Who's Who?" in spots...with names and dates that I have already forgotten. However, the author did a good job of giving the reader enough background to really understand...or try to understand...the complex character of the man who orchestrated the murder of his ex-wife. All in all, it is a very sad true story and a pretty good read. I am a big fan of murder mysteries and courtroom drama. The fact that this was based on a true story made the book that much more fascinating. It did read like a "Who's Who?" in spots...with names and dates that I have already forgotten. However, the author did a good job of giving the reader enough background to really understand...or try to understand...the complex character of the man who orchestrated the murder of his ex-wife. All in all, it is a very sad true story and a pretty good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ida

    Ann Rule's books are very well researched and written. She certainly knows how to hold her reading audience captive. Every Breath You Take is no exception. Usually the outcomes are already known due to publicity surrounding the cases which end up in Rule's true crime books, but that does not detract from or lessen the intrigue. My only desire now is to know that Sheila Bellush's children are doing well and living fulfilling lives after the horror they lived through as young teens and toddlers. Ann Rule's books are very well researched and written. She certainly knows how to hold her reading audience captive. Every Breath You Take is no exception. Usually the outcomes are already known due to publicity surrounding the cases which end up in Rule's true crime books, but that does not detract from or lessen the intrigue. My only desire now is to know that Sheila Bellush's children are doing well and living fulfilling lives after the horror they lived through as young teens and toddlers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I've read almost all of Ann Rule's true crime books, and they are always gripping -- even if you already know the outcome of the story. The key is the psychological portrait she draws of each character, especially victim and murderer. Guarantee: whenever I start an Ann Rule book, I won't be able to put it down. This book was no exception. I've read almost all of Ann Rule's true crime books, and they are always gripping -- even if you already know the outcome of the story. The key is the psychological portrait she draws of each character, especially victim and murderer. Guarantee: whenever I start an Ann Rule book, I won't be able to put it down. This book was no exception.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    Can you believe it another scumb bag... I can't believe how someone can muder their ex-wife, lie and try to get away with it.. Leave his 2 teenage daughter. I hope the Kid and Jamie are doing well. I hope in time they can move on in thier lives. I love Ann Rule book but have come to the conclusion that I will never move to the Oregan or Washington area. This is where the crazy live... Can you believe it another scumb bag... I can't believe how someone can muder their ex-wife, lie and try to get away with it.. Leave his 2 teenage daughter. I hope the Kid and Jamie are doing well. I hope in time they can move on in thier lives. I love Ann Rule book but have come to the conclusion that I will never move to the Oregan or Washington area. This is where the crazy live...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alvesa

    I loved this book and wanted to see justice for her children so bad......the only down side, that I have noticed about this author, Ann Rule introduces way too many people to the story. I understand getting to know the people you are reading about but I really could careless about a sisters best friends aunts nephews great grandmother!...Other than that this was an awesome read.

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