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From the hit TV series come two true-crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart TILL MURDER DO US PART (with Andrew Bourelle) Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Steven Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realise that learni From the hit TV series come two true-crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart TILL MURDER DO US PART (with Andrew Bourelle) Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Steven Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realise that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. RAMP UP TO MURDER (with Max DiLallo) Brandi McClain, a young, beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It's a case that seems to be plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it's more haunting than they could have imagined.


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From the hit TV series come two true-crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart TILL MURDER DO US PART (with Andrew Bourelle) Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Steven Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realise that learni From the hit TV series come two true-crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart TILL MURDER DO US PART (with Andrew Bourelle) Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Steven Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realise that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. RAMP UP TO MURDER (with Max DiLallo) Brandi McClain, a young, beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It's a case that seems to be plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it's more haunting than they could have imagined.

30 review for Till Murder Do Us Part:

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Two separate, distinct, true crime stories featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel. Written in the classic Patterson short chapter, fast paced style, they're a quick read. I can't help thinking what a waste of life choices by the perpetrators. They do teach something though. Protect yourself at all times. Two separate, distinct, true crime stories featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel. Written in the classic Patterson short chapter, fast paced style, they're a quick read. I can't help thinking what a waste of life choices by the perpetrators. They do teach something though. Protect yourself at all times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kamrath

    Two interesting true crime stories. Quick read and interesting cases.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica White

    Till Murder Do Us Part Imagine kissing your husband goodbye as he leaves for work, only to never see him again. Hours later, detectives show up with questions. His car was found with a bullet hole in the door and animal blood smeared on the seat. In his desk drawer, there is a book detailing how to fake your death...... Eric, now Steve begins a new life in Colorado. Steve is new to the area, living in a hotel, has no family, and is on the run from the CIA. At least that's what he told Kathi whe Till Murder Do Us Part Imagine kissing your husband goodbye as he leaves for work, only to never see him again. Hours later, detectives show up with questions. His car was found with a bullet hole in the door and animal blood smeared on the seat. In his desk drawer, there is a book detailing how to fake your death...... Eric, now Steve begins a new life in Colorado. Steve is new to the area, living in a hotel, has no family, and is on the run from the CIA. At least that's what he told Kathi when they started dating. She drank in the mysterious aura that surrounded him. She believed his stories, even when he said he was a hitman for the CIA. But there was some truth to his stories. He was on the run, not from the CIA, but from his wife and three children. But he also may have been trying to escape a murder charge as well. Kathi started asking questions near their 12th wedding anniversary. She wanted to get him something sentimental as a gift and thought a high school year book would be perfect. Steve claimed everything he owned from his past life burned up in a house fire. So when she called his old high school, she was put in contact with one of his classmates who had never heard of Steve Marcum. She bought the yearbook anyway, and found a picture of young Steve....only his name was Eric Wright. Who on earth was she married to?! I think the best thing to come from this crazy case, was that Kathi actually solved a 20+ year cold case based on small details Steve had given her over the years. She believed he had actually killed someone. When he described taking a man's life, she could see the truth in his lies. Ramp Up to Murder I honestly was not expecting this story to be about a professional skateboarder turned murder. Mark Rogowski meets his future girlfriend Brandi and her best friend, Jessica at a warehouse party. The two immediately hit it off and quickly become the hottest couple on the scene. Mark is killing it in the vert competitions and Brandi is creating a name for herself in the modeling world. It's the perfect combination of kids with money who have no idea how to spend it. Mark hits a rough patch when street-skating takes over. There's no money coming in, but hopefully a trip to Germany will help Mark become relevant once again. Instead, a near death experience leads him to Jesus and quickly sours his relationship with Brandi. What no one expected was the threatening calls and stalking that soon followed their break up. Mark was obsessive, possessive, and manipulative. He even managed to sneak into Brandi's gated community and take back all the gifts he gave her. I know what you're thinking, he really murdered his ex? No, but he did rape and murder her one time bestie, Jessica. In a fraction of a second, Jessica was a stand in for Brandi, and he took out all of his anger on her. He eventually confessed and at this time has been behind bars for 27 years. This review and reviews for the rest of the Murder is Forever Series can be found at A Reader's Diary!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    I've really been enjoying these novelized true crime books from James Patterson; which feature two cases per volume. This one includes "Til Murder Do Us Part," a truly fascinating story, and "Ramp Up to Murder," a truly disturbing one. I've really been enjoying these novelized true crime books from James Patterson; which feature two cases per volume. This one includes "Til Murder Do Us Part," a truly fascinating story, and "Ramp Up to Murder," a truly disturbing one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well that was exciting. I enjoy these books because they are easy to read and give me some knowledge of unknown creepy crimes. I liked the first one about the guy faking his death quite a bit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Double Life! Double Wife! Double the Fun! Imagine if you will your husband leaves for work, never arrives, a car full of blood and bullet holes, using an alias name. Talk about a lot to unpack in one day. As this story heats up we uncover an entire facade that goes back to high school days in which everyone knew him by Eric Wright not Steve the mysterious con who was on the run breaking hearts and telling bs stories to any gullible lady who'd believe his sob stories. At least he got half the story c Double Life! Double Wife! Double the Fun! Imagine if you will your husband leaves for work, never arrives, a car full of blood and bullet holes, using an alias name. Talk about a lot to unpack in one day. As this story heats up we uncover an entire facade that goes back to high school days in which everyone knew him by Eric Wright not Steve the mysterious con who was on the run breaking hearts and telling bs stories to any gullible lady who'd believe his sob stories. At least he got half the story correct- he's on the run- not from CIA -as he told his wife but from his family. Here comes the 12th anniversary and Kathi starts to address the odd ends that don't add up and seeks divorce stat! Just one problem- he's facing time after being accused of murdering Lester from 13-14 yrs earlier. Pass those gold bars and get 'em the hell out of the bathroom. We may need them after all. Fool's gold never sparkled so much! Fake deaths are so not fun! Enter Brandi and bestie Jessica who run into skateboarder Mark who desperately wants to make it big league. First, he must prove himself but he took this the entire wrong way and instead is facing rape and murder charges. The second story revolves around the Ramp Up Murder with an abusive, possessive, jealous filled boy who can't take no for an answer. Men build houses boys play house. Ladies come on! Who sneaks into a gated community to steal relationship gifts from an ex girlfriend? Talk about low blows here-Mark - needs more than just couples therapy. Mental illness is no laughing matter and I hope this fella gets help. He's facing 27 years behind bars so perhaps he'll get some much needed assistance while in lock down. The first story for me felt more involved and for me became more invested with the latter not really capturing my interest as deeply as the first. Thank you to my local library for this 6 cd snowstorm fun.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Robertson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Things you learn from this book, the latest in J-Pat and Company's true crime series: 1. Like in the previous book Murder Thy Neighbor, bad things happen when you trust men who say they are associated with the CIA. 2. A skateboarding guy from the Tom Petty " Free Fallin' " video after converting to Christianity ends up commiting a brutal assault and murder. On to the last one in this batch.... Things you learn from this book, the latest in J-Pat and Company's true crime series: 1. Like in the previous book Murder Thy Neighbor, bad things happen when you trust men who say they are associated with the CIA. 2. A skateboarding guy from the Tom Petty " Free Fallin' " video after converting to Christianity ends up commiting a brutal assault and murder. On to the last one in this batch....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Another true crime collection, really enjoyed this one although in the first story I was surprised she didn't see through the lies fairly quickly and never really pushed the issue of not knowing his past/backstory before marrying him this is why you ask questions. As for the second story I felt so sorry for Brandi she did everything right and left him the moment things turned physical and super weird but then he went full psycho. The last page was what really got me was how can someone who did th Another true crime collection, really enjoyed this one although in the first story I was surprised she didn't see through the lies fairly quickly and never really pushed the issue of not knowing his past/backstory before marrying him this is why you ask questions. As for the second story I felt so sorry for Brandi she did everything right and left him the moment things turned physical and super weird but then he went full psycho. The last page was what really got me was how can someone who did the things he did ever even be considered for parole, that is disgusting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Warburton

    I wasn't expecting too much with this book and I wasn't disappointed. The book was a gift so thought I would give it a go. Two stories, both written with co-writers. Both a fair read but nothing out-standing. True crime or not the stories were not terribly gripping or even remotely shocking, but easy enough to read and filled in a few hours of down time. Probably a good Young Adult read. I wasn't expecting too much with this book and I wasn't disappointed. The book was a gift so thought I would give it a go. Two stories, both written with co-writers. Both a fair read but nothing out-standing. True crime or not the stories were not terribly gripping or even remotely shocking, but easy enough to read and filled in a few hours of down time. Probably a good Young Adult read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam Pulizzi

    Two very easy to read short stories. I like that they are based on true stories. The first one appeals more to the type of books I like them the second story but I think it’s beneficial that they are each a bit different. Patterson never fails to tell a good story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A collection of two James Patterson "True Crime" novellas...The first, involving a Colorado woman who's duped into marriage with someone who is living a double life having abandoned his family in California, and the second dealing with a young Arizona woman's tragic relationship with a professional skateboarder...Decent Patterson "True Crime!" A collection of two James Patterson "True Crime" novellas...The first, involving a Colorado woman who's duped into marriage with someone who is living a double life having abandoned his family in California, and the second dealing with a young Arizona woman's tragic relationship with a professional skateboarder...Decent Patterson "True Crime!"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Today's Nonfiction post is on Till Murder Do Us Part by James Patterson. It is 336 pages long and is published by Grand Central Publishing. The cover is a picture underwater with a body flowing above the title. The intended reader is someone who likes true crime. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead. From the back of the book- Til Murder Do Us Part: Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve yea Today's Nonfiction post is on Till Murder Do Us Part by James Patterson. It is 336 pages long and is published by Grand Central Publishing. The cover is a picture underwater with a body flowing above the title. The intended reader is someone who likes true crime. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead. From the back of the book- Til Murder Do Us Part: Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realize that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder : Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It’s a case that seems to be plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it’s more haunting than they could have imagined. (with Max DiLallo) Review- Another good true crime read from Patterson. The two stories in this book are more close to home any the others from Patterson. They deal with domestic violence and Patterson was able to interview the survivors and get what happened from them directly. At times this volume was scary as the people in it were very scary themselves. But Patterson doesn't overwhelm the reader with the horror of a lover turning dangerous, he just tells the story and moves on. If you have read the other true crime books by Patterson then I would recommend this one too or if you are just looking for a quick true crime read then you should like this. I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne S

    Two short novellas from James Patterson. In the first story, we get to know Kathi Spiars, a woman who falls in love with a man who claims he has no past. He lost his parents in a fire and he used to be in the CIA and killed someone but needed to leave that life. As time goes on, Kathi sees a different side to him that is crueler, and starker than the man she thought she married. He tells her enough about his past life that she is able to find out who he really was (he left a family behind and ma Two short novellas from James Patterson. In the first story, we get to know Kathi Spiars, a woman who falls in love with a man who claims he has no past. He lost his parents in a fire and he used to be in the CIA and killed someone but needed to leave that life. As time goes on, Kathi sees a different side to him that is crueler, and starker than the man she thought she married. He tells her enough about his past life that she is able to find out who he really was (he left a family behind and may have actually killed someone) so she starts digging into his past, even though she is told to leave it alone. she was able to help authorities find him and put his crimes out in the open. the second novella is about a young girl from Arizona who falls in love with an up and coming skater, Gator, (who is stationed in Los Angeles) when vertical skating (and then street skating) was becoming a thing. Brandi was only 17 years old when she met, Mark Rogowski (nick named Gator) at a party in the outskirts of nowhere. She falls in love and moves in with him after she graduates high school. She loves him but he turns out to be a lot more sinister than she expects. When she tries to leave him, he stalks her and makes her life hell. Unfortunately, her best friend, Jessica Bergsten comes into his orbit and he takes out his aggression and anger on her. it's 2021 and he is still in jail (I hope) for what he did. How the CA court system could say that he has been rehabbed and deserves parole is beyond me. I hope that Gavin Newton (gov of CA) can say nope, he is still not getting out even though the parole board said he can and keep him locked away until he dies.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DiAnne

    Excellent book!!! These two stories remind me so much of some of the first James Patterson books I read. This book will have you devouring it and before you know it you're reaching the end. You never know what goes on behind closed doors in people's lives. People are not always as they seem and having money, luxury, and fame is not everything. Both stories will satisfy the need you may have for intrigue, gripping suspense, true crime, and bad boy romance. It will leave your heart aching for the Excellent book!!! These two stories remind me so much of some of the first James Patterson books I read. This book will have you devouring it and before you know it you're reaching the end. You never know what goes on behind closed doors in people's lives. People are not always as they seem and having money, luxury, and fame is not everything. Both stories will satisfy the need you may have for intrigue, gripping suspense, true crime, and bad boy romance. It will leave your heart aching for the victims as well as their families and friends. It is said that love is blind. It can also be said that sometimes we are blind to those we love. From the world's #1 bestselling author comes a collection of Discovery ID true crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart. Til Murder Do Us Part: Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realize that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder: Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It’s a case that seems to plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it’s more haunting than they could have imagined. (with Max DiLallo)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Every man will experience the highs and lows in life along with love and hatred. Gabe was star struck by himself and felt entitled to remain on top forever...but life gets in the way. His love life was more about his position of control and the picture of perfection than any real feelings of love. The same scenario was true when he turned his love to Jesus...all about his image. He was saved but didn’t give This book was very good. As all James Patterson's books. I love them all. Some I have rea Every man will experience the highs and lows in life along with love and hatred. Gabe was star struck by himself and felt entitled to remain on top forever...but life gets in the way. His love life was more about his position of control and the picture of perfection than any real feelings of love. The same scenario was true when he turned his love to Jesus...all about his image. He was saved but didn’t give This book was very good. As all James Patterson's books. I love them all. Some I have read twice. I can't see the books very good to light and to small. So. I can only read on my IPAD. The ones I read Publisher Description From the world's #1 bestselling author comes a collection of Discovery ID true crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart. Til Murder Do Us Part: Kathi Spiars can't believe she's found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn't who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn't realize that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder: Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It’s a case that seems to plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it’s more haunting than they could have imagined. twice are the audible. The same gift to the woman he killed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    This true crime story starts out at the Governor Edmund G. Brown California Aqueduct, in San Joaquin County, California. (Although the story says that east of here is the San Francisco Bay Area, it is actually to the west. ) In 1980, a young mother reports her missing husband. After their investigation, the police theorize that he disappeared and is trying a new identity. Fishermen find a submerged chained body. A waitress is Colorado meets the love of her life, who says he is a former hit man for This true crime story starts out at the Governor Edmund G. Brown California Aqueduct, in San Joaquin County, California. (Although the story says that east of here is the San Francisco Bay Area, it is actually to the west. ) In 1980, a young mother reports her missing husband. After their investigation, the police theorize that he disappeared and is trying a new identity. Fishermen find a submerged chained body. A waitress is Colorado meets the love of her life, who says he is a former hit man for the CIA and went to prison for killing a man. After 12 years of marriage that young waitress questions her choices. A divorce is followed by years of searching for answers to a decades-old murder. Do the good guys ever win, or must that much-older waitress spend her remaining days looking over her shoulder? One thing is for certain: “There’s always a scam and someone willing to fall for it.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Till Murder is actually two true stories in one book. Till Murder: Kathi Spiars found Steve Marcum, the love of her life. She believes his fantastic story until she begins to suspect he hasn't really been telling the truth. As she investigates her suspicions, she becomes more and more convinced he is more evil than she suspected and learning more will have her looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder: Brandi McClain follows her professional ska Till Murder is actually two true stories in one book. Till Murder: Kathi Spiars found Steve Marcum, the love of her life. She believes his fantastic story until she begins to suspect he hasn't really been telling the truth. As she investigates her suspicions, she becomes more and more convinced he is more evil than she suspected and learning more will have her looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder: Brandi McClain follows her professional skateboarder boyfriend. Her perfect life ends when he displays a side of himself that scares her. Nearby a young woman, once a friend of Brandi's, is missing. And then a human skeleton is found and the details of her murder and murderer are chilling. (with Max DiLallo) Both of these stories are based on truth. Don't read this alone or at night.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JT

    I received this book as in a giveaway on Goodreads. I am posting this review of by choice. I am a long time James Patterson fan. I a however not a serious fan of reading non fiction. That being said this was a wonderful book that I read in a little over 24 hours. It was engaging and moved at a pace that made it a page turner, which mirrors his fiction style. I was especially impressed with the inclusion of two novels in one book. When I indulge in streaming television it is generally documentari I received this book as in a giveaway on Goodreads. I am posting this review of by choice. I am a long time James Patterson fan. I a however not a serious fan of reading non fiction. That being said this was a wonderful book that I read in a little over 24 hours. It was engaging and moved at a pace that made it a page turner, which mirrors his fiction style. I was especially impressed with the inclusion of two novels in one book. When I indulge in streaming television it is generally documentaries so the ID channel connection was intriguing as well. The other two authors involved in this book were new to me. I would seriously recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading true crime. I would not hesitate to read another true crime book by James Patterson.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    This is the sixth book in the Discovery’s Murder is Forever series. This book consists of two short stories. The first is the true story of Kathi. A woman who thinks she has finally found her true love even if he does have some quirks. He says he was in the military, worked for the CIA, is a wanted man. Is he all he claims? In the second novel, Gator, an up and coming skate boarder who is hanging out with Tony Hawk falls in love. They are the hit of the scene until he has accident that changes h This is the sixth book in the Discovery’s Murder is Forever series. This book consists of two short stories. The first is the true story of Kathi. A woman who thinks she has finally found her true love even if he does have some quirks. He says he was in the military, worked for the CIA, is a wanted man. Is he all he claims? In the second novel, Gator, an up and coming skate boarder who is hanging out with Tony Hawk falls in love. They are the hit of the scene until he has accident that changes him. What happens next no one could have predicted! I only wish this was written better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    2 true crime stories brought to life. First of a man who changes his identity to escape a crime. When his new wife suspects something strange, she decided to turn him in and hope the law will finally catch up with him. In the second story, a world-famous skateboarder Mark/Gator, becomes increasingly jealous of his girlfriend, Brandi, and starts becoming abusive. When Brandi’s best friend comes to town, the friend-Jessica-reaches out to Mark/Gator, and things take a terrible turn. Quick read- with 2 true crime stories brought to life. First of a man who changes his identity to escape a crime. When his new wife suspects something strange, she decided to turn him in and hope the law will finally catch up with him. In the second story, a world-famous skateboarder Mark/Gator, becomes increasingly jealous of his girlfriend, Brandi, and starts becoming abusive. When Brandi’s best friend comes to town, the friend-Jessica-reaches out to Mark/Gator, and things take a terrible turn. Quick read- with true crime, the details are always exciting!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow! I don't want to experience anything any of the women did in these two stories. But in Till Murder Do Us Part Kathi had a strength about her that couldn't be denied. And Brandi in Ramp Up To Murder knew when to get out and saved her life. She should be proud of herself for seeing the signs and being strong enough to leave when she did. Both stories were about relationships gone wrong and its up to each of us to decide the right or wrong moves to make when the time comes. Hopefully the right Wow! I don't want to experience anything any of the women did in these two stories. But in Till Murder Do Us Part Kathi had a strength about her that couldn't be denied. And Brandi in Ramp Up To Murder knew when to get out and saved her life. She should be proud of herself for seeing the signs and being strong enough to leave when she did. Both stories were about relationships gone wrong and its up to each of us to decide the right or wrong moves to make when the time comes. Hopefully the right ones.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    Disturbing books on murder and relationships from Patterson in this round. This is a two for one book where there are two shorter stories in the book that reflect the same relationship murder scheme. First is about a husband who is not really who she thought he was. The second is a boyfriend who is successful and driven by a car crash to find his religion although he still has evil thoughts to the girlfriend until the worst happens. Quick read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Two separate crime stories in one book. They were true thrillers and a fast And enjoyable read with the usual short chapters. One was about a husband Who changed names and families to suit himself after he killed a man. He Kept getting away. The next was about a well known skateboarder who Attacked a young girl, killed her and finally confessed. These were short Fast reads. The usual Patterson style. I recommend this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I still believe Patterson lends his name to these projects too cheaply, but I do appreciate that the stories are being told. This slim work contains two crime stories that go back years, and both eventually ended in the perpetrators being caught and convicted. I almost suppose that if Patterson did not lend his name to them they would disappear into history without mention other than showing up in a "Google" search connected to a local newspaper article or court document. I still believe Patterson lends his name to these projects too cheaply, but I do appreciate that the stories are being told. This slim work contains two crime stories that go back years, and both eventually ended in the perpetrators being caught and convicted. I almost suppose that if Patterson did not lend his name to them they would disappear into history without mention other than showing up in a "Google" search connected to a local newspaper article or court document.

  25. 5 out of 5

    MrsMorg

    Believe it or not this book was amongst some I got given for Mothers day this year. I usually listen to true crime podcasts, I don't tend to read books about real life crimes but thought this was a good read. I've read some of Patterson's fictional work so I liked that his fast paced chapter style continued in this book. It made for a quick read once I got settled into it. Overall a ⭐⭐⭐.5 for me as I think I prefer my true crime in podcast form. Believe it or not this book was amongst some I got given for Mothers day this year. I usually listen to true crime podcasts, I don't tend to read books about real life crimes but thought this was a good read. I've read some of Patterson's fictional work so I liked that his fast paced chapter style continued in this book. It made for a quick read once I got settled into it. Overall a ⭐⭐⭐.5 for me as I think I prefer my true crime in podcast form.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simone Cameron

    A quick read and based on 2 real life crimes. I didn't focus on chapter lengths or writing style, because I was really so intrigued by the crimes. I'm on a bit of a true crime binge at the moment, so this book came a good time. I usually watch documentaries, so I was keen to see what the reading experience would be like. The second crime really shocked me. What a waste....why are women constantly subjected to such horrific crimes :( A quick read and based on 2 real life crimes. I didn't focus on chapter lengths or writing style, because I was really so intrigued by the crimes. I'm on a bit of a true crime binge at the moment, so this book came a good time. I usually watch documentaries, so I was keen to see what the reading experience would be like. The second crime really shocked me. What a waste....why are women constantly subjected to such horrific crimes :(

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    It's hard to review a book when the real stories in the book are mind blowingly disgusting, horrific, and just over all tragic. I guess that's what Patterson does best is give it to you straight. This book did give me insight on 2 cases I wasn't aware of and had to really talk to someone about it because it really sickened me to the core. Brandi McClain case will be in the closet of "cases I can't handle." Every true crime fan has one. It's hard to review a book when the real stories in the book are mind blowingly disgusting, horrific, and just over all tragic. I guess that's what Patterson does best is give it to you straight. This book did give me insight on 2 cases I wasn't aware of and had to really talk to someone about it because it really sickened me to the core. Brandi McClain case will be in the closet of "cases I can't handle." Every true crime fan has one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kellyann

    I honestly loved it , I've read many true crime books and I have to say that the way James Patterson wrote this was almost as if in a fictional manner. I really enjoyed it start to finish. Both cases I was unfamiliar with and like always I like to research them after reading . It was very accurate and a really enjoyable read. I'll be looking forward to reading the remaining 5 books in this series. I honestly loved it , I've read many true crime books and I have to say that the way James Patterson wrote this was almost as if in a fictional manner. I really enjoyed it start to finish. Both cases I was unfamiliar with and like always I like to research them after reading . It was very accurate and a really enjoyable read. I'll be looking forward to reading the remaining 5 books in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kode Kaldwin

    This book covers two true crime cases and is written in such a way it feels like the story is playing out right in front of you. It captures the most human elements of the cases with emotions no longer being secondary to the facts. I blazed through the book in a couple of nights. Well the time for fans of true crime who want a more 'intimate' read. This book covers two true crime cases and is written in such a way it feels like the story is playing out right in front of you. It captures the most human elements of the cases with emotions no longer being secondary to the facts. I blazed through the book in a couple of nights. Well the time for fans of true crime who want a more 'intimate' read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Anderson

    This is part of James Patterson true crime series. I didn't realize before I started that's what it was. I haven't always liked his true crime series, but these 2 stories were better than the other one I read. Kathy, married for 12 years, stumbles on some evidence her husband isn't who she thinks. And pro- skater, Gators, fall into bi-polar murder. This is part of James Patterson true crime series. I didn't realize before I started that's what it was. I haven't always liked his true crime series, but these 2 stories were better than the other one I read. Kathy, married for 12 years, stumbles on some evidence her husband isn't who she thinks. And pro- skater, Gators, fall into bi-polar murder.

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