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Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine's Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person's report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateli Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine's Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person's report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen's story still weren't adding up: Why did he wait five days to go to police? What was the nature of his relationship with his children's beautiful, nineteen-year-old babysitter? Why did Stephen have cuts on his hands, and random bruises? Then, the police made a gruesome discovery. Parts of Tara Grant's body started turning up around the woods near the Grant's home. The truth was finally coming to light ... and, after a two-day manhunt, Stephen admitted to having killed Tara—first strangling her, then cutting her body into fourteen pieces before burying them. This is the shocking true story about a bitter, cheating husband whose crimes were revealed by the Blood in the Snow.


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Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine's Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person's report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateli Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine's Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person's report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen's story still weren't adding up: Why did he wait five days to go to police? What was the nature of his relationship with his children's beautiful, nineteen-year-old babysitter? Why did Stephen have cuts on his hands, and random bruises? Then, the police made a gruesome discovery. Parts of Tara Grant's body started turning up around the woods near the Grant's home. The truth was finally coming to light ... and, after a two-day manhunt, Stephen admitted to having killed Tara—first strangling her, then cutting her body into fourteen pieces before burying them. This is the shocking true story about a bitter, cheating husband whose crimes were revealed by the Blood in the Snow.

30 review for Blood in the Snow: The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, His High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy that Drove Him to Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    Nothing crazy awesome. Nothing to write home about. A decent true crime story that isn't too terribly predictable. "Just okay". Nothing crazy awesome. Nothing to write home about. A decent true crime story that isn't too terribly predictable. "Just okay".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    So I forgot to bring The Stone Sky to work and read this instead. Honestly, I've been more like skimming it. The problem with this book is that there simply isn't enough material to fill a book. 350 pages for what was essentially an open and shut case. There was no doubt that he did the crime -- they found a piece of her body in the house -- and even the trial was simple a 'will this be manslaughter or 1st degree murder' type thing. They found her body within days of the missing report and they f So I forgot to bring The Stone Sky to work and read this instead. Honestly, I've been more like skimming it. The problem with this book is that there simply isn't enough material to fill a book. 350 pages for what was essentially an open and shut case. There was no doubt that he did the crime -- they found a piece of her body in the house -- and even the trial was simple a 'will this be manslaughter or 1st degree murder' type thing. They found her body within days of the missing report and they found him a couple days later. There was no suspense, no real plot twists; it was basically a case of a man wanting to marry his mistress (the nanny -- haha) and not wanting to divorce. So we get a whole shitton of filler. The author does all the usual: we get a huge chunk of the police interview, we get the life history of everyone who says three sentences in the book, and it gets filled with some much nonsense just to fill pages.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deb Jones

    I'd rate this true crime book a solid 3.5 stars; I liked it but I didn't REALLY like it a lot. Maybe I should blame my frame of mind; perhaps I just wasn't into a true crime novel. The writing is decent; the villain is despicable. I'd rate this true crime book a solid 3.5 stars; I liked it but I didn't REALLY like it a lot. Maybe I should blame my frame of mind; perhaps I just wasn't into a true crime novel. The writing is decent; the villain is despicable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fishface

    A great, great read about a terrible crime. Henderson writes this one in a slangy, gossipy way that perfectly captures the way we Detroiters talked about the Tara Grant murder at the time it was all going down. But there a much, much more information in here than I ever knew about before. Don't make the mistake of putting this one down before you've finished the last page; it gets weirder and worse the longer you read. This book is a testament to how much destruction one person can cause. A great, great read about a terrible crime. Henderson writes this one in a slangy, gossipy way that perfectly captures the way we Detroiters talked about the Tara Grant murder at the time it was all going down. But there a much, much more information in here than I ever knew about before. Don't make the mistake of putting this one down before you've finished the last page; it gets weirder and worse the longer you read. This book is a testament to how much destruction one person can cause.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    it was fine, wish they’d spent more time discussing Tara and Stephen’s relationship

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Above average true crime book, with unusual facts. A well-presented true-crime case set in Michigan, without too much detailed background information about the key players. If you are an Ann Rule fan, you will enjoy this one -- much the same approach.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is the story of Tara Grant, a mother and high-powered executive who was killed by her no-good husband. It is a true-crime book and details her sudden disappearance, the search for her, and the subsequent legal fallout when her body is found. The book covers the killer's actions before, during, and after the murder, and through the murder trial. It is not often that you see a true-crime book with a twist at the end. But this book is one of those. I will not spoil it here, but suffice it to sa This is the story of Tara Grant, a mother and high-powered executive who was killed by her no-good husband. It is a true-crime book and details her sudden disappearance, the search for her, and the subsequent legal fallout when her body is found. The book covers the killer's actions before, during, and after the murder, and through the murder trial. It is not often that you see a true-crime book with a twist at the end. But this book is one of those. I will not spoil it here, but suffice it to say it is an interesting one. I was only going to give this book three stars but for the twist at the end, which bumps it up to 4 stars category. This story immediately drew me in and kept me reading, though I thought the writing dragged in the middle. The author has a habit of giving you a five page rundown of each major player in the book, which is pertinent for some people, but less so for various detectives, attorneys, and judges. I felt like the story could have some of it's fluff cut out and would still be a good book without it. There is some mention of alcohol use, some descriptions of sex acts, and violence pretty much throughout. It's a true-crime book. Not everyone gets out alive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kris Roedig

    Not the typical true-crime type of book which I have read. This is due mostly to absolutely zero mystery as to who did the killing. Instead, author Tom Henderson details exactly how sick and conceited murderer Stephen Grant was and is. Not only is he full of himself, delusional at how much of a Romeo he was, but he just isn’t very smart, either. Later in the book this selfishness is apparent in his sister as they callously trade barbs about the deceased. That was the most disturbing part. The tr Not the typical true-crime type of book which I have read. This is due mostly to absolutely zero mystery as to who did the killing. Instead, author Tom Henderson details exactly how sick and conceited murderer Stephen Grant was and is. Not only is he full of himself, delusional at how much of a Romeo he was, but he just isn’t very smart, either. Later in the book this selfishness is apparent in his sister as they callously trade barbs about the deceased. That was the most disturbing part. The trial portion left little surprises, but that was to be expected. There were so many worlds turned upside down because of this sicko’s actions- those are the ones I feel sorry for. Narrator Paul Michael Garcia did a pretty excellent job with what he was given. The voices were distinct and he made the story flow easily. I do feel that if I were reading a physical book rather than listening, I would have gotten very bored of this one. However, Garcia kept me intrigued for the most part. Not the best true crime story, but certainly not the worst that is in my library. (That would be “If You Tell”). 3.5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    Really interesting case study of what people are capable of. Tara Grant's husband murdered her and then, in front of their children, called her cell phone to reprimand her for not calling home. So odd. He was not a particularly savvy killer. He was a creepy dude who had a peephole in his closet to spy on the au pairs they hired, someone who pretended he was doing dangerous under cover work when he was indeed not, someone who was cheating on his wife and installed spyware on her computer so he co Really interesting case study of what people are capable of. Tara Grant's husband murdered her and then, in front of their children, called her cell phone to reprimand her for not calling home. So odd. He was not a particularly savvy killer. He was a creepy dude who had a peephole in his closet to spy on the au pairs they hired, someone who pretended he was doing dangerous under cover work when he was indeed not, someone who was cheating on his wife and installed spyware on her computer so he could track every interaction she had (she was not cheating on him), and who was just a liar and sneak in general. The most interesting thing about this case is the actions taken by the murderer after he killed his wife. Everything he did fascinated me because it was just so unbelievable. He was either really cruel or completely inept, and constantly making himself out to be the victim, a surprising combination that made this a page turner.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    True crime stories fascinate me and are definitely stranger than fiction. I do not think I will ever understand the mindset that allows for the murder (let alone dismemberment) of someone you proclaimed to "love" at some point, but I seek for that understanding. The details of this story are gruesome, but well written, and the heartache of the family juxtaposed with the flippant, even jocular manner of the killer and his sister is astonishing. I loved the detectives and their emotional involveme True crime stories fascinate me and are definitely stranger than fiction. I do not think I will ever understand the mindset that allows for the murder (let alone dismemberment) of someone you proclaimed to "love" at some point, but I seek for that understanding. The details of this story are gruesome, but well written, and the heartache of the family juxtaposed with the flippant, even jocular manner of the killer and his sister is astonishing. I loved the detectives and their emotional involvement with the case, and even though the judge annoyed me at first (loopholes and favoritism in the law piss me off), ultimately I was pleased with the final outcome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    3.5: I actually liked this book- the length felt less forced than some of the other books from this publisher, and even though there were definitely digressions from the main plot (back stories, side cases, etc.) they were usually interesting and I find it useful to know a little about the people being represented. It could have used some better editing, there were some weird grammar and tense issues that I felt should have been dealt with way before publication. As to the story, this dude was C 3.5: I actually liked this book- the length felt less forced than some of the other books from this publisher, and even though there were definitely digressions from the main plot (back stories, side cases, etc.) they were usually interesting and I find it useful to know a little about the people being represented. It could have used some better editing, there were some weird grammar and tense issues that I felt should have been dealt with way before publication. As to the story, this dude was CRAZY. Unbelievably unhinged. Fascinating.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Well written book. Stephen Grant claimed he snapped when he strangled his wife and then dismembered her body. He said felt like a victim. Well no he wasn’t a victim. He was a cold blooded psychopath who really felt sorry for himself. The author was able to keep my interest and there were plenty of details. I finished the book thinking how fitting it is for him to spend the rest of his life in prison.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    💩💩writing: tangential, needless autobiographical details on everyone involved. This terrible crime could’ve been conveyed in a much shortened version. IMO the defendant should’ve received 1st degree murder. After reading all these true crime books, I cannot help but have little trust in this country’s justice system. Ugh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This true crime book was a very good read. I started reading it, thinking it might be run of the mill, but I have no complaints! I listened to this and am very impressed with the narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, as well as the author, Tom Henderson.m

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    yeah, okay, i’ve read a lot of these. most of them are terrible, but some are worse. i’m not proud of it, but i’ve never seen an episode of “real housewives,” so it evens out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ adding these to my “read” list so they stop popping up in my recommendations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Mustard

    How do you rate a book like this? The writing and overall story telling was very good but the story itself is a sad messed up one. How can someone do something to this extreme? Crazy how peoples minds work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    was pretty young when this happened but vaguely remember seeing this on the news, really creepy to read and learn details i never knew. know pretty much all the areas mentioned pretty well which just makes it even creepier

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tammi Stuhldreher

    This was a book with a lot of potential. The problem I had was the timeline was confusing, a lot of jumping around instead o it being story told from start to finish. There was also a lot of repeated information. It was interesting though, truth is truly stranger than fiction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane Waddington

    Good book hit home this was right in my neighborhood.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue Rubin

    This was a bizarre story and it did keep my interest, but sometimes I just had to stop listening to it, because there were such gory details!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin Kelly

    I listened to the audiobook; it was very well done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    Crazy but entertaining..

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    As many others have said, there was a lot of filler in this book, stretching out portions with too much detail/focus.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim Harwell Grider

    It was OK. It became interesting towards the end during the trial.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    3.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Simmons

    Meh. 2.5.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    You can read a good book of fiction, but at the end of the day, it's just that, fiction. True horror comes from reading what really happened and could happen again. This story is just so tragic and creepy. This is my first Tom Henderson book, but won’t be my last. In this book, we learn the story of Stephen Grant. In 2007, Grant took up an affair with his German born au pair. Grant decided he was going to short circuit the divorce process by killing his wife Tara, cutting up her body and pretendi You can read a good book of fiction, but at the end of the day, it's just that, fiction. True horror comes from reading what really happened and could happen again. This story is just so tragic and creepy. This is my first Tom Henderson book, but won’t be my last. In this book, we learn the story of Stephen Grant. In 2007, Grant took up an affair with his German born au pair. Grant decided he was going to short circuit the divorce process by killing his wife Tara, cutting up her body and pretending that she'd run away in the middle of marital spat. Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel patiently and deliberately permitted Grant to hang himself while slowing taking the necessary steps to uncover the physical evidence of his wrongdoing. As written by Henderson, by the time the police were ready to make their arrest, Grant had already implicated himself through contradictory and nonsensical statements in the media and of course by keeping incriminating evidence of the murder in his garage. This book takes you inside Grant's mind from committing the crime to his attempt to escape justice.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I am just wrapping up this book. For some reason, I have been on this kick of devouring true crime stories. I finish them in one or two days, since I can NOT put them down. They kind of creep me out. I remember watching this case unfold on the news a few years back. This book is very detailed, and the author keeps you involved from beginning to end. It can be sad, gruesome, and downright sickening. I keep going over the details and wondering how this woman and so many others married a sociopath, I am just wrapping up this book. For some reason, I have been on this kick of devouring true crime stories. I finish them in one or two days, since I can NOT put them down. They kind of creep me out. I remember watching this case unfold on the news a few years back. This book is very detailed, and the author keeps you involved from beginning to end. It can be sad, gruesome, and downright sickening. I keep going over the details and wondering how this woman and so many others married a sociopath, capable of murdering and scattering the body of the mother of his children after ten years of marriage.. You think you know someone! If you want a quick, crime read.. this one is great. I love this whole series in fact.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy Lee

    This book was brutal, true, and amazing with details. It is so messed up to think someone in their right mind would do this, say the things he does, and acts the way these people do. I am honored to have such an amazing police force and investigation team so close to where I live. This story is very eerie, especially since it only happened a few years ago. I remember when this happened, especially since I live so close and have been to the park where he hid the body so many times. If you like my This book was brutal, true, and amazing with details. It is so messed up to think someone in their right mind would do this, say the things he does, and acts the way these people do. I am honored to have such an amazing police force and investigation team so close to where I live. This story is very eerie, especially since it only happened a few years ago. I remember when this happened, especially since I live so close and have been to the park where he hid the body so many times. If you like mystery, thriller, and true stories this is definitely a must read book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharen

    This book was very well written, it kept my attention to the point of not being able to put it down! The only "complaint" I have is that the author refers to the lower penninsula of MI as "northern Michigan". Being from the Upper Penninsula of MI, I can tell you it is not considered "northern Michigan" until you cross the bridge. This book was very well written, it kept my attention to the point of not being able to put it down! The only "complaint" I have is that the author refers to the lower penninsula of MI as "northern Michigan". Being from the Upper Penninsula of MI, I can tell you it is not considered "northern Michigan" until you cross the bridge.

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