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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Then No One Can Have Her by Caitlin Rother - Book Review

Then No One Can Have Her

About The Book:

She thought she had married her soulmate. But when Carol Kennedy could no longer tolerate her husband's reckless womanizing and out-of-control spending, the artist, therapist and mother of two had to let him go. Just weeks after their divorce, Carol was found in her Arizona ranch home—bludgeoned to death with a golf club. Her ex, Steven DeMocker, was the prime suspect. Yet it took the authorities months to arrest him—and years to convict.

Packed with twists and turns, this powerful real-life account reveals every bizarre detail of this compelling case. Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caitlin Rother presents an unforgettable story of love turned to obsession, and a family torn apart forever.

My Thoughts:

It takes the heart of an investigative journalist and the skills of a great storyteller to write a mesmerizing true crime book.  The writer must grab the reader's attention with the details and the storyteller must keep that attention with an unbelievably intriguing story.  Author Caitlin Rother proves she has the grit to do this in her latest book, "Then No One Can Have Her."

Using the backdrop of the charming town of Prescott, Arizona, Rother takes her readers with her as she follows the story of a grisly murder involving the town's gentle yoga instructor/counselor Carol Kennedy and the cunning, narcissistic man who was convicted of that brutal killing, her ex-husband Steve DeMocker. Giving details of every step of the investigation into Carol's death, plus giving pertinent background information on all the players in this crime, Rother makes the story come alive with her flair for descriptive writing and presenting hardcore evidence. 

I used to be a big fan of true crime, especially Ann Rule's spectacular books, but I had not read any really good ones until I found Caitlin Rother's books. Through Rother's words, you almost feel as if you are walking in the investigators' shoes as you hang on to the edge of your seat, and "Then No One Can Have Her" is no exception. I know the research and time spent on this type of book is mind-boggling, and Rother's dedication to presenting the facts while also entertaining the reader is evident in her writing. This is a well-written, well-presented book that true crime fans will thoroughly enjoy.  I look forward to Rother's next spine-tingling story.

About The Author:

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored nine books: Her latest, I'll Take Care of You, as well as Lost Girls, Poisoned Love, Dead Reckoning, Body Parts, Twisted Triangle, Deadly Devotion, Naked Addiction, and My Life, Deleted.

Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for nineteen years before deciding to write books full-time. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. She has appeared dozens of times as a crime expert on Nancy Grace, the Jay Thomas Show, Investigation Discovery, E!, HLN, the Oxygen Network, Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record, XM Radio, America at Night, CSPAN and various PBS radio and TV affiliates.

 Rother works as a book doctor/publishing and research consultant and teaches narrative non-fiction writing at UCSD Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink. Please visit her website at http://caitlinrother.com

My thanks to the author and publisher, Kensington/Pinnacle Books, for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Kathy said...

I'm reading it now. Steven DeMocker was my broker when I had a small IRA. Not an easy person to read, but definitely a cool cookie. The book is well written, but I hate the subject!