I downloaded this onto my i pod and it had me hooked from the start - fantastic, fascinating and so detailed you could just picture each of the characters in this. Brad Morris Cunningham, had all the charm, good looks and gift of being such a master manipulator that the most educated and strongest women fell under his spell. He was such an unpleasant man - his hatred of women showed in every aspect of his behavour, his denial of his Native American heritage, only ever acknowledging it when it suited him (money), his dismissive arrogance with regards to the law was breathtaking and I felt so, so sorry for all of his children to have been burdened with a father like that, but as far as he was concerned that was the normal way to treat women and children were just a commodity he learned that behaviour from his own father and grandfather. Thank goodness for the support of his ex-wife Sara who never stopped loving Cheryl's sons and being there for them and Cheryl's family, friends and colleagues who relentlessly never stopped until justice was done for her and her children also the strength that the ex-wives and partners managed to find to finally stand up to him - Brad Cunningham was evil to the core and is probably still denying to this day that he murdered his wife because he so believes his lies. Prison is too good a place for him.
Loved it, loved it, loved it - Ann Rule does it again but I would really like to know how the Cunningham children are doing now away and free from his tyranny.
All I can say is that I didn't believe that women like Liysa Northon existed, a pathalogical liar, so totally heartless in actually thinking she could get away with murdering her husband Chris by claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. She meticulously planned her husband's murder laying the groundwork long before she actually committed the crime so her 'story' would have credibility, but it was actually her own lies that eventually caught her out. After listening to this I was curious to find out more about Liysa and discovered she sure does have a devoted and extremly loyal following and some poor bloke has even married her! What I couldn't understand is that despite the clear evidence to the contrary, her loyal and quite frankly deluded following still think that she is innocent - many not even prepared to accept the evidence which shatters her lies - just shows how manipulative and charasmatic she can be!! Ann Rule is a stickler for detail and this shows in her book and I thought the narration by Blair Brown suited this story very well.
This excellently read, painstakingly researched audiobook tells the story of a factual Victorian railway murder and the subsequent pursuit of justice. It is however, much more than a whodunnit and it explores arguments about the management of evidence, the astute questioning of witnesses and moreover it debates the morality of capital punishment. The closing few chapters are tense, gripping and almost unbearable. the final chapter is perhaps a wee bit too long...phrenology indeed!
The book started slowly for me whilst the author necessarily established facts, but quickly gathered pace to an extent that I listened to the whole thing in just two sittings.
Comparisons with The Suspicions of Mr Whicher are as inevitable as they are invidious. I enjoyed both books although truthfully speaking, this one just edged it for me.