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Every Breath You Take

A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
By: Ann Rule
Narrated by: Blair Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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"If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne.

When beautiful, blond Sheila married the charming, handsome Blackthorne, she was convinced she had found her perfect soul mate, and helped him reach his goal of living the privileged life of the country club set. But behind Allen's smooth facade, she discovered a violent, controlling sociopath - a liar, a scam artist, a sexual deviant. When she finally fled with their two young daughters, she was skeletally thin, bruised, and beaten.

Although Sheila recovered, remarried, and was starting a new life and family, she still felt she was doomed. Joyously pregnant, she and her new husband expecting quadruplets, Sheila still feared Blackthorne, who had sworn to her he would monitor her every move and "every breath you take." And, in fact, Blackthorne inevitably tracked her down, as did her killer, who left her in a pool of blood marked by the tiny footprints of her two-year-old toddlers. The questions remained: Could the authorities ever link Sheila's murder to Blackthorne himself? Was his true obsession high-stakes golf and his extravagant pink mansion - or was it to destroy Sheila?

Following a trail of deception from Oregon and Hawaii to Texas and Florida, Ann Rule gained complete access to Sheila's family, friends, and neighbors, as well as to the detectives and prosecutors on the case. With Every Breath You Take, Ann Rule has written a heart-pounding account of obsession, revenge, and murder that will enthrall readers from beginning to end.

©2002 Ann Rule, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As usual, Rule excels at painting psychologically perceptive portraits of all the characters in this stranger-than-fiction but nevertheless real-life drama." (Booklist)

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  • Gini Laurie
  • 18-01-2017

Un-put-downable!

This is my first encounter with the author, but it won't be my last.. I simply could not put it down. If you like true crime, then, in my opinion, you will enjoy this. on saturday afternoon. curl up in your favourite chair, with steaming mug of hot chocolate, and settle in, you won't regret it.

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  • Miss H C Giles
  • 28-12-2018

True crime fans

If you love true crime, this is a very well written and read account of a devastating murder. Very detailed, yet sympathetic to the victims.

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  • Moimeme
  • 18-06-2017

Captures your attention

I breezed through this one in a day. Easy listen. Captivating story that's well narrated.

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