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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9780743567893
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When beautiful, blond Sheila married the charming, handsome Blackthorne, she was convinced she had found her perfect soul mate, and helped him attain 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 and remarried, she still felt she was doomed. Joyously pregnant -- she and her new husband expected quadruplets -- Sheila still feared Blackthorne would use his millions and power to track 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. 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 listeners from beginning to end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Affecting, tense, and smart true-crime.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Rule, in classic form, meticulously re-creates the…lives of her characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sober, nonsensational account of Sheila’s murder, the miund-boggling series of events preceding it, and the nail-biting sequence of twists and turns in the investigation of the crime…As usual, Rule excels at painting psychologically perceptive portraits of all the characters in this stranger-than-fiction but nevertheless real-life drama.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/18/2014

    " I don't remember ever reading a true crime book before, and it took some getting used to. There was a lot of repetition and jumping around. But, all in all, it was a pretty interesting and engaging story, and the ending seemed morally appropriate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hez | 2/15/2014

    " This is an awesome book. The gal that this story is about requested that if anything ever happened to her, that Ann Rule write her story. It is sad and riveting all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Rauch | 2/13/2014

    " I am a big fan of murder mysteries and courtroom drama. The fact that this was based on a true story made the book that much more fascinating. It did read like a "Who's Who?" in spots...with names and dates that I have already forgotten. However, the author did a good job of giving the reader enough background to really understand...or try to understand...the complex character of the man who orchestrated the murder of his ex-wife. All in all, it is a very sad true story and a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Hicks | 2/4/2014

    " Sticking with the true Ann Rule fashion, once again, she has outdone herself with this true story. I couldn't put this book down! I wish Ann Rule would write something new, but then, for that to happen, would mean, that someone has to be a victim, and I don't advocate that, but she is the best true-crime writer of this century! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 2/1/2014

    " This is a mystery based on fact. Lots of details and well written. The first half is info leading up to the murder of Sheila, the Florida mom with quadruplets. The second half is all of the investigations and people involved in proving who did it. Another one that I didn't finish though; got bogged down by the details in the second half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Garrett | 1/25/2014

    " Just started reading this and can't put it down. Allen is a twisted sick man. It is amazing how cons everone and gets away with everything. Almost everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/23/2014

    " True-crime novel about a woman who divorces a socio-path and gets on with her life with a new husband and quadruplets only to be haunted by the first husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/19/2014

    " I have never been disappointed by an Ann Rule book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2014

    " psycho becomes husband, father, millionaire in a few short years. scarily shows just how easy it is for someone to get a couple of dumb bunnies to commit murder for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2014

    " This was a page turner... Stayed up way too late trying to finish. So sad for all involved... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva Leger | 1/17/2014

    " Another great true crime book from Ann Rule- the queen of true crime! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Thorson | 1/16/2014

    " I always enjoy Ann Rule's true crime stories. Listened to the audio version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/4/2014

    " I couldnt put this book down. I would have to say it is my favorite Ann Rule book so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Peck | 12/6/2013

    " Enjoyed, but it got tedious about three quarters of the way through. I remember hearing the news reports about the murder and seeing the interviews given by Allen Blackthorne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 12/2/2013

    " A controlling sociopath terrorizes his wife. Then there are other short true crime stories in addition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Overgaard | 10/31/2013

    " Good book about the most twisted individuals' I have ever read about. A great read but tragic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 6/13/2013

    " Very captivating-as usual for Rule! Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina King | 9/15/2012

    " My first Ann Rule book. A wonderful writer. Very detail oriented. My heart was broken for the victim(s) in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WK | 8/21/2012

    " Typical Ann Rule style recount of the murder of the mother of quintuplets. Well researched and presented this one comes with an interesting introduction by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 6/28/2012

    " The Queen of true crime books. This is one is good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/27/2012

    " Pretty good. The crime itself was interesting and Allen Blackthorne was/is fascinating. It started to drag in the second half once it got into the court proceedings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Luke | 4/20/2012

    " Another great book I read straight through in one night! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valissa | 1/13/2012

    " My secret shame. True crime novels. My neighbor figured it out and now passes these along to me, and I read them, oh, yes I do. The best part is that I can pass them on to my mother, who also has the secret addiction. Bwa ha ha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsi | 12/27/2011

    " It was intresting to see it on the news then to read the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 11/1/2011

    " A very well written true crime book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 9/28/2011

    " I'm not so much into true crime books, but this one is very good. Sad story, which is why I try to stay away from true crime, but very suspenseful and with a slightly happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mandly | 9/5/2011

    " Good straight forward account of a horrible crime. I didn't realize she wrote the Stranger Beside Me, the story of serial killer Ted Bundy which I read in high school! She's got a slew of other true life crime books out there and I'll definitely try another one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Hanes | 8/30/2011

    " I always love reading Anne Rule books; they are heartbreaking, but riveting. It's scary how a successful, outgoing millionare can be a demon on the inside. I do often think about the family the woman left behind, and hope they are doing OK in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 7/17/2011

    " Great book. I loved how I knew where everything is since I live in San Antonio. Although, I think I may be afraid of my neighbors from now on because you just never know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 6/16/2011

    " This book was a bit too detailed on the investigation. There were so many police officers and investigators mentioned that I had a hard time keeping them all straight! But all in all, it was a very enjoyable read and it held my interest all the way through to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dondero | 4/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. She made the characters very real to me. The story was a bit hard to follow but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?~Nikolio~? | 3/15/2011

    " This is the type of book that will make the reader become very emotionally envolved with the characters. At points it made me angry at some of the characters and cry at others. The saddest part about the whole story is that it's a true story. =( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/2/2011

    " A very well written true crime book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/31/2011

    " A long book [almost 700 pages] but this one didn't bore me during the trial details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/14/2011

    " Not one of Ann Rule's best efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/31/2010

    " I love True Crime books and this one did not disappoint. Can't read too many of these back-to-back though, too depressing, to think people really are like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 11/17/2010

    " This wasn't my favorite Ann Rule book, but pretty still a good, interesting, thoroughly researched book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/25/2010

    " This book was waaaaay to long. It would have been fine if the author had not foreshadowed heavily so much throughout the book that you knew the outcome all along. It made you wish it would just be over with it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/10/2010

    " This guy Allen got away with a lot of things in his life but he finally got it in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/5/2010

    " This was a crazy book...I still even with the job that I do, cannot beliee some of the things that people will do to their own familiy and loved ones. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.