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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:
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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.


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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