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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Rocha Narrator: Staci Snell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781415926055
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Laci Rocha Peterson, 8 months pregnant, was last seen by her sister, Amy, in the late afternoon of December 23, 2002. She spoke to her mother, Sharon Rocha, at 8:30 p.m. that night. This would be the last time anyone from her immediate family ever spoke to her.

A search began which lasted an agonizing four months. Sadly, Laci Peterson and her son Conner were found dead on the shores of San Francisco Bay on April 18, 2003.

Her husband, Scott, was eventually arrested and charged with the murder of Laci and Connor. After a sensational, media-saturated trial, Peterson was found guilty of capital murder and was sentenced to death on March 16, 2005.

This book deals with the story in three separate sections: first, Sharon describes the ordinary, loving life her daughter led, including fond memories of her childhood and adolescence. Second, it covers her marriage, disappearance, the community's moving search for her, and her and Connor's eventual recovery from San Francisco Bay. Third, it tells the story of the trial in detail not before revealed. Sharon will also talk about victim's rights, a subject on which she now campaigns regularly.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabatha Terry | 2/18/2014

    " This is such a moving story about a mothers love and pain. I bought this book the day is came out and could not put it down. I felt everything as if I was right there with her. VERY touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 2/14/2014

    " This was a heartbreaking look inside of the Laci Peterson case...an intimate story that could only be told by her mother. It was a quick and easy read, and well worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy (Betsy R) | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book. I feel terrible saying this considering the unbelievable anguish this woman went through losing her daughter and unborn grandson. It amazes me that she was able to share her personal and heartbreaking story with everyone. I remember when Laci first went missing and immediately thought her husband was guilty of doing something to her. The way he acted in this book just confirms, at least to me, that he was 100% guilty for murdering his beautiful wife and their innocent baby boy. I just finished this book and keep asking myself Why? Why? Sharon Rocha says in this book that "Divorce is always an option" and it always is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha P | 2/8/2014

    " this one make me cry a lot it a sad story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " Obviously, this is not a book that will leave you with warm fuzzies when you get done reading it. It's heart-wrenching and almost unbearable at times, as you know that Sharon Rocha's pain is real. She's not a character created by some author. She is a woman still coping with the murder of her daughter and unborn grandchild. Still, it's worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 1/24/2014

    " A book by Laci Peterson's mother about her disappearance and murder. Fascinating to see the perspective of the family and she did a great job of showing how they supported Scott at first but slowly realized he had killed their daughter. Better than the average true crime / victim's family book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/22/2014

    " When I started to read this book I thought I had an idea on how it would be, but as I started reading it, it was better than what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/21/2014

    " one of the most poignant and beautiful books describing unconditional love for a child and how horribly painful grief can be. i felt like i was sitting on a couch listening to sharon tell her story. beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keeli Holzwarth marin | 1/20/2014

    " This is a tragic story, read in private. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 12/30/2013

    " Loved it, After I read the book I felt as if i knew Laci for years a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eq | 12/27/2013

    " I don't typically read these sort of novels. I didn't have very high expectations. However, I was impressed that it was tastefully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 12/19/2013

    " Although this true story is sad & often times had me crying, it is a really great book! Heart wrenching & captivating! A view of what really happened & who Lacy really was as told by her mother. I cannot imagine having to go through such an ordeal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niccole Randle | 12/10/2013

    " I loved this book it was a great look into what Laci's family went through at the time of their loss. It was very sad at times but I really enjoyed learning about Laci as a person. Sharon Rocha gave Laci a voice to the beautiful face we all saw!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2013

    " Amazing book. Sharon Rocha is an amazing woman to survive all that and then to be able to relive it while writing a book. Amazing how much psychics came into play during the search. Highly recommend the book. Such a horrible thing to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Crusader | 12/3/2013

    " This is my third book about Laci and Scott Peterson, and my favourite. Sharon Rocha writes a compelling and interesting book. Not as dry as some of the other books on the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Bouchor | 11/3/2013

    " Loved it! After the harrowing times that her family went through, it's amazing that they're as strong as they are now. It was a wonderful tribute to a lovely young woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/24/2013

    " Heart-breaking story, but you will smile knowing how much Laci was loved and what a great life she lived! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 8/6/2013

    " This book frequently moved me to tears. It showed me how important it is to never take anything about my daughters for granted. Every moment I get to spend with them is precious. I admire Sharon's courage and steadfast advocacy in honoring her daughter's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/19/2013

    " so sad!!! THis book is from Sharon's perspective -- filling in all the holes from the case -- quick fast read and a definite page turner. Too bad Laci and Conner had to die "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 5/5/2013

    " This story was heartbreaking, as I felt so sorry for Sharon Rocha to lose her daughter who she loved so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/19/2013

    " This was a very emotional book. What this mother has gone through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn Vancil | 1/8/2013

    " So sad that Laci and Conner never got to come in to the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 7/26/2012

    " Of all of the Laci/Scott Peterson books out there, this by far is the best of them all. It is a quick read, however gives all details from infant up till death. You will cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/26/2012

    " I loved this book! I am fascinated with True Crime and because this is from a mothers perspective, I knew it would be honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 2/10/2012

    " A dear friend told me she has read this book more than 5 times. So, I decided to give it a try. As a mother, I was curious to read about Laci's story from her mother's perspective. I learned I need to charish every moment with my children and always let them know that I love them. Thank you Sharon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/26/2011

    " This book is heartbreaking, as is the story. It stays with you long after you out the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/30/2011

    " Heartwrenching story of a mother's agony over the murder of her daughter and grandson by her son-in-law. Some of this is very disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Donovan | 10/20/2011

    " I learned the entire story from the eyes of Laci's mother Sharon Rocha. I learned all you would ever want to know about Laci Peterson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/11/2011

    " By far, the best book I ever read in my life! If you don't cry in some parts you must be ice cold! All I read are true stories and this is the only one that touched my heart like it did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 11/15/2010

    " Revealed who Laci really was which is easily lost in this tragic story in the media. Gut wrenching mother's view on the murder of her only daughter by her son in law. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 8/11/2010

    " This book is so hard to get through because there are a lot of tears involved. I really liked the book. It is from Laci's mother's point of view. Heart wrenching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ? Southern ? Bookworm ? | 5/27/2010

    " This is another one that will break your heart. Scott Peterson will get what is coming to him one day. Rest in peace, Laci & Conner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2010

    " Interesting but disturbing. So hard to comprehend what makes a person decide to take the life of someone they claim to love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niccole | 2/22/2010

    " I loved this book it was a great look into what Laci's family went through at the time of their loss. It was very sad at times but I really enjoyed learning about Laci as a person. Sharon Rocha gave Laci a voice to the beautiful face we all saw!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/28/2010

    " This book was the saddest book I have ever read. I couldnt put it down.I read it in one day.Be prepared to cry if you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/22/2010

    " I was surprised by how engrossing this book was--the story of the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn son by her husband Scott, as told by her mother. It made me cry many times... "

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About the Narrator

Staci Snell has worked in radio and as an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as an actor. Her television credits include The Shield, The Division, and various commercials. As an audiobook narrator, her numerous titles include Sandra Brown’s Demon Rumm; Ann Rule’s Kiss Me, Kill Me; Sharon Rocha’s For Laci; and Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing on My List.