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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Rocha Narrator: Sharon Rocha Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780739324240
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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 Bridget | 2/5/2014

    " This books lets you read about Laci and get to know her. It isn't all about what happened when she went missing and was murdered. You get to see a lot of anecdotes through her Mom's eyes. A very touching book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Sharing her loss as a mother I can't imagine how difficult this was for her! She wrote this in such a detailed and many times, painful way that I felt compelled to finish it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme | 1/1/2014

    " This book was really scary to read, but I couldn't put it down. It is about the Scott and Laci Peterson case which is really interesting and it is written by Laci's mother. It is really haunting, but you get to learn so many things that the media never covered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/18/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/11/2013

    " Even if proceeds from this book weren't going to charity (and they are), this book would be worth the read not only because it's very well written but it provides one of the, if not the only, insider account of the Laci Peterson disappearance. Far from being just a missing person, and then a homicide victim, Laci Rocha Peterson comes alive in the pages of her mother's book, from the personal family photos, to Laci's pregnancy journal entries, to Sharon's emotional turmoil at losing her only daughter and grandson. Saddest of all is perhaps the pages wherein Sharon describes Laci's excitement over her pregnancy and her son's impending birth, knowing that Laci would never experience motherhood. Scott Peterson comes across as a slick, manipulative, unfaithful louse of a husband who inexplicably decided to kill a wife who obviously loved him very much. A sad, sordid tale, but kudos to Sharon Rocha for having the courage to tell it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/2/2013

    " How do you rate a book about the loss of a daughter from a mother's perspective? It was interesting, very sad and probably not the best book to read right after Christmas - always a depressing time anyways! But I was always curious about what went on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabatha Terry | 11/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/31/2013

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/6/2013

    " 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 Katrina | 7/30/2013

    " This book is about Laci Peterson. It, in contrast to "Presumed Guilty", show's why Scott Peterson should be blamed. The down-to-earth format and motherly love coming from it makes me want to cry. I would definatly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/18/2013

    " 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 Melanie | 7/12/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Evilsizor | 3/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/5/2013

    " Such a heart-wrenching story. Poor Laci... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Resendes | 11/16/2012

    " very sad but good read ifnyou enjoy true stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unsolved Mystery | 11/6/2012

    " 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 Kristi | 10/26/2012

    " 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 Sheila | 4/29/2012

    " A VERY SAD STORY- SO MUCH LOSS AND FOR WHAT REASON. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/4/2012

    " 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 Biosyd | 12/16/2011

    " As a mother, this was a little difficult to read but I wanted a mothers perspective after reading Keith Albows account of Scott Peterson's life. Keiths book is better, but I'm glad that I read both. Its a shame. Conner would be running around and playing today if he were alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 8/26/2011

    " 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 Chantel thomas | 1/22/2011

    " I read this also! I thought it was a great book, especially after following the case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mela V | 1/3/2011

    " All I can say is OMG...what a tear jerker and every mothers worst night mare...This book was wonderfully written. It came straight from her mothers heart..sad but true story.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 9/6/2010

    " Very sad story, it was portrayed in the media just as the book was written. But, it was nice to get a background on Lacy and what kind of person she was before her untimely death. "

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