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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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Every mother’s worst fear became Sharon Rocha’s reality. On Christmas Eve 2002, she received a phone call from her son-in-law saying that her daughter, Laci, was missing. In the hours, days, and eventually months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home. InFor Laci, for the first time, Sharon tells us what it was like to live through the long nightmare and opens our hearts to the Laci she loved: the kindergarten artist, the tenth grader who cried on her mother’s lap after her first breakup, the young woman who planned her wedding with joyful enthusiasm.

At the time of her disappearance, Laci was twenty-seven years old, seven and a half months pregnant, and a vibrant presence in the lives of everyone who knew her. How, Sharon wondered, could Laci so suddenly become a missing person? That very word missing seemed premature, somehow suspect. From that first moment, Sharon knew with a mother’s instinct that something—beyond the alarming news itself—was terribly wrong. As the world now knows, she was right. Nearly two years after that night, a jury in the State of California found Scott Peterson guilty of the murder of his wife and their unborn son, Conner.

Until now, the world has not had an answer to a question that held countless millions in its grip. Through all the relentless media coverage of this unspeakable crime and subsequent trial, we all wondered: What would it be like to experience such a horror involving your own child and grandchild? What, indeed, was Sharon Rocha feeling?

In For Laci, Sharon tells us. In so doing, she goes far beyond previous accounts to tell this story with unprecedented immediacy and intimacy. Here are her private conversations with the murderer, his mistress, Amber Frey, and the lead police investigators as they meticulously build their case, as well as surprising and heartbreaking revelations about the trial and its aftermath. Perhaps what is most affecting is the sense we get of the person Laci Peterson was, and what it feels like to lose—as Sharon put it in her Victim’s Impact Statement—“her beautiful smile, her contagious giggle, her happy heart, her love of life, her great expectations of becoming a mother, her generous soul, her knowing how much I love her, and my knowing how much she loves me.”

Inspired by a desire to help others who find themselves similarly afflicted, to detail how the love of family, friends, and community helped her survive her ordeal, and to convey how much was lost when her wonderful daughter was taken, Sharon Rocha has written a powerful and deeply moving memoir of loss and the love that always endures.

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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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