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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Ann Rule Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1991 ISBN: 9780743548625
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In 1985, thirty-two-year-old David Brown seemed to have it all. A computer genius with a million-dollar business, married for the fifth time—most recently to a twenty-three-year-old beauty, Linda, the mother of his newborn baby—he was the living embodiment of a rich playboy. But the signs of the dream life’s dark underside were already emerging—especially in Brown’s penchant for divorcing his young wives as soon as they matured to full womanhood.

The darkness came into full, violent bloom the night Linda was found shot to death in her own bed. Shockingly, Brown’s fourteen-year-old stepdaughter Cinnamon confessed, earning a prison sentence for the murder in a case that rocked California’s Orange County community. But even after the verdict was in, officials in the District Attorney’s office suspected that all the facts were yet to be revealed. What their further investigations uncovered was a trail of lechery, deceit, and betrayal—a trail that began and ended with David Brown.

Filled with horrifying findings from the author’s exclusive access to the details of the investigation, If You Really Loved Me is Ann Rule’s most compelling work yet—a chilling true crime masterpiece!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bone chilling. A truly staggering case.

    Washington Post

  • “This lengthy account is generally engrossing.” 

    Library Journal

  • “A story of crime and punishment…bizarre enough to rivet anyone’s attention.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Warner | 2/12/2014

    " One of my favorite books by Ann Rule...I always enjoy her books which feature more than 1 case! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.cott | 2/7/2014

    " Almost mind-boggling, following this story of the twisted and secretive machinations of one of the more sinister, yet cowardly, sociopaths I've come across in my reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.D. Holman | 2/5/2014

    " A very interesting tale of manipulation and murder within a family. Not her best work (look to "A Stranger Beside Me" or "Green River, Running Red" for that), but I always a good tale of true crime when Ann Rule writes it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeniffer | 2/3/2014

    " Based on a true story (most of Ann Rules book are), disturbing what a man will put his daughter through because of how much she loves him. This was made into a movie. I love the photos in the middle of the book, you can see what the real life characters looked like! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/31/2014

    " millionare dad asks daughter to kill. cinnamon obliges. i do feel sorry for her as i do anyone who has such an awful dad but the "poor, innocent cinnamon" theme is a little overdone. the story is very interesting and fascinating on many levels. makes you ponder the fathers some people have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/30/2014

    " I dragged through this book, part of me wonders if it is because it was a collection of short stories. I found the history of forensics from the 1950s to present day interesting. I had no idea about how cold cases were handled. I could see myself reading more Ann Rule books, but perhaps they will be full length studies as opposed to short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Anne | 1/22/2014

    " Great book! Couldn't put it down!! Just made me realize how sick and twisted people can be "

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

    " This is another true crime book I've read from Ann Rule. The story takes place in Orange County, CA. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoenix | 1/19/2014

    " This was an interesting true crime story about a girl who was arrested and charged with the murder of her stepmother, but it appeared that her father orchestrated it and her stepsister may have committed it so that after the girl committed it, the stepsister and father could be together. At least that's how I think it happened . . . years after she was in jail, the detectives finally got her to fess up and jailed the father. Interesting bit of detective/police work and the father was just gross. nice decadent book to indulge in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Campbell | 1/18/2014

    " Has been a while since I read this but as with all Ann Rule Books it sends you back to the shelf looking for something else she has written to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qianna | 1/8/2014

    " Made me think you never truly know someone even if that person is your husband or long term lover!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Maxwell-bossle | 1/5/2014

    " Ann Rule as always captures the reader with the malice of sin and degradation of the criminal. Cinnamon was manipulated out of love for her father, even if she must pay for her crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 12/31/2013

    " Knowing that this story is true really clutches at one's heart. A horrific true story of how horrible certain individuals can be. I'm sure this story was quite difficult to write but I am glad this story was told. "

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

    " Just goes to show what sick parenting does to kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Sydnam | 12/8/2013

    " This is one of the first books I ever read by Ann Rule. It was on the reccomendation of a friend. Ann has a way with words that won't allow you to stop at the end of any given chapter. She drives you into the next, then the next until you've finished. Then you're sorry you've reached the final page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Drufke-Zeller | 12/5/2013

    " She really did her homework. This was very jaw dropping and creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 12/1/2013

    " As always, a great account of yet another sordid tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/20/2013

    " Spooky page-turner that I could not put down. To think this very, very creepy story is actually ture is really unsettling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 8/18/2013

    " I own & have read all of Ann Rule's books. Some I have read more than once. This is not one of my favorites. I just didn't get into this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/20/2013

    " A generous two stars. This book takes going into detail to a whole new level. I had to make small deals with myself to finish. The first three quarters is good, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 5/20/2013

    " When I read this book I remembered the girl being on a talk show. I found this very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/15/2013

    " This was my 1st Ann Rule book & I couldn't stop reading it until I finished. Absolutely fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/17/2013

    " I love Ann Rule. I was shocked that a father would convince his own daughter to do this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/25/2013

    " Sad but true story that grabs and holds the reader's attention from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cleopatra1074 | 12/20/2012

    " This story stuck with me after reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 10/24/2012

    " We hear this statement from both men and women, fortunately not everyone, who utters those words commit murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 9/13/2012

    " Ann knows what she's doing, and does it well. The heartbreaking story of Cinnamon takes many twists and turns, a diabolical "plot" that has all the elements of a true crime novel, and she will haunt you long after you close the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/18/2012

    " This story was shocking and gripping. I love Ann Rules's work of real human nature, her books never disappoint me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/30/2012

    " If you like Ture Crime. Ann Rule is one of the best writers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Pickett | 3/14/2012

    " This book did not have what it took to hold my attention. I couldn't even read it out of bordem, made it through a couple chapters and finally put the book down. This is another horrible twisted parent story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 3/9/2012

    " This is by far her GREATEST book. "

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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.