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Praise for Caitlin Rother and her true-life thrillers

"Will keep you on the edge of your seat."--Aphrodite Jones

"An exciting page-turner."--M. William Phelps

Chelsea King was a popular high school senior, an outstanding achiever determined to make a difference. Fourteen-year-old Amber Dubois loved books and poured her heart into the animals she cared for. Treasured by their families and friends, both girls disappeared in San Diego County, just eight miles and one year apart. The community's desperate search led authorities to John Albert Gardner, a brutal predator hiding in plain sight. Now Pulitzer-nominated author Caitlin Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller that touches our deepest fears.

"Rother is one of the best storytellers in true crime." --Steve Jackson

Includes dramatic photos
Published: Kensington Books on Jul 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780786030576
List price: $5.99
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As many of my friends know I read a lot of true crime. So far i have liked all this authors's book except for one. This book was thought provoking and another good read.

The difference with the other true crime's I read is that this story was told by the killer and his family. The victims parents dis not want to cooperate which is their right.

Sometimes I thought the author was finding excuses for the murderer but later on I realized she was just telling the facts.

While checking my kindle because I had highlighted a lot of comments by Killers mum and his former girlfriend, I come to find I deleted the book from my kindle, meaning I also lost all my notes.

Well I can tell you I got sick by both of them. They were constantly finding excuses for him. They still think his first victim, a girl next door, who was assaulted and nearly raped by this guy, was lying. Even after all what had happened.
A good read. 3.5read more
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Just completed this book after getting my copy at one of Caitlin's booksignings last week.With the press and coverage and attacks in the media, I was interested in reading the book and making the decision for myself and I am very glad that I did.The book was well researched even under the circumstances that legal roadblocks and withholding of information made it only that much more difficult and time consuming to research documents and information that was never made public as no trial existed that would have put much of this into public knowledge. I feel Caitlin did a great job at researching and presenting Gardner to the reader as non-biased as she tends to do with all her books.Also, I do like the fact that Caitlin was the one to write this book as her compassion for the victim's families shows in the book as she does not focus on the gory details as many people wouild have done to boost sales and create an interest.The Chelsea King and Amber Dubois murders happened right around my birthday, as a matter of fact the search for Chelsea happened on my birthday week so reading this book did bring tears to my eyes at times as I was taken back to that time a few years back.All I can say is Caitlin does another great job delivering the story as honestly and respectfully as possibleread more
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The lost girls were Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, they were good girls and they disappeared one year apart. Both were abducted by John Albert Gardner, who raped and killed them. Like many such predators, he had a normal sex-life with his girlfriend, even fathering twins with a former girlfriend. He also had violent urges that lead him to seek out vulnerable women.The victim’s family did not cooperate with this book, all information about them is from public records and interviews with people (friends, schoolmates) close to the victim. This story is told from the perspective of the perpetrator’s family, it must be hard to be related to a criminal like this. His mother and girlfriend and ex-girlfriends appear to be in denial and were also blaming others, hospitals for not treating him and the mental health community in general.Even though he was mentally ill, he knew what he was doing was wrong, he waited until his victims were alone before grabbing them and disposed of evidence afterward, burying their bodies and throwing their clothes away. Caitlin Rother brings all this out in her book, which is well-written, informative and interesting. I recommend this book.read more
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As many of my friends know I read a lot of true crime. So far i have liked all this authors's book except for one. This book was thought provoking and another good read.

The difference with the other true crime's I read is that this story was told by the killer and his family. The victims parents dis not want to cooperate which is their right.

Sometimes I thought the author was finding excuses for the murderer but later on I realized she was just telling the facts.

While checking my kindle because I had highlighted a lot of comments by Killers mum and his former girlfriend, I come to find I deleted the book from my kindle, meaning I also lost all my notes.

Well I can tell you I got sick by both of them. They were constantly finding excuses for him. They still think his first victim, a girl next door, who was assaulted and nearly raped by this guy, was lying. Even after all what had happened.
A good read. 3.5
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Just completed this book after getting my copy at one of Caitlin's booksignings last week.With the press and coverage and attacks in the media, I was interested in reading the book and making the decision for myself and I am very glad that I did.The book was well researched even under the circumstances that legal roadblocks and withholding of information made it only that much more difficult and time consuming to research documents and information that was never made public as no trial existed that would have put much of this into public knowledge. I feel Caitlin did a great job at researching and presenting Gardner to the reader as non-biased as she tends to do with all her books.Also, I do like the fact that Caitlin was the one to write this book as her compassion for the victim's families shows in the book as she does not focus on the gory details as many people wouild have done to boost sales and create an interest.The Chelsea King and Amber Dubois murders happened right around my birthday, as a matter of fact the search for Chelsea happened on my birthday week so reading this book did bring tears to my eyes at times as I was taken back to that time a few years back.All I can say is Caitlin does another great job delivering the story as honestly and respectfully as possible
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The lost girls were Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, they were good girls and they disappeared one year apart. Both were abducted by John Albert Gardner, who raped and killed them. Like many such predators, he had a normal sex-life with his girlfriend, even fathering twins with a former girlfriend. He also had violent urges that lead him to seek out vulnerable women.The victim’s family did not cooperate with this book, all information about them is from public records and interviews with people (friends, schoolmates) close to the victim. This story is told from the perspective of the perpetrator’s family, it must be hard to be related to a criminal like this. His mother and girlfriend and ex-girlfriends appear to be in denial and were also blaming others, hospitals for not treating him and the mental health community in general.Even though he was mentally ill, he knew what he was doing was wrong, he waited until his victims were alone before grabbing them and disposed of evidence afterward, burying their bodies and throwing their clothes away. Caitlin Rother brings all this out in her book, which is well-written, informative and interesting. I recommend this book.
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Page turning sad, sad story. The story of dysfunctional families, drug abuse, bipolar, incest, and murder. We find families failing one another, hospitals and Government Agencies not helping or doing their jobs. Laws that are in place and not enforced, people either not doing their jobs, or over worked to the point they are unable to comply.John Albert Garner, was born with problems, his Mom became a psychiatric nurse in order to support and help her son. Throughout the book you see numerous times she tried and tried to help him. She supported him and hard a hard time believing the monster her son had become. She was also not responsible for his drug abuse, but she should have told authorities about some of her suspicions.Unfortunately the system failed and two young girls lost their lives because of this. Parents of these girls and politicians have now passed new laws to help prevent another tragedy....if they are enforced! Some have already been postponed.Don't miss this insight into the mind of a killer, and what helped make him who he is.I received this book from Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and the Publisher Kensington Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
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