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Monday, November 9, 2015

Then No One Can Have Her by Caitlin Rother (Book Review)



Then No One Can Have Her by Caitlin Rother
Publisher: Kensington / Pinnacle
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Format: Paperback - 320 pages
               Kindle - 2274 KB
               Nook - 3 MB
ISBN: 978-0786032570
ASIN: B00TE45IVO
Genre: True Crime



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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review. 


Book Description:

She thought she had married her soulmate. But when Carol Kennedy could no longer tolerate her husband's reckless womanizing and out-of-control spending, the artist, therapist and mother of two had to let him go. Just weeks after their divorce, Carol was found in her Arizona ranch home--bludgeoned to death with a golf club. Her ex, Steven DeMocker, was the prime suspect. Yet it took the authorities months to arrest him--and years to convict. . .

Packed with twists and turns, this powerful real-life account reveals every bizarre detail of this compelling case. Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caitlin Rother presents an unforgettable story of love turned to obsession, and a family torn apart forever.


My Book Review:

In her latest novel, Then No One Can Have Her, investigative journalist / author Caitlin Rother takes the reader behind the scenes of a riveting true crime thriller for an in depth look at a highly publicized murder case set in Prescott, Arizona.

On July 2, 2008, fifty-three year old artist / therapist Carol Kennedy was brutally murdered in her home. Suspected of committing the murder was Carol's ex-husband, Steven DeMocker, a successful investment stockbroker. This is a story of a narcissistic man's obsession and lethal bitterness towards his ex-wife, and an intricate web of lies, secrets, deceptions, a failed love, a divided family, and a shady and often inept investigative and legal process that took six years for the justice system to prevail.

Then No One Can Have Her is a riveting story that easily draws the reader in from the start, keeping them captivated as the author weaves a thoroughly intriguing and intricate recounting of a highly publicized murder case. I remember seeing this case profiled on the CBS investigative / mystery show 48 Hours in May 2014, so when I saw that the author was writing an in depth true crime novel based on this case, it peaked my interest and I knew that I had to read it.

The author provides the reader with a fascinating and richly detailed and in depth look into the back stories and lives of each participant; an extensive research of the investigative, legal and financial aspects of the case; and a sixteen page photo insert.

You can't help but get drawn into this complicated, fascinating, and multi-layered story, it is a gripping dark account of the intricate web of deceit wrought by Steven DeMocker, it is shocking  and mind boggling that it took the justice system six years to convict him of the horrific slaughter of Carol Kennedy. After an extensive and determined investigation and pursuit of justice for the Kennedy/DeMocker family, the reader follows a haunting tale of one woman's tragic and senseless death, and the depth of greed and deception by an obsessive and narcissistic man that ensued until his conviction and sentence of life in prison without the possibility of a parole in 2014.

Then No One Can Have Her is a gripping and chilling account of murder, greed, and deception that is a must read for all true crime fans.


RATING: 5 STARS 






About The Author




Caitlin Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for nineteen years before deciding to write books full-time. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast. She has appeared as a crime expert on E! Entertainment, the Oxygen Network, Investigation Discovery, Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record,” XM Radio and the American Radio Network. She also teaches narrative non-fiction, journalism, and creative writing at UCSD Extension in San Diego, CA, where she resides. Rother covered the Rossum case from arrest to sentencing, did all new interviews after the trial, and has now brought readers up to date on the latest developments.


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