"Vivid....Extraordinary...a page-turner."--New York Times Book Review
"Superb...[a] riveting detective story."--Indianapolis Star
"A harrowing pathological portrait....A work of resonance and revelation with brea...more
I also read on Wikipedia that her request for parole was deni...more
The case is relevant now because Becky Babcock or whatsherass is whoring out the fact that her biological mother is Diane Downs, despite the f...more
Now, about this book! From the moment I read this book (without prior knowledge of the case being as I was born five years after she committed this crime and by the time I was old enough to under stand these things, she was no longer talked about) I KNEW that she was guilty. This book brought forth anger and tears for me....more
For those unfamiliar with the Diane Downs story, she was convicted of the murder of one of her children, and attempted murder of her other two children. It is a heartbreaking story come back to life by Rule's perfect writing...more
In May of 1983, young divorced mother of three Diane Downs shows up at an Oregon ER with her three children. All of them have been shot, by a bushy haired stranger that Diane ostensibly stopped to help. Certainly shocking enough to think that anyone would shoot three young children, but investigation into the incident un...more
The amount of research Rule must have had to do to paint such a complete picture of Diane Downs and all the aspects of her crime and trial just boggles the mind.
Overall Downs was a pretty horrible person, utterly selfish and ceaselessly attention seeking. She supposedly suffered from three different personality di...more
The book has an air in incredibility, how could a mother not fight to save her children? And, when Downs becomes the prime suspect, how could a mother have shot her children as they lay sleeping in the backseat of her car.
Ann Rule writes many true-crime novels, although this it the first that I've read of hers. I think it is difficult to write true-crime stories without getting boring, but for the most part, Rule accomplishes this and weaves together all...more
"Somebody just shot my kids!" Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a Springfield, Oregon, hospital, her three gravely wounded children beside her. Thus begins the shocking tale of a truly unthinkable crime that shattered the tranquility of a tight-knit community. As police searched for the 'shaggy-haired stranger' Diane accused of shooting 8-year-old Christie, 7-year-old Cheryl, and 3-year-old Danny in cold blood, a suspicion grew that was even more horrifying than t...more
A sociopath has no concious, someone with a narcissistic personality disorder places themselve...more
Ann Rule's portrayal of Diane Downs as a narcissistic sociopath who is willing to sacrifice her children to get the lover she's obsessed with to return to her is amazing, and her unraveling of the crime and its aftermath is really well done and very thorough. This is one of those books that made me go out and read every book by the same author th...more
This crime happened a long time ago, news-cycle wise. So much has happened since then that has seemingly overshadowed the tragic story "Small Sacrifices" tells. Yet Ms. Rule sets the s...more
The first time I heard anything about this crime was durin...more
The irony is that a lot of people — mostly Diane Downs supporters, who, nearly three decades later are still legion — will be happy to tell you that "Small Sacrifices" is one of her most biased works. That's because...more
After reading the book I of course googled this disgusting woman and found that she has been denied parole twice in recent years and won't be eligible for another hearing until 2020. I hope she dies in prison.
At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis...more