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Mommy's Little Girl: Casey Anthony And Her Daughter Caylee's Tragic Fate

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When news broke of three-year-old Caylee Anthony’s disappearance from her home in Florida in July 2008, there was a huge outpouring of sympathy across the nation. The search for Caylee made front-page headlines.
But there was one huge question mark hanging over the case: the girl’s mother.
As the investigation continued and suspicions mounted, Casey became the prime suspect
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Published 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Eva Leger
Sep 30, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only people who know they can deal with it
Recommended to Eva by: followed the story when Caylee when missing
Shelves: b-true-crime
~~This title disgusts me. I really wish Fanning would have picked a better title. Caylee deserves better than to be called "Mommy's Little Girl".~~
I tend to go for true crime that includes the end result of the trial but I won't pass by a book that looks interesting to me because of this. Being that I followed Caylee being "missing" and her being found, I wanted to read this to not only get Fanning's take but maybe get some of the smaller details I may have missed. This doesn't disappoint in the
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Kelly
Feb 24, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
2/24/10 -- (just finished) I must say, Diane Fanning did a wonderful job in her writing of this book. She was very thorough, very factual, and covered the case from every possible angle. The majority of the book comes verbatim from transcripts of text messages, emails, police interviews, media interviews, jail visits between Casey and her family, and other documented sources. Fanning explores Casey's movements and possible state of mind from times shortly before Caylee went "missing" up until Ca ...more
RNOCEAN
Apr 09, 2011 RNOCEAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When news broke of three-year-old Caylee Anthony’s disappearance from her home in Florida in July 2008, there was a huge outpouring of sympathy across the nation. The search for Caylee made front-page headlines. But there was one huge question mark hanging over the case: the girl’s mother. • Why did Casey Anthony wait one full month before reporting her daughter missing? • Why were searches on chloroform and missing children found on her computer? • Why did she go out partying with friends less ...more
Matthew
For me, the Casey Anthony case started out as an interest after watching Nancy Grace 3 years ago, then I became tired of it after intense media coverage. As the trial began, I had little to no interest in watching it, save the closing arguments and verdict, and that's when it became an obsession. I'm still watching coverage of it, waiting for the next big plot twist. It's like a greek drama unfolding in real life on television. As I'm the type of person who likes to be well-rounded when it comes ...more
Christy
Jun 20, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book b/c I enjoy true crime and a good friend had recommended it. It is an captivating and quick read. I could of read this all in one day. Its also my opinion that Diane Fanning is an excellent true crime writer. I have read several of her books. I think she did a wonderful job writing this. I found Fanning to be very reliable and she seemed to cover as many angles as possible. This books does include transcripts of text messages, emails, police/media interviews, jail visits btwn ...more
Brenna
Dec 28, 2009 Brenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A carnival of bright lights, loud voices, and the public's ceaseless appetite for entertainment” is how author Diane Fanning encapsulates the ongoing Caylee Anthony murder case.

And she has written a book about it, published some eight months before the earliest possible trial date for accused murderer Casey Anthony, the two-year-old child's mother. Mommy's Little Girl is one of the numerous carnie barkers to take aim at the infamous case out of Florida.

Summer of 2008, the United States was subj
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Candace
This book does a good job of pulling together materials that have been released to the public as evidence in the case. It creates a fairly coherent narrative out of a decidedly chaotic case. It also provides a small amount of family history that grounds the story, slightly.

The author is at a disadvantage in trying to write about the case while the story is still unfolding. If she had had the luxury of discussing the case in retrospect with its principals, she might have been able to do a more c
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Katherine
Jan 29, 2010 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I didn't see much difference from this book and the media coverage of what happened. Then again, I didn't see much of the media coverage as I don't watch TV. The book did offer a lot of information on the disturbing case. It's a light read but a very heavy subject. Unfortunately, the book in this reader's mind, was written pre-maturely as the trial hasn't even happened yet and the facts haven't really gotten sorted out from the hysterics of the people involved and the media. Because the disturbi ...more
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
I bought this book after watching the jury selection for the trial, and I have followed (off and on) the case from the beginning. I read this story shortly before opening statements began, and this story is one of the many reasons I feel such outrage over the death of this little girl.

Casey Anthony is a sick, depraved, twisted and unfeeling individual. There is no grey area in that. That is the fact, clearly shown in the book, and that fact cannot be dressed up and made to look different when y
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♥ Marlene♥
To my surprise I really liked this book. Normally I very much dislike books that were written before the trial date but not so with this case.

Maybe because this is one case I read about when it was happening. Normally I read a true crime book and afterwards i will go and find more information but this time it was the other way around. Before i read this book I did hear the 911 phone call and read about the lies Casey told the police and watched on YouTube a clip where the parents of Casey were f
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Shawna
Aug 15, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I've followed this case from the beginning and was still shocked at the volume and depth of Casey's lies to family, friends and authorities. It was heartbreaking yet infuriating to see her parents in such obvious denial, to the point of looking like utter fools. Even though the trial is over and the not guilty verdict was handed down, this book followed a well documented timeline of the early stages of the investigation as well as what Casey was exactly doing during those first 31 days that ...more
Miss Jenna
I read this because I'm starting to get wrapped up in the upcoming Casey Anthony trial that will begin next week. The book was informational, but I could definitely see how it was rushed to the market. I found some typos and in general I felt it jumped around rather discordantly. Overall though, it was interesting and brought to light some facts that I hadn't already heard on the news coverage.
Ashley Leon
Oct 10, 2015 Ashley Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, true-crime
*** SPOILER FREE ***

Mommy's Little Girl
by Diane Fanning


Wow, okay so I enjoyed this novel very much because of the background details the author gave. This book was written about the Anthony family and primarily the shocking case of Caylee Anthony's kidnapping. This case made headlines all around the U.S because of the unbelievable facts in the case. This novel for the first 50 pages or so gives you a little background on Casey Anthony, her parents Cindy and George Anthony and grandmother Shirle
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Kayla
Mar 30, 2014 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
This book gave a lot of information into the case that I did not remember. Which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, don't get me wrong, I think however that it could have been more organized and comprehensible than it was. I still believe even after all these years that Casey Anthony killed her daughter Caylee. The false information and evidence proved her guilt. Sadly that's not what happened in the case and she's free. It's ridiculous how she could get away with homocide. It's universal though that ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This book was published before Casey Anthony's trial and it was very hard to read in light of the verdict. Everything in the book leaves you with no doubt that Casey killed her daughter. There is just no other explanation for her conduct. She went 31 days without reporting Caylee's absence and then it was her mother who reported it. She said she left the child with an nanny, but the nanny didn't exist, the apartment where she said she had been taking her for almost 2 years didn't exist, the nann ...more
Kolleen
Apr 29, 2012 Kolleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
First off, I want to start by saying that I have been following this story since the very beginning, when Caylee first went missing. I followed it all the way through the trial. Nothing has quite caught my attention like this. I bought this book when it came out, hoping to read it before the trial, but somehow didn't get to it until now, and of course we all know how that turned out.

There's not much you can say about a true crime book, it is what it is, but based on my interest in this case, I l
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LauraTrev1
Apr 26, 2013 LauraTrev1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations to author Dianne Fanning. This a great book for followers and non-followers of the Caylee Anthony Case. It recounts step by step everything that happened during the case and if like me You missed something on the news, You will find it in this read. reading this makes people know more about Casey's family and friends and helps us understand why each one acted the way they did. This book gives a good view of how much of a LIAR Casey Anthony is. Yet in no way did I feel persuaded b ...more
James
Dec 26, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL reads like a novel built on excellent organization & story development. Unfortunately, it is not fiction. The victim & protagonist, Caylee Anthony was a real child and Casey Anthony, the antagonist you love to hate was her mother. Diane Fanning exhibited an uncanny ability to make the reader feel he/she experienced the unfolding of this story. It's amazing how we can relate to these characters, good & bad. Certainly it's not over yet but time and the courts will w ...more
Sandy
Dec 25, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Crime Readers
Recommended to Sandy by: DIANE FANNING
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Jeannie
Jun 29, 2010 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any and everyone
Shelves: i-own
I've read a lot of true crime books in my day and I must say this woman is the most evil person I've read about yet. To not report her daughter missing for 5 weeks clearly shows she knew exactly what had happened to her. I was disturbed and disgusted while reading this book. The author done a good job with what she had to work with, police transcripts and the like, but it makes the writing a bit jerky in my opinion. The author states at the end that this monster is scheduled to go on trial this ...more
Angi
Aug 06, 2015 Angi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caylee Anthony had no justice. The Anthony family was and is a complete fraud. I believe they all knew what she was capable of. They lied and covered it up. I give the book five stars because I did my own research and it was all true. No gossip just the truth. I love how the author gives her opinion in a not so intrusive way, leaving room for yourself to make my your own opinion. I believe what the author stated. This book is a definite recommendation.
Mary
Dec 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
I suppose almost everyone in America knows about this case but here is a synopsis anyway: A little girl named Caylee goes missing in June 2008 and her mother inexplicably waits for about a month to report her little daughter missing. This book delves into the dynamic of the Anthony Family - especially George and his interactions with the rest of the family. It explores the beginnings of the case against Casey and although it was written before the 'Not Guilty' verdict, it does some investigation ...more
Robin 55077
Nov 01, 2010 Robin 55077 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I did, like most of the country, follow this story through the media as it was unfolding. The facts as we know them to date surrounding Caylee Anthony's death are horrifying as they would be with the murder of any toddler. The fact that she was allegedly killed by her mother makes it even more so.

The author did an excellent job of laying out the timeline of the known movements and statements made by Casey Anthony prior to the death of her daughter, through the month where she
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Victoria Brown
Fairly good book about this case....it was written before the trial so thats where it ends just before she goes to court. I dont know how anyone can read these books on Casey and not know shes guilty. She is so ridiculous and just full of lies and deceit. As you read this you just want to scream about the month her daughter was missing and the fact she was at parties and getting tattoos and stealing money from her friends. She is an insane woman who got away with murder. And her parents why they ...more
The Book Posh
This book was interesting. I am into true crime, so these types of books are a no-brainer for me. The author basically tells the story of Caylee Anthony and Casey Anthony from Casey's high-school days to her acquittal of the first degree murder of her daughter. The book was not well written and I did not expect it to be. It was a straight forward account of a story and media circus that most of us followed until the bitter end. Casey is very lucky to be free physically. I wonder how she is menta ...more
Talia
Jun 21, 2014 Talia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to see the book was published before the case was complete. Maybe I feel that way because I'm reading it after the verdict..... I'm not sure. But it was a great book held my attention beginning to end.
Nicole Yates
Good point with a great evidence as the case, i strongly believe that just by this book Kasey killed her daughter!
Jennifer ODonnell
I found this to be a great read. I love true crime and when I bought the book I was not really to familiar with the case. I mean I knew the jist of it, but the details revealed in this book really horrified me. She is not yet proven guilty but will be soon. I hope and pray with all my heart. She needs to get the death penalty. I read the book in one reading and was amazed at her parents for being so stupid. She is a pathological liar and a psychopath. Didn't report her daughter missing for 31 da ...more
Nathalie Royer-miani
Great read! Very informative! I do not understand how she got away with this....
Lynnette
Jul 24, 2011 Lynnette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book became available for my hold pickup at the library the day after the verdict was read. At first I had no desire to read it...I was sick over the injustice. A friend of mine, however, finished the book the next day, and said there was many interesting things in it that brought it all together. It is somewhat a "re-hash" about what we already know, but it does add elements I did not, and puts it all together in a neat timeline. Fanning also has a "guess" over what the murder was like, wh ...more
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