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Saving Grace: The True Story of a Mother-to-be, a Deranged Attacker, and an Unborn Child

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Nine months into her pregnancy, Sarah Brady receives a phone call out of the blue from another expectant mother named "Sarah Brody." The woman informs her they have both signed up for the same gift registry, and due to their similar names gifts meant for Brady have mistakenly been sent to Brody's address. What seems to be an amusing mix-up is, in fact, a deadly trap. When ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 10th 2006 by New Horizon Press
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Christina
May 28, 2010 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody!
Shelves: true-crime
While I am aware that the true crime genre is not known as a source of great literature, I was really disappointed in this book. The publisher, Berkley Books (division of Penguin USA) ought to be ashamed to put out a book that appears not to have been edited at all.

Not only is the book repetitive, but at least half of it is speculation about the motive for this attack on Sarah Brady. The narrative is choppy, going back and forth between the histories of the people involved and the details of the
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♥ Marlene♥
Mar 12, 2016 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I am sorry but I thought this book was so boring. Constantly the same things were repeated. Not much happened for this to fill a whole book. After the crime and accident occurred I already wondered what now? no court case, so what will this book be about next? well not much. It is interesting until page 90 then it gets boring. Sorry very badly written book. I did not like it but will give it 2 stars because of the first 70 pages (although even then i got annoyed by the way the author was constan ...more
Heather
Jan 30, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
While my heart broke for Sarah and the experience she went through, this book did not keep my interest at all.
Tanya T
Feb 11, 2016 Tanya T rated it it was ok
I've seen the author of this book on many different talk shows talking about her whole ordeal which made me curious to read the book. Sarah Brady was 8 months pregnant when she was attacked by another woman who was faking her own pregnancy, in the struggle for her life and that of her unborn child, she killed the other woman in self defense. Only later did the story unravel that the woman, Katie Smith who was using a fake name simular to hers (Sarah Brody) was lying about being pregnant and lure ...more
Reeny
Oct 05, 2009 Reeny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I read the book in hopes that I would learn more about the crime than I did from tv. Not the case. I thought the writing style was repetitive and in my opinion, they just needed to write enough to fill a required number of pages. There was alot of medical and legal jargin that went on for page after page and it hardly seemed necessary. The true story was horrible, but it could have been told in just a few pages. I don't recommend this book.
Ren
Sep 05, 2011 Ren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story is tragic and horrifying and does deserve its own book, but not this one. This book was poorly written and repetitive to the point where even I noticed (when I usually don't until someone else mentions it first).
Angie
Feb 21, 2009 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, crime
I feel for Sarah Brady and those she loves - the story is a sad and in many ways amazing tale . It could have been told in a lot less words and without repeating the same thing over and over .
Becky Klein
Nov 07, 2007 Becky Klein rated it it was ok
Interesting story that took place in my hometown, but the book itself is terribly written. Luckily you can skim it to get the story.
Rebecca
Mar 19, 2007 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I find true crime interesting, so I thought I might enjoy this book. I couldn't have been more wrong. The writign is atrocious.
Eva Leger
Mar 10, 2010 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard core true crime readers
Recommended to Eva by: found in store myself
Shelves: b-true-crime
This was by far one of the worst stories in a true crime book I've ever read. What happened to this woman is truly, truly heartbreaking and you wouldn't even think something like this could/would happen in this day and age. The woman who did this was pure evil and there is no other word to describe her.
I'm not going to give details although this is one of the few books where I can actually remember them because it would give the book away for the most part.
I'll just say it's definitely one of
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Brittany
Jul 23, 2012 Brittany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this book a bad review based on what Sarah Brady went through. I obviously feel bad for her real life situation, but this book was not well written. The first 12 pages felt like the authors were trying to get me to pity Sarah as she grew up poor; the majority of people do grow up that way. I also found in the first few chapters Sarah and Scott contradicted many views and morals they had on life. Every sentence seemed to change- it was pathetic to me. Some of the chapters repeat ...more
Jennifer
Feb 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book is coauthored by my husband's cousin so I knew many of the details first hand. The reason I'm giving it three stars is two fold. The parts of the book Sarah wrote deserve 5 stars or more. They are articulate, thoughtful, vulnerable and touching. Eric Deters ruined it. He obviously only viewed it as an avenue for a quick buck. He is a terrible writer and a complete vulture.


I really hope Sarah writes again. All her.
Wendy
Feb 08, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
This was a scary read as it gives an insight into how crazy some people really are. I thought it was well written, but possibly somewhat biased. Although I'm not sure I wouldn't be as well if I had been through what Sarah Brady had.
Jodi
Dec 07, 2007 Jodi rated it really liked it
This book is very scary. It is sad to think that there are really people in the world that are this deranged. I am not much older than Sarah, but I am done having children. Thank God

The book is a must read.
Dora
May 24, 2013 Dora rated it it was amazing
Good Book but Sad ..
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