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For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their drea...more
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Published December 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1992)
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"Everything She Ever Wanted" by Ann Rule is the true story of Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allanson, a Georgia woman who envisioned herself as a modern day Scarlett O'Hara and systematically tore anyone and everyone down who stood in her way of that fantasy.
Ms. Rule does an excellent job of researching Pat's childhood as a spoiled and selfish little girl who was coddled constantly by her family, who aged to become a spoiled and self-centered adult who never really truly grew up. Reading about...more
Crystal Durnan
This, along with Small Sacrifices is one of my favorite Ann Rule books. This "southern Belle" goes to great lengths to get whatever she wants, whenver she wants and from whomever she wants, using her feminine wiles and manipulation and once again this woman seems absolutely larger than life. This and Small Sacrifices are the Ann Rule books that I recommend to anyone and every one who might be interested. You won't believe the shit this lady pulls!! She gets caught at first, while proclaiming her...more
The ugly truth about what motivates some people to kill is always shocking. What's worse is when, knowing this, other family members side with the killer. Spoiled rotten by her family, Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allinson, a Georgia beauty whose goal in life was to emulate Scarlett O'Hara, led a life of deadly horror. Fed by her family's constant devotion from early childhood through middle age, Pat, who could do nothing wrong by her family's standards. A narcissistic personality, without a s...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
For fans of true-crime you can't beat Ann Rule. An earlier novel this is one of her best. Story of Pat Taylor, a female sociopath with major entitlement issues, she believes she deserves everything & ends up destroying the lives of everyone that loves her. A true-crime story written so well it reads like fiction; if this is your genre you'll love it.
This book stays with you. I couldn't quit thinking about it after I was finished. I was left wanting to know what happened to the family
after the book ends. I found a little info, but not enough. I want to know the oldest daughter, Susan, was able to be happy far away from
her mother. Did the granddaughter, Ashlynne, turn out OK after being tormented by Pat and raised in such a dysfunctional household? What
about Susan's son, Sean. Did he ever realize the truth? I think Tom had to tell himself he...more
Another of Ann Rule's fantastic renderings of a truly horrific crime, or--in this case--horrific crimes. The depths to which human nature can plunge has ceased to amaze me; however, the ability of people foolishly to ignore warning sign after warning sign is truly appalling. All parents who are guilty of foolishly indulging their children and saving them time and again from the consequences of their own actions should be forced to read this book and witness the possible consequences of such beha...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Une fois n'est pas coutume, c'est un avis négatif que je m'apprête à vous livrer... Pourtant, le titre m'apparaissait comme prometteur. Je me faisais une joie de lire un thriller un peu différent, tiré d'un fait réel, la quatrième de couverture promettant en ce sens de donner lieu à une intrigue palpitante, allant même jusqu'à qualifier l'oeuvre d'Ann Rule de "petite révolution du genre" : suspense maîtrisé, personnages fouillés et portraits psychologiques impeccablement brossés, j'étais convain...more
Janis Gilbert

For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.

Pat's only brother had died in...more
Jen Mays
True crime books are both entertaining and revolting simply because they illustrate actions performed by people that I can’t even fathom being desirable. I suppose that’s the nature of the crime world, though, and is part of the reason that psychology is so fascinating. The inner workings of one person’s body chemistry being so very different from my own, even though we are primarily made of the same materials, approaches that awe-factor that the greater universe seems able to present so easily....more
Connie Hodges
This is a twisted tale of a woman whose southern belle exterior masked a narcissistic and ruthless criminal. The crimes committed by Patricia Taylor née Radcliffe were shocking enough, but the blind devotion of a family that fed her egocentric drive to get whatever she wanted was even more fascinating.

Pat was a woman who would go to any lengths to obtain the lavish lifestyle she felt she deserved. People, especially men, were simply a means to an end and the end was usually pretty heinous. In h...more
My friend and neighbor handed me this book while we were working in the used book section of our library, saying, this is right up your alley. Okay, true crime is interesting, to read about what lengths people go to get what they think they want. The scenario is apt to involve someone with no conscience, which seems to be the case for this Southern belle. Halfway through the story I get bogged down with a feeling of disgust and a wish to step into the story and say, enough already, this sociopat...more
Ann Rule always shares very interesting, and disturbing, stories. And this one was no different. It is about a husband who is tried for murdering his parents, and a wife who seems to be the one who did it and who is imprisoned for other crimes and attempted murders. The really sad part is how this woman's parents raised her (as a spoiled brat) and supported her in her lies and selfishness: truly shameful. Too bad they can't be tried for the crimes too.

In any case, I enjoyed the read, but was stu...more
Laura Johnson
I really enjoyed this book. I actually only wanted to read it because I saw the movie some years ago. And I truly do love how Ann Rule writes true crime. I really felt as if I knew these people and where going through their problems along with me. The main character Patricia Taylor wasn't like any other person I had ever heard of. She truly would do anything to get everything she wanted. I am still shocked that this woman got away with so much and how her family basically stood by and watched he...more
I thoroughly enjoy Ann Rule's books, although I felt this one got a little bogged down in details. That said, I couldn't help being fascinated by this spoiled brat who became a sociopathic, narcissistic creature destroying everyone she knew who crossed her path. Patricia Taylor (Allanson) should have been put in a cell for the remainder of her pitiful life, along with her mother who aided and abetted her along the way, never making Taylor responsible for her actions. What a severely dysfunctiona...more
I think I'm just over Ann Rule's method of writing. This story was fascinating, but the execution was less than desirable.
EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED is quite a tense, edge of your seat read. The reader is consistently left on the edge wondering how much evidence would be needed and could be collected to convict a person who would do such terrible things. Never one to disappointed, Ann Rule delivers the answer at the end. Ann depicts the life of this family in intricate, intimate detail, which seems laced with 'family values', but they never sit quite right. With EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED, Ann shows she's definitel...more
True story of female sociopath, well done.
Another hit by Ann Rule. It always amazes me how people can be so easily manipulated and taken in. The perpetrator's histrionic behavior should have been a warning sign, but she was adept at making people believe one strand of the web of lies while convincing another set of people of the believability of a different version. What a home wrecker! Multiple families were devastated, lives were lost, people were injured. How many people like this conniving woman are out there right now, manipulating...more
This is a fuzzy stroy, and Rule does her best to make it less so, but doesn't do as well as she does with some other stories. Still, a fascinating story.
♥ Marlene♥
on Monday, January 05, 2004 I wrote on Bookcrossing about this book:

Currently Reading. Like it until now

Sunday February 1th 2004

Finished the book.
I think this is one of the better books by Ann Rule. Lots of details as always,but also a lot of questions up till the end.
Who committed the murders?
I felt angry a lot of times, o how much i despise that woman, Pat Taylor.She always wanted to be in the center of attention,so selfish.
This book I really recommend.

Lindz Milligan
half way through this I had to remind myself that I was reading a true crime novel. This woman would be right at home in a Jackie Collins novel.

It was extremely well written and just showed how much of a cold calculating spoilt bitch she really was
Bonni Sweet
Not one of my favorite Ann Rule books but still not too bad.
This is a true crime story about a selfish and self centered Georgia woman who committed a number of crimes including murder. Her reign of terror from the late seventies through the eighties was projected on her own family members as well as others. I felt like it was long and drawn out! This was my first time Ann Rule book and will try another, especially, since I picked up several cheap in a yard sale.
This is the story of Patricia Taylor, a sociopathic and histrionic woman with nerves of steel. She has manipulated everyone in her life -- husbands, children, parents, employers, and friends -- and tried to poison more than a few. She is one of the most pathetic and frightening criminals that Ann Rule has chosen to write about; shockingly she supposedly is alive, well, free, and living in Georgia today.
This is the first Ann Rule I ever read, and I keep going back to it. Something about the pure, psychopathic selfishness of Pat Taylor is incredibly fascinating. The book is well researched, with a lot of attention paid to detail. All of the people in the story are well represented by Rule, not just Taylor. It's amazing how somebody can have beauty, a loving family, a devoted husband, and still want more, more, more.
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I am in love with Ann Rule. The depth she goes into to tell these stories is amazing. There is nothing more to say other than you feel like you are part of Pat Allanson's Family. She described Pa with so much detail, at times I felt like I was her, like I could relate to her character. So freaky. You cannot put this book down. One of my favorite Ann Rule Books.
J.D. Holman
The narrator's accent fits the setting of the book perfectly. It does feel like this may have been a little too abridged, though. I may need to read the print version to know the full story.

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I always read true crime books when I travel and this page turner was perfect for our Thanksgiving weekend trip. Ann Rule is a consistently strong true crime writer because she takes her time to set up the story, introduce you to the characters, and always captures the courtroom drama without drowning the reader in too many details.
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