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Everything She Ever Wanted

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,350 ratings  ·  117 reviews
WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER?
OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER?
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
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1992)
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Lori
"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
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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
Rosemary
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
Donna
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
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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.
Teena Stewart
When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeks

In fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, but underneath the beautiful façade was a cruel and evil heart. She was manipulative and controlling and if anyone crossed her, well, they’d
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Judy
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
Ruth
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
Joanne
I really enjoy Ann Rule’s crime writing style. She blends the facts and psychological insight into a story that covers everything. This story portrays murder, poisoning, deceit, theft and greed.

This story is based in Georgia – Pat is a cute petite woman who has a goal to live a Scarlett O’Hara type lifestyle. She marries young and has 3 children. After her divorce she’s a flirtatious woman who gets her claws into Tom who is a little younger. Pat stops at nothing to get the money and treasures s
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Susan Sweikert
Spellbinding!

Couldn't put this book down. What an amazing, horrible tale of a selfish woman who was constantly enabled by her parents.
Miz
I think I'm just over Ann Rule's method of writing. This story was fascinating, but the execution was less than desirable.
Mary
Good Book! I know it exists, but hard to believe that families can have so much drama.
Andrea
incredible. i have to google this woman to make sure she does not live anywhere NEAR me.
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I finished this Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal and Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? the other day. I am going to have to go back and buy some more Ann Rule novels since I ended up once again being fascinated by her True Crime story.

This novel starts with a marriage. Taking place in Atlanta in 1974 we have Pat Taylor marrying her new husband Tom Allanson and thrilled that she will finally start to belong to the elite Atlanta societ
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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
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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
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Doris Jean
Apr 17, 2015 Doris Jean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who likes true crime, or studying human nature, or just for a good read.
Yes, I really like Ann Rule. She writes clearly and concisely and sticks to the truth which all that is needed given that "truth is stranger than fiction". I like her accuracy and knowledgability about law and the legal system.

As an author of true crime, she is as good as it gets in this era. I have read most of her books. I also like Harold Schechter as a true-crime author.
Garrett
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
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Sheila Throne
Alway a good read

Ann Rule always writes a good story. Knowing that they are all true is what makes them hard to put down. I think I have read almost all her novels, have found it amazing what people will do thinking they will better themself.
Nicole G.
Long and detailed, but solid true crime tale of a quintessential Southern belle - to outward appearances, that is. However, if her feminine wiles didn't get her her way, Pat Taylor would do whatever she could to change that - including ripping apart her own family.

Taylor was not as batshit insane as she appears; rather, it's even worse, when one begins to realize that her coldness and calculating actions are DELIBERATE. Much scarier, in my opinion.

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
Kathy
Pretty good

This was interesting and a good buy. It would have been nice to hear more of Pat Taylor's involvement in the Allanson murders, but she was so psychotic, and this is the bulk of the book.
Maria T Donnigan
Excellent!

My favorite true crime author. I'm impressed with the amount of background information provided in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Ida
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
James & Bethany Ferrell
Good read

Could not put it down once I started reading. I enjoy reading Ann Rule's books. Ready to start another one.
Kristin Lyon
Long, but couldn't sleep without knowing she's locked up or dead. I love true crime even though it scares me.
Jesse
This lady has some problems. One of Rule's better works in my opinion.
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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
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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