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Desire Turned Deadly: The True Story of a Beautiful Girl, Her Teenage Sweetheart, and the Love that Ended in Murder

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews


Early one November morning, Kara Borden, a pretty fourteen year old, was caught by her parents as she snuck into their Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home. She confessed to spending the night with eighteen-year-old David Ludwig, and her parents—evangelicals who had home-schooled their daughter—were beside themselves with anger. They summoned David to talk immediately. But
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Charlene
Sep 02, 2010 Charlene rated it liked it
I'm generally pretty forgiving when it comes to true crime, but this book was somewhat disappointing. The case was interesting enough, but McMurray's heart really didn't seem to be in the writing itself, which came across as dry and in places, very clipped.
Indra
Apr 05, 2009 Indra rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
Not great. Not very in-depth. I'm thinking the book was either rushed out and/or subjects were not cooperative. True crime fast food.
Ronnie Cramer
Oct 24, 2016 Ronnie Cramer rated it it was ok
Every element of this 'Romeo and Juliet' type murder case seemed pretty obvious from the start, so getting through the book made for slow going.
Judy Hall
Feb 23, 2014 Judy Hall rated it it was ok
It gets 2 only because I finished it. This book was a hot mess of semi-related articles. Each chapter touched on a different aspect of the case, but there was never enough so there might be pages of the history of the jail building or chapters on the make-up of the SWAT team, but ultimately very little about the villains and the victims. You know nothing about the mother who was killed and I wasn't sure I liked what I knew about the father. You never got to know the families at all.

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What a sad story. Not only the loss of the parents murdered but sad for the young teen who committed the murders in a fit of confused rage.
Nick
Oct 28, 2009 Nick rated it liked it
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I rememberd the Amber Alert/manhunt making headlines in 2005 when this murder happened. The book was an good synopsis of what happened, but not a very in-depth acount of the case.
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Good book and exciting read. A little draggy at the end when verdict and sentencing began.
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