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At Mother's Request

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  82 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
624 pages
Published 1986 by Hamilton (first published 1985)
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♥ Marlene♥
This is another book I bought through amazon UK while I was buying some books for my dad for father's day.
No idea why I picked this one. Probably because it was on my amazon.com wish list.

The way I add books to that list is mostly based on reviews although nowadays you cannot trust 5 star ratings anymore, and on my fellow true crime readers,here on goodreads but also the ones on amazon like Dan Bogaty or Kim.

This is a huge paperback and I read the first 2 pages to check if I liked the writing st
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Anne Hawn Smith
This book goes into much more detail in the life of Frances Schreuder. I had puzzled over the actions of her mother, Berenice. It was hard to understand why she was so connected to Frances, who was such a difficult child and who treated her so badly. This book did a much better job of exploring that relationship.

Frances was clearly sociopathic and it was fascinating reading about her view of the world through her own eyes. No matter how clever a sociopath is, they will never be able to cover the
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Mary
Oct 07, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Evelyn Wood
I give up. This is a story of greed, envy, betrayal, and finally the murder of a tight-fisted millionaire patriarch by his unbalanced daughter's needy son. At her request! It should be riveting! It should be half as long!

This book was well-researched, but the author basically vomited everything he found out about these people, imposing all of his knowledge upon the story whether or not the information was necessary to move forward. He also spends pages quoting Shakespeare and Freud when a simple
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Anne Marie
I am finally finished with this LONG, drawn out book about a woman who had her son kill her father, his grandfather, for inheritance money. Every piece of information, evidence, court testimony, and people involved with this case are mentioned, and mentioned again, until you are sick of hearing what happened, what might have happened, who is telling the truth, who is lying, and who is out of their mind. If you are interested in this kind of story, especially since it's true, then you'll enjoy th ...more
John
Aug 10, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, to me, was a real page turner. I read its 600+ pages in a matter of five or six days, which to me is very quickly. Coleman brought the story and its characters to life. I had a real sense of what it was like to be a member of this sad, pathetic, dysfunctional family. I wish he'd do a follow up to tell what has happened since it was published. I searched for Livinia Schreuder and found her on Facebook. I don't know what I would want to say to her, though. Insanity begets insanity...
Rae
May 12, 2008 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coleman details the family history and legal investigation of Frances Schreuder, who "hired" her son(s) to murder their grandfather Bradshaw. The book is well-written without being sensationalistic. I was especially intrigued because their family was raised LDS. Their dysfunctional family profile was fascinating. A compelling true crime narrative.
Todd Cannon
Another real crime novel from Utah. I remember when Bradshaw was murdered. I also remember seeig Bradshaw auto parts stores around. I later met several of the lawyers mentioned in this book when I practiced.
Becky
Aug 14, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was, of course, fascinating as the company is a local Utah company, but the story was so sad.
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Jonathan Coleman's newest book (which the writer Gay Talese has already praised, well before publication, as "exceptional" and "powerful") is a collaboration with the legendary Jerry West, the silhouetted figure of the NBA logo: WEST BY WEST: My Charmed, Tormented Life, to be published by Little, Brown in October 2011. (In addition, he narrates documentaries--for which he has won two awards--and a ...more
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