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Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,265 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Melissa always knew that her family wasn't perfect, but she never suspected the shocking truth]] In Shattered Silence Melissa Moore shares the true story of her life as the daughter of the notorious "Happy Face" serial killer. As she slowly realizes the full extent of the gruesome crimes her father has committed, Melissa also begins to realize that she cannot change her fa ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Cedar Fort (first published September 7th 2009)
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This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I was completely disappointed. There were several times I considered not even finishing it. It was a slow read, and she seemed to put too much emphasis on nothing imparticular. Later in the book there were things I thought should have had more detail, but she was incredibly vague. All that mixed with a few inconsistancies with people's names and you have a disaster of a book. I was not impressed at all. Not to mention the fact that the end of th ...more
Wow. Really don't know how to review this one. I was actually fairly hesitant to pick it up when I realized that I knew the author and her family a few years ago - we went to the same church on the South Hill for a couple of years, we both eventually moved to different areas of Spokane, and our paths have crossed randomly a few times since then, though we haven't kept in touch. When I knew her she was quiet and sweet, but she seemed somewhat guarded; it almost felt like I would be eavesdropping ...more
Amy (amyb2332)
I wouldn’t have picked this book up on my own but it was my book club book this month. I would have stayed away from this book for two reasons: 1) I don’t like memoirs about crappy childhoods and 2) I don’t like books that talk about someone’s spiritual journey. I find religion to be so personal and it makes me feel uncomfortable to read. Plus, even if it isn’t meant to be judgment, I find that often it feels that way. As if one of the take aways should be, “Well gee it’s too bad I don’t believe ...more
Brooke Hargett
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Rebecca Grace
This book was ok... I didn't feel like the author had a great voice, the story didn't flow and it didn't capture my attention and hold onto it all the way through. Sometimes it was a struggle to get through, and sometimes the author just sounded a little too... out there. The stories seemed random, and there wasn't enough detail (not necessarily just the grisly ones) to really grasp the message she was trying to convey. Not really worth reading, I don't think.
Kristina Brownell
3 1/2 stars. I really don't know why I picked this book up at the library. Morbid curiosity? My daughter needed a biography to read for a school class, so I was browsing. We ended up walking home with a book about a meth addict for her (from the YA section) and an account of a serial killer's daughter for me. Now we're both reading mine. I guess my 12 year old has a morbid curiosity too.

The thing kids live a sheltered life. It's good for them to get outside their comfort zone and realize
I initially started this book several years ago, and was so creeped out in the first few chapters that I put it down and picked something else up. I finally finished it--in about a 24 hour period. I couldn't put it down. This was a haunting tale of Melissa, daughter of Keith Jespersen, the Happy Face serial killer. She talks about her life, starting with early (sometimes repressed) memories of her dad torturing and killing small animals, but mostly the happy stories--how her dad always bought he ...more
The opening pages of this book are horrifying. Here's a little girl whose father tortures her pets to death for fun, and whose mother won't do a damn thing about it or even acknowledge that it's happening. This is so far beyond my realm of experience and background, I couldn't begin to understand what that would be like.

Melissa's father is a monster in some ways, but he's a loving father in other ways. Melissa's mother is a doormat who goes from abusive relationship to abusive relationship and d
Despite the title and the subject, this is a very uplifting book. The author endured great trauma in her life, with an unprotective mother, an abusive step-father, and a father who became a notorious and twisted serial killer, yet she found strength from a relationship with God, protection through listening to the still, small voice within, and a beautiful life for herself and her children. Friends, extended family, conversion to the LDS church, and participation in Dr. Phil's national televisio ...more
I read this book in just one day. Easy to get hooked on. I found Melissa's story to be heart wrenching, yet interesting. I couldn't put it down as I was very drawn into her life and what was going on. I enjoyed the way she told her story. Ultimately its a very sad story and you would think it would be depressing. Somehow though when you read all the abuse and heart ache which is profound you find joy in the overcoming of it all. Knowing that even the worst pain can eventually be overcome. I foun ...more
Darcia Helle
We often hear about the victims of brutal crimes. Newscasters tell us stories about their families and how they are suffering from the loss of their loved ones. Occasionally we get the inside story on a serial killer made famous by sensationalism. We’re told the gory details of his (or her) crimes and we attempt to delve into their minds to learn the why behind the behavior. However, it isn’t often that we hear from the family of the serial murderer. Rarely do we even consider what their lives m ...more
This book is probably not for everyone but I related to Melissa's memories/feelings of her parents' divorce very much. It was actually kind of eery to me as she explained her emotions during that time in her life because I realized that she was putting some of my "growing up memories" into words for me. If you are not in the mood to read about a child's point of view of this type of change in her life, along with much abuse and hurt, and how she has overcome these negative influences, I would st ...more
Aside from the poor writing this book was ok (although that may have been because I kept waiting for it to get better, thinking it would) about half way through the author starts to intorduce us to her relationship with God. The rest of the book reads like some sort of church sermon or bible story. It is fine if you want to write about your faith, but don't pretend it is going to be something else! Complete dissapointment. Too many inconsistencies in the story, overall bad writing, and if I want ...more
Terrible book - obnoxiously preachy. Didn't give any information about her father which was what the book was presented as. Don't care about your life, thanks. Reinforces the fact that everyone shouldn't be allowed to write a book.
This woman has written about her experience growing up without knowing that her father whom she looks up to and counts on the most in her life, is a serial killer. She doesn't find out about this until she is a teenager. This tells a story about how along with her father being imprisoned for serial murder, her struggles growing up without hardly any $ to survive, contstantly moving making it a struggle to get comfortable in a new environment not able to make and keep any friends, having to deal ...more
Elaine Kasteler
My husband's daughter-in-law recommended this book for me to read. She's from Washington (where much of this story takes place) and she enjoyed the book.

I was fascinated with the story. The human spirit is very strong and if your mind is set to changing your life you can. The writing style was hard for me and not my favorite. And I did have unanswered questions ... like what happened to Toni. How did Melissa's parents feel about her writing this book. There is a picture in the back with her husb
Mar 04, 2011 Judy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoir
Page 184, paragraph 2: "Most of the homes were tiny and in need of care. Several had "fixer-upper" cars lined up in the yard, waiting for repairs that would never come; tall grass was growing through the spokes of the tires. Discarded trash had blown into the bushes..."

I don't think the book was well-written and the first few chapters I found boring. I didn't really care about the author's average life. Her father's violence to the kittens seemed to be an aberration, and not really related to an
I thought this was a good story about triumphing over circumstances. I read this because I'm fascinated with serial killers.... hmmm.. that sounded creepy.. let me clarify. I'm not fascinated in a weird how many people did they kill and how did they do it kind of way. I'm just curious about the psychological aspects. What happened to make them that way? How do you get to the point where killing a bunch of people sounds like a great Friday night?
Anyway, I thought a book from the viewpoint of a se
This book is largely an account of the author's childhood, teen, and early young adult years. It could be anyone's story. Her parents made poor life choices which subjected their children to many hardships. Children often carry the self-imposed burden of guilt and shame for their parent's actions and the author was no exception. The account in no way resembles an expose` nor is it of the true-crime genre. Her purpose in telling the story is to help others to "shatter" limiting false beliefs that ...more
It is very amazing that Melissa was able to come out alive! She spends her childhood surrounded by abuse and her cries for help are ignored. She grows up in poverty and with an abusive stepfather. She is beaten and raped. She is totally unaware of the fact that her father is a serial killer. It is sad that she actually feels responsible for the fact that her father is the way he is. It is a testament to her strength and character that she is able to overcome her past and not let it define who sh ...more
I won (woohoo! I never win ANYTHING!) this book in a contest on a blog about, you guessed it, books. Thank you, Reading For Sanity! Books are some of my favorite things! I was really looking forward to reading Ms. Moore's perspective.

Admittedly, my father didn't torture my pets or kill women for sport and I can't imagine how confusing that would be to love someone who could be so callous and cruel and yet loving and generous as she described her father. But I got a bit of whiplash going back and
I do not recommend this book to everyone. There are parts of it that are disturbing, beginning with the first chapter and the description of the father's brutality. The thing that encouraged me to keep reading was the assurance from the descriptions that it is a book of light and hope and does not dwell on the gore. That was true. It is a story of healing, of looking to the light, of listening to the voice inside yourself. I gave it a four-star rating because I liked that message a lot. I think ...more
It is always interesting to see what someone includes in their biography and what gets left out. I felt while reading this that there was a lot left out and skimmed over. I know the author didn't really want to "go there" into the darker moments of her life. This book is utimatly about over-coming a destructive childhood and finding a life of light and love even though the people around you growing up and people that you loved have done despicable cowardly, and horrific things.
I enjoyed Melissa's journey as she discovered that she is herself, and can set boundaries, have loving relationships and isn't what her parents chose to be. The inconsistencies in the book were annoying for me. If you have a new baby brother, then why is he mentioned sometimes, but other times, it is like he doesn't exist? I was glad they didn't go into gory detail of the father's crimes, and rather, let the daughter's experiances be the focus.
Interesting story however it seems inconsistent at times with almost the whole book feeling "uneasy" about her father and trying to avoid him at all costs but when he gets arrested she goes on and on about him being her "hero". Huh?! Was that for dramatic effect??

Also didn't really like all the pro-Mormon chapters at the end. Speaking about God is more than welcome but not when it starts sounding like you are promoting a controversial faith.
This book was probably 3 1/2 stars for me.

It wasn't really what I expected though it sucked me right in. I was very interested in what was happening and what would happen next. I really expected it to be more about Melissa's Dad and his experiences as a serial killer but it does make sense that she would write about her childhood and growing up with him.

I hated, hated the references to animal abuse. I could tell what was coming in that first chapter and skipped right over it. Where in the worl
I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. The author did have an interesting and pretty tragic childhood which made it interesting to read. It was an interesting insight into a serial killer's world through his daughter. I was puzzled by the amount of detail given to her early life. Perhaps because I have such a foggy memory, I can't imagine anyone remembering that much of their early childhood.
Tara Smith
Slow. Picked up at middle. Poorly written. Unanswered questions, jumpy, built up to nothing, chapters felt unfinished. However, Positive message. Doesn't really have much to do with the serial killings as much as just a story bout a shitty upbringing and overcoming that. I am happy for her but I cld tell you her story in about 5 minutes and save you the trouble of reading the book.
Kole Camp
I was very disappointed in this personal story and thought it was slow and without real substance. Melissa Moore revealed very little and even avoided important discussions of some of her feelings. I would have liked more research about what her father was really doing when she was leading her very poor and abusive life. It felt more like reading someone's personal and dull diary.
Her experience is unique. She serves as a spokesperson for healing. I thought a lot of the story used innuendo rather than explaining what she survived. She said she suffered from an abusive stepfather yet she never mentions that he hurt her. I wish she would have been more clear in her writing, although I understand it had to be a painful childhood.
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