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Because You Loved Me

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  983 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Jeanne Dominico’s fiancé found her body on her kitchen floor. More than forty stab wounds and blows to her head with a blunt instrument had cut her life short. What monster had struck in the heart of a peaceful New England town?

Jeanne was a hard-working single mother. Nicole, her fourteen-year-old daughter was on the honor-roll and head over hee
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Ruth Turner
Sep 07, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The author states, in his Notes to Readers, that the victim's immediate family wanted nothing to do with this book, so I don't feel too badly about the low rating. This is not because of the crime itself, which was heartbreaking, but because of the way the book is written.

It's repetitive and nauseating!

I understand that the victim was a warm, caring, wonderful person. I don't need to be continually beaten over the head to remind me. I got it the first time.

It was so bad I couldn't even force
Feb 07, 2011 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to read true crime and be intellectually engaged, but not always emotionally engaged. This one made me both sad and horrified. It's incredible that teens can become involved in the most bizarre things and think (at the time) that they are perfectly reasonable. The death of this woman was heartbreaking and so was what happened to the kids - two young lives completely destroyed. It very much reminded me of the movie Heavenly Creatures where both teens were so caught up in their own relation ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Sammantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True-Crime Reader
Because you loved me was an online love affair, a real-time murder. This was one of the first books I have read of M. William Phelps and I have to say I was very pleased. I will definitely be reading more of his true-crime. This was such a very sad and heartbreaking story. One young girl, Nicole, without her father in her life looking for that love to replace her father's absence and Billy it was. I felt so hurt by what happened to Jeanne. She loved her children so unconditionally and only wante ...more
Lynda Kelly
Nov 30, 2011 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This is a true crime tale I found on the Kindle about who sounded a lovely lady in New Hampshire called Jeanne Domenico. She was murdered by her daughter's boyfriend with the knowledge and assistance of said daughter, a spoiled little bitch of the highest order..........all because Jeanne wouldn't let them live together. Her daughter had only just turned 16.
It is really sad as Jeanne had herself a lovely fiance, she worked like a dog to ensure her 2 kids wanted for nothing and all because that
Jeanne Dominico was brutally beaten and stabbed to death, her injuries showed she fought with her murderer. She was a single mother of two trying to make a life for her children and protect them the best she could. Billy Sullivan was a troubled young man that Jeanne’s daughter met over the internet, she was head-over-heels in love. Billy was obsessive and controlling, Jeanne worried about Nicole’s sliding schoolwork, she thought that Billy would hurt Nicole, but that is not what happened. The mu ...more
Stella Gonzales
Jun 05, 2014 Stella Gonzales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A daughter's betrayal

A daughter's betrayal

Again I was unable to stop reading another of Mr Phelps's true stories. I believe that justice was done. I also have ask why the families of a convicted felons always say he was such a good person. In this case all the warnings sign were there. As stated in the book both families lost love ones.
Apr 08, 2009 ღangღ is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes to read True-Crime Books
I just started this book and am reading half of the first chapter.

Because You Loved Me is a case study of different sorts of love, platonic, parental, romantic, and obsessive. It's easy to predict which type will go wrong. The High Queen of the drama queens, Nicole, falls in a twisted sort of love with macho manipulator Billy, and in a metter of days, she is blind to all the good things in her life. Her mom, her friends, her education, her home - Nicole no longer sees value in any of this, and w
Mar 20, 2008 Snuf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first true crime read. I enjoy documentaries about the same subject matter, so I thought I'd give this a go.

The book starts fairly slow and I think the author spent too many chapters on establishing the good nature of the victim. Once the story got started, it held my interest and the author did a good job of creating a few cliff hangers even when I already knew the outcome of the story.

My only real complaints deal with the author's style of writing. First was his inconsistent use of
I wasn't aware of this case at all before I picked up this book. Even with my not being familiar with any aspect of the case, I still felt this book was too long. Had the author not repeated over and over how obsessed Nicole was with Billy and how in love they thought they were, the book could've easily been a 100 pages shorter. It also threw me off having to see the author overuse quotation marks. Seems like every other word, he felt the need to put quotes around, even if it wasn't dialogue.
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Jan 22, 2013 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great true crime novel. It is sad. This book is about obsession, love and a Mother's love. The obsession is Nicole's for Billy,a boy she met online and hardly knows anything about. Love For Jeanne. She was loved by her co-workers, her friends and really people whose lives who she had touched. Also by her fiànce. Then Jeanne's love for Nicole. Nicole's obsession with Billy clouded her judgement and made her do something that she will regret for the rest of her life. Billy is the one tha ...more
May 02, 2012 Landon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicole Kasinskas met Billy Sullivan online. He was 18, she was 14. They fell in "teenage love" even though they lived hundreds of miles away. They vowed to do anything to be together, and made long trips for short visits, and tried to convince Nicole's mother, Jeanne Dominico, to allow Nicole to move in with Billy. As any mother of a 14 year old would, her response was "absolutely no" You can do what you want when you're 18, but for now, you live her. Driven to desperation, Nicole and Billy plot ...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
Reading True Crimes is one of my guilty pleasures. I love pounding through crime books, journals. So when I saw this book, I immediately picked it up and devoured it in one sitting. I've read about this in Murderpedia years ago and I’ve long been fascinated (and horrified) by this case. And I say that this is a very interesting read. Not too long but is packed with lots of detail that will give us readers a thorough oberview of the case of Billy Sullivan who killed Jeanne Dominico with the help ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter what crime M. William Phelps writes about, he captures the heart of the story...allowing us to 'know' the victim. Painting that word picture, giving voice to those closest to the victim, makes the details of the crime and trial even more heart wrenching. Because You Loved Me is beyond senseless, incredibly cruel and just plain evil. Jeanne Dominico lost her life at the hands of her 16 year old daughter's boyfriend because she refused to let her move with him to another state. Instead o ...more
Suzie Flohr
Dec 17, 2014 Suzie Flohr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, it was like the author was talking to me and that's what I call a good book.
1 star

I'm still trying to figure out how I finished this book...

I am a huge true crime junkie. Whether it's books, magazines, newspapers, the interwebz, or the wide variety of tv shows...I'm addicted to them all. I have watched this guy on Snapped and on shows on Discovery ID so I thought why not give one of his books a shot? Well...he needs to stick with tv interviews.

The book revolves around the murder of Jeanne Dominico. Her daughter and her boyfriend Billy are convicted of the crime.
Aug 20, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
*SPOILERS* Nicole Kasinskas and her lover Billy are underage and live far away from each other but they believe they are soul mates. When Nicole's mother Jeanne decides that the romance has to end Nicole pleads with her to let Billy come stay with them for one week. Jeanne relents. The lovers decide that Mom has to go because she is the only thing standing in the way of their being together. While Nicole reads a magazine in the car Billy enters the house and beats Jeanne with a baseball bat. He ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 08, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Disturbing yet well-written, this book is the story of love gone wrong and how the internet-addicted digital age poses a whole new meaning to "stranger danger" for kids and teens. This book is haunting and unforgettable, detailed and honest, and definitely worth reading.
Jul 05, 2015 Ketti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
This is one scary story.........frightening that someone so close to someone could so easily take their life. Interesting story, but at times a bit repetitive.
Nov 14, 2014 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Boy, this is a well-documented true crime story about a teenager who committed a horrendous crime against her own mother, with a little help from her friend, of course. Author Phelps wrote a good read...
Samantha Osborne
Mar 16, 2015 Samantha Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
shocking story
Kathy Moore
Sep 23, 2012 Kathy Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I like true-crime but this is really a tribute to the mother who was brutally murdered by her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend, and the beautiful person she was. Also an endearing love story told from her fiance's point of view. I only hope to become half the selfless person Jeanne was (the mother). I was so moved by the book, I got on her memorial tribute mentioned at the end of the book hosted by her fiance, wrote him an email and was amazed to get a heart-felt reply back!
Christy Buhr
Apr 12, 2014 Christy Buhr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-1/2 stars
Phelps always does a great job of telling the story. I felt it was an unbiased novel and just laid it all out there. As for this story, I just have to say that the characters are twisted! Both Nichole and billy are psychopaths!! Neither seemed to ever really have remorse and/ or care. They both tried to blame each other for what happened OR how they grew up as an excuse. It is just mind boggling that there are people like this in the world!
Now THIS is creepy. A woman has a 14-year old daughter, honor roll student, etc. And this girl "meets" a guy online and gets obsessed with him and it ends up with them killing the mom...the mom's boyfriend finds her and he is a suspect, but it was the little angel all along. UGH. Sort of a cautionary tale about meeting people online, or trusting your kids or something... actually profoundly disturbing.
Jun 03, 2012 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is an interesting, perhaps not engrossing, account of a senseless murder. The author takes a lot of time developing the key characters and setting up the crime--maybe too much time, but then once he starts, he's got to get a book out of it. I do understand his motive in that the victim seemed to be a wonderful person. The perps, including her daughter, are as far opposite as can be.
Karen Appleyard
Jul 24, 2016 Karen Appleyard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad.
What gets into folk, it's beyond me!
Michelle See
Apr 18, 2016 Michelle See rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It amazes me the depths that humans can sink to. To my way of thinking the girl should never have been allowed to make a deal. Yes, she is jailed for 35 years - but it's like after school care where she can pretty much do as she likes!!! Both were equally guilty
Jun 05, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really well written, great story and easy to read.
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Crime, murder and serial killer expert, creator/producer/writer and former host of the Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS, acclaimed, award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award and the 2008 New England Book Festival Award. A highly sought-after pundit, Ph ...more
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