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But I Trusted You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #14 (Crime Files #14)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,091 ratings  ·  81 reviews
THE MOST FATAL MISTAKE?

Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new
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ebook, 464 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published November 2nd 2009)
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Jim Thomsen
The blood is beginning to run thin in the Ann Rule's Crime Files series, in which annually she trots out one new case at novella length along with four or five short pieces from the 1960s and 1970s when she wrote prolifically for true-crime magazines.

The centerpiece story is about Chuck Leonard and Teresa Gaethe-Leonard, a Snohomish County, Wash. couple whose marriage hit the rocks in the mid-'90s and ended in the shooting murder of Chuck, a much-loved school counselor. Teresa was fingered for
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Priscilla
I enjoyed the "stories" of Ann Rule's #14, but I have to say - it's badly written even by Rule's standards. It's not just how Rule's inability to understand when to use a comma or semicolon creates nonsensical phrases and goofy lists, or that she's an enthusiastic misuer of the word "literally" (traits that are present in all of her books, though perhaps more so in this volume than in others). This book feels like a mediocre-to-poorly written college undergraduate attempt at writing nonfiction: ...more
Tanya W
For some crazy reason, I like reading real life crime stories... but at the same time I find them horrific. It's hard to believe how totally depraved and evil these criminals are. I also like 48 Hours Mystery.

I will say that I didn't particularly appreciate the unsolved crime stories (I think there were two) that were part of this book. I want the mystery solved and the criminal to pay!
Ruth Turner

I'm not a great fan of Ann Rule at the best of times, but this book was appalling.

Rambling, disjointed and scattered with repetitive and insignificant detail.

One star because the stories were true, but other than that not worth reading.
Linda K
Hard to really give a book on true crime stars at all. It is sometimes good to read about real crimes to remind ourselves that it truly is a scary place out there and you can never be too careful. The evil in mankind never ceases to amaze.
Sandy
I have heard a few compaints about this book, but I found nothing to complain about. I enjoyed the book as I have most of Ann's books.
Dana
I love Ms. Rule's true crime books!
Rosario
I used to like Ann Rule very much. I liked the way her books were not "just" true crime books. She used to do an excellent job at describing real people, the good and the bad, and her writing used to be good. Unfortunately, little by little she seems to be getting somewhat prudish and judgmental. It might be age, it might be having seen too much ugliness, it might be that she used to have a better editor. I have not checked whether she used a new editor for this book, but the overall quality has ...more
Jeannie
Ann Rule never disappoints me, her cases always horrify and fascinate me. I think the best thing about her cases is they are ones not in the national spotlight, most happened many years ago and without her books we usually wouldn't be aware of them unless we were personally touched in some way by them. A few of the stories near the end were only touched on lightly. The very last one Dark Forest: Deep Danger should of been a whole book unto itself, very frightening and cries out to be explored on ...more
Debbie
I gave this book 5 stars! The reason is beside Ann Rule knows what she writes about . The stories are all about true crime and though the subject isn't pleasant it is good to know that you cannot be too careful in life . I really dislike the fact that some of the cases Ann Rule writes about are still unsolved. I haven't read a book that Ann Rule has written that I haven't liked (once again I don't like the fact that there are evil people in the world and that some families will never never have ...more
Jen
I love true crime stories, and I have found that Ann Rule's writing is certainly my style. She gives all the facts as well as some theories where necessary, but doesn't reach too far. I hate that whenever you hear a crime story on the news, you only hear one part of it. Crimes take time to solve and by the time they get all the information it is usually old news and not put back out for the public to see. I hate getting interested in something and never finding out how it ended, so these stories ...more
Essy
This book was good. I could not put the book down. Everytime I got a chance to pick up the book. I did not want to put it down. The stories were true and she has a way of drawing you in wanting to know more. I am ready for another Ann Rule true crime book.
Laurie
What can you possible say about true crime. This book is filled with stories of murder and suspected murder. An interesting read.
Lori
But I Trusted You is the fourteenth volume in author Ann Rule's "Crime Files" series, where she takes a novel length case, makes it the main focus of the book and throws in several "smaller" type cases as well. As much as I have enjoyed Ms. Rule's previous efforts, But I Trusted You left me wanting and a bit disappointed.

Let's start with the feature length case, which concerns the murder of teacher Chuck Leonard by his estranged wife Teresa. I personally did not find anything noteworthy with th
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M—
Beach Vacation Read #7: Found in small cache of books hidden in shadows of floor shelf of low cabinet on Day 13 of sixteen-day vacation. What is with this beach house? Do the owners never read?

Sensational and overwrought and, despite the recent publication date, has a strong feeling of being terribly dated. DNF.

Beach Vacation Reading List (November 2010)
#1 | Shutter Island
#2 | Someplace to Be Flying
#3 | Bones
#4 | Into the Arms of Strangers
#5 | Little Heathens
#6 | Bridge of Birds
#7 | But I Truste
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Sandie
LITERALLY LACKING, March 6, 2010
By Bookworm (St. George Utah) - See all my reviews


Most of Ann Rule's books could be utilized by any theological group as a hand-book for "The Seven Deadly Sins". With "BUT I TRUSTED YOU" most of the crimes committed in the seven stories covered seem to focus on the evils of GREED and LUST coupled with too much trust.

If this book is any indication, it would appear that Washington state is not a good place to reside if you hope to live a long and fruitful life si
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Annmbray
Didn't find this one as compelling as her other books. Seemed like just a hodgepodge of cases collected together under the notion that those you trust can turn on you. Seemed like a bit of a struggle to really tie these together.
Shirley
A typical Ann Rule book. She is a great true crime writer. This book has several cases that I had not heard about. I downloaded this to my computer so there were no pictures but... I will get the book from the library to put faces to the names. This book does cover the deceit by the people you trust. Be careful... you never know what lies in the mind of another. Strangers are just as deadly and one moment can change your life forever. If it had taken a moment longer to get ready for work, eat br ...more
Lori
I enjoy reading books about peoples lives and the things they do. Ann Rule has a way of getting into the minds and emotions of the very people she is writing about. This book is separated by four different stories of four different lives, the only thing that disappointed me a little about this book was one of the stories was not resolved as in the killer was never found. Even in reading reality I still was hoping for an ending that would make me feel justice was served.
Other than that it was a w
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Donna
Ann Rule lives and writes in Washington state, where the vast majority of the crimes she describes have taken place. Her gruesome body of work chronicles the most savage crimes that have occurred in that part of the country over more than four decades. Nevertheless, each of her "Crime Files" series leaves me wondering just how common murder may be. How many other monsters reside in other states, and how many bodies still lie in the deep forests of the Cascade Mountains and Pacific coastline.

It's
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With Butterflies
I think I prefer Rule's books where she tells just one story instead of these multi-stories "Crime File" ones.

One thing that I've noticed about her books is that she always tries to make the victim seem as innocent as possible. For instance, in the main story of Chuck Leonard and Teresa Gaethe-Leonard she seems to go out of her way to try to convince us what a great guy Chuck was. Don't get me wrong, he didn't deserve to die and Teresa is a sick woman, but Chuck sounded like kind of a sleezebag
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Beverly
Another true crime book, I'm a real sucker for them. Ann Rule is one of my favorite true crime authors and this is one of her multi-case books from her crime files. She worked as a detective in Seatle, Washington prior to becoming an author.

The main story in this book is about a woman who murders her husband so she can marry her rich boyfriend who lives in Hawaii. Then there is a story about a family that disappeared over Labor Day weekend in 1974 and one about a swinger who gets murdered on a
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T.M. Carper
This collection doesn't seem to live up to its title, but there are still some interesting cases in it. Most of the cases take place in the western part of the US in either Washington state or Oregon.



Two of the cases are unsolved, but the rest have endings. The first case is rather interesting since it was the woman who was the killler, not the male. There's also a story involving a boat, and two teenagers who were attacked by a former marine.



True crime buffs and Anne Rule fans won't be disappoi
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Jolene
Overall, an OK book. I usually enjoy true crime novels, but this just seemed to lack a lot of depth and I noticed numerous spelling and grammatical errors! I felt like it was dashed off in in an attempt to fulfill some deadline. I also felt that Anne Rule kept repeating herself in order to fill up space instead of really giving us new and different insight into the criminals as the stories progressed. I was just hoping for something a bit more... It is an easy read but one that I might save for ...more
Sharon
Ann Rule is the best true crime writer there is. In this book, she reviews 7 unsolved cases, each one more mysterious than the last. Her special gift is relating all the known facts of the case without bias, as if she were simply telling the story. The reader is allowed to feel compassion for both the victims and for the survivors, and to draw their own conclusions regarding guilt or innocence. Fascinating reading that compares to the macabre tales of Edgar Allen Poe, except his were fiction, an ...more
Rain
No one trusted anyone in that story, so, firstly, what's with the title.

More importantly, the writing is APPALLING on every level.

Lastly, objectivity seems to be in scarce supply in her recounting of these "true" crime stories and, frankly, I am not interested in speculation as to what the victims/perpetrators/family members might be thinking and feeling years after the crime(s); speculation of that sort does not belong in this type of reportage.

Teena in Toronto
There were six true stories of murders, with the first one taking up almost half the book.

I hadn't heard of any of these stories (they happened in the States) but they were interesting to read nonetheless. There are some scary people out in the world!

My only complaint would be the pictures. There are two sections of black 'n white pictures and the quality isn't very good. They should either be in colour or better resolution or removed altogether.
Michelle
Living in King County, WA, Ann Rule's books hit close to home. I know the areas where these crimes have taken place. The first story in this novel, "But I Trusted You" is the most recent of the crimes told in this novel. The other crimes were all committed in the mid-seventies. Even though the crimes took place long ago, it's still unnerving knowing there are still criminals out there, today, committing similar gruesome crimes.
Amy
I always enjoy reading an Ann Rule. I am shocked and appalled by the nature of some very sick individuals and am ever so grateful that I got out of the violence I escaped years ago. These books make me more aware of my surroundings and open my eyes to the evil that is present in the world. Her collections of case files never ceases to amaze me. A must read for everyone, just to open their eyes.
Sara
I think I've read too many renditions where the fantastical, tiny but feisty seductress wrangles the energetic man-child into marriage only to be frustrated, tied to him by the child she used to keep him to heel and so forced to murder him. I mean...how many times can that happen? And why is Rule interested in writing about every one of them? Isn't she as bored with this script as I am?
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Ann Rule is a popular American true crime writer. She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders.
At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis
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