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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,175 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
“Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today.”
—Ann Rule

With true crime classics like Descent into Hell and Die My Love, author Kathryn Casey has peered into the darkest corners of the Lone Star State, shedding a fascinating, chilling light on a series of notorious Texas murders. In Shattered, she explores in riveting detail an infamous Houston area crime: the
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Harper
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♥ Marlene♥
Apr 09, 2013 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it
Finished this book yesterday. read it in 2 days. I did get annoyed again because Kathryn does something Ann Rule also does and that is telling us constantly that the victim acted as (and was) an angel, not a human being with faults. Okay I know we should say nothing bad about the dead but this is true crime.

Belinda did abandon her parents, her family only to please her husband. She even told her twin sister not to come on their birthday because his majesty did not want it. The twins did not cel
Mar 29, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
This true crime case happened January 11, 1999 but the person believed (and I believe he is)guilty was not convicted until 2007. David Temple, football coach, beloved pillar of his community (for the most part), husband to Belinda Lucas Temple, and father of Evan Temple, who was a toddler at the time of the crime, was finally convicted of murdering his 8 and 1/2 month pregnant wife execution style with a shotgun. The case is very similar to the Scott Peterson case in Modesto, CA, but since Texas ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: truecrime
Not as bad as Kathryn Casey's other books. I do realize this is setting the bar a bit low, but I have to give Casey some credit: Shattered isn't quite as boring as her usual work, and the first half is actually pretty interesting. Since I'm usually bored by page five of Casey's books, I can only assume she's improved (either that, or my standards are getting lower -- not a totally unlikely scenario at my age). Also, the solecisms and poor diction aren't quite as egregious as usual; the only seri ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: crimen
I had to skip through a lot of the book--and sure enough, the last twenty (or so) pages contained it all in a nutshell. Good ending, good synopsis of closing arguments but it didn't need almost 400 pages to explain; could have been done (just as well) in about a hundred.
Feb 04, 2015 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I just gave Shattered another star than I had originally because I figure anything that's stayed on my mind like this book has, deserves it. This really was a compulsive read for me, which was a surprise because I've never read much true crime and was never particularly attracted to this flavor of nonfiction.

Really got me thinking about constructions of victimhood and who "deserves" our compassion—and justice. In the book, so much is invested in portraying Belinda Temple as Pure and Good (and s
Lynda Kelly
Sep 13, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This was just an appalling and sad murder case but certainly not the author's best by any stretch. It had WAY too many mistakes in it along with too much repetition as well for me. I gave her last I read 5 stars then this was only a 3 star for sure.....a pity. I found in hard in places to pick up again as I was getting bogged down with the way she wrote this one.
It's rare as the author mentioned that a victim had not one person saying anything bad about them but it appears Belinda truly was love
Oct 28, 2010 Kw rated it really liked it
Really hard to put down! The author told this horrifying story well. What a sad, sad story, and a warning to women not to tolerate controlling spouses or boyfriends. Some just think they're gods.
P J Crawford
Jan 08, 2015 P J Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narcissism cultivated by the cult of high school football and misguided parenting

Excellent telling of a tale too tragic and pathetically senseless to comprehend. I had to wait awhile to write this review because I was truly too stupefied to comment. David Temple, future football god, was a time bomb ticking away since childhood. Physically powerful and built for football, selfish, egotistical, bull-headed, aggressive to the point of reckless, yet recognizably very talented on the field; David wa
Mary Hamilton
Sep 30, 2012 Mary Hamilton rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I remember when Belinda Temple, a popular teacher at Katy High School in TX, was found murdered in the master bedroom of her home. She was 8 months pregnant. I remember the signs plastered in every store window asking who killed her. Her husband was a coach at a different high school, and later it was revealed he was having an affair at the time his wife and unborn daughter were murdered. And I remember, nine years later, when David Temple was convicted of her murder an ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Though the subject was based on a true story, and that story was sad and heartwrentching. The Author did a very good job of being unbiased to either party. She told both sides and allowed the reader to draw their own conclusion. In the end, the jury, also came to their own conclusion.
I began the book 3 days before I finished it. I couldn't put it down. A sad tale of a love story gone terribly wrong. It made me think of some similarities between the lives of the people in this story and my own. I
Fire Lyte
Jan 11, 2015 Fire Lyte rated it liked it
While Casey is a gifted crime writer, she lacks the ability to make us care about the people in her book. The first part of the book is devoted to telling us about the players in the drama - who they were, where they came from, and how they became the people they were at the time of the murder.

This entire backstory portion is very poorly written, seeming, at times, like a high school book report on the lives of these people and not a thoroughly researched narrative about actual people. She glos
May 17, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Casey did a brilliant job of writing this story. I was especially intrigued by the book b/c I followed it like crazy while I was at home on maternity leave with my newborn (now 15). The couple went to college up at SFA where I attended as well. It was neat to follow along and recognize a lot of the places they went to, I did too. Very captivating book. Loved, loved, loved it!
Lynne Manero
Apr 05, 2011 Lynne Manero rated it really liked it
A true story and murder mystery, quite shocking. I liked it a lot mostly because I enjoy true stories as well as biographies.I recommend this book if you like true stories.
Jul 06, 2013 J.M. rated it liked it
Not exactly well-written, but fascinating regardless. Near the end I couldn't put it down because I had to know the outcome of the trial.
Cindy S.
May 05, 2013 Cindy S. rated it it was amazing
So good, my connection with this couple is my Principal knew this couple intimately in college when they were first married.
May 15, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellently written. It was hard to put down. It met all my expectations of a true crime book.
Sheena Nipper
Jun 16, 2012 Sheena Nipper rated it it was amazing
One of the best true crime stories I have ever read.
Feb 18, 2015 Indra rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Pretty good true-crime book.
Apr 20, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read...hard to put down.
Marcia Coppens
Jun 15, 2012 Marcia Coppens rated it really liked it
Thought this was a very good book!!
Jody  Julian
Jun 08, 2015 Jody Julian rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2015
Review to come. I hope.
Dec 03, 2014 Shana rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
THREE AND A HALF STARS. Interesting true crime story about a former high school football hero who kills his wife in cold blood and almost gets away with it. (Apparently in Texas, high school football heroes can do no wrong.) The really tragic figure for me in this awful story was the young son of this couple. I debated giving the book four stars but rated it down because there are parts that seemed a little over sensationalized. Despite this, I did think it was a decently written true crime book ...more
Aug 21, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Such a sad story!
Libby Gordon
Mar 18, 2015 Libby Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
I don't read a lot of true crime anymore because they are usually badly written . This one, although not extremely well-written , intrigued me because the young couple in this story -David and Belinda Temple- met and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University a short time after my husband and I met there and eventually married.

Belinda Lucas thought David Temple was the perfect man to share her life and raise a family. He was a star football player from Katy High School and had a successf
Leigh Podgorski
Jan 15, 2015 Leigh Podgorski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love Ann Rule and I love true crime and I have become a huge fan of Kathryn Casey. Her books cannot be put down, and Shattered is no exception. You will be engrossed and informed through the final paragraph. May work like this help all of us appreciate those who work so hard to apprehend and bring to justice those criminals who walk so brazenly among us. Also features one of my favorite crime fighters, prosecuted Kelly Ziegler. I will read all of Me Casey's books.
Apr 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I love true stories. And since this one took place in Katy, Texas it sparked more of my interest. It about a high school football star, who becomes a college football star and his wife. Obviously she ends up murdered and then the hunt begins. I liked the flow and there wasn't anything too gross in the pictures. I felt for the victim and her family and for his in some respects. I knew the ending before reading so that wasn't a surprise but I guess since it was written a few years after the end of ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Marlana rated it it was ok
Really wish I could find true crime accounts that just focus on the evidence without all of the added drama and the very clear bias. There was so much repetition and opinion added to this book that it drive me crazy! I also have no earthly idea how a jury found this man guilty. I don't know if he did it, but based on this book, I'd have to say there was an entire mountain of reasonable doubt.
Patricia Houston
Jun 30, 2014 Patricia Houston rated it it was ok
Fair book. I would like to have read more about the trial but that's probably my bias (I am a lawyer) also I wish the author had gone into a little more detail about Evan. Maybe I read it too fast and missed something, but I don't think anyone ever explained where he was while his mother was being murdered. Was it just assumed that he slept through the whole thing?
Nov 10, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
This one hits home since I was a senior at Katy High School when Mrs. Temple was murdered. Although I did not know her, I remember my best friend calling me to turn on the news. From that moment on I've been intrigued (ok... Mildly obsessed) by this case, the circumstances and the unfortunate fact that it took a conviction in a similar highly publicized case to get a murder trial. I am shocked it actually took this long to read this book! In my opinion I feel your character and past will always ...more
May 29, 2015 Seanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw a story about this case on 48 hours and something about the way the story was presented led me to believe there was much more to the story. I found it here. Looking at all of it in hindsight, it's hard to believe the murderer in this story got away with it for as many years as he did. He is definitely where he belongs.
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A novelist and an award-winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series and the author of eight highly acclaimed true crime books. Her first novel, SINGULARITY, was one of Booklist’s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third, THE KILLING STORM, as one of the best books of 2010. In both books Casey’s protagonist is a Texas Ranger/pro ...more
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