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Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster?

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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♥ Marlene♥
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
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.
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
Lynda Kelly
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
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.
Mary Hamilton
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
Heather Moss
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I read a lot of true crime books, and I think Kathryn Casey is a decent writer for the genre. There isn't a lot of mystery in this case; you know from the beginning who killed Belinda, and the suspense rests on whether the police and prosecution will come up with enough evidence to convict the cheating sociopath. So Casey's real job here was making the biographical details of Belinda, David, their families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors compelling enough
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
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
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.
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.
So good, my connection with this couple is my Principal knew this couple intimately in college when they were first married.
Excellently written. It was hard to put down. It met all my expectations of a true crime book.
Sheena Nipper
One of the best true crime stories I have ever read.
Very good read...hard to put down.
Marcia Coppens
Thought this was a very good book!!
Such a sad story!
Patricia Houston
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?
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
Interesting story. I didn't think much of the author's writing style. I think someone should have corrected some of her sentences and paragraphs before printing the book. I felt that she was writing as she received the information and her thoughts and paragraphs were not put together well.

Overall though, it was a very sad story. I felt sorry for Belinda's family--her siblings and parents. How could a husband do this unspeakable heinous crime? And Heather is a liar along with David's family. Bec
Couldn't put this book down.

such a tragedy, I loved the way the author described the husband, I didn't like him from the beginning. so glad he was finally convicted!
When I was at the bookstore skimming the True Crime section, I happened to pick this book up and read a little about it. It mentioned an area outside of Houston that I'm familiar with.

Come to find out, my SIL attended the school where Belinda worked, during the period of this book.

I had to purchase this and read it very quickly as it felt to have hit close to home.

Many of the details of where this couple lived are not accurate but don't affect the outcome at all.

I did feel the writing was not p
Rhonda Elkins
This is a true crime novel that does what a true crime novel is suppose to do. It gives background on people, places, and events, then moves into the crime itself, then the trial and so on. There's something that just draws me to a crime novel like this, then I read it and the horrible images it brings forth tend to bother me a bit. This book did give graphic detail of the crime scene and some disturbing detail of the autopsy, so don't go into it with a faint heart. It's very well researched and ...more
Good book I finished it in one day couldn't put it down. I live currently very close to the town where the couple met in college and have friends who live in the town where the murder occurred. David Temple is an absolute narcissist he is a monster. I found myself disgusted by his family and their constant covering up for this wife killer! Heather Scott also makes the stomach turn. May you rot in prison David Temple.
Casey is just as good as Ann Rule, and I'm so thrilled I found her! I hope David Temple stays locked away for many, many years.
Joanna Hanson
Well written to retale the crime but I'm left feeling unsettled. Could be because of the coldness of it all or something else. Very unsettled.
Shaunda Dixon
A good book. It amazes me the lengths that people find to ignore society's rules. It was also an easy read.
Lise Mette
True crime- my guilty pleasure... And this one was well written although a bit repetetive at times
Very detailed true crime and it was a very good read - will be trying to find more on this author.
this book was really good.This book was about 2 people that feel in love and good married.but the problems was the wife had a twin and the twin was not feel good how he only care about football and only football.until one day the huband was cheating on his wife with some other girl.but the his wife was murder and she was eight mounths pregent. now they founding out who did this to her.they think it was her huband because he was never around for his son,never home always in partys and ...more
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Kathryn Casey is a Houston-based journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, and many other publications.
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