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Everything She Ever Wanted

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  5,034 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
The true story of a Southern belle gone wrong presents the shocking story of a beautiful woman who tried to murder members of her own family to get what she wanted. By the author of Small Sacrifices. 100,000 first printing. Major ad promo. Tour.
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Simon & Schuster
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Lori
Jun 18, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Everything She Ever Wanted" by Ann Rule is the true story of Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allanson, a Georgia woman who envisioned herself as a modern day Scarlett O'Hara and systematically tore anyone and everyone down who stood in her way of that fantasy.
Ms. Rule does an excellent job of researching Pat's childhood as a spoiled and selfish little girl who was coddled constantly by her family, who aged to become a spoiled and self-centered adult who never really truly grew up. Reading about
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Rosemary
Jan 27, 2009 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ugly truth about what motivates some people to kill is always shocking. What's worse is when, knowing this, other family members side with the killer. Spoiled rotten by her family, Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allinson, a Georgia beauty whose goal in life was to emulate Scarlett O'Hara, led a life of deadly horror. Fed by her family's constant devotion from early childhood through middle age, Pat, who could do nothing wrong by her family's standards. A narcissistic personality, without a s ...more
Crystal Durnan
Dec 04, 2009 Crystal Durnan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, along with Small Sacrifices is one of my favorite Ann Rule books. This "southern Belle" goes to great lengths to get whatever she wants, whenver she wants and from whomever she wants, using her feminine wiles and manipulation and once again this woman seems absolutely larger than life. This and Small Sacrifices are the Ann Rule books that I recommend to anyone and every one who might be interested. You won't believe the shit this lady pulls!! She gets caught at first, while proclaiming her ...more
Donna
Aug 28, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book stays with you. I couldn't quit thinking about it after I was finished. I was left wanting to know what happened to the family
after the book ends. I found a little info, but not enough. I want to know the oldest daughter, Susan, was able to be happy far away from
her mother. Did the granddaughter, Ashlynne, turn out OK after being tormented by Pat and raised in such a dysfunctional household? What
about Susan's son, Sean. Did he ever realize the truth? I think Tom had to tell himself he
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
For fans of true-crime you can't beat Ann Rule. An earlier novel this is one of her best. Story of Pat Taylor, a female sociopath with major entitlement issues, she believes she deserves everything & ends up destroying the lives of everyone that loves her. A true-crime story written so well it reads like fiction; if this is your genre you'll love it.
Susan Sweikert
Feb 08, 2015 Susan Sweikert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding!

Couldn't put this book down. What an amazing, horrible tale of a selfish woman who was constantly enabled by her parents.
Andrea
Dec 21, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
incredible. i have to google this woman to make sure she does not live anywhere NEAR me.
kylajaclyn
May 20, 2012 kylajaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I have long been of the belief that parents are not responsible for their children turning out to be sociopaths. Boy, am I completely fucking wrong about that in this case. I couldn't stop reading this book. I didn't touch anything else. I had to know how it ends. And, well, for most it doesn't end well. Because of one Southern Belle who was coddled to an astonishing degree.

In her infancy Pat Taylor is raised by her grandmother, Mary, who refuses to punish her and lets her subsist only on pan
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Katie Kenig
May 24, 2016 Katie Kenig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
“Choices are like dominoes, one tumbling against the next and then the next until events go out of human control.”




There's a crazy, manipulative lady in this book. Fair warning. As far as true crime stuff goes, the crazy lady gets me almost as much as the evil kid gets me in horror novels. It amazes me how some people's minds work, and the things they'll do, and the ways their brains can justify it all.

So, if you've read true crime before, you've probably read Ann Rule before. Her books are like
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Jeff Kowalk
Dec 30, 2015 Jeff Kowalk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
"Truth is stranger than fiction." After you read this book, there can be more no more doubt that this old adage is true. This is the true story of Pat Taylor Allanson and her husband Tom Allanson, and the series of homicidal events that transpired in July 1974. More unnerving events followed, but I will keep this review spoiler free. As you read this, you will have to constantly remind yourself that everything you see really happened.

Ann Rule is a master of intrigue. In this book, the crime is e
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Teena Stewart
Jun 08, 2015 Teena Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeks

In fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, but underneath the beautiful façade was a cruel and evil heart. She was manipulative and controlling and if anyone crossed her, well, they’d
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Judy
Oct 03, 2012 Judy rated it it was ok
My friend and neighbor handed me this book while we were working in the used book section of our library, saying, this is right up your alley. Okay, true crime is interesting, to read about what lengths people go to get what they think they want. The scenario is apt to involve someone with no conscience, which seems to be the case for this Southern belle. Halfway through the story I get bogged down with a feeling of disgust and a wish to step into the story and say, enough already, this sociopat ...more
Ruth
Apr 18, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
Another of Ann Rule's fantastic renderings of a truly horrific crime, or--in this case--horrific crimes. The depths to which human nature can plunge has ceased to amaze me; however, the ability of people foolishly to ignore warning sign after warning sign is truly appalling. All parents who are guilty of foolishly indulging their children and saving them time and again from the consequences of their own actions should be forced to read this book and witness the possible consequences of such beha ...more
Nicole G.
Long and detailed, but solid true crime tale of a quintessential Southern belle - to outward appearances, that is. However, if her feminine wiles didn't get her her way, Pat Taylor would do whatever she could to change that - including ripping apart her own family.

Taylor was not as batshit insane as she appears; rather, it's even worse, when one begins to realize that her coldness and calculating actions are DELIBERATE. Much scarier, in my opinion.

Dan Sharber
Aug 10, 2015 Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
holy moly. this is one crazy story!!!! unbelievable.
Zachary
Oct 27, 2015 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending was like a Flannery O'Conner short story. It was that good.
Miz
I think I'm just over Ann Rule's method of writing. This story was fascinating, but the execution was less than desirable.
Mary
Mar 20, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book! I know it exists, but hard to believe that families can have so much drama.
Jodie Julagay
Oct 19, 2016 Jodie Julagay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Rule!
Nancy
Mar 14, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, reviewed
This is the true-crime story of Patricia Taylor, who just may be a sociopath. She married Tom Allanson, a man who she didn't love, manipulated him into killing his own parents, and after having family members update their wills to include her, she tried to kill them as well, or get them to commit suicide. This is a rather long and drawn-out book, but satisfying for this true-crime fan. I would not want to meet Pat Taylor in real life as she is a very conniving woman.
Penny Lewis
Mar 09, 2017 Penny Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting

Kept me reading into the night. Manipulation at its finest. Would definitely recommend reading. Can't wait to read more. Lots of details.
Jen Mays
True crime books are both entertaining and revolting simply because they illustrate actions performed by people that I can’t even fathom being desirable. I suppose that’s the nature of the crime world, though, and is part of the reason that psychology is so fascinating. The inner workings of one person’s body chemistry being so very different from my own, even though we are primarily made of the same materials, approaches that awe-factor that the greater universe seems able to present so easily. ...more
Rosie
Feb 18, 2017 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leigh
This is my third full length Ann Rule book and once again it involves parents manipulating, abusing and even killing, or attempting to kill their children. The story revolves around Pat Radcliffe Taylor Allanson and her many crimes. Raised as a spoiled rotten child who never heard the word no, Pat was used to getting her own way and she would easily resort to murder to get it. The story begins with the seemingly fairy tale marriage of Pat Taylor and Tom Allanson in a Gone with the Wind style wed ...more
Obsidian
Oct 17, 2014 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal and Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? the other day. I am going to have to go back and buy some more Ann Rule novels since I ended up once again being fascinated by her True Crime story.

This novel starts with a marriage. Taking place in Atlanta in 1974 we have Pat Taylor marrying her new husband Tom Allanson and thrilled that she will finally start to belong to the elite Atlanta societ
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Janis Gilbert


For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.


Pat's only brother had died in
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Ingrid Fasquelle
May 25, 2012 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Une fois n'est pas coutume, c'est un avis négatif que je m'apprête à vous livrer... Pourtant, le titre m'apparaissait comme prometteur. Je me faisais une joie de lire un thriller un peu différent, tiré d'un fait réel, la quatrième de couverture promettant en ce sens de donner lieu à une intrigue palpitante, allant même jusqu'à qualifier l'oeuvre d'Ann Rule de "petite révolution du genre" : suspense maîtrisé, personnages fouillés et portraits psychologiques impeccablement brossés, j'étais convain ...more
Adrián Lamo
Nov 05, 2016 Adrián Lamo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rules (RIP) once again puts the reader in the front seat, giving the impression of being a part of events as they unfold. Rule states she has written only one fictional novel, but each one contains an understandable enough injection of fiction - no lies, just gaps paved over for a smoother read.

Powerful sympathies follow the characters wherever they go, depending on the reader's inclination - to prison, to invalidity, to murderer and murdered, and repetitions on some of these themes.

There's enou
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Connie Hodges
Sep 11, 2012 Connie Hodges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a twisted tale of a woman whose southern belle exterior masked a narcissistic and ruthless criminal. The crimes committed by Patricia Taylor née Radcliffe were shocking enough, but the blind devotion of a family that fed her egocentric drive to get whatever she wanted was even more fascinating.

Pat was a woman who would go to any lengths to obtain the lavish lifestyle she felt she deserved. People, especially men, were simply a means to an end and the end was usually pretty heinous. In h
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Joanne
Jun 04, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Ann Rule’s crime writing style. She blends the facts and psychological insight into a story that covers everything. This story portrays murder, poisoning, deceit, theft and greed.

This story is based in Georgia – Pat is a cute petite woman who has a goal to live a Scarlett O’Hara type lifestyle. She marries young and has 3 children. After her divorce she’s a flirtatious woman who gets her claws into Tom who is a little younger. Pat stops at nothing to get the money and treasures s
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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