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Everything She Ever Wanted

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,923 ratings  ·  178 reviews
WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER?

OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER?

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 ex
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1992)
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Rosemary
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Lori
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"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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Crystal Durnan
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 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 rated it really liked it
incredible. i have to google this woman to make sure she does not live anywhere NEAR me.
Whitney
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Francisca
DNF--

This has nothing to do with Ann Rule's writing (I'm most likely picking another of her books during this month) but I just can't read 500 pages about such unpleasant people. I have over 400 books to read, I don't want to keep wasting my time with these people (although I'm still googling the case just to know what happened in the end)
Charlene
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime
Once again, no critical thinking skills demonstrated by Rule. What is worse, this case is one of her more forgettable ones. (Yet, I keep listening to a ridiculous number of her books because it makes the time pass on the treadmill, so...)
Lisa Mancini
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read. For lovers of crime and drama.
kylajaclyn
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Jeff Kowalk
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Katie Kenig
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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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
Teena Stewart
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
♥ Marlene♥
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
on Monday, January 05, 2004 I wrote on Bookcrossing about this book:


Currently Reading. Like it until now

Sunday February 1th 2004

Finished the book.
I think this is one of the better books by Ann Rule. Lots of details as always,but also a lot of questions up till the end.
Who committed the murders?
I felt angry a lot of times, o how much i despise that woman, Pat Taylor.She always wanted to be in the center of attention,so selfish.
This book I really recommend.

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.

Nancy
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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.
Dan Sharber
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
holy moly. this is one crazy story!!!! unbelievable.
Miz
I think I'm just over Ann Rule's method of writing. This story was fascinating, but the execution was less than desirable.
Zachary
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The ending was like a Flannery O'Conner short story. It was that good.
Lenny
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Another amazing book by Ann Rule. Couldn't put it down.
Mary
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good Book! I know it exists, but hard to believe that families can have so much drama.
Debbie
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every now and then I long for the literary equivalent of a bag of Doritos: Something that is salty and cheesy with good, satisfying crunch that I can consume mindlessly for hours. Thank the stars for Ann Rule and her true crime oeuvre!

"Everything She Ever Wanted," tells the tale of Pat Taylor Allenson, a murderous narcissist mindlessly supported by the people she carelessly destroys. Over 500 pages in length, each chapter attempts to make sense of Pat's fantasy world, in which husbands are fram
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Boremomsn.Com
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Pat Taylor is quite the manipulative woman - reading the book shows how much her family enabled her. Too bad the justice system isn't equipped to punish the people who aid and abet the Pat Taylor's of this world. The story started out slow but it became a page turner after about 50 pages. Typical Rule storytelling. No surprises in this story except just how long Pat Taylor was able to carry out her machinations. It was frustrating to watch her family time and time again shield her as if she coul ...more
Anna
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on audiobook and the reader's breathy, southern accent had me scared to death from the very beginning! However, as much as I was intrigued (and freaked out )by the story she was piecing together about this female sociopath from Atlanta in the 1970s, I felt like there were gaps in the story that left me going "huh?". Not all the clues fit together perfectly and I felt like in some places there was an overwhelming amount of detail and in others, not enough. I might listen to ano ...more
WarpedSweetness
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I am really liking Anne Rule's writing style. I was fascinated by the story of Pat Taylor Allanson and her family. Anne Rule really sucked me into this retelling.

The back of the book called this a "bizarre and horrifying tale" and I certainly found it to be so. How this woman got away with everything is beyond me. I cannot believe her family kept shielding her and lying for her!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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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.

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