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My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  963 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Lacey Spears made international headlines in January 2015 when she was charged with the “depraved mind” murder of her five-year-old son, Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year-old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube.

To the outside world, Spears had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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BAM Endlessly Booked
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
True Crime Commemoration # 12
Setting: the times of iPhone 4 in various states including New York and Florida

5/30/18 audio reread #57

This is a Muchausen by proxy case that the mom plastered all over her FB account. Simply fascinating how she blatantly broadcasted her crime to all
♥ Marlene♥
This was a true crime where it felt someone was pulling on my heartstrings. Wow so hard to read. I have always "enjoyed"reading books about children who suffer from women with munchausen by proxy. I hate absolutely hate when you read in news articles or even in this case a judge saying the mum suffered from this disease. No she did not suffer. Her son did!! This is not a mental illness and it seems people forget that. Glad to read the author has the same opinion and knew what he was writing abou ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Wow! Just Wow! This book is about a young mother with the diagnosis of Munchausen's by proxy who eventually killed her little boy. While it is a hard subject to read about I think it is something everyone should know about. This boy may have lived if the people in her life and the doctors had been more aware of what was going on. Some of them did suspect but didn't investigate further. This book also is interesting because of the aspect that social media played in the case. She probably wouldn't ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, true-crime
This is perhaps the most heart wrenching true crime book I have ever read. Lacey Spears... I just have no words. It's not that I had never heard of munchausen by proxy but I've never read a case where that was the most likely cause of a child's death. If you have strong reactions to stories that include children I would strongly caution you to be aware that this book is going to strike deep.

In addition to saying that the story is one that is bound to cause the reader an emotional reaction there
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've long been fascinated by these trash bags who call themselves Mothers and do this to their own children. This woman should've been hung, not imprisoned.

The book itself wasn't written in any style other than journalistic, which made it kind of a dull, repetitive read. It's established quite early that the mother is a loony tune who spends most of her time showboating on Facebook.
Paris Abell
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
The book wasn't very well-written, which why I can't give it a higher rating. At times, it read like the author got ahold of the trial transcripts and just copied and pasted large sections. BUT it was worth the read. It sheds light on this situation and will hopefully save some other child's life. ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
John Glatt is a talented writer and he did a great job telling the story of Garnett Spears life. As I read this book I was struck by two things equally.

1. How a can a mother purposely cause her child pain? I have watched my own son suffer through two heart surgeries, 4 1/2 years with a g-tube, and countless medical procedures and tests. The HARDEST thing I have every done in my life was watch my toddler suffer...and at times hold him down during painful procedures. I cannot fathom doing this pur
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
John Glatt is probably my favorite true crime author. He makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of the case.
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
What an uncomfortable read. My Sweet Angel is a book about Lacey Spears, the mother who killed her 5-year-old son Garnett, and was diagnosed afterwards of Munchausen-by-proxy. She was convicted in 2015. I knew going into this that I was going to be a bit emotionally swayed by the story, and I was right. All of my sympathy was with Garnett, and was happy to see Lacey getting what she deserved.

John Glatt's writing style is great for true crime. He writes so factually. He doesn't report on anyt
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, as much as you can enjoy a book about a mother who killed her son, but I found the second half, about the trial, to be very repetitive from the first part.
Gwen Markson
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Glatt sure did his homework for this book. With the amount of pages, I thought there might be chapters of dried, boring facts, but quite the opposite..... He weaves a very interesting story that just can’t be true! I mean, what mother practices killing her child, all the while asking for attention?? Besides the shocking idea of committing this, what surprised me the most is how many friends fell for her woes, her stories, hook, line, & sinker. Unbelievable. I’m relieved she is locked up and ...more
Kayla Krystine
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to most historians, John Glatt captured the story of Lacey and Garnett Spears without making it all about the author. That is one of my biggest pet peeves (looking at you, Anne Rule). While being a very depressing story, it is extremely interesting. The last couple hundred pages are Glatt's observations in the courtroom of the trial. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This is a heartbreaking story about a mother with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. This is a very detailed account and the reader can tell that a lot of research went into this book. It's tough to read at times because from the beginning, we know what Garnett's fate will be. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in Munchausen syndrome by proxy. ...more
Erica Beauchamp
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO good. It really gives you the whole scope of the story. There is a little bias against the mother, but I think that is to be expected in a case like this one.
Faye Ridpath
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well written true crime novel.

It was very gripping and disturbing.

I like this author’s writing style and will definitely read more of his books.
Koko  Lewis
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Halfway through the book, and it is evident that the 4 and 5 star reviews are based of the traumatic story and not the book itself. This book is poorly written, and reads like newspaper clippings or Facebook timeline. The disorganization of this book and the slowness is annoying. I've read worse so that is why I am not giving it 1 star, but this book is 🗑🔥 ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this one and I don't know what to say. I mean, I guess I could really say a lot but where do you even start? First of all, I cannot believe that Lacey honestly thinks that she is going to get out of prison any day now. Really? How can she really think that. She is obviously deluded. And how can she still be claiming to be innocent? If anyone really thinks she is innocent they are just as in need of mental help as she is. But anyway.... I tried not to get emotionally involve ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
While this is a very uncomfortable subject matter to read about, I think John Glatt did a great job recounting the story of "mommy blogger" Lacey Spears and her young son, Garnett. The amount of people throughout Garnett's short life that saw the red flags and didn't do anything, the number of times Child Protective Services was contacted, but nothing ever came of it, the pain & suffering that Garnett had to endure is all so heartbreaking. Unfortunately I think this is a syndrome that is hard to ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
The book was well written but the subject matter was difficult at times. Lacey Spears was a twisted woman who abused her beautiful little boy. I don't understand how family members didn't see it or intervene. Doctors, Nurses, Family, Friends....they all had an inkling about Spears but did little to nothing to help Garnett. Even the boys real dad did not take a stand to find for his rights as the boy's father. It's a really sad tale of a lunatic, an innocent child and a bunch of people who stood ...more
While the case itself was interesting, the writing was very repetitive. This could have been written in half the pages and gained more stars. Lacey is right where she belongs and I hope she stays there. I had no idea salt could be so harmful, some of the doctor's statements were very informative. ...more
Jill Crosby
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to this as an audio book, and it seemed awfully repetitive--lots and lots of reiteration about what witnesses saw as Lacey Spears engineered the death-by-salt-overdose of her 5-year-old son, Garnett.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
The story was very gripping, however, the writing was not. The book read like a collection of cut and paste from social media, interviews, and trial transcripts. The second half of the book, the trial portion, read like a repeat of the first half and had no new information.
Heartbreaking true story of a case of Munchausen by proxy. Book, however, was very repetitive and could have been half as long without losing any substance.
Suzanne Flohr
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally written, just flowed and didnt backtrack. One of his best.
Christina Engel
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
418 pages read in less then 24 hours! Unbelievable.
Annie Booker
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting and eye opening. I was in no doubt by the end of this book that Lacey Spears did exactly what she was accused of doing.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a WASTE OF TIME - never finished reading, its like something you'd read in grade school ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sad story of this little boy's tormented short life. Left me with no doubt that his mother murdered him in order to get the sympathy and attention of others. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel mean giving this one star because it's going to be a good factual resource for me - but as a book it's unreadable, at least in its totality. Clearly, a lot of work went into it - and you can tell because it feels like there was not one detail that Glatt omitted. In fact, I feel like every single detail was not just stated, but repeated; Glatt is constantly referencing Lacey Spears' trial - rather than progressing like a totally linear account - but, then, come the investigation into Garne ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is so sad and intense. Glatt does a good job of telling Garnett's story, though it's very hard that it's done through the eyes of his mother. This is understandable given all we really have left of him are her social media posts about him, and who's to say what's truth and what's fiction? I felt so disgusted at her actions, but perhaps even more so at the sheer number of people that seemed to see and know what was happening but dismissed visible abuse because they wanted to give Lacey ...more
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English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English ...more

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