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At Any Cost: A Father's Betrayal, a Wife's Murder, and a Ten-Year War for Justice

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At Any Cost unravels the twisted story of Rod Covlin, whose unrepentant greed drove him to an unspeakable act of murder and betrayal that rocked New York City.

Wealthy, beautiful, and brilliant, Shele Danishefsky had fulfillment at her fingertips. Having conquered Wall Street, she was eager to build a family with her much younger husband, promising Ivy League graduate Rod C
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Published April 6th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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This is a Non-Fiction True Crime book. This Non-Fiction book pulled me into the story for the beginning, and I have to say that is not normally what happens when I read Non-Fiction books. This book was well written, and it felt like I was just reading an Crime True TV show. I did not want to put this book down because I had to know how this case ended. I will not talk about the case itself because I do not want any spoilers in this review. When I finish I Non-Fiction book in just two days that a ...more
Lisa of Troy
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the incredibly true story of the case of a wealthy mother of 2 who died on New Year's Eve in 2009. Found in her bathroom by one of her children, questions have circulated - What happened to Shele? In the midst of a contentious divorce, Was her death just an accidental slip and fall in the bathroom or was this a calculated murder by Rod, Shele's husband?

Little bit of background on me: I LOVED Serial. It is a podcast about a gentleman named Adnan Syed who claims to be completely innocent
Valerity (Val)
I wasn’t sure what to expect on this one, but I came away more than pleased with the result. Once I got into the basic story that makes up this case, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up all night inhaling this incredible story of a murder in New York of a mother of two. This is so worth the time to read, I’m still absorbing the ending. It’s books like this that I read true crime for. Written well, and sharing the entire experience from start to finish with so much amazing de ...more
Susan F
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Erin Clemence
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: April 6, 2021

Shele Danishefsky is a successful financial officer, working for her family’s investment business. After overcoming a childhood accident that left her with a physical deformity, she has finally started showing confidence and embracing her strengths. When she meets Roderick Covlin, she feels like she has the final piece in
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Date reviewed/posted: March 9, 2021
Publication date: April 6th, 2021

When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave ( #thirdwave ?)is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange f
Pam Koenig
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At Any Cost
By Rebecca Rosenberg
Selim Algar

This is the true story of what can happen when you make excuses for an abuser,because you don't want to admit things are happening in your life.
This was a woman who was the bread winner in the family, who put aside her pride and funded the lifestyle of the slacker she married.
He was the type of person who is good at conniving and convincing those around him what a good father and great guy he iwas. Truth be told, he was a narcissistic scam artist, all sh
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime-reads
At Any Cost is a work of non-fiction that delves into the murder of Shele Danishefsky in NYC in 2009.

At the time of her murder, Shele was going through a separation with her husband, Rod Covlin. Rod and Shele fell in love quickly, got married and had two children. After their second child was born their marriage began to breakdown and Rod became unfaithful to his wife. He also began playing backgammon and betting money on games. He eventually lost his job and was living off of Shele's income fro
Please note that "At Any Cost" does not provide much in the way of an in-depth discussion of Rod Covlin and Shele Danishefsky or their respective backgrounds or personalities but rather focuses primarily on the long years it took to bring this case to trial and the subsequent courtroom drama.

I mention this only because my initial perception of the book was that it was more of a "true crime" work and I had hoped to learn more about the respective personalities in this case. But, what the authors
Brutal and Dark

Mystery and thrillers are usually my cups of tea. Sometimes I need to sink my teeth into some true crime. This was given to me for an honest review by NetGalley. I am so glad that it hit my radar. This is a sad story about a woman who continued to make excuses for the man she loves and was constantly hoping will change. At the end of the day, it costs her a life and destroyed the lives of the two people she loved the most her children. Shele Danisheefsky who was the breadwinner i
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
The Case: Shele Danishefsky, a beautiful, wealthy New York financier was madly in love with the much younger stockbroker Rod Covlin who she met at a Jewish singles event in 1998. Six months later, they were married. But soon, Rod's true colours emerged. Rod is a professional backgammon player and had a string of affairs with different women every time he traveled to his backgammon competitions. A few years later, they have two children - Anna & Myles - but even a family life was not able to ...more
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shele grew up in a loving, caring, orthodox Jewish home with her parents and siblings. Growing up her and her sister, Eve, talked about meeting their perfect man and having a glamorous wedding. However, as they got older this seemed unlikely for Shele. She had everything going for her as a beautiful and successful women in corporate America but could not find Mr. Right. That is until she met Roderick Colvin. She thought she had just found the perfect man and they quickly fell in love and had chi ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel that I received in exchange for an honest review.

When Shele Danishefsky was murdered on New Years Eve of 2009, it was ruled an accident. However, thanks to the relentless of her loved ones pushing for the truth to come out, we know it was murder. Roy Covlin, Shele's husband, was ruled by greed. He manipulated the system and his family to cover his tracks.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I stayed up all night
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
While reading At Any Cost by Rebecca Rosenberg and Selim Algar, I stopped so many times to read passages from the book out loud and express my outrage to my husband. As I kept reading, I just couldn’t believe the events that were happening, it was like something from a soap opera, a really messed up one. I know sociopaths and victims of domestic abuse act like this, but the books or movies I consume are usually fiction. At times I couldn’t believe At Any Cost was non-fiction.

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T Paradise
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At Any Cost by Rebecca Rosenberg and Selim Algar is a true crime stunner.

On the surface, it seemed Shele Danishefsky had it all: marriage to a handsome husband (10 years her junior), two beautiful children, and a successful career in wealth management. But beneath the façade, hers was a life unraveling. Rod Covlin’s penchant for women, backgammon, and other destructive behaviors intensified over the course of the couple’s marriage culminating in Shele’s decision to divorce her husband and cut of
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

This is a gut-wrenching true crime account of a murder that took place and the ten year journey to a conviction. This is a tough read, because the convicted murderer did many horrific things both before and after his wife's death.

The things he involved his children in are nothing short of abuse, yet even after his conviction the two children held onto belief that their father is and was a great guy and didn't commit the crime or deserve the outcome. Even though his coercion
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
*I received an ARC of this title from St. Martin's Press.*

Shele Danishefsky was, by all accounts, a good person. A loving and doting mother. A powerhouse in her chosen career of finance. A loyal friend. A faithful Jew. A beloved daughter and sister. Her murder was a tragedy that didn't just end her life, but effected the lives of all those people attached to her--none more so than her two young children.

Rosenberg details Shele's life, the lives of her children, and the evolution of her marriage,
Lee Husemann
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that grabs you in the beginning and does not let go until you finish it. This book was consistently good all the way through and there were no peaks and valleys that caused my interest to fluctuate. The authors did an excellent job researching and writing this very complex case.

Shele Danishefsky suffered burns on her chest and arms when she was very young and then had a weight problem in school which caused her to suffer from low self-esteem. After college, she entered
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I had never heard of this murder case before being offered an ARC of this true crime book. As I started reading it, I was glued to the pages. It was a horrendous yet riveting account of events leading up to Rod Covlin murdering his wife Shele, the aftermath, the investigation and the trial. It was a story about greed and betrayal, just as advertised. Rod was a nasty piece of work and his schemes were unbelievable! I was seething with anger and gripping the edge of my seat in extreme ten
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

Right away, my first thought about this book is how in the world I had never heard of this crime before. There are so many twists and turns, so many egregious actions by both the murderer and the police--if this was the plot of a fiction book, I would have dismissed it as being far too unbelievable. But this is all too true. I won't spoil anything for
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it

This book is absolutely GUTWRENCHING.
The fact that is a true account takes it from terribly sad to utterly disturbing and terrifying. It is a book that you will be utterly glued to out of desperation and disbelief, the authors did an outstanding job!

The first major account, as featured on NBCs Dateline, of one man’s unspeakable acts of obsession, manipulation, and murder that rocked New York City in 2009.

Beautiful, and brilliant, Shele Danishefsky conquered Wall Street and was eager to build a
Rebecca Hill
When greed becomes the prime motive for murder, a person will do just about anything to get their hands on the object of that desire. Rod Covlin pursued and married Shele, and then systematically wore her down over the years. He berated her for everything from her looks, her weight, and made her feel guilty for everything. He was abusive, but managed to hide it from most people. Once she filed for divorce, the gloves came off.

When she was found dead in the bathtub, a huge battle began for the m
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much I loved reading true crime books. This is a well researched case. I was unfamiliar with this case but certainly became quite interested while reading it. I would have read this in one sitting if I hadn't decided to gather as much information as I could by googling the matter.

It's such a sad case but also really gives insight to domestic violence. You wonder why Shele gave a key to her estranged husband but this is the kind of thing that happens. I think in the back of h
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best true crime books I've read in a while. I didn't have insanely high expectations for this book because I'd already seen a one-hour special about the crime. I figured I pretty much knew what the story would be about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book delves much deeper into the story of Rod Covlin and the murder of his wife, Shele. There were so many unbelievable moments in this story - so much so that you wouldn't believe it was possible if it was in ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for True Crime books and Rebecca Rosenberg and Selim Algar have really done their research on this case.
First, it is an attention grabbing case. On paper Shele Danishefsky had the perfect life. Then we find out her younger husband Rod is basically a two timing, money grubbing jerk. She finally decides to cut him out of her will but before she can finish the process, she winds up dead. It sounds like a thriller right? Well, this is not a fictional thriller, this is a real case!

In f
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was received in exchange for an honest review.

True crime isn't generally what I flock to in my reading, as many who know me know. But when I got an email about this from Netgalley, I knew I had to take a look at this one. The compelling tale of the murder of Shele Covlin, I remember hearing about this case while it was going, and always wondering what exactly happened here. Of course, the details in full are lost to time, this book brought together with the not necessarily sparse, but
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime, jewish
This was a well-written true crime story, but many things in it were so disturbing that you just wanted to scream. The victim, Shele Danishefsky, who had everything going for her, married a man, 11 years younger, who proposed as soon as he met her at a Jewish singles party. No, they didn’t run off that night to get married, as first planned, but she still ended up marrying him six months later; apparently unaware in her 30s that any guy who proposes so quickly is usually looking for a marriage o ...more
Jen Juenke
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Like watching a slow moving train wreck, this book will keep you glued to this book. Its so engrossing, hard to put down, and you just want to scream at SHELE.....GIRL MOVE! GIRL...WATCH OUT!
This is a fascinating and deeply disturbing true crime about a man, Rod, who would DO ANYTHING for money and sex.
When his wife, Shele, finally got enough courage up to leave him, he went ballistic. Through court filings, emails, phone messages, the depths of Rods depravity emerges.
Caught in the middle are t
Donna Beiderman
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-arc
This is a well written true crime story ripped from the headlines of NYC. I enjoyed all the background info on the families from the previous generations. This is a heartbreaking story - Shele was a brilliant, beautiful and sophisticated woman. She shined at her career and was ready for the next steps... marriage and a family. Rod comes into the pictures and settles in quickly- his greed, selfishness and abusive manner were definitely difficult to read. As the story unfolded I was quickly swept ...more
Judy Odom
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At Any Cost is a fascinating heart breaking story of the murder of Shele Danishefsky .

Rebecca Rosenberg and Selim Alger have done an amazing job writing At Any Cost.

Shele was found dead by her daughter in 2009 and it takes over 10 years to bring her husband Rod to justice.

Shele's family fought hard and never gave up seeking justice.

There is so much more to this story that will break your heart

It is a story that will grab your attention and keep the pages turning .

It is a story that although h
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Rebecca Rosenberg received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

A staff reporter at the New York Post, she currently covers Manhattan Supreme Court and has chronicled hundreds of local and national trials -- including the cases of fallen film producer Harvey Weinstein, mass murderer Dylan Roof, and real estate scion Robert Durst.

She has been a featured journalist on NBC's "Da

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