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Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,589 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation....And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's Number One bestselling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, unt ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Free Press (first published December 31st 2000)
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Kimberly Rahi
Now I will perhaps get quite a bit of backlash for rating this book so low. I have nothing against the story. It was tragic, unnecessary, and senseless, like most killings. Shelia Blackthorne Bellush just wanted a normal life and after separating from her abusive husband, Allen Blackthorne, she attempted to have just that. Jamie Bellush, her new husband, tried hard to give her a sense of normalcy. Sheila had two children with former husband, Allen. She was the mother of his two beautiful girls, ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Every Breath You Take is the story of the life and death of Sheila Bellush and the road to bring those responsible for her murder to justice. Sheila had a tumultuous marriage to Allen Blackthorne. Violent and controlling, she finally found the courage to leave him. After her divorce to him he proceeded to create trouble for her and their two daughters Stevie and Daryl. Long after Sheila had married Jamie Bellush and they had quadruplets, Allen did his best to disrupt their lives. He used her nei ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically a good read if you like to follow true crime. However it's a novel that could and maybe should have been written with half as many pages. Rule gives far too many quotes and snippets from all sides of the families, legal teams and accused to make it a pleasure to read. It drags as we are burdened by a sea of facts,dates and her insights.
I must say that for a nonfiction book, this read like a novel. I was intrigued and disgusted by the case, and I wanted justice done! A very good book. I will definitely read more of Ann Rule in the future.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 4.5, almost rounded up to 5 stars.

This book was very high quality for me, almost in the same vein of her Bundy book.

Don't let the cover and title fool you. I'm not even going to pretend that every time I saw the title I giggled. lol
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the one book that I could not finish. I like Ann Rule's books and she is a great writer but there is only one word to describe Allen Blackthorne and that is evil. He made me sick and it got to the point that I didn't care any more. He deserved whatever this life gives him because I know he will pay for his sins dearly when he passes over.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
If Ann rule wants a simple story of right and wrong, then she should pick a simple story in which there is clearly a victim and clearly an evil person and there is no overlap. If she chooses to pick a more complex case, like this case, then she should have enough respect for the intelligence and analytical thinking skills of her readers to represent the details of the complex case as such. Rule chooses murder cases that I am interested in. Despite the fact that she is a profoundly terrible write ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this book. Didn’t love it. Pretty heavy on the cop-worship. I think I’m finally cured of my Ann Rule mania. ...more
Jacks Wife
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This poor woman,who became famous for a brief time,after having quads,and began the talk show circuit talking about having so many babies after taking a fertility drug,failing,and then seeing another doctor who ended up making her pregnant and all the babies surviving to full term,only after she had escaped an incredibly abusive ex-husband.She was Sheila B., who had 2 beautiful daughters with this Alan B., who were caught in the middle.
There are neighbors who get involved,and go against Sheila,a
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I am beginning to suffer from Ann Rule fatigue, this is the third audiobook, I've blazed through in the same amount of weeks, but I didn't find this story overly compelling. Maybe it was because I already knew how it would end when I picked it up, it was a foregone conclusion. I'm still amazed that such seemingly smart people will do such dumb things like Allen "cartoonishly evil made-up last name" Blackthorne did by hiring men to beat up/kill his ex-wife and not expecting them to immedi ...more
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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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