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Mommy's Little Girl

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,540 ratings  ·  139 reviews

When news broke of three-year-old Caylee Anthony’s disappearance from her home in Florida in July 2008, there was a huge outpouring of sympathy across the nation. The search for Caylee made front-page headlines. But there was one huge question mark hanging over the case: the girl’s mother.

As the investigation continued and suspicions mounted, Casey became the prime sus

Paperback, 337 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's True Crime (first published January 1st 2009)
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Eva Leger
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only people who know they can deal with it
Recommended to Eva by: followed the story when Caylee when missing
Shelves: b-true-crime
~~This title disgusts me. I really wish Fanning would have picked a better title. Caylee deserves better than to be called "Mommy's Little Girl".~~
I tend to go for true crime that includes the end result of the trial but I won't pass by a book that looks interesting to me because of this. Being that I followed Caylee being "missing" and her being found, I wanted to read this to not only get Fanning's take but maybe get some of the smaller details I may have missed. This doesn't disappoint in the
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
2/24/10 -- (just finished) I must say, Diane Fanning did a wonderful job in her writing of this book. She was very thorough, very factual, and covered the case from every possible angle. The majority of the book comes verbatim from transcripts of text messages, emails, police interviews, media interviews, jail visits between Casey and her family, and other documented sources. Fanning explores Casey's movements and possible state of mind from times shortly before Caylee went "missing" up until Ca ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
“A carnival of bright lights, loud voices, and the public's ceaseless appetite for entertainment” is how author Diane Fanning encapsulates the ongoing Caylee Anthony murder case.

And she has written a book about it, published some eight months before the earliest possible trial date for accused murderer Casey Anthony, the two-year-old child's mother. Mommy's Little Girl is one of the numerous carnie barkers to take aim at the infamous case out of Florida.

Summer of 2008, the United States was subj
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"When news broke of three-year-old Caylee Anthony’s disappearance from her home in Florida in July 2008, there was a huge outpouring of sympathy across the nation. The search for Caylee made front-page headlines. But there was one huge question mark hanging over the case: the girl’s mother. • Why did Casey Anthony wait one full month before reporting her daughter missing? • Why were searches on chloroform and missing children found on her computer? • Why did she go out partying with friends less ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book b/c I enjoy true crime and a good friend had recommended it. It is an captivating and quick read. I could of read this all in one day. Its also my opinion that Diane Fanning is an excellent true crime writer. I have read several of her books. I think she did a wonderful job writing this. I found Fanning to be very reliable and she seemed to cover as many angles as possible. This books does include transcripts of text messages, emails, police/media interviews, jail visits btwn ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
For me, the Casey Anthony case started out as an interest after watching Nancy Grace 3 years ago, then I became tired of it after intense media coverage. As the trial began, I had little to no interest in watching it, save the closing arguments and verdict, and that's when it became an obsession. I'm still watching coverage of it, waiting for the next big plot twist. It's like a greek drama unfolding in real life on television. As I'm the type of person who likes to be well-rounded when it comes ...more
milou  ☕️
I am forever amazed that Casey Anthony isn't rotting away in jail at this very moment. She committed the worst crime that any mother can commit and she got away with it.

I've watched countless of documentaries about this case so I knew how it would end. This book finishes before Casey goes on trail so it doesn't give any information about that. Still I wanted to read a bit about the evil person that Casey is. Who on earth is so caulise that they murder their own child? This bitch could.

Diane Fan
Debbie Duncalf
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually searched for this book as I watched a programme on t v about Casey Anthony. I found this book to be more fact based than the programme I had seen. It delved a lot into the mind and actual doings of Casey and her surrounding family.
Good interesting read when you like to see into people’s minds and try to workout why they commit crimes of murder.
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
I bought this book after watching the jury selection for the trial, and I have followed (off and on) the case from the beginning. I read this story shortly before opening statements began, and this story is one of the many reasons I feel such outrage over the death of this little girl.

Casey Anthony is a sick, depraved, twisted and unfeeling individual. There is no grey area in that. That is the fact, clearly shown in the book, and that fact cannot be dressed up and made to look different when y
This book does a good job of pulling together materials that have been released to the public as evidence in the case. It creates a fairly coherent narrative out of a decidedly chaotic case. It also provides a small amount of family history that grounds the story, slightly.

The author is at a disadvantage in trying to write about the case while the story is still unfolding. If she had had the luxury of discussing the case in retrospect with its principals, she might have been able to do a more c
♥ Marlene♥
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
To my surprise I really liked this book. Normally I very much dislike books that were written before the trial date but not so with this case.

Maybe because this is one case I read about when it was happening. Normally I read a true crime book and afterwards i will go and find more information but this time it was the other way around. Before i read this book I did hear the 911 phone call and read about the lies Casey told the police and watched on YouTube a clip where the parents of Casey were f
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
I didn't see much difference from this book and the media coverage of what happened. Then again, I didn't see much of the media coverage as I don't watch TV. The book did offer a lot of information on the disturbing case. It's a light read but a very heavy subject. Unfortunately, the book in this reader's mind, was written pre-maturely as the trial hasn't even happened yet and the facts haven't really gotten sorted out from the hysterics of the people involved and the media. Because the disturbi ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. I've followed this case from the beginning and was still shocked at the volume and depth of Casey's lies to family, friends and authorities. It was heartbreaking yet infuriating to see her parents in such obvious denial, to the point of looking like utter fools. Even though the trial is over and the not guilty verdict was handed down, this book followed a well documented timeline of the early stages of the investigation as well as what Casey was exactly doing during those first 31 days that ...more
Miss Jenna
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this because I'm starting to get wrapped up in the upcoming Casey Anthony trial that will begin next week. The book was informational, but I could definitely see how it was rushed to the market. I found some typos and in general I felt it jumped around rather discordantly. Overall though, it was interesting and brought to light some facts that I hadn't already heard on the news coverage.
Emily Dawn
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it

I found this book fascinating but then about 3/4 of the way in I kept putting it down and took forever to finally finished. The author basically gives the ending to the mystery in the middle and then afterwards I found everything just monotonous and it just made me sick to keep reading about everything after knowing that factor in chapter 20. There
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL by Diane Fanning – My interest in Casey Anthony and her family was renewed by the recent TV update on Casey’s life. Not much to report. She’s living with Patrick McKenna, the lead investigator during her trial, not as a shack-up honey, but a girl needs to live somewhere. She does internet research for him, sometimes, and reads, and watches movies.
But about the book, FIVE STARS. I want information, especially about the relation between Casey and her mother, Cindy. Who was Mom
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is based on true events that unfolded on a horrible July day in Florida. It is a very sad, heart wrenching, yet attention grabbing story of sweet, innocent little two year old Kaylee Anthony. The story of how the one person who every child looks up to, and trusts the most, does the most unimaginable and worst thing that any parent could ever do! A tailspin of, what looked on the outside to be, a normal family, to lies, deceit, betrayal, and murder! Fanning did an exceptional job at cov ...more
Sandra Ferreira
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I followed this case all the way through and we all knew she was guilt and I wish they that more evidence and did a better job to prove it because she does not deserve her freedom, but after reading this book I am more convinced then ever that she should be behind bars, the lies and the run around acting normal what mother does that, leaving a child with a babysitter so she says because there actually wasn't any she should have felt her with her parents instead, or having her mother have custody ...more
Chloe Hollis
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I honestly don’t know how I feel after reading this book!
I’m mad that there was no justice for little Caylee and I’m mad that the killer (whoever it was) got away with it.
I cannot believe that a mother would NOT report her child missing or even make up stories that she’s with a so called nanny that doesn’t exist.
If what really happened to Caylee was an accident someone should have come forward but no one will really know the truth
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought the book was informative, but dry in parts. It was almost as if the author had taken her notes and just placed them into the book, sometimes repeating the same parts of a conversation. As an avid reader of crime fiction, I have read a number of books in the genre and feel the flow of this book could have been much better. Still, it gave insight into the case and warranted a couple of stars for that.
Amanda Healy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
As disgusting and heartbreaking as the story itself is, Diane Fanning does an excellent job of telling it. I couldn't put this book down. After reading this book, I can't believe there are still people who think Casey is innocent. I only wish the book had been written later to include the trial and verdict.
Jo Besser
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was hooked and I couldn't put this down. It read like a fantastic thriller novel. I wanted to know all the dirty details about the Casey Anthony trial after watching the series on Hulu. I definitely got that with this book. It was hard for me to put it down.
Jeffrey Smith
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Biased and doesn't match any of the evii

Completely biased. Ignores most of the evidence. Does not touch on George and Cindy's psychological issues and lies. Does not match the facts. Fan fiction to match a biased narrate
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Didn't like the way this book was written, it was boring. It was a true story and although Casey Anthony is not proven guilty for killing Caylee. It's still a sad story for Caylee. Rest in Peace
Miranda Haynes
Three and a half stars

This book took a tragedy and attempted to capitalize from it with sub par writing. It isn't a bad read, but it's not great either.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
shame on this woman!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such an infuriating read. It was very informative and through. It still boggles my mind that they did not convict her but I think this was a great telling of all the facts and people involved.
Samantha Gilbert
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good perspective on the events. I like the way it was written.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
ANY title would have been better than this. :/
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yet another terrible person. I have to say the mistakes in which name they used (Casey, Caylee, or Cindy) and the lack of clear separation of quotes and paragraphs make this confusing to read. The story is fascinating, but the book itself is so so.
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