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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,752 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
“Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today.”
—Ann Rule


With true crime classics like Descent into Hell and Die My Love, author Kathryn Casey has peered into the darkest corners of the Lone Star State, shedding a fascinating, chilling light on a series of notorious Texas murders. In Shattered, she explores in riveting detail an infamous Houston area crime: th
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Harper
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♥ Marlene♥
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Finished this book yesterday. read it in 2 days. I did get annoyed again because Kathryn does something Ann Rule also does and that is telling us constantly that the victim acted as (and was) an angel, not a human being with faults. Okay I know we should say nothing bad about the dead but this is true crime.

Belinda did abandon her parents, her family only to please her husband. She even told her twin sister not to come on their birthday because his majesty did not want it. The twins did not cel
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just gave Shattered another star than I had originally because I figure anything that's stayed on my mind like this book has, deserves it. This really was a compulsive read for me, which was a surprise because I've never read much true crime and was never particularly attracted to this flavor of nonfiction.

Really got me thinking about constructions of victimhood and who "deserves" our compassion—and justice. In the book, so much is invested in portraying Belinda Temple as Pure and Good (and s
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This true crime case happened January 11, 1999 but the person believed (and I believe he is)guilty was not convicted until 2007. David Temple, football coach, beloved pillar of his community (for the most part), husband to Belinda Lucas Temple, and father of Evan Temple, who was a toddler at the time of the crime, was finally convicted of murdering his 8 and 1/2 month pregnant wife execution style with a shotgun. The case is very similar to the Scott Peterson case in Modesto, CA, but since Texas ...more
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: truecrime
Not as bad as Kathryn Casey's other books. I do realize this is setting the bar a bit low, but I have to give Casey some credit: Shattered isn't quite as boring as her usual work, and the first half is actually pretty interesting. Since I'm usually bored by page five of Casey's books, I can only assume she's improved (either that, or my standards are getting lower -- not a totally unlikely scenario at my age). Also, the solecisms and poor diction aren't quite as egregious as usual; the only seri ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crimen
I had to skip through a lot of the book--and sure enough, the last twenty (or so) pages contained it all in a nutshell. Good ending, good synopsis of closing arguments but it didn't need almost 400 pages to explain; could have been done (just as well) in about a hundred.
What a terrible tragedy :(

I'm really into my true crime podcasts and these types of books. This was an interesting story. The author had a bias towards the husband being guilty (which, IMHO was correct) and I wish this bias hadn't played into the story so much. But it was an easy read even if the details weren't easy.
P J Crawford
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narcissism cultivated by the cult of high school football and misguided parenting

Excellent telling of a tale too tragic and pathetically senseless to comprehend. I had to wait awhile to write this review because I was truly too stupefied to comment. David Temple, future football god, was a time bomb ticking away since childhood. Physically powerful and built for football, selfish, egotistical, bull-headed, aggressive to the point of reckless, yet recognizably very talented on the field; David wa
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though the subject was based on a true story, and that story was sad and heartwrentching. The Author did a very good job of being unbiased to either party. She told both sides and allowed the reader to draw their own conclusion. In the end, the jury, also came to their own conclusion.
I began the book 3 days before I finished it. I couldn't put it down. A sad tale of a love story gone terribly wrong. It made me think of some similarities between the lives of the people in this story and my own. I
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really hard to put down! The author told this horrifying story well. What a sad, sad story, and a warning to women not to tolerate controlling spouses or boyfriends. Some just think they're gods.
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rereads, read-in-2010
Spoiler alert: the husband did it. I reread this after seeing the 48 Hours hatchet job on Kelly Siegler called The Alternate Suspects. If you don't believe me, read it and decide for yourself.
Lynda Kelly
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This was just an appalling and sad murder case but certainly not the author's best by any stretch. It had WAY too many mistakes in it along with too much repetition as well for me. I gave her last I read 5 stars then this was only a 3 star for sure.....a pity. I found in hard in places to pick up again as I was getting bogged down with the way she wrote this one.
It's rare as the author mentioned that a victim had not one person saying anything bad about them but it appears Belinda truly was love
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought I wrote this review already - I've never read a true crime book before, this one is interesting because I live in Katy.

The audio book was a little rough, the narrator didn't know how to pronounce Alief, Brazos, and aficionado. It make me wan to yell everytime Alief was mispronounced. Also there were times she said Brenda instead of Belinda (which may be in the book wrong, or may be here.)

This is no indication of the writer, but of the Temple family - the child is now calling the mistre
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading true crime books. I am glad that David Templeton was found guilty. Even if it did take nine years to get him. Convicted.
Mary Hamilton
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I remember when Belinda Temple, a popular teacher at Katy High School in TX, was found murdered in the master bedroom of her home. She was 8 months pregnant. I remember the signs plastered in every store window asking who killed her. Her husband was a coach at a different high school, and later it was revealed he was having an affair at the time his wife and unborn daughter were murdered. And I remember, nine years later, when David Temple was convicted of her murder an ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I have surely read worse true crime books. This book was ok. The case was interesting enough.

For this book, I chose audio format so I could do home projects and keep myself entertained by listening to a crime story. Perhaps it was their choice of narrator that made me rate this book so low. I wanted to give it two stars but felt that maybe that was too harsh. The narrator was too sensational at times, even when the words were not.

This story is similar to the Scott and Laci Peterson case, but n
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Casey did a brilliant job of writing this story. I was especially intrigued by the book b/c I followed it like crazy while I was at home on maternity leave with my newborn (now 15). The couple went to college up at SFA where I attended as well. It was neat to follow along and recognize a lot of the places they went to, I did too. Very captivating book. Loved, loved, loved it!
Sheena Nipper
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best true crime stories I have ever read.
Jody  Julian
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2015
Review to come. I hope.
Ruth Turner
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I really good read. I enjoyed it.
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Such a sad story!
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Not exactly well-written, but fascinating regardless. Near the end I couldn't put it down because I had to know the outcome of the trial.
Cindy S.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So good, my connection with this couple is my Principal knew this couple intimately in college when they were first married.
Marcia Coppens
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thought this was a very good book!!
Lynne Manero
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
A true story and murder mystery, quite shocking. I liked it a lot mostly because I enjoy true stories as well as biographies.I recommend this book if you like true stories.
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellently written. It was hard to put down. It met all my expectations of a true crime book.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Pretty good true-crime book.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read...hard to put down.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this book to be very disturbing on how the husband behaved from childhood through the murder of his unborn child and wife. And his family/parents allowed it all to happen.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, audiobook
I enjoy reading true crime books, but I must admit that it troubles me to know the depths of depravity out among us. Yikes! This is my second book written by Kathryn Casey. I really appreciate her writing style. Her book reads like a page-turning novel rather than a bunch of endless facts and figures about the crime. And, she really explores the personalities of the main characters involved in the murder. I actually listened to the audio version of this book and it became my exercise companion a ...more
Marcy Collins
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another whodunnit well written!
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A novelist and an award-winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series and the author of eight highly acclaimed true crime books. Her first novel, SINGULARITY, was one of Booklist’s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third, THE KILLING STORM, as one of the best books of 2010. In both books Casey’s protagonist is a Texas Ranger/pro ...more
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