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A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church Hardcover – March 30, 2010
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Gregg Olsen returns to true crime with BANG! In A Twisted Faith, Olsen has delivered a true crime story that reads like fiction but is OH. SO. TRUE. --True Crime Book Reviews
Praise for Gregg Olsen:
"As gripping and necessary as true-life drama gets.” --Stewart O’Nan
"Searing and brilliant." --Ann Rule
"Dark, atmospheric, riveting suspense." --Allison Brennan
“Olsen is a top-notch writer.” --Michael Connelly
Praise for A Twisted Faith:
“Gregg Olsen weaves his story deftly, managing to bring alive a wide cast of characters, all headed for and contributing to a tragedy driven by faith.”
--Stephen Singular, NY Times Bestselling author of WHEN MEN BECOME GODS
“A fascinating exposé of sexual obsession and murder, a cautionary tale of innocence and virtue manipulated and destroyed by the vilest of mortal sins.”
--Kathryn Casey, author of A DESCENT INTO HELL.
“An insightful expose of a man of God and a woman of prophecy who manipulate God’s will to justify adultery, treachery and even murder.”
--Diane Fanning, Edgar Nominated Author of WRITTEN IN BLOOD
“Olsen writes the way a surgeon cuts—precisely exposing the personality riddles that lie concealed within each of the players.”
--Anthony Flacco, International Thriller Award nominated author of THE LAST NIGHTINGALE and A CHECKLIST FOR MURDER
From the Back Cover
As seen on NBC's Dateline
His sin was adultery.
He counseled young couples at a small church in Bainbridge Island, Washington―and convinced young women that having sex with him was part of God's plan. But that wasn't the worst of Youth Pastor Nick Hacheney's unspeakable sins. The tragic house fire that ultimately consumed the life of his soft-spoken wife was no act of God…
His crime was murder.
What demons drove a highly respected minister to commit the most sinful of crimes? How did five women―including Hacheney's own mother-in-law―fall prey to his seductions? Combining firsthand confessions, erotically charged emails, and one woman's chilling prophecies, bestselling author Gregg Olsen paints a shocking portrait of a church, a community, and a man of the cloth who turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing…
Gregg Olsen's books are:
"Searing and brilliant."―Ann Rule
"Riveting and deeply disturbing…Olsen does a superior job."―Cleveland Plain Dealer--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Set close to home, I find that many of the places mentioned in Gregg's book are very familair to me, adding much personal interest. I recall reading the headlines, and wondering then, just as I do now, how this could have happened. As the story unfolds however, the author provides an in-depth look that the news media could not, providng me with some new perspective. I found A TWISTED FAITH to be a fast read...but this is not to say an easy read. It's a complex story, that by necessity introduces the reader to several individuals.
Gregg reveals some extremely personal details from the lives of those involved, but appears to do so without malice or moralizing. While the facts of the case resulted in a conviction, the reader is still left with much to think about...
The book centers around a death that occurred in Bremerton Washington in 1997, the day after Christmas. Dawn Hacheney, the wife of youth pastor Nick Hacheney, dies in a house fire that took her life in the early morning hours as she slept. At least that's what it appears to be, and for quite some time, that's the story that all the officials signed off on. But the reality of her death is far different. Olsen documents how Christ Community Church, a Pentecostal church on Bainbridge Island, went from a small community gathering in the mid-90s to a church embroiled in power struggles, sex scandals, and ultimately the murder of one of their own. Olsen pieces together the story from interviews, news stories, and other sources, and shows how the abuse of power can destroy both the person who has it and those who follow.
There were so many emotions going through my head during this book. I was dismayed that a group of leaders could abuse biblical teachings so blatantly and repeatedly. I was also amazed that so many people can look the other way when everything they see tells them that something is very wrong and needs to be addressed.Read more ›
I've read several of Gregg Olsen's books and find him to be a very good writer but this was not one of my favorite books.
What is strange to me is that I actually closed this book wondering if Nick did actually kill his wife. This, from me, is unusual to say the least. From Sam Sheppard to Jeffrey MacDonald all the way up to Scot Peterson and David Camm, I am generally always a believer in "the husband did it", but all I see here is some physical evidence that was easily explained away for years and the word of a scorned woman. There may be more, but I sure can't tell tht from the book, because the author was more interested in telling me about the sleazebags sex life than the murder he was convicted of committing.
My other MAJOR complaint about this book is how the author bent over backwards to make Nick the villian and the women he bedded as victims. Well, I am convinced Nick is a villian, whether or not he killed Dawn, but the other women are not victims. They are also villians. And idiots. One is "predicting" (and clearly hoping) for her husbamd, her children's father, to die. We are supposed to believe that another, Annette, beleived that God wanted her to cheat on her husband and that her husband would probably "understand" Yeah, honey, sure.
The worst of all, of course is the victims own mother. I cannot believe how that was glossed over with the author still trying to convince us that she was another "victim", that her motives were noble.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick read!..engrossing and well told. Couldn't decide if Nick had more victims or enablers. Shocking what people will do to please others and appear Christian and forgiving.Published 20 hours ago by kimberlyc
I really enjoyed this book by Author Gregg Olsen. I am somewhat puzzled why he was able to con all these women into having sex with him using the ploy that "God wants this to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee Husemann
Dawn was my aunt and one of the sweetest and kind lady I knew. My uncle should have got the death penalty. He ruined family's and took my aunts life.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could have done with more analysis. There was a lot of "what," but ideally I prefer a true crime book that explores why people do the things they do.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Gregg Olsen is an excellent writer of true crime. If you didn't know the facts, you would find it next to impossible to believe the gullible women who fell for Nick Hacheney. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Terry Anderson
It's hard to believe that so many women could be so stupid to be taken in by this guy. The author did a good job of putting the story in this book although I don't think he could... Read morePublished 10 months ago by William Scudder