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Best Books of the 2010, True Crime --Suspense Magazine

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

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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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312360614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312360610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in rural Washington State (about a mile as the crow flies from Starvation Heights). I've wrapped up my ninth novel -- a serial killer thriller coming out in November 2014. It's called The Girl in the Woods. I've been a guest on Dateline NBC, NPR, Good Morning America, The Early Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Snapped, Deadly Women, William Shatner's Aftermath, and A&E's Biography.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Jowell on April 5, 2010
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I found Gregg's latest book, the third of his I've read, to be a chilling cautionary tale that I couldn't put down. It's the telling of an unspeakable crime that sent shockwaves out in so many directions, affecting so many people. This story is a reminder of how insidious some forms of abuse can be...coming from directions one might not expect...the consequences of which are tragic for EVERYONE involved.

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...
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I am always confused and dismayed when people who hold positions of authority in a church or religious organization abuse that power for their own gain. I'm even more dismayed when people who follow them end up following the person instead of their faith, letting charisma and personality overrule what they *know* to be right and wrong. Gregg Olsen portrays one of those situations in his real-life crime drama A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church. Twisted Faith shows what happens when no one confronts evil or is willing to think for themselves and take action.

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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NaPua 1+Y on April 8, 2010
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Once again Gregg has taken a difficult tragic topic - a persons death - and put us on a ride of deception, truth as the facts are presented in an addictive fashion - I like many others could not put this book down. People never cease to amaze me in the many forms of abuse that we do to one another! The way that Gregg puts in the details & locations makes it easier for the readers who are from/in the area that may not have been closely affected to be able to relate. However if you have read this book and are not in some way affected then you need to check your pulse --- or just turn yourself in to the police now so Gregg doesn't have to write about you taking someone's life!!
I like that this one along with many of Gregg's other books leave you to think; unlike some authors he doesn't write to frame your mind or make up your mind about the matter - just presents it to you & YOU get to use your brain to come up with what you think!!!
Well done Gregg ... I look forward to more of your writing!! Sadly we are a vicious species so I am sure you will not draw any blanks!!!
NaPua
(formally of & can't wait to get back to Silverdale, WA)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue on November 3, 2012
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This is a book about a horribly dysfunctional church congregation, and in particular their minister who has multiple extra-marital affairs (3 women and one teenager, all at about the same time). Of course, one of the women is the church secretary. Part of the first chapter describes the crime (he murders his wife and sets his house on fire to destroy the evidence - the dead body). The last chapter offers a few pages on the investigation and trial. In between this we have a detailed account of how the murdering man-of-God is basically sexually obsessed and hides this behind his nonsensical interpretations of the Bible. How his congregation could not immediately see through this guy is beyond amazing; also the long time senior pastor is ousted by another sort of narcisstic new comer pastor. (The senior pastor's daughter is the teen that the minister has extra-marital sex with). This book is basically a soap opera of a really weird church congregation, and their really weird pastoral staff. It is like a bad reality tv show, but in print.
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