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Stranger in My Bed

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 1, 2003)
  • ASIN: B000J4XE0A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,021,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately, I am mentioned in the book as I knew John Smith personally and testified in the trial for the prosecution. I can only say that the book was more truth than poetry and I found it extremely factual and informative.
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By A Customer on February 17, 2004
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This is a great book for true crime fans. This is a book with an incredible investigative story. A woman disappears, and her family (with the exception of her husband) is frantic. The husband is finally forced by other family members to report her missing. Police then learn that he has had a girl friend for about 8 years while he was married to the missing woman. They also learn that his first wife, from many many years ago, also turned up missing and was never found. The investigation spans several states and several decades, and turns up unbelieveable evidence. This is a very well written book, and I would recommend it to any true crime fan.
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"The Stranger in My Bed" is very similar to another true crime tale-"The Surgeon's Wife" by Kieran Crowley. In each case the authors-or their publishers-made the strange decision to print the outcome right on the back cover! This reviewer learned his lesson from SW. SIMB maintained suspense. New readers are forewarned! SIMB opens with the discovery of a female corpse (a "Jane Doe") in an Indiana field. The reader will quickly surmise that that Jane Doe will surface later in the story. The plot then backtracks through the various marriages / female relationships of John Smith, the main character. John's first (known) wife, Betty, disappears. John is not charged but the police and Betty's family remain highly suspicious. John remarries a girl named Diane Bertalan- who also vanishes. Counting Jane Doe, there are now 3 missing female bodies. How many other corpses will show up? How many past wives or former girlfriends has John disposed of? Pressure from Betty's family eventually starts the wheels of law enforcement spinning. This reviewer won't reveal the plot, but the investigation eventually involves the Law from New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Connecticut and California. Is justice served? There is no easy answer. Readers will just have to read SIMB for themselves but as a hint-Jane Doe is very central to the plot. She does indeed "surface" again. To fully enjoy SIMB, amazoners need to take two steps: The first is to ignore the back cover. The second is to remember the "Ann Rule rule". Skip over those tempting centerfold photos. They outrightly reveal the ending. Finally, the author gratuitously drops a major clue right in the text! Readers cannot avoid that gaff. One wishes Fleeman had stirred the pot a bit harder. He had such fine material to work with. Combining this failure with the "security lapses", a rating of 3 stars seems appropriate, if a bit harsh. Other readers may add a 4th star but SIMB falls short of the true crime classic it had the potential to be.
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It bothers me that the author took 276 pages to tell the same story over and over again. A man is accused of killing two wives. The bodies haven't been found. Still, a trial is held and the defendant is found guilty.

This could have been written in 50-75 pages, instead of rehashing the same events to the point of boredom.

The book does have one redeeming line on page 270, "There really are monsters out there." Monsters is the key word. They can be any sex, any race, any age, any occupation, any religion. This is the author's greatest message to the readers of this book.
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I bought this book over a year ago and still I'm only half way through it. I guess when you're bombarded with true crime shows on T.V. and in magazines it gets predictable. .. This was slow.. Plus it's on T.V. which ruined it for me.
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A little boring at first, but turns into an interesting read. I was already interested in this story. I saw the shortened version on Cold Case Files. It was neat to get all the details from both sides from the book.
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I had seen this story on one of the TV crime shows once. Even so, I purchased the book to find out more about what happened. The book was excellent. In fact, I even reread it again just recently.
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By A Customer on June 28, 2003
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A real page turner..great true crime story.. hard to put down.
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