Sleep My Darlings

  • by Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by Julie Williams
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Police found the body of 16-year-old Calyx on her bed under a white blanket. They found her 13-year-old brother Beau in the family car covered up the same way. Both had two gunshots to the head. Both had been dead for hours. The only other person who had been in the home was their mother, Julie Schenecker. She told law enforcement that she could no longer tolerate her kids talking back to her. Was this a case of premeditated murder? Or a horrible tragedy fueled by a mental illness that had spun out of control? Sleep My Darlings is the deadly true story of a mother's betrayal of her natural instincts and the loss of two innocents' lives.
About the author: Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best seller Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, Gone Forever, and Through the Window. She is also the author of the Lucinda Pierce Mysteries. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV, The Today Show, and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Her books are sold throughout the English-speaking world, including the UK and Australia, and there are more than half a million copies in print. Before becoming a writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards.


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This could have been better, by far. The book struggles for material with three hours still to go and continues to use cheesy anecdotes, overuses the words of the children's father, until such a time when you beg the narrator to chirp in the old familiar " We hope you enjoyed your audible book"

I'm no author, but even I wouldn't have had the audacity to scrape a book out of such little material, I think Fanning is getting a little greedy and desperate at the consumers expense,.

That's a shame.

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- miss flavell


I have to say that this is the most boring book I have ever read. I was determined to finish it to see if anything relevant to the murders was mentioned. No it never happened. I was actually getting angry listening to more about Harry Potter than I wanted to know, or the square footage of various homes and statistics that went on and on. In other words a load of useless information.
The narrator spoke so fast I wondered if she was also bored with the story and was hurrying the reading of it to get it over with. The author certainly thanked loads of people for helping her. Watch the trial on UTUBE and get all the facts and testimonies about the murders. It will save you money and leave you knowing what had happened. I will never try and read another of this authors books.
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- Marjory L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-05-2013
  • Publisher: Diane Fanning