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Very sad,made me cry
I read this book a couple of years ago under another title which I think was called The Worst Mother In The World. This is the only true crime book that I have ever read that actually made me cry.I consider myself pretty hardened to this type of reading but I felt so sorry for the children in this family having such an evil,nutcase of a mother. It's little wonder that children growing up in the violent and sick environment that these poor kids had turn out to be killers and develop severe mental problems. The thing that gets me,and you hear this all the time,is that although friends and neigbours and even family members knew that this mother was a sandwich short of a picnic - nobody tries to help these poor kids! This woman was a manipulative sadistic woman so consumed with jealousy that her daughters were prettier than her that she tortured them killing two out of three in the end.The worst thing is,is that she enlisted the help of her own sons to get rid of the bodies! These children endured severe beatings,starvation followed by mountains of food fed forcefully until they were sick and made to eat the vomit,they were drugged,made to drink enough alcohol until they passed out and eventually one of the daughters was shot by her own mother while being held in place by her two brothers because her mother was a lousy shot an didn't want to miss. Not only was she shot but as she didn't die,her mother nursed her back to health.I won't tell you how the bullet was removed as I don't want to ruin the next set of unimaginable events for you. This book is not one of the most well written that I have read but the story makes up for that.Very sad,Your worst nightmare come true,I only hope that someone does to the mother what she did to her kids.Makes you gasp.Will stay in your mind.A must for all true crime readers but not for the faint hearted.
Horrifying, but I couldn't put it down
Like a bad freeway accident, I couldn't take my eyes from this book. We tend to want to think that deep down all mothers are nurturing, but Clarkson's novel will definitely change your mind on that subject. Others have given us portraits of monster parents: McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD comes to mind, as does the book SYBIL--also a well-known movie. And the book A CHILD CALLED IT is reminiscent of this one as well. But Clarkson captures something so raw in WHATEVER MOTHER SAYS that you can't look away; you can't pretend that this is over-the-top reporting. Yes, these things do happen, and they happen with more regularity than you'd imagine. This is what they call a page turner of a book, and I guarantee you won't be able to put it down. But be warned: it is NOT for the faint of heart.
The evil mother
This book was ok but it jumped around so much you didn't know where you were. The authers really didn't go into much detail about the abuse that was going on exspecially to the surviving daughter. The story it self is metocore compared to other true crimes i have read.
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