If You Really Loved Me

If You Really Loved Me There was only one way to please her father Murder his wife David Brown was the consummate entrepreneur a computer wizard and millionaire by age thirty two When his beautiful young wife was shot to de

  • Title: If You Really Loved Me
  • Author: Ann Rule
  • ISBN: 9780671769208
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • There was only one way to please her father Murder his wife David Brown was the consummate entrepreneur a computer wizard and millionaire by age thirty two When his beautiful young wife was shot to death as she slept, Brown s fourteen year old daughter, Cinnamon, confessed to killing her stepmother The California courts sentenced her harshly twenty four years t There was only one way to please her father Murder his wife David Brown was the consummate entrepreneur a computer wizard and millionaire by age thirty two When his beautiful young wife was shot to death as she slept, Brown s fourteen year old daughter, Cinnamon, confessed to killing her stepmother The California courts sentenced her harshly twenty four years to life But in the wake of Cinnamon s murder conviction, thanks in part to two determined lawmen, the twisted private world of David Brown himself unfolded with astonishing clarity revealing a trail of perverse love, twisted secrets, and evil mind games A complex and often dangerous investigation suggested a horrifying scenario Was the seemingly bland David Brown really a stone cold killer who convinced his own daughter to prove her love by killing for him A man who turned young women into his own personal slaves, who collected nearly 1 million in insurance money, and married his dead wife s teenage sister, David Brown was a sociopath who would stop at nothinga deadly charmer who almost got away with everything.

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    About “Ann Rule

    • Ann Rule

      Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans organization She was nominated three times for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America She is highly regarded for creating the true crime genre as it exists today.Ann Rule also wrote under the name Andy Stack Her daughter is author Leslie Rule.



    721 thoughts on “If You Really Loved Me

    • This is a first-rate offering from Ann Rule's "golden era" of the 1980s, in which she was a) tremendously prolific; b) tremendously comprehensive; and c) showed tremendously discerning taste in subject matter. The story: Talented but erratic ne'er-do-well David Brown lives in Southern California with three women — his wife, his teen daughter and his wife's teen sister. Using every tool in the sociopath's kit, he induces one to kill the other and take the blame so he can conduct a sick affair w [...]


    • This is one of my favorite true crime books by Ann Rule even though it doesn't sound right to say favorite about a true life crime. The crimes that were committed were so heinous and unbelievable that you wanted to believe it was a bad fiction murder story. The story is so captivating I couldn't put the book down for long, I had to know more of this murderous creature, I don't even want to call him a man! He ruined so many lives and to all those involved, the dastardly deeds were all done in the [...]


    • Ann Rule's "If You Really Loved Me" is the sad, sick, twisted story of David Brown, who loved power, prestige and money so much that he was willing to manipulate his teenage daughter into killing his young wife, in order that he might collect insurance money on his dead wife, buy a nicer, larger home and conveniently marry HER younger sister (his sister-in-law). David Brown has got to be one of the most despicable individuals Ms. Rule has ever written about - - not only did he instigate the murd [...]


    • I remember watching the Lifetime movie for this when I was a kid and becoming quite fascinated with Clancy Brown's voice. At the time I didn't realize that the movie was based on a true story. "If You Really Loved Me" by Ann Rule shows how David Brown was able to manipulate his 14 year old daughter (Cinnamon) and his wife's teenage sister (Patti) in a plot that would ultimately end in Linda Brown's death.I think what gets me most about true crime books is that you have to wonder sometimes how ca [...]


    • This is a terribly sad story of one man who was able to manipulate three vulnerable women. I read this book years ago and could only come away from it feeling terribly sad about the havoc Brown was able to create and his total lack of remorse for any of the women involved. While I hardly ever feel sympathy for people who take the life of other people, I find Cinnamon to be almost as much of a victim as her step-mother.Ann Rule was one of my automatic reads when I spent time reading this genre of [...]


    • One of Ann Rule's best. The true story of David Brown, 36, a wealthy computer whiz and psychopath, who persuades his 16-year-old sister-in-law, Patti (whom he’d started grooming for sex from the age of 11) and his 14-year-old daughter, Cinnamon, to rid him of his 22-year-old 5th wife, Linda, mother of baby Krystal. (Supposedly Linda was insisting that he get rid of the two teenagers, who'd lived with them for several years; actually Linda dead was worth a million dollars in insurance proceeds. [...]


    • David Brown loved child brides. All six of his marriages were to emotionally weak and uneducated females. Most of them were 15 years old when David began having sex with them. No one seemed to think that odd. David had married Brenda, his first wife, when both were 17. Both had dropped out of school a year before, and she was pregnant with Cinnamon when they married. Number three and five, Linda (they were married twice) was only 23 when Cinnamon was 14, but both girls liked each other. David wa [...]


    • David Brown is one of the most sadistic evil characters I have ever read about. As mentioned in the book he was worse than well known killers like Manson because he looked so normal yet wielded so much power. The story begins simply enough. Police are called to a house and discover a woman shot in her bedroom. Her name is Linda Brown, she is married to David Brown. They live with David's daughter Cinnamon, Linda's sister Patti, and their baby (Linda and David's) Krystal. David was out at the tim [...]


    • *Read in French*This I read so many years ago and it clinged to me for so long. This was both a very accurate report and at the same time a world shaking thing. Mr. Brown is one of the most despicable/atrocious book character I've ever read about. And the worst part ? He's absolutely, one hundred percent real.But the real power of this book is the empathy Ann Rule manages to convey toward Cinnamon she's a complex and wrecked human being, and no matter how awful what she's done is, you can just f [...]



    • I always enjoyable to read books who's plots are anchored in the same area where I grew up. It gives more credence to the plot as it unfolds. "If You Really Loved Me" is a chilling re-inactment of the infamous Linda Brown Murder from the early 1980's. The author describes in detail the entire sordid crime, from its inception to its final conclusion. Many of the landmarks that are depicted in the book are places I have personlly seen or visited, so it make the story that much more interesting.Rul [...]


    • millionare dad asks daughter to kill. cinnamon obliges. i do feel sorry for her as i do anyone who has such an awful dad but the "poor, innocent cinnamon" theme is a little overdone. the story is very interesting and fascinating on many levels. makes you ponder the fathers some people have.



    • The beginning was good, but the trial portion towards the end became repetitive of what was already discussed. A great true crime book.




    • I really like Ann Rule books, and have read about a dozen of them. This book really stayed with me. It shows how a person you think loves you can have so much control over manipulating your emotions and making you do something so evil you don't even know what you did because you think you are doing love. It's a crazy, satisfying book on emotional and psychological manipulation by a narcissistic and self centered person who only thinks of himself! Highly recommended if you like true crime books. [...]


    • The story is a sad tale of abuse, and the work on the case and how the detectives got through to the right verdict is told fairly well, but somehow the pacing seemed a bit off. Possibly this is in part because I listened to an audiobook read by the author and while that can be cool, not everybody really does a good job of reading books aloud, and I'm afraid Ann Rule isn't that good at it. There was also some weird background music going in and out that I found annoying.I might have given it a 4 [...]


    • A good book about a disturbed personality. I liked the level of detail provided about all the individuals involved in the shocking crime that took place. It was a faced paced read that is great for any true crime reader.


    • I'm on a real Ann Rule kick. This story wasn't as compelling as Small Sacrifices, but I was still intrigued throughout. I feel the same about the quality of writing - fine. I'm thinking I'm ready for The Stranger Beside Me next!


    • After few chapters I started each new one with the 'Law and Order' sound effect in my mind. If you ever read it, you'll get why. This book can be filmed as 'Law and Order' episode from beginning to the end. It is well written and quite captivating despite having not such brilliant storyline.




    • Listening to Ann Rule read her books is like having your sweet grandmother read you a nice bedtime storybut it’s about psychopaths.


    • This was such an amazing read and was mad when I had to put it down for things like work. I highly recommend this book




    • True CrimeI chose this rating because I thought the book was a little slow moving. I truly love to read anything by Ann Rule. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.



    • My favorite true crime book, ever. Read it more than once. Ms. Rule just knew how to tell a story. The case is fascinating, and so horrific. David Brown is a true sociopath, narcissistic to the core. Know that this book includes the abuse of a children, including sexual abuse. It could trigger someone.


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