Dixie Shanahan had a terribly troubled and abusive marriage in the sleepy little town of Defiance, Iowa. Then one summer day in 2002, Dixie’s mean and wicked husband was gone. Some of the local residents presumed that Scott packed his bags and left town. But others were skeptical. After all, Scott’s brown Ford pick-up truck was still parked in his driveway. The disappearance mystified Defiance for more than a year. Then in late October, 2003, the truth emerged … or did it?
Its going to be strange to use the word "fortune" in a true crime review, however, I did have the good fortune of not knowing one thing about this case before picking up the book. I've never heard about the case, nor did I read any of the reviews beforehand. So I wasn't sure if she was even convicted of killing her husband or not. For me, that in itself made the experience more riveting. However, the very best thing about reading this book was the very skillful way the author chose to unfold the events and relay the facts of the case for a reader like me. Most impressive!
**SPOILER ALERT** I know I probably shouldn't give my opinion on the actual case but since this is my review blog and chance to say what I'd like to, I think I will. For the love of all that's holy, let that poor woman out of prison already. She's served enough time for what she did. I also think they should take the 19 years she spent with that abusive SOB and put it towards her time served. She did the town a favour ridding it of that feral mama and wife-beating brute. Maybe that's a bit much but you get my point. She's suffered enough in this life. Its time for her to get back to her kids, husband and try and be happy in this life. I hope she gets paroled this year.
Overall, this book is extremely compelling, well crafted and...as you can tell...will stir up all kinds of emotions, strange feelings and opinions. I really look forward to reading more from this author. Highly recommend it!