Sometimes the back of the book descriptions are somewhat overblown but not in this true crime novel. Part of that description reads, "....the shocking life of a woman whose violence, jealousy, rage, and domination led to brutally heinous crimes of ruthless ferocity." This story isn't for the faint of heart. Theresa Cross slowly and brutally killed two of her daughters. Her two sons helped to get rid of the bodies. Her youngest daughter, Terry Knorr Groves, left home before anything happened to her. For 9 years, Terry held on to the secret of the murders. Whenever she went to the police, they didn't believe her. Theresa started losing her freedom when Terry finally found a cop who was willing to believe her and start investigating.
"Mother's Day" is well written and if it weren't a true crime book I'd say it was hard to put down. But knowing this really happened, there were times I had to put the book down and read something lighter. This woman doesn't deserve the name of "mother". The disposal of the bodies were bad enough but what she did to her daughters before she murdered them boggles the mind and nearly broke my heart. I recommend this book to anyone interested in law enforcement, social work, and psychology. Make sure you have an objective mind on when you read it.
This is one of the most horrid books I have ever read! How a mother can do what she did to a child, much less her own......
This is the story of a purely evil woman who killed her first husband, was married several more times. She abused all her children all their lives. She beat and murdered two of her daughters, and forced her sons to help her dispose of their bodies.
This is a very good book. When you have a child, you promise to protect that child and love and nurture it. Mothers are supposed to be the person who loves you when no one else does. How could a mother kill her children? We will never understand it. Theresa Cross claimed to love her children, yet beat them severly and made the other children help. I thought this was a good read and cannot believe this is a true story.
If you like true crime books, this one is great!!
One of the most amazing stories that i have ever read it makes you wonder about how human beings react to life and then even more to be thankful to the research of the minds to people that have emotional problems and do not know who to ask or seek help...enjoy
This woman is creepy beyond measure. I kept saying to myself, "No one, and especially not a MOTHER, could be so insanely evil to any child." If you're a fan of reading about serial killers or true crime, this is bone chilling.
Moderately interesting but I have to say a real piece of garbage. It was written from the perspective of a couple of the surviving children. Would have been much better had the author waited a while to write the book (after the trial). Also it would have been interesting if more investigated work had been done to get more of an insight.
This is clearly a light read.