Book Reviews of Open Secrets

Open Secrets
Open Secrets
Author: Carlton Stowers
ISBN-13: 9780671709976
ISBN-10: 0671709976
Publication Date: 10/1/1995
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
When a woman was murdered, the obvious first suspects were her estranged husband and her new boyfriend. What unfolded was far more complicated than that.
This is a very interesting case that took years to unfold.
Courtroom scenes are minimal; good epilogue telling the status of each participant.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is so well written that I would put the author in the same class as Ann Rule. I did not want to put it down. There are so many characters and twists and turns. The murderer was a very interesting character. Excellent book - I would give it the highest rating and would recommend it to anyone.
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I loved this book! I am a big fan of true crime books and this was one of the best I have read in a long time.
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This is a strange story and will make your head spin with all the details and people involved. What starts off as a brutal senseless murder progresses through the lives of many. The murderer is definitely unstable but is able to function well and without detection for a long time. The fact she was tracked down and the efforts put in by the detectives to solve this were amazing. It's hard to believe that someone would murder for such a stupid reason and more incredible that she would so easily find someone to follow thru with her plans. Truth is truly better than fiction...
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Absolutely the best true crime book ever written !!
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Joy Aylor is one of the most fascinating criminals I have read about so far. Beautiful and extremely manipulative, she used everyone who cared about her to achieve her goals. The worst was her orchestration of the gruesome death of her extranged husband's new lover. Her attempts to also kill her husband did not work out. After staying on the run for years, with the help of men who fell in love with her, she was found living the good life in France and was finally brought to justice. Carlton Stowers is, I believe, the best true crime writer yet. His amazing writing skills bring all of the characters into sharp focus. You almost feel that you know them.
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If you have read Carlton Stowers books before then you know his style of writing. This was a very fascinating book, a really good read.
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True story of a woman who hired someone to kill her husband's lover. Very good read.
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A GREAT true crime story - one of the best true crime writers out there.
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A true story of love,jealousy and murder
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Inside the world of Detective McGowan and his elusive quarry, Joy Aylor - a rich and beautiful woman consumed by jealousy and greed, equally at east in high society and among hired killers. True account of murder of Texas doctor's wife.
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Story of a rich woman Consumed by jealousy and greed,Who also was at ease in the slimey underworld of hired killers.Very good read.
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A amazing story about a Well respected Dr. murdering his wife. Good read by a great author of true crime.
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Carlton Stowers is a True Crime author that I would put next to Ann Rule. He draws you into the story. It is difficult to put the book down.

A small child is taking a nap, when in the next room his mother is killed. Who could have done such a thing? Her estranged husband? Her boyfriend? Could it be a robbery gone wrong? This story is full of twists and turns and will keep your attention through the last page.
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GREAT true crime thriller!
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Good juicy true life crime stories.
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This author is really good. He knows how to keep you interested in the story. Amazingly good.
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Carlton Stowers never disappoints with his writing!