Author: Anita Paddock
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast dot com in exchange for an honest review.
In May 1981, Ruie Ann Park’s body was found by her adult son in a pool of blood in her own home. Her home was located on top of Log Town Hill overlooking the Arkansas River in Van Buren, Arkansas.
She was beaten to death and left for dead. The police and townspeople assumed her son was the murderer. Why?
This murder took place in an era where being gay was proof of being deviant and therefore he was an easy target for law enforcement.
But the years would uncover a much more sinister story. Until the night of the murder, the Park family seemed to have an almost perfect life. For fifty years they were the owners of “The Press Argus” newspaper.
Hugh Park was connected politically and his wife, Ruie Ann, was a local historian, a journalist, and a teacher. They had a biological son who Ruie Ann thought was brilliant and could do no wrong. The couple also adopted a daughter, named Linda who seemed to become the father’s favorite.
Their golden life ended in divorce and the children remained with Ruie Ann, who stayed in the marital home, becoming bitter and more and more demanding of the daughter who couldn’t seem to up her mother’s expectations.
Fast forward to adulthood…
The son, Sam Hugh, had once had a promising legal career but this ended because of his penchant for young men, alcohol and drugs.
It was this history that set him firmly in the sights of law enforcement when his mother was murdered.
In comparison, adopted daughter, Linda, seemed to have a much more normal life. She graduated from college, married a lawyer and moved a few hours away from her overbearing mother.
So, if it wasn’t the ‘degenerate’ son, who killed Ruie-Ann Park? If you don’t already know the ultimate outcome if this murder case, the answer will surprise you.
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and thought that the author did a terrific job of describing both the Park family’s history as well as the complex family dynamics. She was able to stick to the facts and weave them into a compelling tale that listeners are able to follow easily.
The narrator, Kevin Pierce has the perfect voice for true crime audiobooks. He seems to have an ingrained sense of which words and sentences to emphasize, as well as a gift for pacing. His voice never overwhelms the story itself which allows the listener to focus not on the voice, but on the content of the audiobook. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My only complaint is that after the author spent so much time detailing the family history, it seemed like once the murderer was arrested (three years after the crime took place) the story starts to have huge holes in it. Listeners/readers are not given detailed information about how the death of another family member took place. It is eluded to that it was a suicide, but no details were given. I believe this information should have also been included. Also, once the murderer is arrested there is barely any information about the legal process. I would have liked a few more details.
Overall I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
To find out more about this book visit http://www.pen-l.com/BlindRage.html
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anita Paddock is a widowed author who currently resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Anita attended Van Buren High School, graduating in 1958 and enrolled in the University of Arkansas from 1958-1960 and graduated from Little Rock University in 1962.
To learn more, visit http://blindragebook.blogspot.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Kevin Pierce is a full-time audiobook narrator and has received many awards and accolades on both Audible and ACX.
For more information visit http://www.kevinpiercepresents.com