If I Am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus audiobook

If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation

By Janine Latus
Read by Shelly Frasier

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200143689

  • ISBN: 9798200143672

  • ISBN: 9798200143696

Runtime: 8.89 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In April 2002, Janine Latus's youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved," it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me..." That same spring, Janine Latus was struggling to leave her marriage—a marriage to a handsome and successful man. A marriage others emulated. A marriage in which she felt she could do nothing right and everything wrong. A marriage in which she felt afraid, controlled, inadequate, and trapped. Ten weeks later, Janine Latus had left her marriage. She was on a business trip to the East Coast, savoring her freedom, attending a work conference, when she received a call from her sister Jane asking if she'd heard from Amy. Immediately, Janine's blood ran cold. Amy was missing. Helicopters went up and search dogs went out. Coworkers and neighbors and family members plastered missing posters with Amy's picture across the county. It took more than two weeks to find Amy's body, wrapped in a tarpaulin and buried at a building site. It took nearly two years before her killer, her former boyfriend Ron Ball, was sentenced for her murder. Amy died in silent fear and pain. Haunted by this, Janine Latus turned her journalistic eye inward. How, she wondered, did two seemingly well-adjusted, successful women end up in strings of physically or emotionally abusive relationships with men? If I Am Missing or Dead is a heart-wrenching journey of discovery as Janine Latus traces the roots of her own—and her sister's—victimization with unflinching candor. This beautifully written memoir will move readers from the first to the last page. At once a confession, a call to break the cycle of abuse, and a deeply felt love letter to her baby sister, Amy Lynne Latus, If I Am Missing or Dead is an unforgettable read.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An honest, unsparing look a the deadly erosion of self-worth. Kirkus Starred Review
“Unforgettable, unsentimental, and profoundly affecting, Latus’s book resonates long after the final page is turned.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An honest, unsparing look a the deadly erosion of self-worth.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Frasier’s] performance is natural and believable.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Janine Latus

Author Bio: Janine Latus

Janine Latus has been a freelance writer and radio and TV personality for more than a decade. She has given numerous speeches across the country on both domestic violence and the art of writing well. She serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Latus lives in Virginia with her daughter.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English