Book Review: Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule

© Simon & Schuster Audio, 2007.


A charming and briliant dentist,
tied to two murders nearly two decades apart….
A twisting case in which past and present colide….

Go inside one of the most compelling double homicide investigations of our time with Ann Rule, who was given exclusive access inside the case of Bart Corbin, the “handsome twin” responsible for murder times two.

Bart Corbin appeared to share an idyllic life with his pretty wife, Jennifer: a home in an upscale Atlanta suburb, two adorable young sons. But there were secrets below the surface — including an affair of Bart’s that drove Jenn to look for love on the Internet — that would prove deadly on the December morning Jenn was found with a single gunshot wound to her head. Police suspected suicide, but her disbelieving family knew Jenn had been excited to move on from Bart with someone she had met online. As disturbing clues emerged, a relentless county investigator dredged up a shattering revelation: fourteen years earlier, Bart Corbin’s former girlfriend, lovely dental student Dolly Hearn, also died — a gunshot wound to her head that was ruled a suicide. It was a chilling link in the chain that would ensnare the remorseless killer behind both tragic deaths: Bart Corbin.

And if you think you know everything about this outright shocking case, discover the truth behind the headlines — and one incredible irony on which the entire case turned — in Too Late to Say Goodbye.

Via Goodreads


The worst thing a child can wake up to is one parent shooting the other, and in Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule, that’s precisely what happens. In this heartbreaking, rage-inducing tale of true crime, Rule gives inside details to the case of Jennifer Corbin, a young mother of two slaughtered in cold blood. As the story unfolds, readers are taken on a trip to Bart Corbin’s past, and secrets unravel.

I’m a sucker for true crime. That has been and always will be true. Much of my free time, when I’m somewhere with satellite, is spent watching Investigation ID. With that in mind, I’m no stranger to Ann Rule–largely because I also watched a lot of Lifetime growing up, and many of her books were adapted to film. I knew what I was getting into when I opened up this one, and it did not disappoint. In poignant prose, Rule details the life of a woman who should have had everything and the darkness that lurked in the shadows of her life.

The case itself is an entirely different matter. In Too Late to Say Goodbye, readers come close to seeing precisely how the system can fail a person. I’ve never felt so much fury as I did toward Bart Corbin and I actually spent time after completing the book looking at articles from around the time the case was ongoing. Yet again, Ann Rule has taken my breath away with her written accounts of true crime, and I look forward to reading more in the future.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀

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