Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule

2012 Limelight reviews
Mystery and Crime

Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule is a gripping, powerful and terrifying true story of passion and murder which held me enthralled from beginning to end.

The plot twists and turns as it plumbs the depths of depravity.

As Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a hospital in Oregon, her three mortally wounded children beside her, she screamed, “Somebody just shot my kids.”  This is the story of a shocking crime that shattered the tranquillity of a tight-kit community.

But more horrifying as it began to emerge, was the truth.  A dedicated district attorney, haunted by the possibility that Diane Downs may have shot her own children, searched for the reasons which may have driven this young mother to commit infanticide.

What he uncovered was appalling: a chronology of incest, psychological damage, desperate affairs and surrogate motherhood.

Erini Fardouly