Prim and pretty, Wanda Ann Holloway led the perfect life. A churchgoer and model homemaker, married to a rich, successful husband, she was the envy of her suburban Texas community. But few people knew the evil soul of Wanda Holloway-a bitter, calculating woman consumed by jealousy and capable of anything-even murder-to get what she wanted.
Denied the glory of cheerleading by her repressive, fundamentalist father, Wanda swore that her daughter, Shanna, would live out her frustrated dreams. But when her precious child lost the prized spot on the squad to hated rival Amber Heath, Wanda's obsession turned to blind rage. Dangerously deluded and convinced that Amber's mother Verna had destroyed Shanna's big chance, Wanda struck. If Shanna didn't make the squad, then someone would have to die.
Trading her jewelry for a professional killer's services, Wanda plotted the hit as cold-bloodedly as a Mafia don. A deadly fire. A tragic car wreck. A bullet behind the ear. It didn't even have to look like an accident. It just had to be done fast...before the season started.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm very interested in this case, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about it, so this book is a gem if you want to know anything surrounding the case and its participants. This book is well written, and jam packed with information and history. You get a real sense of the people, the town, and the bizarre trial. The only negative thing about this book is that it was written before Wanda had her re-conviction. We now know that she was sentenced to six months in prison, something like 10 years probation and now lives in Houston. However, the book ends after the mistrial, and does not go any further.
While the story itself was unsettling, the author tended to stray from the main story and go into elaborate and seemingly unrelated backgrounds. By the end of the book, I was skimming pages instead of reading them.