This story of a compulsive liar and the needy boyfriend she sucks into committing murder for her is a compelling tale of a psychopathic breakdown. Either one of the pair could wear that description.

At 145 chapters, this book is about 100 chapters too long. Olsen covers the same ground so many times that it took considerable effort to stick with his tedious examination of the endless (imagined) conversations between Cindy Ray and boyfriend David West plus detailed dialogue of various ancillary characters. True crime stories are generally padded, sometimes to ridiculous lengths, but this one is off the chart.

Kevin Pierce does a good job of carrying this endless book to its sudden conclusion. His listeners would benefit, however, if he were to take the trouble to check the pronunciation of words he does not know, e.g. “elegaic”.