TITLE: Sin, Shame and Secrets
Author: David Yonke
Narrator: Dave Clark
Publication date: 2015
This is a true crime account of the resolution of a 24 year old cold case, involving the brutal murder of a Catholic nun in the sacristy of a chapel in a hospital in Ohio by a Catholic priest.
As you might imagine, this is really 2 stories. First, there is the original crime and its investigation. Then there is the reopening of the case, the subsequent investigation, and the trial of the Priest. The facts of this crime make this a rather unique book …but what is of even more interest is the background information concerning the background of abuse by a minority of Catholic clergy, its disclosure, and the attempts of the Church to either cover it up, or gloss over the problem during the 80s and 90s.
Much of the new case depended on advances in investigative technology, and this, also, is of more than passing interest. The book was very well written, with evidence of meticulous and extensive research by the author. At times, I began to feel that perhaps there was too much concentration on the details of the incidences of abuse and the reactions of Church administrators, but I understand what role this information played in the context of the book, and why the author included it. All in all, this is an informative, well documented, thorough retelling of a very disturbing case, and I felt the author presented his material excellently. It was far from an easy book to read, but having done so, I am glad that I did.
The narrator, Paul Clark, did an excellent job narrating this book. His phrasing and shaping of the text was just about perfect, and he helped to make even the dry, technical parts of the book readable.
All in all, I found this a worthwhile read, and would give both narrator and book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from Audiobookblast.com via the courtesy of the author.