Book Review: A Twisted Faith by Gregg Olsen

Every once and a while, a story catches my eye that is not within my normal genre. A Twisted Faith was that book for me. Recommended by my favorite podcast, Morbid, I dove into this read by Gregg Olsen about one of Washington States craziest cult murder's ever seen. 

Title: A Twisted Faith

By: Gregg Olsen

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 368

Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen investigates the sensational story of a minister who seduced four of his female congregants, and hatched a cold-blooded plot to murder his wife.

On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband Nick was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?

So begins this true crime story that's unlike any other. It investigates Nick Hacheney, a philandering minister who had been carrying on with several women in the months before and just after his wife's death. He would be convicted for the murder five years to the day after the crime.

From one of the foremost names in true crime, A Twisted Faith is a gripping and truly unforgettable story of a man whose charisma and desire rocked an entire community.


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There is so much to unpack here and I don't want to go into my own struggles with the church I grew up in, but this book brings up a lot of unseen issues that are considered "normal" behavior in a lot of smaller more cultish congregations.

Its super sad to read about how the leaders of this church manipulated a lot of people for their own gain and pleasure. They used the word of god as a tool in a gross and disgusting way and in the end it ultimately lead to murder.

I would recommend listening to the Morbid podcast if you want a more in depth look at this case, but all in all, this was an interesting read.

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