Small Sacrifices

Small Sacrifices

By Ann Rule

  • Release Date: 2012-11-03
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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When Diane Downs and her three children were shot on a quiet, country road, residents of Springfield, Oregon, were frightened. A bushy haired stranger had flagged down their car, Diane told police, as she described how the man had coldly opened fire on her sleeping children. Despite the fact she was shot, too, the young mother managed to drive to the hospital in time to save all but one child. But something about her story was fishy, and detectives began to suspect Diane was lying. Was it possible that she was the shooter? Absolutely not, her supporters insisted. Diane, they said, adored her children. When investigators suggested a motive, Diane was indignant. Not only would she never harm her own children, she certainly would never do it for the reason detectives suggested. Was the attractive blonde the wonderful mother she claimed to be? Or was she a woman so obsessed, she would kill her own young to achieve her goal? Ann Rule's critically acclaimed SMALL SACRIFICES, was an instant bestseller, and later Farrah Fawcett was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Downs in the TV miniseries based on Rule's book.


  • Great Book!!!

    By ShastaSDE
    I have always loved Ann Rule. She is an amazingly detailed writer. This book was heartbreaking but a great read. I hope Diane Downs rots in prison. She disgusts me!!! Great book!
  • Loved it!

    By 1SG Lugo
    I couldn't stop reading! This case interested me when I first heard about it. I don't understand how a mother could do this terrible crime! It was well written. Thanks!
  • Absolutely Amazing

    By BreeVanDeKamp18
    Ann Rules' literary prowess leaps off the page in this tale of seduction, murder, trial, and escape. The story of Diane Downs is woven beautifully by a modern master of the page. I couldn't put it down! The only possible equal in the spinning of this yarn is Downs' own chilling account of events. No one could have written this any better. I reread it all the time! I would recommend it to anybody who loves a good crime novel or to anyone who likes to get immersed in the mind of the antisocial personality.
  • Thom Neu

    By Thom Neu
    Small Sacrifices Wow! How terrifying that a mother could do such a terrible thing. Ann's writing is in great form. I can tell why this was a best-seller!
  • Great Book!

    By Nikki Bisasor
    Unfortunately, the story is based on a true story but the book is awesome! Gives a great account of the events that took place. A real page turner! Amazing read!