A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church (Paperback)

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A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church (Paperback)


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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.

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written more than thirty books, including Lying Next to Me, The Last Thing She Ever Did, and two novels in the Nicole Foster series, The Sound of Rain and The Weight of Silence. Known for his ability to create vivid and fascinating narratives, he’s appeared on multiple television and radio shows and news networks, such as Good Morning America, Dateline, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC. In addition, Olsen has been featured in Redbook, People, and Salon magazine, as well as in the Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post. Both his fiction and nonfiction works have received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including prominence on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Washington State officially selected his young adult novel Envy for the National Book Festival, and The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year.

A Seattle native who lives with his wife in rural Washington State, Olsen’s already at work on his next book.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250289988
ISBN-10: 125028998X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: November 28th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English

“A disturbing portrait of a community undone by its appealing young pastor…Using firsthand interviews with members of the community, Olsen tells an unsettling story of a man who committed murder and then used his charm and his power as a man of God to exploit his congregants and satisfy his sexual obsession.” —Publishers Weekly

“Olsen takes readers behind the scenes of this fascinating case.” —Tucson Citizen

“A harrowing tale of betrayal from a masterful storyteller.” —Jeanine Cummins, author of American Dirt

“Olsen weaves his story deftly, managing to bring alive a wide cast of characters, all headed for and contributing to a tragedy driven by faith.” —Stephen Singular, New York Times bestselling author of When Men Become Gods

“A fascinating exposé of sexual obsession and murder, a cautionary tale of innocence and virtue manipulated and destroyed by the vilest of mortal sins… Great true crime from one of the greats in the business.” —Kathryn Casey, author of A Descent Into Hell

“An insightful exposé of a man of God and a woman of prophecy who manipulate God's will to justify adultery, treachery and even murder.” —Diane Fanning, Edgar Nominated Author of Mommy's Little Girl

“Olsen writes the way a surgeon cuts--precisely exposing the personality riddles that lie concealed within each of the players.” —Anthony Flacco, author of The Road out of Hell

“A horrifying tale of spiritual and physical seduction, and murder…[A Twisted Faith] draws it's power from the strong and subtle hand of a master storyteller.” —Kate Flora, Edgar-nominated author of Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine

“A very strange but fascinating journey into the heart of a religious community torn asunder by sex and murder.” —Harry MacLean, author of The Past is Never Dead

“Everybody should read Gregg Olsen's book…What an eye-opener!” —Book Reporter

“I was hooked on page one…An extremely difficult book to put down.” —True Crime Book