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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a true crime story that will take your breath away. Who really killed Denver, Colorado top model Janyce "Janny" Hansen? It was on September 21, 1984, when her husband returned to find her body in the car parked in their garage. She’d been murdered! Twenty-five years later, her children undertake the difficult, seemingly impossible challenge to prove that her husband might not be the innocent witness the courts and the media have portrayed him to be. In fact, the man who might have been a victim, given the circumstances, could actually be the perpetrator of the crime that has brought untold suffering to a family riddled with dark secrets.
Sherrie Lueder’s retelling of this family’s history is masterful. Working with the victim’s children and court records, she unveils disturbing facts and truths about a case that could have been considered solved, and one of the stories that reveals the untold pain of abuse prevalent in American society today. The author’s voice comes across as sympathetic, filled with clarity, and at times poignancy. Besides being a wonderful storyteller, Sherrie Lueder has the gift of leading readers into the minds of her characters by exploring every aspect of their psychological mindset and the depths of their pain. The facts of this gruesome tale are arranged to allow readers a good understanding of the criminal’s mind, without losing anything regarding the unfolding of the sinister story. He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a story you will read with tears in your eyes and yet you will not be able to stop reading. It’s riveting!