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Maureen Harvey , Christine Challand
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31 May 2007
On 1st December 1996, 25-year-old Lee Harvey was stabbed 42 times in a frenzied knife attack. His girlfriend, Tracie Andrews, claimed he had been murdered in a road rage attack and, days later, appeared at a press conference making an emotional appeal for witnesses to the crime. During the days following the attack, the horrific truth about what really happened that night became apparent. It was Tracie who had killed Lee and then tried to cover her tracks with a web of lies...Lee was a good-looking, happy young man with a bright future ahead of him. Tracie Andrews appeared to be an attractive, lively blonde and, at first, their relationship seemed to be a happy one. But soon, Tracie's true nature began to reveal itself and she became jealous, possessive and even violent. Soon enough, the relationship became volatile and self-destructive. On that cold winter's night in 1996, Maureen Harvey heard the devastating news that every parent prays they will never have to hear - her child was dead. As events unfolded and the reality of what Tracie had done took hold, Maureen was forced to come to terms with the fact that the woman with whom she initially shared her grief was in fact the perpetrator of this horrific crime. In this compelling and harrowing book, Maureen shares the turmoil of a bereaved mother trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her son while at the same time fighting to bring his killer, who she had welcomed into her home, to justice. She also reveals little-known facts about the investigation and speaks of how her shattered family came through their grief and began to rebuild their lives. Tragic and heart-wrenching, this gripping account of a mother's tragic loss cannot fail to touch the emotions of any reader.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844543803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844543809
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maureen Harvey lives in the Midlands with her family. Since their son Lee was murdered by Tracey Andrews in December 1996, they have campaigned tirelessly to ensure that those convicted of murder serve their full prison tariff. Maureen's book is based on the diary she began writing after Lee's death and is a frank account of the emotional journey she and her family have taken during the last decade. It is a unique testimony which she hopes will serve not only as a tribute to Lee but as an inspiration to bereaved parents everywhere. Christine Challand is an ex-Fleet Street staff writer with more than 20 years experience writing for national newspapers and magazines. Now a prolific freelance journalist, her vast experience of reporting high profile women's stories has established her reputation as one of the country's leading writers.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little dignity please 27 April 2009
Incredibly sad tale of two people who should not have been together and the petty rows and petty jealousies that ultimately destroyed them. Lee's mother is obviously still distraught and in great pain but I found the endless hatred and vitriol very difficult to read and her belief that Tracie Andrews will reoffend when released implausible. This was not a premeditated attack it was a terrible and dreadful culmination of a temper running out of control.

There is a sentence in the book where she and her husband agree that they wish Lee had killed Tracie so at least he would still be alive, albeit in jail and they could visit him. Would she have washed his clothes of blood? Would she have still written a book called 'Pure Evil'? Would Maureen still be campaigning for a life sentence to mean a life sentence for murder? I doubt it. I truly understand a mother's pain and her son's murder was pointless and avoidable, but I think the writer should maybe have guided Maureen down a path less biased and bitter, Lee maybe was not as pure as the driven snow himself.

A very sad tale made all the more poignant because there are a potential Tracie and Lee in every pub in every town.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear.. 6 Feb 2012
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Before i start.. I want to say that the grief this women felt about her sons awful death must have been phenomenal and i can not even begin (or want to try) to understand what it was like.


I didn't like this book at all. I didn't even reach the end of it. It felt like a constant plea for the readers to feel sorry for her, to love her son unconditionally and to absolutly detest Tracie Andrews. So much so that i found it almost a book of begging.

I don't doubt that Tracie was throughly disturbed and cappable of doing the crime. But at the end of the day, no one will know what truely happend that night, what built up to it, what happened in the car, what happened when they got out the car and when the attack took place. I feel alot of this book was blinded by a mothers love and her sorrow.

Apart from Lee, the person i think most suffered in the aftermath was his poor sister. She seemed to have been the adult in this and the one that looked after everyone the most, the one that stayed strongest, don't forget that she was pregnant when it happened and therefore she was also raising a baby through the court case etc.

I don't think this book should have been published, they made a huge mistake. If anything, this book should have been done with maybe one of the policemen as the narrator.

I do hope that Lees mum is getting help from professionals, because i think it is clear to see that she is still very deeply disturbed by the traggic death of her son. I'd hate to think she lives her life with that much hate and bitterness inside her, it is a heavy, soul destroying weight to carry around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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...For me at least, which is ironic. As other reviews have pointed out, this book is full of bitterness, hatred and anger - which is understandable, however, Maureens campaign to keep Tracie behind bars was never going to come to fruition. This book answered some questions for me, it seems that the jelousy and anger was 2 sided with Lee and Tracie. After reading this book I have now come to believe that the knife belonged to Lee and was in the glove compartment of his car - whether he threatned Tracie with it or not we will never know. I also believe she got the huge black eye and cut brow before she stabbed him - if he did it once how many more times had he done it?

We will never know what went on that night but I also now believe that Tracie was misguided to plead not guilty to murder - she should have accepted the manslaughter charge and she would probably have got off with a lesser sentence.

Tracie doesn't cut a sympathetic figure but after reading this book I have a little more sympathy then I had before - which - like I said - is ironic. Maureen bragged that her son had 'bedded more women then had hot dinners' yet calls Tracie a whore for her sexual behaviour - hypocritical indeed. I got bored with the constant petty insults page after page whilst making Lee out to be a saint.

I never thought I would say this but Tracie is out now - let her get on with her life in peace and I pray that Maureen can let go of her hatred and bitterness and also find some peace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure Evil - yes, well written - no 3 Feb 2009
This book would have been better written by a ghost writer or someone with a neutral point of view. The emotive and angry way the narrative reads does not leave the reader with much empathy towards the author. Of course she is emotional and angry - but I feel that, if she had had more input from an experienced writer, the story of the death of her son would have been told far better.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars exhausting 30 Mar 2009
I was looking forward to reading this book as I remember the case of the Road Rage liar and I was interested to find out the background story.
I couldn't help but feel sorry for Maureen Harvey though as I read further through the book it sometimes felt as though nobody felt more sorry for Maureen than Maureen.
I have a Lee too and I have tried to imagine how I would be should the same thing, or similar, happen to him. To be honest it is too painful even to contemplate though one thing is certain, I wouldn't want to write a book about it.
The tone of the book throughout is one of anger and bitterness. Around halfway into the book Maureens husband, Ray, has an accident at work resulting in a broken neck. He is rendered helpless and needs constant care and has to rely on other people, mainly Maureen, to do everything for him. On page 175 she walks out on him which, to me, is shocking! She half-heartedly attempts to explain the reasons why but it just seems to be glossed over. She quite readily hands over the reins to her daughter, Michelle, already a busy working Mum who has two small children and a husband to look after, giving the reason that they have always had a very close father/daughter bond. As Ray was being given lots of attention I couldn't help but feel that her walking out on him was just her way of getting attention focused on her again. She keeps saying that she is having a nervous breakdown though it is unclear that she has received that diagnosis from a Doctor.
As I got to Chapter 15, which is about Tracie Andrews' appeal, I was beginning to find Maureen rather tiresome. Her two sisters who had been nothing but supportive throughout the dark days since Lees' murder were told that they weren't needed to attend the hearing at the High Court in London.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Chilling
We're only a few miles up the M6 from where Lee Harvey was murdered. His parents and family must have gone through sheer hell when it happened. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Rod H
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Interesting read Letting others know Lee's mothers account of what happened and how much this affected everyone in her family
Published 8 days ago by steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. and put together very well
Brilliant book. and put together very well. These things in life im sorry to say happen, What a wicked evil piece of work this Tracie Andrews is. My heart goes out to Lee s family. Read more
Published 8 days ago by MRS C A GILLELAND
5.0 out of 5 stars obviously from a heartbroken mother who knew this woman better, it was...
I had seen the case on TV and believed this woman was also a victim until I read this book, obviously from a heartbroken mother who knew this woman better, it was a fantastic read,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Teresa Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure evil kindle edition
This book is the sort you just do not want to leave. Very well written you almost felt as if you were there. I recommend it highly.
Published 19 days ago by Granny B
4.0 out of 5 stars From GILLY APPLETON
A very moving and honest book written from the heart from a mum who will always be heart broken but never letting Tracie Andrews have the last say very very moving account
Published 20 days ago by GILLY APPLETON
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story
Heartbreaking story written by Lee Harvey's mum, I feel a no holds barred account of what must of been the most awful time. Sad but good book.
Published 27 days ago by gill gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching but extremely interesting read
What a brave and courageous thing for Lee`s mother to do by writing this book. Such an honest account of what heart ache and turmoil a bereaved parent goes through. Read more
Published 29 days ago by laura fellows
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Lovely book, well written, hope for other a follow up. Well .done. what more must I say. Well write more
Published 1 month ago by Barry Metson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Couldn't put this book down from start to finish. Have much admiration for Lee's family, and would recommend to anyone
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Fernyhough
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