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  • Where Monsters Hide

  • Sex, Murder, and Madness in the Midwest
  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

In October 2014, after Chris Regan failed to arrive at his new job, his ex-girlfriend filed a missing-person report. Something was off. It was not like Chris, a devoted father, avid hiker, and all-around great guy, not to show up. When local Michigan police chief Laura Frizzo learned Chris was having an affair with Kelly Cochran, a married coworker, suspicion fell on her husband, Jason. After a search warrant on their house revealed several suspicious items, the Cochrans abruptly moved to Indiana. As questions swirled around the case, the whereabouts of Chris Regan remained unknown. 

Sixteen months later Jason Cochran died from a drug overdose. Friends and family rallied around the grieving and distraught Kelly. But when the coroner ruled Jason's death a homicide, no one reacted more bizarrely than his widow. For months detectives tried to put Kelly's past into focus, but the truth was buried under a patchwork of lies, contradictions, and brutally horrific revelations. As Kelly Cochran, a Purdue graduate and psychology major, played "catch me if you can", a mesmerizing story emerged that rivals today's best-selling fiction in its drama and fascination.

©2019 M. William Phelps (P)2019 Tantor

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“Phelps is the king of true crime.” (Lynda Hirsch, Creators Syndicate columnist)

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Not to his usual standard

Too much dialogue and not enough details and facts building up to act. Would have enjoyed it more knowing about the characters before hand. First time I’ve found fault with this author. I love his investigative skills. He’s the best crime writer around. Not sure if the narrator flowed too well although his different character voices were good.

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A bit repetitive & salacious

I found the author tended to reiterate direct quotes from the people involved multiple times - so much that I thought the track had skipped on several occasions. For that reason, I felt there was a lot of filler, which was tedious.

Also disappointing that the author seemed to really want to make certain sexual aspects (like bisexuality) seem deviant - as though that added to the bad character of the murderers. I found that to be unnecessary.

As far as the delivery, it was decent, although due to the content I felt myself getting irritated with the delivery.

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A Return to Form

After M William Phelps last two book which I didn't particularly like, infact one of them I didn't even finish.
I am pleased to say this one sits alongside some of his best books in my opinion & I have read all of his true crime.
This story gripped me from beginning to end & I didn't want to turn it off. I recommend this book to lovers of true crime.

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  • M. Oles
  • 02-04-19

Narration lacking, perhaps Kevin Pierce ?

Struggled to finish because of the narration. not the fault of the author. Perhaps the physical book would have been better but since my limited vision prevents me from that option, I won't buy anything more with this narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-19

Buy. A. Map.

Okay, as a lifelong Michigander, I was intrigued by this horrific story which was unfamiliar to me. My intrigue quickly turned to irritation and then mild outrage as the author repeatedly butchered Michigan geography. Seriously, these were mistakes that a glance at a map and a 5 minute conversation could have eliminated.

Then the story. It reads like a sensationalized romantic intrigue novel. And the author's periodic asides pointing out his superior intellect in dealing with Kelly Cochrane was unnecessary and pulled me out of the story - as did the fact that there was no indication when he went into flashback. (And what happened to Henry?)

Finally, the narration. Maybe I'm being overly picky. After all, look what he had to work with. Particularly annoying were the brief pauses followed by a drop out of character for what was apparently one or two words in quotation marks. Either that, or he suffered from... William Shatner... Syndrome.

Overall, I look at this as a wasted credit and hours I'll never get back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

M. William Phelps is Amazing

Author M. William Phelps never fails to write an amazing detailed true crime story. This story is so detailed and shocking. Kudos for dighi g deep into the psychology of psychopathy.

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  • Candy
  • 15-04-21

Mediocre

Interesting story. Oddest narration. One reviewer compared it to William Shatner pauses. It is so distracting.

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  • Docs Dawn
  • 09-09-22

Good overall

I really enjoyed the narrators voice but his inflection at times was annoying, as if he hadn’t read the dialogue before. The story was good as well but I felt it was a bit lengthy and included a little too much ch detail about Kelly’s lies that sometimes made it feel draggy or repetitive. That being said I did enjoy it.

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  • Julieann
  • 30-12-21

Chilling

I immersed myself in Kelly Cochran. I chose this book because at the time, I was finding her interviews/interrogations in my YouTube feed. I listen to and watch a lot of true crime, for personal reasons. A friend of mine was killed in high school and I think all these years later (over 20) I’m still looking for the “why.”
Kelly Cochran is the only person that has haunted me and left me with chills, through the words in this book, the interrogations and the documentary made with Chief Laura Frizzo, Dead North. This may not be a fair review of the book therefore but I still don’t think any listener will be disappointed.

I’m not sure how the author hasn’t had lasting affects after talking to Kelly and writing this book. Then again, I can’t really say he hasn’t with any degree of certainty. Although as you’ll find out at the conclusion of the book, his life has changed.

The book was extremely well written. However, if you want a more immersive experience, I recommend listening to the book in addition to watching the ID documentary along with her interviews. I think it gives a more complete picture of the woman, the kind of human being Kelly truly is…and boy am I glad there’s only one of her. I was drawn in by her simultaneously to and just as intensely as I abhorred her crimes. It was in truth, an odd feeling and juxtaposition.

I highly encourage true crime addicts to listen to the book. I think you’ll find Kelly to be what DetectiveJeremy called her -a unicorn. We can only hope to find that the myth is true, there’s only one.

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-03-21

M. William Phelps is the best writer! Perfect!

The best author M. William Phelps fantastic book and very professional writer with interesting story and well written.

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  • Susie Q
  • 16-08-19

Not up to Phelps' standards and horrible narration

I don't think even the great Kevin Pierce could save this one.
Narrator raises his voice using air quotes throughout. Ugh!
Story takes FOREVER to get anywhere.
I can't wait.

I like Phelps but the last 2 have disappointed me.
Asking for a refund.