Book Review: Goodbye, My Little Ones

Title: Goodbye My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims

Author: Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, John O’Brien

Narrator: Kelley Huston




The true story of a murderous mother and five innocent victims. Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, and John O’Brien bring the story of a mother not fit for the title.
Waneta Hoyt’s first baby died. Then her second. Then her third. Nobody, including her husband, suspected Waneta Hoyt – or stopped her from having more babies. Then her fourth baby died. Then her fifth. And the famed medical expert declared they had died of sudden infant death syndrome and use them to support his theory that SIDS ran in families.
One man, however, did not except the diagnosis. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick set out to expose the truth about a crime hard to imagine. To do so meant convicting a woman who had won the hearts of all. And just proving a doctor who had climbed to the top of his field with the help of little corpses.
Brace yourself for a true story of motherhood, medicine, and murder you will remember every time you hear a baby crying.



My Review

3.5/5 Stars

I’ve listened to quite a few true crime books, so I had some expectations going into this book. It was okay, but I like when true crime books focus on the event that’s mentioned in the title. There was a long history in this book of babies dying from what appeared to be SIDS on a farm and then a few hours of medical discussion about this diagnosis.

The discussion of the other cases sort of took away from the idea of the book. I wanted to learn more about Waneta Hoyt’s life and why she was eventually driven to kill all five of her children. I understand it was all important background information in setting the grounds for Hoyt’s arrest, but it was hard for me to get into this book. I had to listen in little sections which is unusual for me for a book of this genre.

Narration saved it for me.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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