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A husband. A father. A killer. 

Chris Watts was a family man. Everybody, including his family, believed that. Yet, on August 13, 2018, he murdered Shanann, his pregnant wife, and two young daughters. 

As terrible as his story is, it is also a warning because to this day, living behind bars, Watts is still acting out the character traits that made him kill in the first place. 

In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the "why". She explores the childhoods, families of origin, meeting, and early relationship of Shanann and Chris Watts. She also examines Watts's double life and duplicity regarding his well-publicized affair with a coworker. 

The audiobook includes an in-depth look at community psychopaths, the different subtypes of narcissism, how to prevent this type of violence, and interviews with a neuroscientist, a criminal psychologist, and a journalist. Using her knowledge of attachment theory, Imago relationship theory, and psychopathology, Derhally draws a profile of the real Chris Watts and - just as important - she warns listeners that he is still a danger today.

©2019 Lena M. Derhally (P)2020 Tantor

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Sad story but insightful of how a human can become pure evil

I have known and read bits of this story so I bought the book to get a full picture. At first the narrator sounds like a robot, I wanted to return right away but the was too good to let go. I hung in and it got better.
The one thing was annoying when she changed her voice to emphasize it was Chris Watts

The best and sad part was the end when the writer speaks of the physiological aspects of Chris Watts.
Pure evil however very interesting on how his actions could have been explained.

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pretty good book

I enjoyed it and would reccomend to someone who has already followed this case

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  • 2020-04-29

Information you do but don’t want to hear.

I followed this case because it could have been me with my ex husband. The fear it has brought back up to me really focuses on the realization that you don’t really ever know someone. There were no signs of violence that anyone was aware of. Chris was a silent monster with a plan. This didn’t happen in the rage of an argument which makes this even sicker. I learned facts from the discovery I did not know and I pray for both families in this tragedy. People point fingers at upbringing or lack of nurturing, OCD that required full on attention to detail. This could have happened to anyone.

The last few chapters were my favorite because it explained terms that are still being thrown about and it has been an educational experience that would benefit anyone. I highly recommend it. Hey, I didn’t find plagiarism either. Ms. Derhally is an excellent writer and I plan on getting more books that she has written.

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  • Christie
  • 2020-04-24

Detailed, Insightful, and Respectful

I highly recommend this audiobook. Both the story and narration are wonderfully done. I was interested in learning about the psychology behind the case and learned quite a bit about it, as well as some other details about this tragedy that I didn't know. I did not want to read/support Letters from Christopher, so I'm grateful that some of the content was referenced in this book so it could be analyzed expertly. The author is fair and professional from start to finish.

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  • Laura Jones
  • 2020-07-19

armchair psychology at its worst

As a psychologist I am offended by this author's ignorance about the science of human behavior. Her sources are low quality and the conclusions she draws are faulty. I enjoyed the book until the final (several) chapters that are full of this drivel

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  • Sarah Holliday
  • 2020-07-14

Gripping and masterful psychological exploration of the Watts family murders

My Daddy is a Hero is a poignantly written true crime novel unlike any I’ve read before. The author provides an in-depth analysis of the roots of violence and psychology behind Chris Watt’s brutal and merciless slaughter of his two innocent young daughters and pregnant wife with gripping and masterful writing. The author does more than just regurgitate the tale of the Watt’s case facts and confession. She delves deeply into the psyche of Watts and gives the reader an intimate understanding of his shocking and heinous actions and the covert signs of a hidden psychopath.

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  • TinyPuppies111
  • 2020-05-13

Narrator is good

The narrator of this audible was really good which can be a problem a lot of the time. I’ve followed this case avidly and the author was still able to give great new insight. Highly recommend.

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  • Erica
  • 2020-05-22

Robot Reader

It was so hard to get used to the narrator's voice. She sounded so much like a robot that I almost quit and exchanged this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-05-12

I’m not convinced a human is reading this.

The reader sounded like a strange robot. I couldn’t enjoy the book because of this.

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  • Frances Esparza
  • 2020-05-22

Novel followed by "clinical" analysis

It began as a novel, stating information that is toned with biased opinions. Followed by an analysis of Chris' actions and behaviors. Nothing groundbreaking here. Had the author spoken with Chris she could have dived deep and given a thorough analysis.

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  • Bonita Kramer
  • 2020-09-15

Terrible reading - would give no stars if possible

The reader is so fast and flat (except when trying to sound like a man, e.g., Chris Watts reading a text, in which case she slightly lowers her voice and that sounds ridiculous), that it is incredibly distracting. Someone earlier wrote that they didn't know Siri read books, which is about right. Sounds like a computer going too fast. Cannot believe this narrator allegedly received awards for reading -- maybe someone with the same name did the narration for the first time with this book? Is that possible? Personally, I will NEVER buy another book narrated by this individual. Horrible.

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  • Kathryn Spangler
  • 2020-08-18

Best book about this case.

Lena Derhally does what other authors and journalists have failed to do: she holds Chris Watts unequivocally accountable for the murders of his wife and children. She gives a clinical analysis that doesn’t exist elsewhere and her writing is superb. I’ll also add that Shannan Watts is portrayed in a deservedly respectful and dignified way, as it should be. The victim-blaming of women who unwittingly date or marry dangerous men is rampant and Ms. Derhally shines a necessary light on this aspect of the case, while still leaving room for the reader to ponder some tough questions about interpersonal relationships and psychological disorders that can fly dangerously under the radar. Great job, Lena. A personal thank you for such a job well done.

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  • Julian Wells
  • 2020-06-10

Chilling story, exhaustively told

An extremely detailed, but not dull tale of a crime which could not have been predicted, and a man who seemed to be perfect until he murdered everyone who loved him. Frustrating, frightening, and powerful, this is a true crime book that does stay with you.