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In the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado, home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family's safe return. 

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: He had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. 

The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family's Facebook accounts was slipping - and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage. 

In this first major account of the case, best-selling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

©2020 John Glatt (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 2020-07-27

Interesting if you are unfamiliar with story

Distracting narration in English accent doesn't connect with the narrative. Not very engaging as plot divulged in the introduction .I kept rewinding as I would drift off. Flat and boring with an abrupt ending.

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  • jill greeson
  • 2020-07-23

Disappointing

If you want to hear the same old facts and learn absolutely nothing new being read to you in the most irritating voice ever, then get this book . If not, pass this one by.

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  • Terri Thomas
  • 2020-07-27

Horrible narrative!! I can’t understand him

You can’t understand the narrator! His accent is way to strong ! It makes it really hard to get into story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-22

Crikey!

Why is an Aussie narrating this? I don't have anything against Aussies, but it just seems off-kilter to my American ears. The gist of the story is: she was a domineering workaholic, and he was this meek little subservient trophy husband. I know this because the story repeats this again and again and again and again and AGAIN.

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  • Jeanette
  • 2020-07-24

just a chronological order of the Chris Watts case

if you are unfamiliar with the Chris Watts case, this is an excellent book for you. It presents all the happenings in order. What is in the book is all public knowledge and obtainable from the discovery documents. The book is well written but I personally did not care for the “reader” of this book, way too strong of an accent for an American murder story. Would I suggest this book for purchase? yes if you are unfamiliar with the case and no if you are like me already know all the details, there is nothing new to learn in this book.

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  • Ashlyn Taylor
  • 2020-10-28

Many facts I didn't know

If you want to know a lot of facts missing from all the youtube channels this is the book for you. It fills in a lot of the gaps. A must read

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  • Gail Stanley
  • 2020-10-26

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Puts me to sleep! The narrator sounds like he’s reading the newspaper out loud, over tea and crumpets.

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  • Marie Ellliott
  • 2020-11-22

Sad Story but could not stop listening

Wasn't to thrilled by author at first but story soon engulfed me! If you followed story at all you will find this interesting! I feel like she would be my friend! I shed a few tears for her family! So Very Sorry she and daughters are gone!

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  • SportyM16
  • 2020-11-08

Ignored major realities

This monster murdered his family after 8 years of abuse. According to his father in law his young children were starting to mimic moms abuse towards their father. It’s undeniable this woman had major psychological problems and may have also suffered from Munchausen by proxy. Fortunately the monster is locked up for life and stories like this will never expose the truth about this family. Except for these major factors mentioned the book was okay. They did bring up the fact the wife had massive spending issues.

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  • Kissescoco
  • 2020-10-31

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John Glatt has a great way of telling a story... this was such a sad and heartbreaking tale.

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  • jean OBrien
  • 2020-10-28

well done

I found this book with the version of events the most believable. It was not slanted one way or the other it was simply facts and a very good read