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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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Well written

I’m an avid true crime reader and found this book a good source of facts. Heart breaking facts 😞. Such a harrowing tale of a family devastated. I cried several times listening and felt guilty that my hobby of true crime reading is actually 2 families real life tragedy. Think I will stick to old crime tales. Well narrated and written.

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the most detail I ever had on this shocking event

the detail puts everything together. rip shannan..bella..cece and nico....Will chris ever tell the truth one day

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A Basic Account

A chronology of the case but in a basic style. There were some clear inaccuracies also but this is a good book for those who have very little familiarity with this terrible tragedy.

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Accurate Well Written Account

The narrator has a, good voice but his reading, at the beginning, is hesitant and jerky but he improves. The is a factual account of the Watts family murders and the author doesn't put forward any psychological theories or opinions.

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Reproduction of existing public information -Avoid

This book just extracts information that is freely available and does not add any original insight or analysis. It just milks the high profile case for all its worth.

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  • jill greeson
  • 23-07-20

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
  • 27-07-20

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
  • 22-07-20

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
  • 24-07-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-20

Victim shaming is a thing now?

This book is disgusting. I have followed this story and if you’re new to it, it totally tries to lead the reader/listener to believe that Chris was the shy, nice, quiet guy and shanann this bossy woman who was dominate and took control of the relationship and came between him and his family? when in reality, Chris’s mother and sister and every female he gravitated towards WAS the one in control, he didn’t know how to think for himself. Chris killed his pregnant wife and daughters for a woman he met 6 weeks prior, is it impossible to think he’d cut his family off if they got in the way of him and Shanann? Truth is she was a bossy b#%<h while Chris was just a B^%#h. If you want to get a honest and real insight into this story then you should read “My daddy is a hero.” Really gives you a better insight into Chris, mental illness, and gives you a lot more to think about than this crap. Hey audible, can I get a refund? You can have this garbage.

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  • Ashlyn Taylor
  • 28-10-20

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
  • 26-10-20

Dull

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

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  • Candie
  • 09-09-20

Absolutely heartbreaking

I could not stop listening. Even though I knew how this would end I wanted it to not be real. So many different emotions. Very well written just wish it was fiction.

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  • the hosteenez
  • 11-01-21

Clear insight of Chris Watts

For the first time, I have a better comprehensive understanding of the Watts family dynamics.

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  • Maria
  • 10-01-21

sad story

This book kept me up all night. chilling and such a heartbreaking story. May They RIP This book gives great details about the case .