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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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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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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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  • BG
  • 07-22-20

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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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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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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Very Very Biased

All this book was about was shaming the victim and trying to make the person who MURDED HIS WHOLE FAMILY the victim.

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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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Dull

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

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The case discovery in story format

It’s good. I liked it. A lot of us read the discovery and are looking for more. This was good to hear everything in chronological order and story format. Even if you know everything on the case it’s still an engaging story.
The only thing that bothered me was ‘Shanann walked into her office after she got home at 1:42am to buy hair care products but her card was denied.’ Come on Glatt! We all know that was a reoccurring purchase on autopay! Why didn’t you think first? Research and then research again when writing a book. That’s just lazy on your part. Who’s going to Get home, tired and exhausted and think ‘Oh yeah. I need to buy hair care products at 2am!!?’
The heavy British accent was ok. I finally adjusted to it. I think publishing companies need to be better at picking narrators though. Clear and concise please. It was better than that robot who read the other watts book though. The Lena-daddy-is-a-hero One. So that was a plus.
He also went with Chris’ version of things which we all know we can’t trust. The autopsy showed Shanann didn’t fight back at all which is common for strangulation or suffocation deaths while sleeping. The coward killed her in her sleep.
I would recommend it. It’s a good listen and if you don’t know the case, it’s a good introduction despite a few minor errors.

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Very good book! Not so good narrator

This book is heavy! I knew what happened going into it, but once I heard what he did to his daughters, I had to stop reading and pick it back up the next day. Having a kid of my own really hit home for me. Overall, this book is very well written. The ONLY con I guess I could say is that the narrators voice isn’t my favorite. But it’s a great read!

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  • Emma
  • 02-27-21

Wow. victim blaming much?

I found this really insulting to the memories of the victims of HIS crime. This book leans fully into his corner and labels Shanann, in many ways, some what deserving of the crimes perpetrated towards her and her children.
Not a good book at all. Disturbingly one sided.

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  • bookworm77
  • 07-28-20

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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  • sarah harrison
  • 08-05-20

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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  • Mohammed
  • 10-15-20

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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  • rosemaryk2006
  • 07-24-20

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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  • Clara B
  • 06-15-21

Weird Narrator

I'm interested in the book, and it may be well written for all I know but the narrator has a really peculiar way of speaking. Very strange. I'm not sure I can listen to it. I recommend listening to the sample to see if it suits you.

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  • TracyM
  • 02-05-21

victim blaming

According to this author it was all ShanAnns fault. This book is a character assassination of a murder victim

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  • Carol Bashford
  • 05-19-22

Waste of a credit

Nothing new here, may as well have watched one of the many and more insightful takes on the story on YouTube

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  • jane james
  • 01-18-22

Good read

Well written book and just the right amount of information about a huge case

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  • Janine
  • 09-10-21

Best book on the case

Not certain why the author is accused of victim blaming. The author simply told it as it was, based on his research. Its not personal. Any reasonable person can see, that any blame lies solely with chris. Shannon worked on herself, and did everything she could to make things work. but shes not a mind reader. Instead of a simple divorce, chris decided to complicate things, and turned to the dark side. This book really draws you in, its detailed, insightful, and emotive. Too often, a narrator can ruin a perfectly good book, but not shaun grindell, hes a first rate narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

heart breaking

This book sent me through a whirl wind of emotions from anger to sadness to even shedding tears for a family that has been torn apart, still so many unanswered questions. I can only pray for Shannan, Bella CC and Nico along with their family and hope they can find peace knowing their angels are watching over them. truly heart wrenching.

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  • Heather Curnow
  • 05-12-21

Well narrated and very informative

I have listened to a few books now and podcasts about this tragic event and this book is by far the best. It has lots of details and heaps of research has obviously been done to try and get a clearer back story to the lead up and reason for this tragedy. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-22

This was well written, although quite short. Great place to start if you are interested in learning more bout the case.

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I knew a lot about the Watts family murders before reading this, but it offered a little more detail than what I had previously encountered.

As an Australian, I did not experience the media storm that occurred when Shanann Watts and her two daughters went missing. I first encountered their story back in 2020 through the Youtube channel of Stephanie Harlowe who discussed the case. Therefore, before reading this I had a preconceived idea of the kind of monster that Chris Watts was.

I still don't understand what exactly happened. By all accounts Chris Watts was a loving father, what makes someone kill their pregnant wife let alone their children?

The text message exchanges that were included in the book were insightful and gave me a better understanding of the different relationships between the different key participants. It also helped me better understand the animosity between Shanann and Chris Watt's family.

This book is truely heart breaking. The moment the discuss pulling poor Bella and CeeCee's bodies out of the oil containers made me cry. These poor girls were innocent and they did not deserve to die scared and alone by the hands of their father.

This was well written, although quite short. Great place to start if you are interested in learning more bout the case.

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  • Nicoletta Palmieri
  • 02-10-22

not great and the narrator is terrible!

horrible narrator!for the rest the book is average. the same story heard and heard . reporting what has been said alredy.