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The Perfect Father Review

This is my first True Crime and let me just say ~ WOAH!

Rating: Unable to rate

In The Perfect Father, New York Times bestselling author John Glatt reveals the true story of a Colorado family whose storybook life turned into a nightmare.

In the early morning hours of August 13th, 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, bestselling 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.


This was voted as my March #EnchantedReadsBookClub pick!

I had no idea what I was getting into with this one! This is my first True Crime and let me just say ~ WOAH!

I read this in a single sitting and the entire time I kept repeating to myself ~ “This isn’t fiction, this really happened.” And that terrifies me! This is based on a true story. This isn’t made up. How can I rate something like this? I can’t. I couldn’t give a rating to this.

I kept repeating to myself ~ “This isn’t fiction, this really happened.” And that terrifies me!

But I will say, I thought this was extremely well-written. I was captivated from the start. The author did an amazing job keeping a neutral tone and not putting blame on either the husband or wife. We’re just following the facts of their life and the case.

And this being my book club pick, we had such an interesting discussion on this. We talked about all sorts of points both about the book on how things were portrayed and the case itself. This was probably one of the most involved book clubs I’ve had!

Overall, I found this to be extremely interesting to read. I wasn’t familiar with the case prior to picking this up. And I will say, after reading this, I am curious about reading more True Crime!


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