Hey friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day today. Here in the midwest it is getting colder, but at least the sun is out today.
My review today is a book about Chris Watts. It’s called The Perfect Father, and is written by John Glatt.
*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
As always, below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley followed by my personal review and star rating.
Book Review : The Perfect Father
In the early morning hours of August 13th, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at 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 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, 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.
My Review :
Since the beginning of this year I have become a true crime fanatic. I’d actually heard some podcasts about this case, so I was kind of, well, thrilled – even though that seems like a horrible choice of word, to be able to read this one.
How people’s brains tick when they do such evil things is really fascinating to me. Like, how does this guy who everyone believes is such a standup husband and father, and overall perfect man become a family annihilator?
That said, knowing the ultimate outcome of this case, at first I struggled to grasp how he was portrayed at the beginning of the book. No one had a single bad thing to say about the guy – he was shy, quiet, and reserved to the point where everyone saw Shanann as running their lives and Chris was just along for the ride.
Total unrelated tangent – this book made me hate MLM’s even more – (but if that is your thing – then go get it)! It made me uncomfortable to read about how aggressive she was. Obviously she made money doing it – but it felt a little…icky.
This book really dives deep into Chris and Shanann’s family life with their 2 daughters, dredging up financial issues along with problems with outside family members. I found it very interesting to be honest.
When Chris finds himself a mistress, that seems to be the straw that broke him. Instead of just filing for divorce like he should have, he killed his entire family, including their unborn son.
Another part that I had a hard time wrapping my head around is that Nikki Kessinger (the mistress) reportedly googled Chris and Shanann Watts 9 months before their affair started. Whaaaaat?! I’ve seen reports that this is a typo in the police report, but then the book says the DA confirms it is not a typo. So confusing.
This book really did a great job of portraying their family life, though in the end we really do not know Chris’ motive for why he did what he did.
I really enjoyed reading this book (again, feels weird to say that) so if you are a true crime lover or just want to get a little more information about this case, then I highly recommend.
I’m off to watch the Netflix documentary now.
Have an amazing day, you beautiful people! 💛