In perhaps the most profound character portrait she has ever drawn, America's best selling true crime writer, Ann Rule, asks, can the female really be deadlier than the male? In Heart Full of Lies, she answers that question in one of her most intriguing tales ever-a riviting story of seduction, betrayal, and murder.
This woman is an amazing author. Very well written as usual.
Another great book by Ann Rule. Very particular in detail but it is necessary to understand fully the characters in the book. Very shocking
Liysa and Chris Northon seemed the epitome of idyllic lovers when they married on a moonlit beach in Hawaii. Their friends admired the romantic couple:Chris-tall, athletic, handsome with a thatch of blond hair, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines-and Liysa-attractive, charismatic, seductive, an acclaimed surf photographer, with a tanned, perfect body. Their son, Bjorn, looked just like his dad, and they were raising Liysa's son by a previous marriage. They had beautiful homes on the mainland and in Hawaii. But it wasn't long before Chris saw a side of Liysa that he hadn't glimpsed before. Nothing was quite good enough for her-she wanted more money, more property, and a future that included fame as a Hollywood screenwriter. She complained to her friends that her husband was a heavy drinker who beat her. The marriage seemed to be unraveling, but Chris struggled to hold it together, afraid he'd be separated from Bjorn and Liysa's son, Papako. And then the worst happened. On a sunny morning in October 2000, Chris lay dead in a sleeping bag at a campsite beside a pristine river, while his wife drove four hours to a friend's house, sobbing inconsolably. She appeared to have been beaten, and had a black eye and bruises on her knee. Was Chris's death a tragic accident or a deliberate homicide? Was Liysa involved? Questions arose that made Oregon State detectives suspicious, yet her family and friends stood staunchly by her, incredulous that anybody would ask such questions.
a true story of desire and death
ann rules gripping bestseller illuminates the lethal deceit inside a drean marriage, and asks: can a woman be deadlier than a man?
An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for handsome Chris Northon, an airline pilot and confirmed bachelor. Then he met Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mother and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few had seen Liysa's other side -- her controlling behavior and dark moods, her insatiable hunger for money and property. And no one anticipated the fatal outcome of a family camping trip in Oregon forest. Liysa soon revealed herself as a victim of domestic abuse that culminated at the campsite where she shot Chris.
Very good book!
Former Seattle police officer and crime author Rule (Small Sacrifices; Dead by Sunset, etc.) knows a good drama when she finds one: it involves love, betrayal, greed and violence. In the story of Liysa Northon, a woman who murdered her third husband, Chris Northon, in order to collect his insurance money, Rule has found a real-life soap opera. In the fall of 2000, Liysa convinced Chris to go on a camping trip with her and their small son in the remote forests of Oregon. But the idyllic vacation didn't last long; Liysa would later admit to ending her husband's life by shooting him in the head in an act of "self-defense." From where she sits today (in an Oregon state prison), she still professes to have shot Chris only in innocence and fear-emotions she said were caused by her years as a victim of domestic violence. But according to her husband's parents and other sources, Liysa is a manipulative sociopath who spent years crafting a public façade of abuse persuasive enough to justify the cold-blooded murder of her husband.
The reader is very good on this audio and I really enjoyed it. I rated the book a 4.5/5.
Love Ann Rule. Everything she writes is terrific.