The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder

St. Martin’s. Jul. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250231611. $28.99. CRIME
Social media paints a pretty picture of our lives, depicting perfect vacations, families, and relationships. Glatt (The Family Next Door) offers an account of what happens when that facade falls. In 2018, Shanann Watts, a businesswoman working for the multilevel marketing company Thrive, disappeared, along with her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. The story swept the nation as her husband, Chris, used media interviews to broadcast his family’s plight, but soon he confessed to killing his pregnant wife and his children. The media and public alike were fascinated by Shanann’s social media feed, which told the story of this beautiful family with seemingly everything going for them, and how their lives were turned upside down in gruesome fashion. Glatt thoroughly describes every detail of the case, from the Wattses’ doomed courtship to their finances to Chris’s adultery. Favoring a straight telling of the facts over analysis of the crime, Glatt leaves readers to draw their own conclusions.
VERDICT Fans of the Investigation Discovery show Nightmare Next Door are sure to appreciate this gripping read.
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