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Publisher Description

In The Perfect Father, New York Times bestselling author John Glatt reveals the tragedy of the Watts family, whose seemingly perfect lives played out on social media—but the truth would lead to a vicious and heartbreaking murder.

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.

July 21
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Msabina123 ,

Well researched and written

Really well researched and written book. It may be a tad hard on Shan’ann but nevertheless an excellent read which I would definitely recommend.

Elizabeth Jane ,

Trashes the victims

Interviews with the horrible Watts parents and bashing of Shanann ruin this book. How dare the author do this.

BFP77 ,

Too harsh on the victims and too easy on the perpetrator

While a compelling book to read, the author is clearly way too sympathetic to the husband who murdered his family. Leading up to the murders, he portrays the wife as a controlling, overbearing, image obsessed nightmare. It feels like an attempt to justify the unjustifiable - to victim blame. I wish I had known that before giving him my money. This was an unfair portrayal of a person who can no longer defend her own character. I have to wonder if he wrote it this way because her family declined to participate.

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