An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for handsome, athletic Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a confirmed bachelor-turned-devoted family man; and Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mother, and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few, including Chris, 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 an Oregon forest. Liysa soon revealed herself as a victim of domestic abuse that culminated at the campsite, where she shot Chris in self-defense. But crime scene evidence led detectives to wonder if Liysa was a killer, not a victim. Her controversial trial stunned all who thought they knew her. A lifetime of sociopathic manipulations and lies had been expertly hidden behind her facade of perfection -- as was her rage to destroy any obstacle to her ultimate happiness, even if it was the man she vowed to love forever.
The Washington Post
A convincing portrait of a meticulous criminal mind.
Fascinating and strange....The case hangs on the believability of the beautiful and charming widow....The sheer weight of [Ann Rule's] investigative technique places her at the forefront of true-crime writers.
Rule knows a good drama when she finds one....A real-life soap opera....Fascinating, perplexing....Rule has done an impressive amount of research to reconstruct the history of Liysa's crimes....[It will] keep readers turning pages.