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, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines; and Liysa, attractive, seductive, with a tanned, perfect body. Their son, Bjorn, looked just like his dad, and they were raising Liysa's son by a previous marriage.
But it wasn't long before Chris saw a side of Liysa that he hadn't glimpsed before. Nothing was quite enough for her: she wanted more money, more property, and she was obsessed with becoming a famous Hollywood screenwriter. The marriage seemed to be unraveling, but Chris struggled to hold it together. Until one sunny morning in October 2000, he lay dead in a sleeping bag, while his wife drove four hours to a friend's house. Sobbing inconsolably, she appeared to have been beaten. Questions arose that made Oregon State detectives suspicious.
An audiobook that leads the listener from Hawaii to the Northwest to Hollywood, Heart Full of Lies will keep you enthralled to the very last sentence.
©2003 Ann Rule; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS Is An Imprint Of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I have enjoyed many of Ann Rule's books and this one is another winner. The story is weaved so intricately that I spent the whole book trying to guess what the next turn would be. And she has an uncanny ability to keep juggling the many characters so that the listener does not lose track but the story has the feeling of the complexity of the principal character's life. I could not turn my MP3 off.
I find True Crime most fascinating and this story kept me listening to the end. I was in no way disappointed with this audio book.
I have read many of her books but this was just plain awful!! The writing was terrible--repeated the same facts over and over! I was glad when I finished!! I will be hard pressed to buy another one of her books. I agree with the other person who wrote a review that the book left many unanswered questions. Just awful!! RUN!!
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I've known true crime novels to be horrifying and hopefully moving in some way but this story of selfish greed is only depressing because it's so dull. I feel for the victim but beyond that, there is no good reason to spend any time with anyone in this book. Ordinary and unimaginative in the extreme, evil just seems worse when it's this dull. I can't think of one good reason to listen to it.
If you like this genre, you have to love Ann Rule. She is incomparable at amassing and organizing a vast amount of information and then presenting it in a narrative that moves sure-footedly through suspense, tragedy and resolution. Three stars are not due to the author's writing, but the CRIME of abridging a story that cannot sacrifice details without choppiness and confusion in places. Boo hiss on abridging!
The intriguing and well-researched story of a very complex, disturbed woman. The author's bias is clear from the outset, despite her attempt to present both sides of the story, leaving little suspense in the end. Nonetheless, I mostly enjoyed it. The editing of this book makes the story a bit choppy, but a worthwhile listen overall.
Rarely do I finish an audio book with a quizzical look on my face. After listening to this book, I was left with so many unanswered questions. There was more on the life of the murderer than the actual investigation of the murder.... it fell very short in that area leaving me not knowing what to believe. Very disappointed.
We would've rated this higher had the antagonist in the story not left such a bitter taste in our mouths. That's not Ann Rule's fault, it's the psycho-sociopathic Lisa who did it!
We were appalled at her manipulative ways and her gall. Ugh...
I agree with the others reviews:
-Choppy editing, lots of repeated paragraphs
-WAY to many characters to keep track of
-Extremley predictable from the very start
-Main characters age was told to be 38 through the entire book, then near the end was 37
-Very disappointed in this Anne Rule book
All I can say is that I didn't believe that women like Liysa Northon existed, a pathalogical liar, so totally heartless in actually thinking she could get away with murdering her husband Chris by claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. She meticulously planned her husband's murder laying the groundwork long before she actually committed the crime so her 'story' would have credibility, but it was actually her own lies that eventually caught her out. After listening to this I was curious to find out more about Liysa and discovered she sure does have a devoted and extremly loyal following and some poor bloke has even married her! What I couldn't understand is that despite the clear evidence to the contrary, her loyal and quite frankly deluded following still think that she is innocent - many not even prepared to accept the evidence which shatters her lies - just shows how manipulative and charasmatic she can be!! Ann Rule is a stickler for detail and this shows in her book and I thought the narration by Blair Brown suited this story very well.
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