By Ann Rule
An idyllic Hawaiian marriage ceremony held the promise of an excellent destiny for good-looking, athletic Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a proven bachelor-turned-devoted relations guy; and Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mom, and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. yet few, together with Chris, had obvious Liysa's different part -- her controlling habit and darkish moods, her insatiable starvation for funds and estate. And nobody expected the deadly consequence of a relatives camping out journey in an Oregon wooded area. Liysa quickly printed herself as a sufferer of household abuse that culminated on the campsite, the place she shot Chris in self-defense. yet crime scene facts led detectives to wonder whether Liysa used to be a killer, no longer a sufferer. Her debatable trial shocked all who idea they knew her. a life of sociopathic manipulations and lies were expertly hidden in the back of her faÇade of perfection -- as was once her rage to wreck any drawback to her final happiness, whether it was once the guy she vowed to like forever.
From Publishers Weekly
Former Seattle police officer and crime writer Rule (Small Sacrifices; lifeless by means of sundown, etc.) is aware an outstanding drama while she reveals one: it consists of love, betrayal, greed and violence. within the tale of Liysa Northon, a girl who murdered her 3rd husband, Chris Northon, for you to acquire his assurance funds, Rule has chanced on a real-life cleaning soap opera. within the fall of 2000, Liysa confident Chris to move on a tenting journey along with her and their small son within the distant forests of Oregon. however the idyllic holiday didn't final lengthy; Liysa could later admit to finishing her husband's existence via taking pictures him within the head in an act of "self-defense." From the place she sits this present day (in an Oregon country prison), she nonetheless professes to have shot Chris in simple terms in innocence and fear-emotions she acknowledged have been because of her years as a sufferer of household violence. yet in keeping with her husband's mom and dad and different resources, Liysa is a manipulative sociopath who spent years crafting a public façade of abuse persuasive sufficient to justify the cold-blooded homicide of her husband. Rule has performed a magnificent volume of study to reconstruct the historical past of Liysa's crime and the tales of the most humans concerned, interviewing dozens of cops, investigators and personal electorate around the state. And if the author's prose is a bit flat, the interesting and confusing drama can be good enough to maintain such a lot readers turning pages.
Rule is the previous Seattle cop whose next-phone neighbor on a suicide scorching line was once Ted Bundy; her wrenching account of the way she slowly discovered that the glorious man subsequent to her used to be an comprehensive serial killer turned the best-selling Stranger beside Me (1980) and led Rule clear of police paintings and into full-time true-crime writing. one could see the cop in Rule: she interrogates witnesses, tracks down inconsistencies in tales, slogs via victims' letters and e-mails, analyzes forensic proof, attends trials. The sheer weight of her investigative procedure areas her on the leading edge of true-crime writers, a few of whom alternative sensationalism for evidentiary rigor. during this, Rule's twenty-second booklet, she examines an Oregon homicide during which either the assassin and the murdered have been considered as out-and-out sufferers through their kin and associates. within the fall of 2000, an undersheriff's end-of-season payment of a distant campground yields the invention of an deserted motor vehicle and a slumbering bag with a shotgunned guy inside of. His spouse, Liysa Northon, claims that she used to be lengthy a sufferer of family abuse and shot him to guard her and their small baby. Rule constructs an exam of personality in addition to facts right here, as the case hangs at the believability of the attractive and captivating widow. This time Rule's account is marred by way of an excessive amount of historical past on tangential figures within the drama and by way of a story that lacks the tautness of a lot of her different books, however the case itself continues to be attention-grabbing and unusual. now not her top, yet more than enough to have interaction her many fanatics.