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A husband. A father. A killer. 

Chris Watts was a family man. Everybody, including his family, believed that. Yet, on August 13, 2018, he murdered Shanann, his pregnant wife, and two young daughters. 

As terrible as his story is, it is also a warning because to this day, living behind bars, Watts is still acting out the character traits that made him kill in the first place. 

In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the "why". She explores the childhoods, families of origin, meeting, and early relationship of Shanann and Chris Watts. She also examines Watts's double life and duplicity regarding his well-publicized affair with a coworker. 

The audiobook includes an in-depth look at community psychopaths, the different subtypes of narcissism, how to prevent this type of violence, and interviews with a neuroscientist, a criminal psychologist, and a journalist. Using her knowledge of attachment theory, Imago relationship theory, and psychopathology, Derhally draws a profile of the real Chris Watts and - just as important - she warns listeners that he is still a danger today.

©2019 Lena M. Derhally (P)2020 Tantor

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This is the worst narration of a book I have ever heard in my entire life! makes it impossible to listen to. Don’t bother buying this book. Sounds like a demented robot is narrating.

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  • 29-04-2020

Information you do but don’t want to hear.

I followed this case because it could have been me with my ex husband. The fear it has brought back up to me really focuses on the realization that you don’t really ever know someone. There were no signs of violence that anyone was aware of. Chris was a silent monster with a plan. This didn’t happen in the rage of an argument which makes this even sicker. I learned facts from the discovery I did not know and I pray for both families in this tragedy. People point fingers at upbringing or lack of nurturing, OCD that required full on attention to detail. This could have happened to anyone. The last few chapters were my favorite because it explained terms that are still being thrown about and it has been an educational experience that would benefit anyone. I highly recommend it. Hey, I didn’t find plagiarism either. Ms. Derhally is an excellent writer and I plan on getting more books that she has written.

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  • Christie
  • 24-04-2020

Detailed, Insightful, and Respectful

I highly recommend this audiobook. Both the story and narration are wonderfully done. I was interested in learning about the psychology behind the case and learned quite a bit about it, as well as some other details about this tragedy that I didn't know. I did not want to read/support Letters from Christopher, so I'm grateful that some of the content was referenced in this book so it could be analyzed expertly. The author is fair and professional from start to finish.

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  • TinyPuppies111
  • 13-05-2020

Narrator is good

The narrator of this audible was really good which can be a problem a lot of the time. I’ve followed this case avidly and the author was still able to give great new insight. Highly recommend.

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  • Sarah Holliday
  • 14-07-2020

Gripping and masterful psychological exploration of the Watts family murders

My Daddy is a Hero is a poignantly written true crime novel unlike any I’ve read before. The author provides an in-depth analysis of the roots of violence and psychology behind Chris Watt’s brutal and merciless slaughter of his two innocent young daughters and pregnant wife with gripping and masterful writing. The author does more than just regurgitate the tale of the Watt’s case facts and confession. She delves deeply into the psyche of Watts and gives the reader an intimate understanding of his shocking and heinous actions and the covert signs of a hidden psychopath.

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  • SportyM16
  • 27-05-2020

Painfully biased

At times painful when the reader was portraying a man, cringeworthy. Statements how the wife’s family received hate they never asked for while not mentioning the same about his parents. No mention of SW being drunk (high BAC 15 weeks pregnant) which had to contribute to their morning fight. Ignored hours of online videos of SW abusing her children ie Bella says I’m thirsty and mom says you want a laptop make a vision board. Blatant abuse in her videos and the author glosses over this. Mentions Munchousen by proxy in one sentence, hello?! The woman had a severe case of this. No mention that a woman with lupus avoids the sun but not SW.. it is assumed her “health challenges” were real when it’s documented most were fake. Friends said she faked her illnesses too, no mention of that either. This book is simply a pity party for her fans and a kick in the gut to those who saw the man being abused while the rest of you ignored it. Very disappointed.

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  • Erica
  • 22-05-2020

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It was so hard to get used to the narrator's voice. She sounded so much like a robot that I almost quit and exchanged this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-2020

I’m not convinced a human is reading this.

The reader sounded like a strange robot. I couldn’t enjoy the book because of this.

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  • Laura Jones
  • 19-07-2020

armchair psychology at its worst

As a psychologist I am offended by this author's ignorance about the science of human behavior. Her sources are low quality and the conclusions she draws are faulty. I enjoyed the book until the final (several) chapters that are full of this drivel

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  • Frances Esparza
  • 22-05-2020

Novel followed by "clinical" analysis

It began as a novel, stating information that is toned with biased opinions. Followed by an analysis of Chris' actions and behaviors. Nothing groundbreaking here. Had the author spoken with Chris she could have dived deep and given a thorough analysis.

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  • Bonita Kramer
  • 15-09-2020

Terrible reading - would give no stars if possible

The reader is so fast and flat (except when trying to sound like a man, e.g., Chris Watts reading a text, in which case she slightly lowers her voice and that sounds ridiculous), that it is incredibly distracting. Someone earlier wrote that they didn't know Siri read books, which is about right. Sounds like a computer going too fast. Cannot believe this narrator allegedly received awards for reading -- maybe someone with the same name did the narration for the first time with this book? Is that possible? Personally, I will NEVER buy another book narrated by this individual. Horrible.

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  • Boko
  • 23-09-2020

A Considered Opinion

This remarkable event merits both good storey telling and excellent narration, neither of which was available here. I listened to all of it with difficulty, and knowing the details and outcome in advance, I was hoping for information that has not been made public to date. Some was detailed, but read so poorly, that I found myself drifting, thus missing content. Overall, I cannot recommend this edition to anyone of decernment. Maybe others will enjoy it, particularly if they are unaware of this event!

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  • 23-11-2020

Excellent once speed is changed

This a very good appraisal of the Watts case & the possible psychological causes that led to the crime. I found the narrator off putting as she sounded a bit hysterical but when I changed the reading speed to 0.7/0.8 it was perfect. I’m not sure if this was a technical glitch in the original recording.

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  • mrs pj wiseman
  • 06-11-2020

An truly sad and unbelievable listen. Narrator spoils it.

I watched the Nexflix documentary An American Murder: The Family Next Door. I watched it more than once, as I was in absolute disbelief at how it all ended. I bought this book to get a more rounded understanding of the The Watts, and events leading up to the murders. Now the book does deliver this, plus the fact I couldn’t stop listening. However, what is most irritating is the female narrator’s voice. She feels the need to change her voice tone an octave lower when reading the words of the men within the text. Ridiculous to say the least. Spoils it really.

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  • Neil Armstrong Hughes
  • 31-10-2020

Too much psycho babble filler

I recall the story after seeing some trashy Caught on Camera programme which showed police first turning up and speaking with Chris. Thought the book would be more detailed. Last third was psychobabble

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  • I couldn’t live without audible EVER!🤗💯❤️
  • 23-10-2020

Devastating story😢💔but written excellently and narrator was really great 💯

First of all the narrator tanya was very good, I turned the speed down to 0.8 and it was perfect! I actually really really enjoyed her reading💯i have followed this story religiously and i still found out so much more in this book than i had read or seen. I was so devastated about this and just can’t get my head round how or why he done this awful evil thing😢💔but as far as the book is concerned it was definitely worth the credit as it was very well written and the narrator was really really good too. It maybe takes a few chapters to get used to her voice but once you slow it down shes great and i never found myself drifting away and she kept my attention throughout it all and every single word. Thank you for insight to this horrible tragedy, its hard to say I enjoyed the book without sounding terrible 😢but it was very well written, great narration too.💯❤️thank you audible too💜Xxxxxxxxxxx

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