Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Rule

Narrated By: Blair Brown

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2003

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a confirmed bachelor-turned-devoted family man; and Liysa, a loving mother and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few, including Chris, had seen Liysa's other side 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.


  • Anonymous

    This book was just ok for me. The fact that it took place in Oregon and I live in Oregon, meant I could see many of the places in the story in my minds eye and relate. Other than that, some parts seemed repetitive and I found myself wishing for it t move along.

  • Anonymous

    I am not always a huge Rule fan. Some of her books focus on the lives of the victims and the crime itself to the detriment of the reader learning about the attacker. This is not always her fault, sometimes the attacker remains unknown. However, this book focused entirely on the life of one person and those she interacted with, and it was amazing! Well written, well read, a great journey into the life of an unsettlingly outwardly normal individual.

  • Nell Molloy

    This was a really a case of truth being stranger than fiction. Unbelievable at face value but made believable when written by Ms. Rule.

  • Laurajean

    I have read several of Ann Rule’s books and while this story is well written, I don’t think it was one of her best. Don’t allow that to detract from the overall subject of the book, it still fascinating listening to how someone can live in a series of deliberately constructed lies all to satisfy their own selfish desires. Even if she is innocent of the crime (which I don’t believe she is), she is still guilty of endless webs of deceit which have adversely affected so many people. I shake my head at how real life is sometimes more bazaar than fiction. Blair Brown narrated the book well.

  • Marc Kuiper

    I liked it. Kept me involved the whole way through. I also like the voice of the reader.

  • Lidia

    True crime is always interesting and Ann Rule is one of the best. If a writer made the Liysa character up, no one would believe it - she's a real piece of work.

  • Anonymous

    This is a well written and very detailed piece of nonfiction. The story is organized, clear and full of suspense.

  • Sandra Oliver

    This book was a little too much like a soap opera. It seemed to raise a lot of questions that it did not completely answer. I couldn't stop listening because I had to know the ending; but, I was glad when it was over.

  • Anonymous

    This book moves along very well until almost the end. then it seems to jump around a bit to much for me.

  • dlct

    Boring, repetitious and an evil, deluded main character who lied even when she didn't have to. Not a compelling story even if it had been better written. It's sad that this is a true story but wasn't really worth memorializing in print. Take a pass.

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