Friday, September 19, 2014

Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story--A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder, by Shanna Hogan

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Synopsis: Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister?

But soon a suspect was singled out—Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before. But Travis wasn't interested in a serious commitment; he was seeing several women during that time. When he broke up with her, that didn't stop Jodi from leaving California, moving to just a few miles away from Travis's home, and inserting herself into his daily life. Investigators found one piece of startling evidence in Travis's home that implicated Jodi. But in a bizarre turn of events, Jodi would claim self-defense. Was she a victim—or a devious femme fatale?

Thoughts: A great book about the case, which stuck to the facts which were brought forward in the investigation and the trial. The author's personal thoughts were left to the end, so they did not cloud the rest of the story. Through Arias's own words and actions, we see her for the lying, manipulative, obsessed woman she has always been. This was a marvelous way to refresh my memory on the case while waiting on justice to be served.

My rating: Five stars

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