Heart Full of Lies

Version: Abridged
Author: Ann Rule
Narrator: Blair Brown
Genres: Fiction & Literature, True Crime
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Perhaps America's bestselling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, asks can the female really be deadlier than the male?

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.

Reviews (26)

Not sorry I rented it...

Written by Anonymous on June 4th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on April 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Nell Molloy on April 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Laurajean on January 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Enjoyed it.

Written by Marc Kuiper on December 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Lidia from Corona, CA on August 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Anonymous from Pylesville, MD on April 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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

Heart Full of Lies

Written by Sandra Oliver on February 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

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.

Heart full of Lies

Written by Anonymous on July 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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

Heart Full of Boredom

Written by dlct on February 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Rule, Ann

"Ann Rule is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. She came to her career with a solid background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Both her grandfather and her uncle were Michigan sheriffs, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another uncle was the Medical Examiner. Raised in that environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She is a former Seattle Policewoman, former caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance, former student intern at the Oregon State Training School for Girls.

Ann Rule was born in Lowell, Michigan on October 22. Her father, Chester R. Stackhouse, was a football, basketball and track coach. Her mother, Sophie Hansen Stackhouse, was a schoolteacher who taught the developmentally disabled. The family moved often as ""Stack"" Stackhouse's coaching career bloomed. They lived in Saginaw and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Salem, Oregon, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and Palo Alto, California. With her ex-husband, Bill Rule, Ann lived in El Paso, Texas, and Youngstown, N.Y. She now lives near Seattle, Washington, on the shores of Puget Sound. She is the mother of five, grandmother of three. Her daughter, Leslie Rule is also a writer. Leslie's books are Whispers From the Grave and Kill Me Again. Leslie has a new book out called Coast to Coast Ghosts--True Stories of Hauntings Across America

Laura works with children of battered women and the elderly, Andy Rule works in consumer research, Mike Rule manages Ann's office and does interviews for the Blind Radio Network, and Bruce Sherles works in the cookie industry.

Ann has been a full-time true crime writer since 1969. Over the past 30 years, she has published 20 books and 1400 articles, mostly on criminal cases. Ann graduated from Coatesville High School, and has a BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology. She studied two years at Highline Community College, taking courses in crime scene investigation, police administration, crime scene photography and arrest, search and seizure. She has attended every seminar that police organizations invite her to, including those on organized crime, arson, bomb search, DNA, etc. She has 30 hours credit at the University of Washington Medical School earned by attending the National Medical Examiners' Conference. She attended the King County Police Basic Homicide School for two weeks. Today, she herself teaches seminars to many law enforcement groups. She is a certified instructor in many states on subjects such as: Serial Murder, Sadistic Sociopaths, Women Who Kill, and High Profile Offenders. She was on the U.S. Justice Department Task Force that set up VI-CAP, the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in place at FBI Headquarters in Quantico, a computer tracking system to help identify and trap serial killers. She has testified twice before Senate Judiciary Sub-committees on victims' rights and on the danger of serial killers.

When Ann spent her summer vacations with her grandparents in Stanton, Michigan, she helped her grandmother prepare meals for the prisoners in the jail. She used to wonder why such friendly, normal-appearing, men were locked behind bars, and why the sweet woman in the cell upstairs--who taught Ann to crochet--was about to go on trial for murder. That was the beginning of her lifelong curiosity about the ""Whys"" behind criminal behavior. Her books all explore the reasons behind the front-page cases she covers.

Ann's books deal with three areas: the victims' stories; the detectives and prosecutors and how they solve their cases with old fashioned police work and modern forensic science, and the killers? lives. She tries to go back to the killers' early childhood, and even back into their family histories to find some of the genesis of their behavior. She spends many months researching her books, beginning with the trial and with many subsequent visits to the locale where the crimes occurred. Once she has finished her research, she returns to her office to write her books.

Currently, she is under contract to Simon & Schuster/Free Press and Pocket Books. Her hardcover books are with Free Press and her original ""Ann Rule's Crime Files"" series is published by Pocket Books. She is now writing her 9th and 10th ""Crime Files"" books.

20 of Ann's books have been New York Times' bestsellers, with Every Breath You Take and Last Dance, Last Chance both on the list at the same time. Four books have been made into TV movies, and five more are in the works. She won the coveted Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices, and has two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organization. She has been nominated three times for Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She was also awarded the Washington State Governor's Award.

Ann is active in support groups for victims of violent crimes and their families, in the Y.W.C.A.'s program to help battered and abused women, and in Childhelp and Childhaven, support groups for children.

Ann's hobbies often take a backseat to her writing, but she has many interests. She loves animals and has two dogs and five cats at last count. She loves to garden, and collects ""way too many things,"" including: antique bottles and pill boxes, miniature cars, cobalt blue glass, police paraphernalia, wind chimes, and teddy bears. She is still working on her dollhouse, a rather unusual one--a house of ill repute. She tries to walk two or three miles every morning before she starts writing, and loves to beach comb and go to second-hand stores. Of course, she loves to read--mostly non- fiction--biographies, autobiographies, and books on medical science. Her favorite authors are Anne Tyler, Garrison Keillor, Jerry Bledsoe, James Neff, Kathy Casey, Lois Duncan, Edna Buchanan, John Updike, Erma Bombeck, Donna Anders, Carl Hiassen, and, of course, Leslie Rule!

Ann sends out a free newsletter about once a year by mail. For those who don't have access to the on-line newsletter or who want it in hard copy, please send your street or P.O. Box address to the her box number, and she will be glad to put you on the mailing list. The on-line newsletter will be updated frequently. "